Virginia based KVAT Food City stores are known for their support and partnership with local farmers. The KVAT Food City grocery chain averages purchases with area growers for fresh produce in excess of five million dollars annually. KVAT has 131 store locations through out Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.
Earlier this month a Scott County deputy observed a male subject asleep in his vehicle at the Valero Station in Wadlow Gap. The deputy noticed that he had a clear plastic bag, torch lighter and green see-thru container that revealed a powder like substance in his lap.
The deputy woke him up and asked him to step out of the vehicle. The subject, identified as Joshua Blankenship advised the deputy that he had a gun on his person. The deputy safely retrieved the gun and Blankenship was then placed in handcuffs. Blankenship also had a knife, a round container with a crystal substance that tested positive for meth and a white powder that he advised the deputy was cocaine.
A tow truck was called to the scene and an inventory was done on the vehicle. During the vehicle inventory the deputy located a locked box. When the box was opened, it had several glass pipes, plastic baggies, and a digital scale with white residue. It also contained two small baggies with marijuana inside.
Also recovered by the deputy was $329 in cash and two counterfeit $20 bills.
In Scott County, Virginia, Angela A. Hutson was arrested and falsely identified herself to officers using her sister’s name, Ashley Honaker. Honaker a victim of this crime along with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office has filed additional charges against Hutson which now include Forgery in writing, False Identity to Law Enforcement Officer, and Identity Theft.
Everyone is invited to the spaghetti dinner tonight from 5:30 until 7:00 pm at Lee Theatre/Community Center in Pennington Gap, in which all proceeds benefit the Lee High School Band. The concert band will then conclude the evening, beginning at 7:30 pm with a performance featuring selections that will be performed at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, as they prepare to become a third time Virginia Honors Band.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday evening, March 19th at 6:00 pm in the General District Courtroom for their regular monthly meeting.
The Pennington Gap Town Council will meet this evening at 6:00 pm for their regular meeting at the Pennington Gap Town Hall.
Last week saw local communities in southwest Virginia join together in a coordinated effort to raise awareness and reduce underage drinking entitled “Project Sticker Shock”. The annual event in Lee, Scott, Wise and the City of Norton was hosted by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), Bureau of Law Enforcement with the Concerned About Our Community Coalition, Planning District One and Frontier Health.
Local participants included Black Diamond Stores and FasMart Stores, with assistance from the City of Norton Police Department, Norton City Sheriff’s Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Wise County Sheriff’s Department, and the Commonwealth Attorneys Offices of Lee, Scott and Wise Counties. Also participating were local High School students, prosecutors, victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and community volunteers.
For additional information about Project Sticker Shock visit www.abg.virginia.gov/education/programs/project-sticker-shock
According to the latest Press Release from the Lee County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office of H. Fuller Cridlin regarding Lee County resident Don Bolden:
“Don Boldon, of Jonesville, was sentenced today in the Lee County Circuit Court to serve a total of six years in the Virginia State Penitentiary for the possession of approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. This term of active incarceration will be followed by ten years of supervised probation.
The defendant was originally charged following a traffic stop on December 18th, 2017. Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Denver Scholl initiated the stop, searched the vehicle, and upon a search of the vehicle located the methamphetamine, digital scales, and unused small plastic bags. I commend him for removing this methamphetamine from our streets, assisting in bringing the defendant to justice today, and for making our community safer.”
A Scott County deputy conducted a traffic stop on an SUV with Tennessee tags for a defective and loud exhaust. There were three passengers in the vehicle in addition to the driver, Gregory Hensley, who was driving with a revoked license in Tennessee. The deputy asked Hensley if he had any weapons or if there were any in the vehicle. Hensley advised the deputy that there was a gun behind the backseat. The deputy retrieved a saw offed .22 caliber rifle with no serial numbers. The rifle was within reach of both backseat passengers.
Hensley advised that Mark Crawford, a two time convicted felon had put it there. When asked about the weapon, Crawford made a statement that the gun was for his protection, and that Helton was aware of the shotgun. During a search of Crawford, the deputy located several live .22 caliber rounds, red plastic cut straw with residue with tested positive for methamphetamine.
The other backseat passenger, Carrie Helton had a glass smoking pipe with residue which tested positive for meth on her person. All three subjects were taken into custody and multiple charges were filed.
A traffic stop that occurred on Sunday has led to the arrest of a Lee County man and the seizure of illegal drugs and paraphernalia.
Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons reports that Deputy Chad Rouse was patrolling on Kentucky Street in Pennington Gap when he observed a white Dodge truck with a brake light out. Deputy Rouse then affected a stop on the vehicle. Upon approaching the vehicle he observed the strong odor of marijuana.
According to Sheriff Parson, Deputy Denver Scholl along with his K-9 partner Lolek were called to the scene and Lolek “alerted” on the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was 55 year old Roger Hall of Jonesville, Virginia who then gave Deputies consent to search the vehicle.
Sheriff Parsons said that once inside the vehicle they found a container with two bags of meth, a large bag of Marijuana, scales, assorted pills, empty baggies and a measuring spoon.
Roger Hall was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Schedule II and Schedule IV narcotic.
Sheriff Parsons then commended both Deputy Rouse and Scholl along with K-9 Officer Lolek for a job well done.