Scott County Police Chase Three Women

The Virginia State Police have filed additional charges against three Sullivan County, Tennessee women who were arrested after a police chase last Tuesday evening.
The Virginia State Police report stated that Autumn L. Gillis age 28 of Kingsport, fired numerous shots at a Gate City officer that was in his vehicle in pursuit. Gillis is charged with felony eluding, obstruction/resisting law enforcement and the reckless use of a firearm.
Two other women involved were Elisabeth G. Lloyd age 26, and Lauren D. Venable age 24 both of Kingsport are facing charges of one count of felony eluding each.
The police chase began just after half past ten Tuesday night when the Gate City officer initiated a traffic stop on the car in which all three women were in. Neither of the two Gate City officers involved were injured during the car chase of the shooting according to the Virginia State Police report.
Eventually the car crashed on Spivey Mill Lane and Lloyd remained at the scene and was arrested, while both Gillis and Venable were arrested the following morning.
The Scott County Sheriff's office further stated that Venable and Gillis are also being charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Billy Joe Ramey Sentenced

Billy Joe Ramey, age 34 of Big Stone Gap, was sentenced in the Wise County Circuit Court today for two counts of breaking & entering, two counts of grand larceny, and one count of destruction of property.   
Ramey previously pled guilty to his crimes on May 2, 2017 without a plea agreement, meaning that a judge would determine his sentence after presentation of evidence at a sentencing hearing.  After hearing evidence, the court sentenced Ramey to seven years with three years and one month suspended.  He will have to serve an active term of incarceration of three years and eleven months within the Virginia Department of Corrections.  He was also ordered to pay restitution and will be required to serve four years of supervised probation upon his release from incarceration.  

Ramey's convictions stem from an investigation by the Wise County Sheriff's Office into multiple home invasions in the Powell Valley Road section of Big Stone Gap in Wise County in early 2016.  On May 26, 2016, Deputy J.D. Helton responded to a call from two separate individuals reporting items missing from their homes and property damage.  The investigation led to Ramey, who had been attempting to pawn items at a local pawnshop.  A search of Ramey's apartment yielded various items taken from both homes, including clothing, jewelry, and electronics valued at more than $1,000.00.   

Slemp commented, "Home invasions are everyone's worst fear. We justifiably expect to be safe and secure in our homes.  When a brazen criminal violates the sanctuary of one's home, it should be met with swift and severe punishment.  We hope that the sentence imposed today sends a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated in Wise County or the City of Norton.  We further hope that the sentence will continue the healing process for the victims in this case and restore the sense of security they should feel in their homes."

The case was successfully prosecuted by Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorneys Steven Davis.   
 Slemp also thanked the efforts made by Sheriff Ronnie Oakes and the Wise County Sheriff's Department  for their investigation into this matter.  "I would like to commend Sheriff Oakes and the Deputies for their hard work during this investigation, their training, knowledge, and teamwork." 

Board of Supervisors and Lee School Board Meeting Tonight

The meeting with the Lee County Board of Supervisors, and the Lee County School Board will be this evening at six p.m. in the conference room at the Lee County School Board Office.

Representative From Morgan Griffith’s Office in Jonesville Today

There will be a staff member from the Ninth District Congressman Morgan Griffith's office at the Lee County Sheriff's Office conference room today in Jonesville from ten this morning until twelve noon. Any residents requiring assistance with federal matters are encouraged to stop by during this time.

Thief from Big Stone Gap Sentenced

According to Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp, Billy Joe Ramey age 34 received an active sentence of three years and eleven months after a portion of his sentence was suspended by a Circuit Court judge.
Ramey was arrested back in 2016 for the discovery of items taken from homes located on Powell Valley Road were discovered by officers inside his apartment. The items included clothing, jewelry and electronics valued at more than one thousand dollars.

