Shoplifting Couple Caught

The City of Norton Police Department recently sought help from area residents in identifying a male and female shoplifting duo targeting the Norton area Walmart. Area residents were asked to contact the Norton Police Department if they had any information or were able to identify the couple from security camera footage photos pasted on the NPD social media page. No names have been released at this time.

Murderer Nabbed in Lee County’s Rosehill

Last Tuesday alert officers nabbed a man charged with First Degree Murder in Hancock County in our own Lee County, Va. According to the latest Press Release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Hancock County Sheriff’s office, Garry Heath Gilliam age 48, was located and arrested.
Monday evening, officers from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting on Neal Road in Tazewell and discovered Irby Neal, age 67, deceased.
Agents soon joined the investigation to aide area law enforcement personnel and in a very short time, Gilliam was identified as the perpetrator responsible for the demise of Neal.
Wise County Sheriffs Office Response Team and Hostage Negotiators were then able to contact and arrange the safe arrest of Gilliam outside a Rosehill residence.
At this time Gilliam, is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail located in Duffield Virginia awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

Lee County Sheriff Department Yearly 2020 Stats

According to the Lee County Sheriff Department during the month of December 2020 the activity report listed the following:
Total calls received by Dispatch: 56,140
Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 9,781
There were 5,162 calls dispatched to other agencies.
There were 2,855 Rescue Squad calls and 84 Ambulance calls.
There were 541 Fire Department calls dispatched.
156 funerals escorted.
581 vehicles were unlocked for citizens.
Deputies served 1031 Felony and Misdemeanor warrants and processed 591 people on 1,073 charges.
Deputies executed 17 Search Warrants.
Deputies served 1,842 subpoenas, 280 show cause summons and 4,753 other various civil papers.
Deputies traveled a total of 655,891miles with 14,086 miles being on transports.
Deputies transported 19 juveniles, 24 mental health patient and 23 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Deputies along with inmates from Duffield Regional Jail collected 1,734 bags of trash from Lee County roadways.
Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered 680 hours to the community last year.

Lee County Sheriff Department December 2020 Stats

According to the Lee County Sheriff Department during the month of December 2020 the activity report listed the following:
Total calls received by Dispatch: 4,784
Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 779
There were 457 calls dispatched to other agencies.
There were 299 Rescue Squad calls and 6 Ambulance calls.
There were 43 Fire Department calls dispatched.
9 funerals escorted.
48 vehicles were unlocked for citizens.
Deputies served 72 Felony and Misdemeanor warrants and processed 41 people on 72 charges.
Deputies served 154 subpoenas, 4 show cause summons and 282 other various civil papers.
Deputies traveled a total of 55,785 miles with 761 miles being on transports.
Deputies transported 1 juveniles, 1 mental health patient and 2 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered 44 hours to the community last month.

LENOWISCO Mobile Clinic Bus Schedule 2021

The LENOWISCO Health Department’s Mobile Clinic Bus schedule for this year has the following days and locations scheduled, please remember you DO need an appointment for this free service which you are able to complete by either phoning your local health department or clicking the convenient link. https://thehealthwagon.org/patient-services/?fbclid=IwAR1CR4kAjgYrTh-hxxiM8xcddDSxN-fOw6Nd4fuWjiFjLQD_Ao06cdVCkfQ#Appointment-request
First Monday of the month it will be in Coeburn, Virginia at the Train Depot.
On the first Tuesday of the month it will be at Grabeel’s IGA in Pennington Gap, Virginia.
On the first Thursday of each month it will be in McClure, Va. at the Binns-Count Community Center.
On the second Monday of each month it will be at the Big Stone Gap Food City.
On the second Tuesday of each month it will be in Duffield, Va. at the Food Country.
On the second and fourth Thursday of each month it will be at IGA in Pound, Va.
On the third Monday of the month, you will find it at the Lebanon Farmers Market in Lebanon.
On the third Tuesday of the month it will be at the Triple T Gas Station in Clinchco, Virginia.
On the third Thursday, you will find it at the St Paul Food City on Wise Street.
Then on the fourth Tuesday of each month the mobile wagon will be in Rosehill, Virginia at the IGA located on Thomas Walker Road.

