Wise County’s Most Wanted

In Wise County, the Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating Eric Monroe Jones, age 47, 5'07", 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Wanted for First Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm while committing First Degree Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Felony Probation Violation for Underlying Charge of Attempted Murder for Hire. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous so please contact the Wise County Sheriff's Office if you have any information or dial 911. All information will remain confidential.

VDOT Reminder

VDOT reminds everyone that you can get real time information on existing road conditions, vehicular incidents and traffic congestion on Virginia roads by using VDOT's 511 free mobile app or the website and phone system to help plan your routes most efficently.

Marion Woman Dead

Pauline Angela Evans age 49 of Marion, Virginia was transported to a local hospital after being struck by a commercial truck in downtown Marion and was pronounced dead as a result of her injuries. Officers arrived at the corner of Main Street and Commerce Street just after six a.m. Town spokesperson Ken Heath said the investigation into the accident is continuing but at this time no formal charges have been filed against the truck driver.

Lee County Spelling Bee

The Lee County Spelling Bee is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 18th at the Lee County School Board Conference Room in Jonesville. All  the winners from local elementary and middle schools, and from Thomas Walker High School are welcome to participate. The Spelling Bee is intended to help students improve spelling, increase vocabularies and develop correct English usage and language concepts.

Lee County Public Service Authority Meets January 23rd

The Public Service Authority’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, January 23rd at five thirty p.m.

Police Arrest Pipe Bomb Manufacturers

In Wise County, Jerry Douglas Sam Hensley, 53, and William Stewart Winebarger age 50, both of Coeburn, have been charged after the discovery of pipe bomb building materials in their home. Each are charged with one count of manufacture, possess or use of a fire bomb or explosive devices and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon according to the town's police department.
After officers received information warning that the men had bomb making materials, local officers were allowed to search their home located on Crab Orchard Road according to the police report.
 An explosive ordnance disposal team sent from the Virginia State Police were called in to disarm two devices according to the report. While there investigators also discovered materials that appeared to be intended for use as shrapnel for the bombs.
Currently both men are in custody and being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail. They have been scheduled to be arraigned on charges on February 18th 2018 according to court sources.

Cold Weather Preparation Check List

Cold Weather Preparation Check List is something all of us need to have ready with this recent chillier weather we're experiencing. Some things to consider are the following:

PETS-Remember that temperatures in the twenties are dangerous for most dog breeds so they'll need a warm place. As well as food and water and be sure to make sure their water bowl doesn't freeze over if outdoors.

PIPES-Remember to let them gently stream or drip steadily to avoid freezing, especially if the pipes should run outside and maybe consider opening up the cabinet doors to allow warm air access to pipes.

PEOPLE-The less fortunate and the elderly need to be checked on to make sure they are surviving colder temperatures safely. Ensuring they have a reliable source for heat, food, drinks and medications.

PLANTS-Any temperature sensitive plants should be brought indoors or at least covered up.

VEHICLES-Remember before starting your vehicle to bang on the hood to scare out any small animals that might have climbed onto your engine for warmth, also to check your tire pressure and a good set of jumper cables in case your battery needs a jump. Cold weather is well known to drain batteries of power.

ESSENTIALS-Remember to have blankets, food, water and medicines close by and even in your vehicle if there's a chance you might be stuck alongside the road. Candles if you are at home and road flares if you are out and about are also very handy.

Scott County Receives $250,000 in Grants

In an announcement by State Economic leaders made last Friday the allocation of $250,000 in grant fundings were marked for an industrial/retail development located in Weber City, Virginia.
Located off Route 23 in Scott County, the Riverside project will receive funding for the third phase of it's development through a Community Development Block Grant that's administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.
One parcel located inside the park has already been occupied by TeleTech, a customer experience center that county officials had announced would provide three hundred jobs.
The county is looking to attract even more industrial and possibly even retail development in the park, according to data that was released by the Scott County Industrial Development Authority.

Thomas D. Groves Receives Additional 35 Year Sentence

Thomas Douglas Groves, a Wise County State Prison inmate incarcerated for murdering the mother of his child in 2006, has just received an added thirty five year sentence for attempting to kill a prison guard in Big Stone Gap. Groves was already serving a forty two year sentence for first degree murder of his ex-wife.
Dorothy Dee Dee Dillion Harris was found with a fatal shotgun wound to the head at her home in Bedford, after an employee of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative visited the home to inquire about her past due account.  Groves pled guilty to the murder as well as three other felony charges. Along with breaking and entering he was charged with the use of a firearm while committing murder and grand larceny of a wood truck.
Groves age 47, as in his previous plea bargan entered an Alford plead in Circuit Court. An Alford plea means that while Groves does not admit guilt he does acknowledge that the state has enough evidence to convict him of the crime.
Chuck Slemp, the Commonwealth's Attorney stated that Groves was incarcerated in March of last year at the Wallen's Ridge State Prison when he stabbed the prison guard in the neck with a homemade weapon while he was being returned to general population after having been segregated.

Pennington Gap’s Town Council Meeting January 16, 2018

Pennington Gap’s Town Council will meet on Tuesday evening January 16th  at six p.m. for their regularly scheduled meeting at the Town Hall in Pennington Gap. The meeting is being delayed by one day in deference to the national Martin Luther King holiday on January 15th.