Flooding sweeps FedEx truck into creek in Scott Co.

The heavy flooding after this weeks rain and the melting snow from the past two weeks has left many stranded or at least rerouted in our area.

A FedEx driver, delivering in Scott County, was luckily able to escape without injuries after the delivery truck was swept into a creek Wednesday afternoon. According to the Weber City Fire Department Assistant Chief, Bo Person, the driver thought it was safe enough to cross a low water bridge, but the water swept the truck into the creek on Cameron Church Road.

Duffield Fire and Rescue along with Virginia State Police, and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene shortly after 1pm.

Weber City firefighters said there there is a road closed sign along Cameron Church Road near the Stanley Valley cutoff. They urged residents driving around the area to use caution and if they see high waters to turn around rather than trying to make it across the roadway.

http://wjhl.com/2016/02/03/fedex-truck-swept-into-creek-in-scott-county-va/

Wind Advisory for Tuesday-Wednesday

STRONG WINDS ARE EXPECTED LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

WINDS WILL REACH 15 TO 30 MPH ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA WITH GUSTS OF 40 TO 50 MPH POSSIBLE AT TIMES.

A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM WEDNESDAY.

TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES WILL BE BLOWN DOWN AND UNSECURED OUTDOOR OBJECTS MAY BE BLOWN OVER. DRIVING MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

ALL offenses to be prosecuted by the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office

Effective immediately, H. Fuller Cridlin is exercising his discretion under Va. Code § 15.2-1627 to prosecute all criminal offenses, including ordinances and misdemeanors by the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. This change in policy is to serve two primary purposes.

First of all, it will save money. The Commonwealth Attorney's office will prosecute these crimes at no additional cost to the taxpayer and without costing the municipality a penny. The Town of Pennington will save considerable funds by not paying a private attorney to prosecute on their behalf.

Secondly, this change will provide more consistency in criminal cases. With the Commonwealth Attorney's office handling all criminal cases in Lee County, citizens can expect to receive the same fair treatment whether they are charged in Pennington Gap, Jonesville, Rose Hill, or anywhere else.

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VA Bill May Allow Clerks to Refuse Same Sex Marriage Licenses

The Virginia Senate is currently debating whether clerks should have the right to refuse issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on their own religious beliefs. 

If passed, this bill would create a "Right of Conscience" exemption for circuit court clerks in the Commonwealth, allowing them to refuse issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.   

Senator Bill Carrico is in favor of the bill that protects circuit court clerks from civil and criminal liability for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

The bill will not actually prevent same-sex couples from marrying, as they can still go through the DMV and get a marriage license from the Department of Vital Records.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality last year, giving same-sex couples the legal right to marry anywhere in the country.

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http://www.wcyb.com/news/Bill-aims-to-allow-clerks-to-refuse-giving-same-sex-marriage-licenses/37759760

LCSO Activity Report- January

January 2016 Monthly Activity Report

Total calls received, deputies responded to 6,168.

There were 295 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 138 rescue squad calls and 8 ambulance calls.

There were 36 fire department calls dispatched.

Deputies escorted 24 funerals.

Deputies unlocked 50 vehicles for the citizens.

Deputies served 100 felony and misdemeanor warrants, 196 Subpoenas,18 show cause summons and 167 civil papers for the three Lee County Courts.

Deputies served 25 protective orders.

Deputies processed 51 people on 100 charges.

Lee County Sheriff's Office Executed two search warrants.

Deputies traveled a total of 47,917 miles with 2,991 miles being on transports.

Deputies transported 3 juveniles, 5 mental health patients, and 7 prisoner from other jurisdictions.

Inmates from the Regional Jail along with Deputies picked up 138 bags of trash from Lee County roadways.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office Reserve Officers worked a total of 96 Community Volunteer hours this month.

Public Hearing for CDBG Funding

On Thursday, the Lee County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing to solicit public input on local community development and housing needs in relation to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for projects in the county. Information on the amount of funding available, the requirements on benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, eligible activities, and plans to minimize displacement and provide displacement assistance as necessary, will be available. Citizens will also be given an opportunity to comment on Lee County’s past use of CDBG funds. All interested citizens are urged to attend. The meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Lee County Courthouse.

For additional information, contact Dane Poe, Lee County Administrator, at (276) 346-7714.

Man Wanted in TN For Child Rape and Assault Arrested

The man on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s top 10 most wanted list for child rape and aggravated assault was arrested Thursday in Laurel County, Kentucky.

Rick James Brock, 51, was found hiding in his brother’s home on East Fifth Street in London behind a small refrigerator and panels.

Brock was wanted in Claiborne County on four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and four counts of rape of a child. Laurel County deputies say after he was arrested and taken to the sheriff’s office, he assaulted a deputy and tried to escape. Deputies had to physically subdue him.

Brock faces new charges of third degree assault with a police officer as a victim and third degree escape.

Brock’s brother Mark Rasnick, 45, was also arrested and charged with hindering prosecution or apprehension and resisting arrest.

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https://www.facebook.com/leecountysheriffsoffice/

Goodwill 50% Off Before Closing for Remodeling

The Goodwill in Big Stone Gap  is holding a 50% off all donated goods sale through Saturday.

All donated goods, such as clothing, furniture and housewares, will be marked down half off only at the Big Stone Gap Goodwill, located at 1941 Neely Rd., Big Stone Gap.

After Saturday, the store will be closed until February 5.

The public is invited on February 5 to a grand re-opening.

The proceeds from the Big Stone Gap retail store, along with the organizations 14 other locations, fund Goodwill Industries of Tenneva’s employment services and programs for people with barriers to employment.

WCSO Weekly Activity Report

WEEKLY PRESS RELEASE

January 28, 2016

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 01/18/2016 through 01/24/2016.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,191 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 200 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 7.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 26 Felony Warrants, 15 Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrests.
Civil Process Served: 300 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 4
5 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 11 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 170 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 21
Escorted Funerals: 3

The Sheriff’s Office Total Transport for this period: 5
Total Transport Hours: 12.25

1,173 Visitors to Courthouse.

VA to Again Recognize Handgun Permits from Other States

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce Friday that Virginia will restore handgun reciprocity agreements with nearly all states, in a reversal of a firearms policy that had received an uproar from Republicans and gun rights advocates across the U.S.

McAuliffe (D) struck a deal with Republican leaders one month after Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) ended the right of gun owners in 25 states to have their concealed carry permits recognized in Virginia.

In return, Republicans will agree to a major concession: Anyone subject to a permanent protective order for a domestic violence offense will be prohibited from carrying a firearm for the two-year life of the order.

The policy changes will come in the form of bipartisan legislation before the General Assembly.

The domestic violence bill will require individuals subject to a permanent protective order to sell or transfer their guns within 24 hours of the judge’s order.

In another concession, state police must be present at all gun shows to administer background checks in private sales of guns on a voluntary basis. McAuliffe’s budget includes $100,000 to fund the activity.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/mcauliffe-to-restore-handgun-reciprocity-in-deal-with-republicans/2016/01/28/6f8c0240-c5d8-11e5-9693-933a4d31bcc8_story.html