COVID19 Vaccination Info Clarification

Recently LENOWISCO Health District’s social media page listed a clarification for individuals who mistook the latest update on the COVID19 vaccination plan for Virginians. Numerous people thought it was a registration site for the vaccine instead of an information gathering post to try and discern just how many vaccines would be required to ensure sufficient is ordered.
They are currently at work on Phase 1A of vaccinating Commonwealth residents, with Group 1B information being collected and tallied. If you, your agency or organization falls into this group and you reside in the LENOWISCO Health District which covers Lee, Norton, Scott and Wise Counties they have posted a link to the COVID19 survey form. https://forms.gle/cfuQtG3qSWAz6UzN9
Group 1B persons include the following proposed groups:
Police, Fire and Hazmat
Correction Workers
Childcare, K-12th grade Teachers and Staff
Food processing plants along Commercial Agriculture Manufacturing
U.S. Postal Service Workers
Grocery Store Workers
Public Transit Workers
Please note these are proposed groups and are subject to change.

Tamara Wolford Arrested

Tamara Wolford has been arrested and charged with the Second Degree Murder in the shooting death of Jared Dockery on Twin Springs Road that took place in June of 2020. The incident allegedly took place after Dockery gained entry to the home and was killed.

Smoke Testing Locally

According to the latest Press Release from the Wastewater Superintendent, Martin Taylor:
The Lee County Public Service Authority will be performing Smoke Testing in our area from January 5, 2021 to January 22, 2021, between the hours of 9am-4pm daily.
In addition to this public service announcement, notices will also be placed on the doors of the Lee County Public Service Authority customers who will be affected by this process. These door hangers will explain the procedure that the customer will need to take if they smoke inside or around their house.
Periodic smoke testing is a simple process used in the utility industry that consists of blowing smoke mixed with large volumes of air into the sanitary sewer line, usually introduced through the manhole. The smoke then travels the path of least resistance and shows up at site that allow surface water airflow. This test helps to determine if there are leaks and or cracks in underground wastewater lines.
They appreciate everyone’s cooperation and add that if you have any questions concerning this process, please contact the Public Service Authority office at 276-346-7775 during normal operating hours of Monday thru Friday from 8am until 4:30pm.

Stimulus Package Scams Rampant

Because of the new Stimulus Package payments that were recently approved by the government, there is a high probability of new scam phone calls and emails in our area. Everyone is reminded to please be extra cautious of any phone calls, emails or text messages that you might receive, claiming to with the IRS. Always remember, the IRS will never call, text or email you in regards to your stimulus checks.
Who can you talk to about your stimulus check? The IRS has added 3,500 telephone representatives to answer some of the most common questions about Economic Impact Payments. However, the IRS has stated that telephone services and assistance will continue to remain limited and recommend that everyone continue to utilize the IRS website for updates, check your payment on the Get My Payment Tool, and use the Non-Filers tool if you don’t file income taxes.
If you’d rather speak with a live representative, you may instead phone the IRS Economic Impact Payment Line at 1-800-919-9835.
The Internal Revenue Service added that many of the frequently asked questions concerning stimulus payments will be answered on the automated recording, and then you will be given the option to speak with a live representative. Please note that simply listening to the automated message may not result in actually speaking with a live representative, unless you select that option.

City of Norton Police Department is Hiring

The City of Norton Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of FULL TIME POLICE OFFICER. Applications may be picked up at the City of Norton Police Department or by visiting the Norton Police Department website at www.nortonpd.org and by clicking on Departments> Police Department> employment opportunities.
Completed applications can be taken to the Norton Police Department or may be mailed to the City of Norton Police Department, Attn. James C. Lane, Chief of Police, P. O. Box 618, Norton, VA 24273.
For further information including requirements please call (276) 679-1211. The City of Norton Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.