Man charged with Scott County murder

Christopher James Farmer was indicted by a Scott County grand jury this week on a charge of first degree murder in the death of Sirena Hale Flint.

Police say that at approximately 2:30 a.m. on March 30, Flint was located in a ditch along Route 65 in Clinchport. Flint, a mother of four, had sustained unspecified, life-threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, where she died less than a week later.

Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Marcus McClung, told TimesNews that in addition to the first-degree murder charge, Farmer, age 28, faces six more felonies, including abduction, unauthorized use, felony murder, reckless driving while suspended causing a death, domestic violence (third offense) and aggravated involuntary manslaughter. He also faces three misdemeanors — DUI and two assault and battery charges.

Farmer is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority in Haysi on a probation violation.

McClung said Flint and Farmer were in a relationship and Flint was a victim of a domestic violence.

Farmer will be arraigned within the next few days.

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Rabies Clinic Times



Saturday, May 7, 2016

Lee High School                 9:00 am- 9:40 am
Deep Springs Church         9:55 am – 10:35 am
Seminary Church              10:50 am – 11:45 am
Clarks Grocery                  12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Stickleyville School             2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Blackwater Post Office       3:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Campground Church           9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Flatwoods School              10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Speaks Chapel                  11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Rose Hill School                  1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ewing Stock Barn                2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Elydale School                    3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sunoco Station / Carwash   9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Dryden Post Office            10:15 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Pennington Middle School  11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
St. Charles School               1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Robbins Chapel Church       3:10 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Keokee School                    4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.




Drone used in Wise County RAM goes to Smithsonian

Wise County's last Remote Area Medical Clinic implemented drone technology to provide health services to people in need.

The drone was used to make the first FAA-approved drone delivery in the U.S.

Now that drone has been accepted into the collection of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.


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LCSO April Activity Report

Total calls received by Lee County Dispatch Office 6,592.
Total calls received, deputies responded to 1025.
There were 312 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 224 rescue squad calls and 8 ambulance calls.
There were 23 fire department calls dispatched.
Deputies escorted 10 funerals.
Deputies unlocked 45 vehicles for the citizens.
Deputies served 133 felony and misdemeanor warrants, 172 Subpoenas, 39 show cause summons and 167 civil papers for the three Lee County Courts.
Deputies served 20 protective orders.
Deputies processed 63 people on 133 charges.
Lee County Sheriff's Office Executed three search warrant.
Deputies traveled a total of 57,715 miles with 1,700 miles being on transports.
Deputies transported 3 juveniles, 6 mental health patients, and 2 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Inmates from the Regional Jail along with Deputies picked up 660 bags of trash from Lee County roadways.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Officer’s worked a total of 80 community volunteer hours this month.

Crash in Dryden kills motorcyclist

Virginia State Police are investigating a crash that killed a Dryden man on Friday.
Police say a 1998 Harley-Davidson XL883 was traveling east on Route 621 when the driver lost control and crossed the center line. The motorcycle collided with a westbound 2003 Dodge Neon. The impact caused the Neon to run off the right side of the road, go down an embankment and strike a fence.
The motorcyclist, Jerry L. Pearson Jr., 60, of Dryden, Va., died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.
The driver of the Neon, James H. Clouse III, 26, of Jonesville, Va., was not injured, and was wearing a seat belt.
The crash is still under investigation.

MEOC Walkathon for Emergency Fuel Fund this Sunday

Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc.'s 40th Annual Walkathon, the organization's single largest fund raising event for its Emergency Fuel Fund that assists the region's elderly households to bridge heating dilemmas during the winter months, is set to begin with registration for participants at 1 p.m. Sunday at Union High School in Big Stone Gap. The walk will begin at 2 p.m.

For more information about how to get involved in this year's EFF Walkathon or how to become a community sponsor call 276-523-4202 or 1-800-252-6362.

Mayes first Pioneer to hit softball homerun at home

Thomas Walker eighth grader Madison Mayes became the first Pioneer softball player to hit a homerun at their home field last week. The hit came against Hancock County nearly 10 years to the day that Ashton Clouse hit the first homer for the school at Twin Springs.

Virginia leaders want special session after McAuliffe’s felon order

State leaders in Virginia are asking for a special session after Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an order to restore the rights of convicted felon.

Speaker of the House William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment say the restoration is a "flagrant disregard for the Constitution of Virginia."

Previous governors, including former-governor Tim Kaine have determined the Constitution only allows the governor to restore rights to felons on a case-by-case basis.


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WCSO Weekly Activity Report


April 21, 2016

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 04/11/2016 through 04/17/2016.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,597 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 337 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 6.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 19 Felony Warrants, 33 Misdemeanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest.
Civil Process Served: 502 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 9
13 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 22 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 244 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 19
Escorted Funerals: 3

The Sheriff’s Office Total Transport for this period: 5
Total Transport Hours: 20

2,287 Visitors to Courthouse.

Jonesville Neighborhood Watch Meeting