WCSO Weekly Activity Report

WEEKLY PRESS RELEASE

July 21, 2016

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 07/11/2016 through 07/17/2016.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,521 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 264 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 12.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 53 Felony Warrants, 25 Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrest.
Civil Process Served: 369 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 4
7 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 10 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 282 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 13
Escorted Funerals: 6

The Sheriff’s Office Total Transport for this period: 2
Total Transport Hours: 19.5

2,189 Visitors to Courthouse.

WRSP to host outdoor nature skit for kids this weekend

Wilderness Road State Park will host an outdoor nature skit for kids on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Tall Tree Tales with Bucky, Twig and Squirrel is the outdoor comedy skit with a nature theme. Discover interesting facts about native wildlife through embellished stories presented by three very colorful characters who seem to have a rather close connection with their furry friends. Join Bucky, Twig and Squirrel as they search for an iconic symbol while sharing educational, yet entertaining stories about their life in the forest. Ever wonder where a chipmunk’s stripes come from? Or have you ever wondered what month is a tree’s least favorite? Find out these questions and more during this can’t miss live outdoor event presented on stage for children of all ages, including those adults that are really kids at heart. Prepare for an evening of unique stories, jokes and a ton of fun! Live at the amphitheater. Admission is free, parking rates do apply.

For more information, please contact the park office at 276-445-3065 or visit the park’s official website at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/wilderness-road.shtml. You can also visit the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park official website: www.friendsofwildernessroad.org or Martin’s Station’s website at www.historicmartinsstation.com.

New Black Diamond Market to be located in Jonesville

The Lee County Building Official yesterday issued the building permit for the new Black Diamond Market just west of Jonesville (across the street from Subway). We look forward to an old property being renovated and a new business opening soon.

I Love Lee Billboard Contest

I Love Lee Picture Contest

Want to be featured on a billboard? Here's how:

1. Like us on Instagram: @iloveleeco

2. Take an awesome picture in Lee County doing something fun! (hiking,biking, eating, riding, fishing, camping, floating, enjoying Lee County) Hint: download our summer adventure guide or request one on our homepage

3. Post it on Instagram

4. Share the love by using #iloveleeco

Approved photos will be featured on one of our regional digital billboards! We have locations in Bristol, Duffield, and Kingsport.

Wise couple indicted after twin sons’ deaths

The grand jury indicted a Wise County couple for child abuse and neglect of their infant son.

The father, 44 year-old Franklin Mullins, was accused last month for the death of the baby's twin brother.


Shortly after the investigation into 5-month-old Ryan Mullins' death began, the Wise County Sheriff's Office started looking closer into the death of his twin brother, also named Franklin Mullins who died two months earlier of an E. Coli infection.

The father is now charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect against his son Franklin.


He’s already accused of felony murder, second-degree murder, child abuse and neglect of his other son, Ryan.


The sheriff's office began investigating when they responded to the call of an unconscious baby.


Ryan was flown to the Johnson City Medical Center where he died a few days later of a non-accidental head injury.

The grand jury indicted the boys' mother, Viola Mullins. She was arrested on two counts of child abuse and neglect of Franklin Mullins. She is being held on a $100,000 secure bond.

courtesy of-

http://www.wcyb.com/news/wise-county-couple-charged-for-child-abuse-and-neglect-of-their-infant/40806720

Update: Children found safe after Police searching for missing children in Scott County

The children were found safe and reunited with their grandfather.


A search is underway for two children who went missing while hiking with their grandfather in Scott County, Virginia.

Police told WCYB they are searching for a 17-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy.

They got separated while hiking around 9a.m. this morning. They were last seen in the hanging rock park area.

Several agencies are assisting in the search, including med-flight.

If you have information you're asked to call police.

Courtesy of-

http://www.wcyb.com/news/Missing-children-in-Scott-County/40805182

Health Wagon to present “A More- or Less- Perfect Union documentary

The premiere of the new documentary, A More- or Less- Perfect Union, will be hosted by The Health Wagon at the Park Avenue Theater on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film's themes lead by writer/director Jim Gabbe.

The documentary asks a question central to the current state of the United States: is our Union as hopelessly divided as many of our politicians and media pundits would have us believe?

WCSO Weekly Activity Report

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 07/04/2016 through 07/10/2016.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,554 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 289 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 7.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 24 Felony Warrants, 31 Misdemeanor Warrants, 2 DUI Arrests.
Civil Process Served: 244 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 4
4 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 6 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 208 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 20
Escorted Funerals: 5

The Sheriff’s Office Total Transport for this period: 6
Total Transport Hours: 20.5

1,419 Visitors to Courthouse.

Five sentenced in synthetic drug conspiracy

Sentences were handed down to five people in federal court this week for their roles in a massive conspiracy to distribute the drug alpha-PVP, known as Gravel, in Southwest Virginia from 2012 to 2015.

All five previously pleaded guilty to at least one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent distribute alpha-PVP.

Evidence presented at previous hearings showed that those five and other members of the conspiracy placed orders for the powder form of alpha-PVP from distributors in Florida and China. Those orders would be shipped to an address in Wise, Virginia, and the packages would then be retrieved and distributed to mid and low-level dealers around Wise for distribution, the release stated.

The hard form of alpha-PVP, known as Gravel, would be transported to suppliers in North Carolina and Tennessee from Wise. Those involved in the conspiracy would break down the larger quantities of gravel into smaller amounts for sale to users.

“Synthetic drugs are often times more dangerous and addicting than street drugs,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick said in a press release. “We will continue to dedicate federal resources to working with our law enforcement partners to ending conspiracies like this one. These individuals fed off the addictions of others, and for that, they have been justly punished.”

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Postal Service, the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, the Virginia State Police, the Big Stone Gap Police Department, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Norton Police Department, the Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office, the Sullivan County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office, the Coeburn Police Department, the Clintwood Police Department and the Wise Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Erin M. Kulpa prosecuted the case for the United States.

Those charged are as follows:

Samuel Lee Courtney, 55, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 564 grams of alpha-PVP and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He was sentenced to 117 months in federal prison.

Bernard Anthony Murphy, 52, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 450 grams of alpha-PVP. He was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison.

Lesley Marie Banks, 44, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 370 grams of alpha-PVP. She was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison.

Eric Cameron Bright, 47, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 10 kilograms of alpha-PVP. He was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison.

Victoria Diane Campbell, 25, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 1.5 kilograms of alpha-PVP. She was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison.

courtesy of-

http://www.timesnews.net/Law-Enforcement/2016/07/14/Five-sentenced-in-massive-Gravel-conspiracy.html?ci=stream&lp=6&p=1

IDA Repays Loans to VCEDA

The Industrial Development Authority of Lee County (IDA) announced today (July 14, 2016) that it has repaid in full two loans totaling $423,400.00 to the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA). The loans were originated in 2006 and 2008 to assist the IDA with economic development activities. “Over the last year-plus the IDA Board has paid off nearly 25% of its long term debt and greatly strengthened its financial position, stated Michael James, IDA Director. “We want to thank the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority for their assistance over the years. This money will be applied to the pool available for our borrowing for future projects.”

“VCEDA has enjoyed a long successful relationship with the IDA of Lee County and look forward to working with them again in the future,” stated Jonathan Belcher, Executive Director and General Counsel for VCEDA.

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.