Two killed in head-on crash in Duffield

The two people killed in a crash on U.S. Highway 23 in Scott County on Tuesday have been identified.

Marvin D. Clark Sr., 47, of Pennington Gap, and passenger, Regina L. Spivey, 39, of Pennington Gap were hit by Robert S. Taylor, 47, of Duffield after a van driven by Taylor ran off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail. The impact of that crash caused the vehicle to cross back over the southbound lanes and into the median.

The Ford van then pulled back onto 23 and continued southbound before running off the left side of the highway, going through the median, and continuing south in the northbound lanes of 23 where it struck a 2004 Dodge pickup head-on. Both Clark and Spivey died at the scene.

Taylor was flown to Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time. Charges are pending.

 

Lee County Public Schools investigated after disabled boy was assaulted by another classmate

The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into Lee County Public Schools after a student reportedly kicked an 11-year-old classmate with a disability in the groin area.

The Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation at the request of the boy’s father Jeremiah Singleton. He says a fellow student kicked his son so hard, his backside got infected and a hole the size of a quarter eventually opened up.

Singleton said it was reported that the same student hit his son two weeks prior to this incident and nothing was done about it. The father said his son has severely flat feet, which impact the way he walks and alleges the school system discriminated against the child because of his disability.

“The Division discriminated against the Student by failing to adequately respond to the report that he had been harassed and assaulted at the School by another student because of his disability,” his complaint, detailed in an OCR letter provided to us by Singleton, said.

Law enforcement records show that prosecutors charged a 12-year-old with assault in connection to the alleged attack at Elydale Elementary School in December.

Singleton says the boy is due in juvenile court next month.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Austin said the district investigated the situation and did investigate the alleged incident, but he did not comment further due to protections set forth in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Lee County Public Schools agreed to enter into what’s called Early Complaint Resolution after the U.S. Department of Education opened the complaint for investigation in January. Singleton says the effort to mediate failed.

This isn’t the first time Singleton has filed a civil rights complaint against the school system. Lee County Public Schools signed a resolution agreement last year to get into compliance after a 2015 complaint about lack of accessibility for people with mobility impairments at Rose Hill Elementary School, according to another federal letter. The Officer for Civil Rights letter said the district “expressed a willingness to resolve the complaint.”

 

WJHL

LMU-CVM to host health fair for people and pets

Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) will host a public health fair for people and their pets on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center in Lee County, Virginia.

Participants will need to bring their dog or cat with them to the event. All people will be screened for blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, height, weight and body mass index. Pets will be screened for blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, weight, body condition scoring and will be given a heart worm antigen test. Additionally, for both people and pets, questions will be asked about their perceived health, level of exercise activity and the degree of human-pet attachment.

Participants will receive a clean bill of health based on scores and values consistent with the guidelines for health and physical activity promoted by the Centers of Disease and Control (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/. Persons with blood pressure and blood glucose values that are higher than the normal range will receive recommendations to seek additional medical care and evaluation for medical conditions like diabetes and hypertension that could increase their risk for stroke and heart attack. All persons participating will receive recommendations for maintaining or increasing their weekly levels of physical activity. Pet companions, receive the same benefits as their people, and the pet owners are reassured their pet is healthy and will be around for a long time.

The purpose of the health fair is to enhance and encourage the mutual health and well-being and enhance the companionship between people and their pets. People with limited resources to provide for their pet’s health will be advised of programs that may be available to them at a nominal or no cost.

The public health fairs are part of a study titled, Measuring the Impact of a Mutually Reinforcing Relationship Between Pet Owners and Their Pets. This research project will analyze data collected via a series of public health fairs and develop a general model of health and wellness behavior to examine the relationship between the health of humans and their pets and whether patterns of health and health-associated behaviors are similar. It is anticipated that the model will help determine that pets share the same health benefits and risks as their owners.

WCSO Hosting Law Enforecment Explorer Recruitment Night

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office will host a Law Enforcement Explorer open house and Recruitment Night on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Wise County Justice Center located at 5605 Patriot Drive in Wise, VA. The open house is open to young men and women ages 16-20 as well as their parents. If you have not already picked up or submitted an application we will be handing applications out and accepting completed ones also.

Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities and community service activities.

The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens within their communities. During the open house, potential post members will have the opportunity to observe just a sample of what they will see and experience throughout their experience with the law enforcement explorer post program. They will also have an opportunity to meet and speak with some of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office Deputies.

Agencies from federal, state and local levels coordinate the Law Enforcement Exploring programs throughout the United States. The majority of the community programs are managed by local police departments, including sheriffs, chiefs of police and state police. Nationally, over 33,000 explorers participate in Law Enforcement Exploring.

Our Law Enforcement Career Exploring post will meet on a bi-monthly basis (every 2 weeks) during the school year. For the selected applicants the first scheduled meeting will be on April 13th, 2017 at 6:00pm.