Wise County’s Most Wanted List

Wise County Sheriff's Office are currently seeking the following individuals
Eric Monroe Jones  male August 10th 1970, 5'7", 175 lbs with black hair and brown eyes, wanted for
First Degree Murder
Use of a Firearm while Committing First Degree Murder
Possession of a Firearm
Felony Probation Violation
Subject is considered armed and dangerous and the U.S. Marshals are offering a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Mary Rebecca Osborne female May 16th 1971, 5'01", 150 lbs with brown hair and green eyes wanted on Capias/Failure to Appear.
Conley Michael Winebarger, male Januray 18th 1989, 5'09" 180 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes wanted for CAPIAS / VIOLATION OF PROBATION ON FELONY OFFENSE
Jamie Lee Christian male, January 12th 1980, 5'10", 210 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes. wanted for CAPIAS / PROBATION VIOLATION X 3 COUNTS

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Elk Poaching Investigation

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has opened a case into hunters poaching elk in Southwest Virginia. The agency reported that one elk was killed in the Guest River area of Wise County near Norton and the other poaching incident happened in the Warfork community of Buchanan County in November.
The elk were part of a state project in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to restore the species. The group released dozens of elk near Breaks Interstate Park five years ago and current estimates have placed nearly 200 of the animals in the region.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a conservation organization animal charity rated four out of four stars by Charity Navigator that was founded in the United States in 1984 by four hunters. It's mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.  Promoting the sound management of wild free-ranging elk that may otherwise be hunted. They foster cooperation with federal, state, tribal and private organizations and individuals as well as educating their members and the public about habitat conservation, the value of hunting, hunting ethics and wildlife management.
Since it's creation it has helped to conserve more than 6.7 million acres of habitat and to restore long absent elk populations, with herds being reestablished in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ontario, Tennessee, Missouri, Wisconsin and Virginia.
A reward is being offered for information leading the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Tips can be made by calling the Virginia Wildlife Crimeline at 1-800-237-5712 or email
Callers may remain anonymous but should leave their name and contact information when reporting.

Lee County Sheriff’s Department November Stats

November 2017 Total calls received by Dispatch: 5,821.
Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 904.
There were 182 calls dispatched to other agencies.
There were 219 Rescue Squad calls and 16 Ambulance calls.
There were 14 Fire Department calls dispatched.
Nine escorted Funerals.
Forty-one vehicles were unlocked for citizens.
Deputies served 150 warrants and processed 69 people.
Deputies served 177 subpoenas, 26 show cause summons and 279 other various civil papers. One search warrant was executed. Deputies traveled a total of 64,215 miles with 4,133 miles being on transports.
Deputies transported six juveniles, two mental health patients and three prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Deputies along with inmates from Duffield Regional Jail picked up 534 bags of trash from our county roads.
Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered 88 hours to the community this month.

Michigan Couple Arrested in Rose Hill

Sheriff Gary Parsons stated on November 30th at 2:27 in the morning that Deputy Scholl came upon a suspicious vehicle at the Black Diamond in the Rose Hill area of Lee County. Deputy Scholl made contact with the driver and passenger of a maroon Buick parked at the Black Diamond where the male falsely identified himself, but later was identified as Scott Mitchell Ouellette of Michigan and Amber Marie Shuey, also from Michigan.

Deputy Scholl ran the registration as well as the VIN and confirmed the vehicle was reported stolen from Michigan. Deputy Denver Scholl assisted by Deputy Christopher Dillman detained the two subjects and began an inventory of the vehicle, at which time Deputy School found an open backpack in the trunk with a glass jar visible in the bag containing a crystal like substance, which later was found to be the precursors to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The deputies conducted a full search of the vehicle at that time and found additional narcotics as well as paraphernalia. Mr. Scott Ouellette age 27 of Michigan was arrested and charged with falsely identifying to a law enforcement Officer, Possession of Controlled Paraphernalia, Grand Larceny of a Vehicle, Conspire to Distribute Schedule 1 or 11, Possession of Schedule 1 or 11 and is being held without bail. Mrs. Amber Marie Shuey, age 36 of Michigan, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule 1 or 11, Possession of Schedule 1 or 11, and Possession of Controlled Paraphernalia.

Lenowisco Planning District Commission Board of Directors Meeting

The Lenowisco Planning District Commission Board of Directors will meet Monday evening December 4th at five thirty in the Crooked Road Technology Center. Suite 101 at 372 Technology Trail in Duffield.