Press Release From Sheriff Oakes Regarding DCJS Grants Awarded

Sheriff Ronnie Oakes and Assistant Sheriff Grant Kilgore would like to announce that the Wise County Sheriff’s Office has received four state grants that will fund additional School Resource Officers in Wise County Public Schools. These grants are funded through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Two of these grants will continue to fund the School Resource Officers for the Wise County Career/Technical School, Regional Learning Academy, and Alternative Education Center located in Wise, VA and Union Primary School in Big Stone Gap, VA. The two additional grants are new awards that will fund a School Resource Officer for Wise Primary and Coeburn Primary Schools.

Sheriff Oakes states that, “The safety and security of our children, schools, and school staff is one of the top priorities for me as Sheriff. Through grant funding, support of the Wise County Board of Supervisors and Wise County School Board, we now have a dedicated deputy at each Wise County Public School. That has been one of my goals since being elected as your Sheriff.”
Assistant Sheriff Grant Kilgore states, “Our children are the future of Wise County and this nation. We must protect them and make sure they have a secure and safe environment in which to learn and prosper. We will continue to build upon our School Resource Officer Program by having the most qualified, most equipped, and well trained deputies assigned to schools. Since 2015 we have added six new SRO positions with grant funds and two additional ones funded by Wise County, giving us twelve deputies assigned as School Resource Officers. Total grant funds for these six positions will be over $1.3 million.”

Sheriff Oakes and Assistant Sheriff Kilgore would like to thank the members of the Wise County Board of Supervisors and the Wise County School Board for their support of the School Resource Officer Program.

New Law Benefits RAM Clinics

Going into effect on July 1st, 2019 is a new law that allows more volunteers at Remote Area Medical Clinics. Nurse Practitioners with a minimum of five years experience will now be able to treat patients without the need of a doctor to sign off. More than thirty Nurse Practitioners have already signed up as volunteers for RAM events.

Milton Clark of Gate City Killed

A two vehicle crash that occurred in Scott County has resulted in the death of 81 year old Milton Clark of Gate City. According to authorities, Clark was exiting from a private drive and across the northbound lanes of Route 23 when his vehicle was struck  by a pickup truck. Clark perished at the scene and the driver of the pickup truck, Daniel Stacy, along with his adult female passenger were both treated for minor injuries at a local medical facility.

Norton’s City Council Meeting Tonight

Norton’s City Council is scheduled to hold a final vote on their 2020 Fiscal Year Budget this evening. If approved, this new budget will include a $.35 rate increase for each one thousand gallons of water, paid for by City and Out of City customers. This is expected to be the only change in Norton City charged revenue. Tonight at six pm is when the final vote is scheduled to be held.

Angela Sproles and Christopher Chester Arrested on Multiple Charges

A Scott County Deputy while on patrol on Goode Hollow Road, observed a car parked halfway on the road. The vehicle appeared to be empty. When the deputy approached the vehicle a female, Angela Sproles was in the backseat and the driver, Christopher Chester was in the driver's seat.
The tags on the vehicle were expired and did not belong to the vehicle in which they were displayed on. Chester's license is suspended according to the DMV. Chester told the deputy that he did in fact drive the car there.
Scott County K9 gave a positive alert to the vehicle. In the backseat within reach of both occupants was a black bag which contained a pack of fifty empty baggies, four Suboxone strips, one baggie which contained two grams of Methamphetamine, two syringes, one scooping device, and $31 in cash. In the console was an imitation pistol BB gun. Chester advised the deputy that the meth belonged to Sproles.

Wise County Deputies Make Murder Arrest in Infant Death

According to the latest Press Release from the Wise County Sheriff's Department Office, a seven week old infant was brought to Mountain View Hospital in Norton, VA unresponsive. The infant was pronounced deceased at the hospital and sent to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke, VA for an autopsy. Preliminary autopsy results showed the infant died from head trauma. Wise County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Virginia State Police and Wise County Department of Social Services, conducted an investigation into the child’s death. With evidence from the investigation, Felony Murder and Felony Child Abuse warrants were secured on the child’s father, Nicholas Logan Plaster, age 21, of Coeburn, VA. He was arrested on June 5, 2019 and is currently being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield, VA with no bond.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Monthly Activity Report May 2019

Lee County Sheriff's Office Monthly Activity Report
Total calls received by Dispatch: 5,896
Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 1,108
There were 501 calls dispatched to other agencies.
There were 299 Rescue Squad calls and 14 Ambulance calls.
There were 72 Fire Department calls dispatched.
Deputies escorted 15 Funerals.
57 vehicles were unlocked for citizens.
Deputies served 127 Felony and Misdemeanor warrants, 35 Protective Orders and processed 62 people on 113 charges.
Deputies served 137 subpoenas, 32 show cause summons and 431 various civil papers for the three Lee County courts.
7 search warrants were executed.
Deputies traveled a total of 69,901 miles with 2,735 miles being on transports.
Deputies transported 7 juveniles, 3 mental health patients and 3 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Inmates from the Duffield Regional Jail, along with Deputies picked up 592 bags of trash from Lee County roadways.
Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered 64 hours to the community last month.

20th Annual Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic

The Virginia Dental Foundation in its 20th Annual Mission of Mercy free dental clinic will be at UVA-Wise’s David J. Prior Convocation Center July 12th-13th. More than four hundred dentists, professional and volunteers will be available to service patients expected to come from all across the region. Along with the dental care, volunteers will be providing health education and counseling services along with soft food for patients and will be open from 7am until 5pm both days. Those planning to attend should know that overnight parking will not be available on the University of Virginia at Wise Campus.
Offering preventative, restorative and oral surgical care, the Mission of Mercy had previously operated in partnership with the RAM Clinics in Wise County for the last eighteen years. In 2018 the Virginia Dental Foundation began operating the clinic at the Convocation Center in order to provide more comfort for the patients. Each year the VDF receives support from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry and the Virginia Dental Association for the Mission of Mercy. Additional information and updates on the Wise Clinic are available online at our website where you’ll find a convenient link to theirs.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 21

Recently a Federal Grand Jury indicted 21 people from both Lee and Wise County after an investigation into the distribution of Methamphetine in the region. With seventeen people already in custody, four other suspects are still wanted and being sought by authorities.

⦁ Among those arrested are:
⦁ Jeffrey Wayne Caudill, age 47 of Keokee.
⦁ Jamie Lee Christian, age 39 of Wise County.
⦁ Carl Lee Davis Jr, age 33 of Keokee.
⦁ Jonathan Earl Funk age 32 of Wise County.
⦁ Lewis Wesley Hickman III, age 25 of Wise County.
⦁ Joseph Andrew Hobbs, age 27 of Wise County.
⦁ James Morrison Johnson, age 28 of Wise County.
⦁ .Tony Lynn McClellan, age 33 of Big Stone Gap
⦁ David Stone Ringley, age 28 of Wise County.
⦁ Travis Ryan Skaggs, age 30 of Wise County.

Leon Tyler Smith Sentencing in September

Norton resident Leon Tyler Smith, age 25, pled guilty in Circuit Court for the 2018 death of Lee County resident Lee David Lipps. Smith was caught on video surveillance cameras leaving the Virginia Avenue home on the night of the shooting according to local authorities. Investigator say that Lipps was shot in the back numerous time while working in his yard. Police apprehended Smith two days later and charged him with First Degree Murder. His sentencing is scheduled for September 19th, 2019.