For more information contact Deputy Jason Stine or Deputy Burnis Brumitt at (276) 328-3566 or email Deputy Stine at jstine@wiseso.net or Deputy Brumitt at bbrummitt@wiseso.net. Also follow and like the Wise County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for up to date information at https://www.facebook.com/WiseCountySheriffsOffice/

For more information on Explorer Posts visit www.learningforlife.org/exploring.

Pennington Gap PD to start bike program soon

Pennington Gap police will soon have bike patrol units on the streets, after receiving a grant from the Department of Criminal Justice Services to help with community policing.

Chief Kilbourne says the bikes will allow officers to get out in the community and talk to residents, as well as enhance public safety on the streets. Kilbourne hopes the bikes will make officers more approachable to the public when they have concerns.

The PGPD will still have patrol units out around town in addition to the bikes. The bike program is expected to start in spring once officers have completed training.

Current Water Line Projects

Lee County
***Water Line Projects: Motorists should be alert to slight delays along the following highways due to water line projects:

  • Route 661 (Flatwoods Road) between the intersection of Route 669 (Blue Hollow Road) to the Tennessee State Line. Anticipate lane closures. (Completion: Summer 2017) Route 642 (Old Woodway Road) between Route 421 and Route 638 (Hickory Flats Road). (Completion: Spring 2017)

  • Route 690 in the Caylor section of Lee County at the intersection of Route 58, extending approximately .42 mile north. (Completion: Summer 2017)

Wise man arrested in Florida

A Southwest Virginia man facing felony charges in Wise County was captured Wednesday in Florida.

Guylas "Dakota" Graham, 23, was arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida. He's currently being held at the Volusia County Jail on charges of driving with a suspended license and grand theft. He's also been charged as a fugitive from justice and is awaiting extradition back to Virginia to face additional charges.

Authorities in Wise County asked for the public's assistance to find Graham on Monday. A vehicle reportedly had been stolen from a property on Salem Road in Wise and the Wise County Sheriff's Office said it had felony warrants on file in connection with the investigation.

Graham has a hearing scheduled this afternoon in Volusia County court.

 

Bristol Herald Courier

Officers pursue driver in destructive high speed chase

An attempted early morning traffic stop resulted in a high speed pursuit that continued for an estimated 30 miles, a large amount of property damage and the arrest of three individuals.

Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons reports that deputy sergeant J.T. Coleman attempted to stop a white ford explorer on state route 23 in the Jasper section of Lee County at around 3:00am.

Parsons said the vehicle refused to stop. Coleman began a chase that traveled across Love Lady Road back over into the Dryden section of Lee County. The vehicle then sped up Highway 58 toward Wise County.

According to Parsons Coleman advised the Wise County Sheriff’s Office who laid a spike strip to stop the vehicle. However the driver turned before reaching the strip. The Wise County Officers then joined in the chase.

Parsons said the chase ended up on Hen Reasor road. During the chase the vehicle crashed through cattle gates and one barn. The officers reached a point where they could no longer pursue in a vehicle. The officers then got out and followed on foot.

Parsons said after walking some distance officers found the vehicle which then tried to run them over before crashing into a tree. The occupants refused to exit the vehicle, so officers had to break the windows to remove them.

According to Parsons there were four occupants in the vehicle. 29 year old Tamara Sue Gilbert of 450 Orby Cantrell Highway Big Stone Gap, 30 year old James Brandon Head of 1851 Sycamore Road Appalachia, 26 year old Gerald Lee Mullins of 300 Beech Street Bristol, Virginia and a sixteen year old Juvenile.

Parsons said that Gilbert and Head were charged with Drunk in Public. The driver Mullins was charged with three counts of assault on Lee County Deputies, two counts of assault on Wise County Deputies, one count a malicious assault on Coleman, two counts reckless driving, third offense driving suspended, driving while intoxicated, Refusal of blood or breath test, felony eluding, and child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia. There will be further charges concerning property damage. Mullins was also wanted in Wise County for Drug Distribution. The Juvenile was turned over to social services.

Parsons commended the work of the officers and thanked the Wise County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

Three injured in school bus crash

Officials say three Lee County students were taken to to the hospital Monday afternoon after a crash involving a mini-van and a bus.

Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons said the high school students suffered minor injuries.

We're told the van driver wasn't injured.

The accident happened about 3 p.m. in front of Thomas Walker High School.

They say 23 students were on the bus at the time of the crash.

The Virginia State Police is investigating the crash.

 

WCYB

WCSO looking for man wanted on felony warrants

The below vehicle was taken on March 9, 2017 from 10522 Salem Rd in Wise, VA. The suspect is Guylas "Dakota" Graham, 23 years old, 5'5" tall, 180 lbs, hazel eyes, and black hair. The Wise County Sheriff's Office has felony warrants on file for this subjects arrest. If you know the whereabouts of Mr. Graham or the location of this vehicle please contact the Wise County Sheriff's Office at 1-276-328-3756, or your local law enforcement agency.

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