Virginia lawmaker wants designated school employees to carry handguns

Virginia Republican Del. Bob Marshall of Prince William County wants school boards in the state to designate employees who can carry concealed handguns on school property.
The bill would require those who carry guns on school grounds to be trained and certified by either the state or the National Rifle Association. Some have argued that school shootings like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 could be prevented if schools had armed personnel who could confront an active shooter.

Eights states have already passed laws since 2013 allowing teachers and school staff to carry guns, but such legislator has been unsuccessful in Virginia in the past.


 

WCSO Weekly Activity Report

WEEKLY PRESS RELEASE

January 12, 2016

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 01/02/2017 through 01/09/2017.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,485 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 290 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 10.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 56 Felony Warrants, 26 Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrests.
Civil Process Served: 516 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 8
9 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 14 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 216 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 23
Escorted Funerals: 6

The Sheriff’s Office Total Transport for this period: 4
Total Transport Hours: 11.75

1,152 Visitors to Courthouse.

LCSO Warning about IRS Scam

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens of a phone scam in which you receive a phone call reporting tax fraud and misconduct on your taxes that you are hiding from the Federal Government. The Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens that this is an IRS scam and no personal information should be given to these scammers. The IRS will communicate with you by mail ONLY. If you get a call from the IRS let the Sheriff's Office know at 276-346-7753.

School board elects Kidwell as Chairman

The Lee County School Board elected District 1 member Michael Kidwell to serve as chairman last week. District 5 representative Pam Fannon will serve as vice-chair. Superintendent Dr. Brian Austin said repairs had been made on all schools during the holidays. The board also approved the 2017-2018 school calendar. They'll meet again on February 9th at 6 p.m.

Lee County man receives 12 years for distributing meth

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WCSO Weekly Activity Report

WEEKLY PRESS RELEASE

January 5, 2016

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 12/26/2016 through 01/01/2017.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,476 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 294 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 6.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 8 Felony Warrants, 22 Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrests.
Civil Process Served: 326 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 7
8 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 11 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 138 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 18
Escorted Funerals: 6

The Sheriff’s Office Total Transport for this period: 4
Total Transport Hours: 65.25

1,001 Visitors to Courthouse.

LCSO 2016 Annual Activity Report

Total calls received by Lee County Dispatch Office 73,885.
Total calls received, deputies responded to 10,880.
There were 3,543 calls dispatched to the Fire Warden, Conservation Officer, V.D.O.T., Juvenile Services, Department of Social Services, Animal Control, State Police and the Towns of Jonesville and Pennington Gap Police Departments.
There were 2,293 rescue squad calls and 128 ambulance calls.
There were 391 fire department calls dispatched.
Deputies escorted 185 funerals.
Deputies unlocked 556 vehicles for the citizens.
Deputies served 1,462 felony and misdemeanor warrants, 2,501 Subpoenas, 598 show cause summons and 2,928 civil papers for the three Lee County Courts.
Deputies processed 767 people on 1,493 charges.
Deputies served 312 protective orders.
Lee County Sheriff's Office Executed 38 search warrant.
Deputies traveled a total of 756,114 miles on county roads.
Deputies traveled 25,834 miles on transports.
Deputies transported 36 juveniles, 50 mental health patients, and 40 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Inmates from the Regional Jail along with Deputies picked up 9,182 bags of trash from Lee County roadways.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Officer’s worked a total of 1,038 community volunteer hours this month.

LCSO December Activity Report

Total calls received by Lee County Dispatch Office 5,141.
Total calls received, deputies responded to 825.
There were 383 calls dispatched to the Fire Warden, Conservation Officer, V.D.O.T., Juvenile Services, Department of Social Services, Animal Control, State Police and the Towns of Jonesville and Pennington Gap Police Departments.
There were 214 rescue squad calls and 27 ambulance calls
. There were 44 fire department calls dispatched.
Deputies escorted 18 funerals.
Deputies unlocked 53 vehicles for the citizens.
Deputies served 89 felony and misdemeanor warrants, 219 Subpoenas, 23 show cause summons and 479 civil papers for the three Lee County Courts.
Deputies processed 767 people on 1,493 charges.
Deputies served 11 protective orders.
Lee County Sheriff's Office Executed 2 search warrant.
Deputies traveled a total of 65,751 miles on county roads.
Deputies traveled 738 miles on transports.
Deputies transported 1 juveniles, 2 mental health patients, and 4 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Inmates from the Regional Jail along with Deputies picked up 216 bags of trash from Lee County roadways.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Officer’s worked a total of 96 community volunteer hours this month.

Governor McAuliffe Proposes Criminal Justice Reforms for 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe has proposed a legislative package of commonsense reforms to Virginia’s criminal justice system for the 2017 General Assembly session. The package includes reforms aimed at better aligning Virginia’s justice system to keep people safe and connect punishments with the severity of crimes: preventing Virginians from having their driver license suspended due to the inability to pay outstanding court fees, allowing all convicted persons of felonies to petition the court to issue a writ of actual innocence based on DNA evidence and increasing the felony larceny threshold to align Virginia with the majority of the United States.

The details of the Governor’s criminal justice agenda are below:

Eliminating the suspension of a driver license due to the inability to pay court costs for most non-driving related offenses;

The Governor today announced two bills aimed at reducing the practice of suspending the driver licenses of offenders who either cannot afford to pay court costs or who committed a non-driving offense. Nearly 650,000 Virginians currently have a suspended driver license because they cannot afford to pay their legal fees and court costs to the state. Another 200,000 have lost their licenses for offenses that have nothing to do with driving. For many, personal vehicles are the only travel option to their job, and their driver license suspension prevents them from employment, and ultimately from paying their court costs and building a more productive life.

Eliminating arbitrary barriers to a writ of actual innocence based on new or untested human biological evidence;

The Governor announced legislation to expand the eligibility to obtain a writ of actual innocence if new or untested evidence is discovered. Currently, only certain defendants can petition the courts for a writ of actual innocence after the conclusion of a trial. The proposed legislation expands the opportunity for defendants who pleaded guilty to petition the court for a writ of actual innocence based on new or untested DNA evidence.

Raising Virginia’s felony larceny threshold to $500.

Finally, the Governor announced legislation to raise Virginia’s felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500. Virginia’s felony larceny threshold is currently the lowest in the country, set at $200, meaning that an individual who steals one pair of high end athletic shoes is subject to enormous employment, housing and other difficulties that come with a felony conviction. The threshold was first set in 1980, almost 40 years ago. The purchasing power of $200 in 1980 is now over $500. This legislation will proportionately revise the punishment for theft in Virginia and align Virginia with the rest of the nation in distinguishing misdemeanor and felony theft. 

– See more at: https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=18585#sthash.R2HrllpP.dpuf

WCSO looking for suspect in armed robbery

The Wise County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance for any information they may have on the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred at Mountain Top Deli on Coeburn Mountain Road in Wise on Tuesday. The crime occurred at approximately 10:00 pm and the subject fled on foot. Click here to view an image taken from store security cameras of the suspect.  If you know who this is or can provide any other information please contact the Wise County Sheriff's Office at 1-276-328-3756.