An early Sunday morning call results in a drug arrest and other felony charges

Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons reported that his office received a call of a domestic around 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning on Summer's Drive in Left Poor Valley. After officers arrived and spoke to the complainant, they were told that Anthony Rivers had come to the residence and started an argument over fishing poles. Rivers brandished a firearm and a knife.

Parsons said officers located Rivers at his residence where he gave them consent to search the residence. Officers found bags of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and 22 marijuana plants outside the house.

According to Sheriff Parsons, Anthony Rivers, age 37, of 427 Summer Dr. Pennington Gap was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearm while attempting to manufacture marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, 2 counts assault and battery, brandishing a firearm, and threatening to harm a witness.

Rivers is being held in the Duffield Regional Jail without bond and was arraigned Monday in the Lee County General District Court. Sheriff Parsons also commended his Officers Capt. Mike Reynolds, Deputy Roger Gates and Pennington Gap Police Officer Nathan Kennedy for their work on the call.

USP Lee Prison Camp escapee appears in court

 A man accused of escaping from the minimum security USP Lee Camp appeared in court Wednesday morning after being on the run for eight years .

Edward Porta first pleaded not guilty and then came back hours later and pleaded guilty to escape charges.

Porta was sentenced in 2007 to serve three years in the United States Penitentiary Lee Satellite Camp for defrauding the federal government.

He escaped a year later and remained on the run until Washington State authorities arrested him at a hotel last month.

The maximum penalty for his escape charges include five years in prison on top of his original sentence and a $250,000 fine.    

He is expected back in court in August.

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Memorial for Ralph Stanley open to the public

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley passed away on Thursday from complications from skin cancer. According to Stanley’s official Facebook page, his memorial service is set for Tuesday at the Hills of Home Park, which is located on Carter Stanley Highway on Smith Ridge, between Coeburn, Va., and McClure, Va. The location is the same site where Stanley hosted an annual Memorial Day Weekend bluegrass festival.

Mourners are asked to arrive by 5PM, with the funeral service set to begin at 6PM. More information is available by calling 276-926-4646.


SW VA Cancer Center Community Yard Sale

The Southwest Virginia Cancer Center will be hold a Community Yard Sale to benefit the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, which helps families and patients make ends meet during cancer treatment.

You can reserve a spot for $20, but spaces must be reserved by June 30th.

The event will be held on Saturday, July 9 from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. and will be rescheduled if it rains.

Southwest Virginia Cancer Center

671 Highway 58 East

Norton, Virginia

Call 276-679-5874 to learn more.

IDA Finances New Business in Pennington Gap

Press Release 16-09

The Industrial Development Authority of Lee County (IDA) announced today (June 23, 2016) the closing of a loan to assist Long Hollow Sales, LLC, a new hydrographics business in Pennington Gap.  Hydrographics, also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing or hydro dipping is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces such as ATV fenders, automobile dashboards and gunstock.  The business is owned and operated by Bryan and Heather Hogan of Jonesville.  
 “The IDA of Lee County is anxious to assist entrepreneurs in either opening or expanding their businesses.  We can provide supplemental financing to help bridge the gap between a business owner’s cash investment and their primary financing source.  Bryan and Heather have invested a significant amount of their own funds into this business and we are happy to provide a portion of their financing.” stated Michael James, IDA Director.  
The proceeds of the transaction will be used to purchase inventory for the business as well as some minor renovations to the store location at 41829 East Morgan Avenue (next door to the IGA Supermarket).   “We appreciate the IDA’s help in securing this financing,” stated Bryan Hogan, one of the proprietors.  “We are now open to the public and can transform your helmet, fender or gunstock with hundreds of possible designs.”  
“We congratulate Long Hollow Sales, LLC, on their opening and look forward to a long professional relationship,” stated Greg Edwards, IDA Chairman.

About the Industrial Development Authority of Lee County:  The mission of the IDA of Lee County is to promote and facilitate economic growth and development in Lee County by recruiting manufacturing, industrial and commercial enterprises to locate or remain in Lee County, promote entrepreneurism and to enhance the economic well being of the citizens of Lee County.  Michael James has been Director of the Authority since May, 2011.



