CLOSINGS & CANCELLATIONS JANUARY 22nd, 2019

LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS 2 HOUR DELAY

NORTON CITY SCHOOLS ON A 2 HOUR DELAY

SCOTT COUNTY SCHOOLS 2 HOUR DELAY

WISE COUNTY SCHOOLS 2 HOUR DELAY

M.E.C.C. OPERATING ON SNOW SCHEDULE.

Virginia Law Enforcement Sheriffs

Virginia Law Enforcement Sheriffs or VLES respond to dangerous calls around the clock, and often alone. Calls may involve dangerous felons with firearms, domestic disputes, and dangerous crimes in progress and yet, in spite of this, the starting salary for Deputy Sheriffs is below the livable wage of $31,629.
The object of the VLES is to persuade the General Assembly to provide a 10% salary regrade for all Law Enforcement Deputies and to require localities to provide a 20% salary supplement. In 86 of the 123 sheriff’s offices located in Virginia provide primary law enforcement in their communities. Towards this goal VLES has retained the services of Steve Baril, John “Lynwood” Butner, and Dylan Bishop of KVCF Government Relations Consulting.
Sheriff Richard A. Vaughan stated that the turnover rate for deputy sheriffs is at an all time high of 21%. Virginia State Police and Municipal Police Departments are recruiting law enforcement deputies with starting salaries of $44,000 a year. This exodus of well-trained deputies puts a financial hardship on localities to hire and train new deputy sheriffs. Adding that, “It is a disgrace that our hardworking deputy sheriffs place their lives on the line daily and still qualify for public assistance and food stamps.”
 

Central High School Student Arrested

Earlier this month, Wise County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Neal Addington received a call from the Norton Police Department regarding a social media post made by a Central High School student. The student in question was brought to the school administrator’s office to discuss the social media post. Following a search of the student’s backpack, a knife was located. Sgt. Addington then searched the student and discovered a toy gun in the waistband of his lower back region. At that time the student was taken into custody and charged with two counts of possession of a weapon on school property. The student was later transferred to a juvenile detention facility.
Wise County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Greg Mullins regarding this incident stated, “There were no threats made, no one was harmed, and the incident is being handled in accordance with all Wise County School’s policies. We are working with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office daily to ensure the safety of all students and staff at Wise County Schools Public Schools.”
 

Lee County’s Board of Supervisors Public Hearing January 29th

On Tuesday afternoon, January 29th 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Conference Room of the Lee County Courthouse in Jonesville. Lee County’s Board of Supervisors is holding this public hearing to garner public input on local community development and housing needs as pertains to Community Development Block Grant funding for local projects in Lee County. Information as to the amount of available funding, requirements for low to moderate income individuals, eligible activities and plans to minimize displacement and offer displacement assistance if necessary will be available. At this time citizens will also be allowed an opportunity to comment on past uses of Lee County’s CDBG funds. Additional information on this is available by contacting  Lee County Administrator Dane Poe at 276-346-7714.

Public Service Authority Meeting January 22nd

The Public Service Authority’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, January 22nd at 5:30 pm at their office located in Jonesville.

American Trucking Association Considering Lawsuit

As a result of the legislation proposing tolls to be collected on Interstate 81, the American Trucking Associating has announced they are considering filing a lawsuit again the State of Virginia. The proposed toll if passed would charge commercial trucks at .17 a mile and wouldn’t offer annual passes to truckers. Arguing that by offering an automobile commuter pass on Interstate 81 has the potential to create a burden on Interstate commerce is the reason given by the American Trucking Association for their possible lawsuit.

JANUARY 21ST 2019 CLOSINGS & CANCELLATIONS

LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TODAY.

NORTON CITY, SCOTT COUNTY AND WISE COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE ON A TWO HOUR DELAY.

UVA AT WISE IS ON A 90 MINUTE DELAY.

MECC IS OPERATING ON A SNOW SCHEDULE.

GET THE LATEST INFO BY PHONING OUR INFORMATION LINE AT 276-546-3400

Joint Highlight on Telephone Scammers Now Impersonating Police Officers

Recently area law enforcements agencies have issued a warning that the Virginia State Police along with the Virginia Fusion Center and the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center have observed numerous fraudulent telephone scams involving police impersonation.
These scammers are claiming to be police officers and even providing a valid Virginia State Police telephone number to verify their claims. In some instances the scammers did follow up contact and claimed to be Social Security officers or Attorney Generals. Making false claims that the victim’s identity had been stolen and the victim now had current criminal charges or warrants pending and the victim would need to send money immediately to have those charges cleared.
The scammers most often request the money to be transferred or wired into an account; however, gift cards as a form of payment has also been demanded. Scammers have also continued to call from “unknown” or “blocked” numbers even after victims have blocked their phone number. Variations of these scams have been reported from all over the country, with some scammers posing as police officers seeking donations.
Everyone is reminded that law enforcement will never contact citizens and request payment to clear warrants. Also to remain wary of Caller ID since technology has made it possible for scammers to fake the number they are calling from. Do not give in to pressure. Never provide your credit card number, bank account number, or other personal information to a caller. Keep track of your credit score and bank statements for unusual activity. Telephone scams should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov  
 

Ronnie Oakes Retiring as Wise County Sheriff

Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes having served as sheriff since 1995, having started his career in law enforcement as a Virginia State Police Trooper in 1969 announced that he would not be seeking re-election.
Some potential candidates for his job are Assistant Sheriff Grant Kilgore with 35 years experience in the Wise County Sheriff's Office. Coeburn Police Chief Scott Brooks who has worked for the Sheriff's Office more than ten years. According to a social media post, Wise County Attorney, Tim McAfee will also run for the position.
 

Lawsuit Filed in Lee County Circuit Court

Locally a lawsuit has been filed in Lee County Circuit Court against state officials that had ruled against the plan to allow public school teachers to be armed for security reasons.
In response to an agency action rendered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services last August that killed the proposal to make Superintendent of Schools Brian Austin a Conservator of the Peace that would have given him the necessary authority to arm select personnel at area schools with firearms is the basis for the suit.
Lee County School Board Chairman, Debbie Jessee, released an official statement on the subject saying, "It is important for the members of our community to know that keeping the children in our schools safe is a top priority for every member of the school board. This lawsuit is intended to simply allow our school board to proceed to use another important option in keeping our children safe."