Overnight felony arrest leads to marijuana and cash find


An overnight felony arrest has led to the discovery of over two pounds of processed marijuana along with cash and other drug paraphernalia.

Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons reports that overnight his officers along with officers of the Pennington Gap Police Department went to serve a felony warrant on James (Tank) Stapleton for possession with intent to distribute marijuana which had been taken by the Pennington Gap Police Department.

Parsons said that the officers went to the residence of 30 year old Danielle Newton of 149 Miles Hollow Road Pennington Gap, where Stapleton was believed to be staying. Once at the residence officers smelled the strong odor of marijuana, they then asked Miss Newton for consent to search, which was given. After gaining entry officers discovered Stapleton asleep in the Living room.

According to Parsons Officers also saw processed marijuana along with cash and paraphernalia lying on a dresser near Stapleton. After further investigation officers discovered an even larger quantity of marijuana hidden inside a heating stove.

Parsons said that besides the original charge Stapleton was also charged with child endangerment as an eight year old child was in the room with Stapleton. He was also charged with another possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Newton was charged with child endangerment, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Parsons said That Newton is held in the Duffield Jail on a $5000.00 bond while Stapleton is held with no bond. Parsons also commended his officers Lt. Todd Jones deputies Chris Dill man and Chad Rouse and Pennington Gap officers Joel Duncan and Jonathan Gwinn for their good work.

Wise man wanted for abduction arrested

A man wanted in Wise was arrested Sunday after police found him hiding in a basement.

According to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to Sheffield Apartments in Coeburn on a call of an attempted breaking and entering. The suspect had fled on foot when police arrived.

Deputies, along with help from St. Paul police and their K9, found Anthony Dwayne Aziz, 35, hiding in the basement of a nearby home. Aziz was already wanted on charges from a Saturday incident. Aziz is a suspect in a case of abduction and attempted malicious wounding that had occurred at Sheffield Apartments that day.

Wise County dispatch received a 911 hang up call at the apartments on Saturday and when deputies arrived, Aziz had fled. After an investigation and interview of witnesses, warrants were obtained for attempted malicious wounding, four counts of abduction, two counts of preventing use of 911, and trespassing.

Aziz is currently being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield without bond.

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PGPD seize marijuana

On June 16th, 2016 Sergeant Kennedy with the Pennington Gap Police Department seized approx. 1 pound of Marijuana with an estimated street value of $1,100.00  Charges are currently pending.


Man faces life in prison after death of toddler


For Immediate Release

June 20, 2016


Franklin Len Mullins, age 44 of 8845 Maple Lane Pound, VA was arrested on June 16, 2016 by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office on charges of child abuse and neglect, felony murder, and second degree murder. If found guilty on these charges he faces a sentence of life in prison.  He is currently being held at Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield, VA with no bond.

These charges resulted from a joint investigation by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, and Virginia State Police from an incident that occurred in August 2015 in Pound, VA.  A five month old child, which was in the custody of Mr. Mullins, was admitted to Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, TN. The child passed away several days later as a result of non-accidental head trauma.

Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes and Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp are committed to protecting all children from abuse in any form.  Sheriff Oakes states, “Crimes committed against our children will not be tolerated.  They are innocent, helpless victims, and those who wish to hurt them must be brought to justice.”

2nd Annual Pennington Gap Fire Department Freedom Ride this Saturday



*Date: June 25th 2016  

*Time: Registration–8am-9:45am

Departure—10am sharp

*Price: $20 per person, Price will include a hotdog dinner, a tee shirt with pre registration, and a ticket for door prize drawings.

*Location: Meet at the Pennington Gap Fire department and prepare for a 100 mile scenic bike ride through the mountains of South West Virginia.

*This is a family oriented event, NO ALCOHOL, all Va laws will be obeyed.

*The Town of Pennington Gap nor the Pennington Gap Volunteer Fire Department will be responsible for any injuries or damages during this fund raising event.

*To pre register contact Chris Collins 276-275-9882, Brandon Woodard 276-870-5036, or Charles Hylton 276- 393-2756, Or contact VIA Facebook on Pennington Gap Fire Department’s Facebook page.

*Pre registration required by June 20th to guarantee a tee shirt