According to virginiadot.org there’s a project development currently underway that would add Climbing Lanes in Lee County on Route 58. This design is intended to add a 1,000 foot climbing lane to the West side of Powell Mountain in Lee County. The proposed main benefit would be towards safety along Route 58 at Powell Mountain by giving passenger vehicles a safe way to pass trucks along the steep grade. The majority of funding is expected to come from Federal fund sources. Listed as Project Manager, is Ron Flanary. For additional information you may call 276-669-6151
The next regular Lee County School Board meeting will be held this Thursday evening, February 14th, at 6:00 pm at the Lee County School Board Office, with a Budget Work session to be held just prior at 5:00 pm.
According to a statement from Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office, after a hostage situation in Grundy, warrants were issued for Rocky Reynolds for Attempted First Degree Murder, Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Felony Domestic Violence.
Adding that Reynolds was also wanted in Wise, Wythe and Grayson Counties. Currently Reynolds is being held without bond at the Southwest Regional Jail in Haysi.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office issued a public thanks to those who responded to their call for help in identifying two male suspects that were being sought as part of a multistate investigation. Both suspects face charges of Conspiracy to Commit Credit Card Fraud, Credit Card Theft, Credit Card Fraud, Criminally Receive Money and Services Fraudulently Obtained after using a debit card at an ATM. After posting camera images online, both suspects were identified, one as Renier Rodriquez and Elver Perez Suarez of Louisville, Kentucky and native to Honduras. The victim is from Scott County.
Ballad Health recently increased their visitation restrictions at all of their hospitals due to a continuing increase of the risk of flu. Individuals with flu like symptoms, adolescents under the age of eighteen are requested to please refrain from visiting any area hospitals at this time. Additionally hospitals are asking that any groups who may be planning a visit to please limit themselves to two adults per patient.
Justin Lee Carrico – 31 age – Hiltons, Va: Distribution schedule II within 1000 feet of school, distribution schedule II, conspiracy
According to a Press Release from Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains unchanged at 2.8 percent. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Virginia was down 0.8 percentage point from last year, and continuesto be the lowest rate since the April 2001 rate of 2.8 percent. The labor force has expanded for the third consecutive month, added 4,213 for a total of 4,359,242 and set a new record high. Household employment increased by 4,953, which was the twelfth consecutive monthly increase, and at 4,236,062, set a new record high. The number of unemployed continued to drop, declining by 740 to 123,180. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was up 0.2 percentage point in December to 3.9 percent.
For a more in depth statistical breakdown visit the Virginia Employment Commission’s website at www.vec.virginia.gov.
Virginia State Police investigated a case involving a tree falling onto a car in Wise County that occurred this past weekend. Local authorities have stated that a Nissan was traveling North on Rte 23 when the tree landed on her vehicle. The Nissan then ran off the road and wound up in a ditch. The investigation discovered that the tree fell as it was being cut down. Commonwealth Attorney Charles H. Slemp III said that Tony Osborne age 35, of Pound, has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, and Trespassing. The female was Iris Walker, age 64 from Kentucky. The charge of Involuntary Manslaughter is explained as the accidental death caused by someone's reckless or careless behavior in taking on an illegal act that's not a felony, or a legal act that's just done improperly.
According to the latest Press Release from Lee County Commonwealth’s Attorney H. Fuller Cridlin earlier this week concerning the case of Phillip Ray Warner:
Cridlin stated, “Phillip Ray Warner, of Pennington Gap, Va, was sentenced today in the Lee County Circuit Court to serve a total of ten years in the Virginia State Penitentiary for the distribution of 1.54 grams of methamphetamine. This term of active incarceration will be followed by an indefinite period of supervised probation.
This case was the result of a collaborative effort between my office, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force. I commend the efforts of all law enforcement officers involved in both the investigation of this matter. The distribution of methamphetamine, even in small amounts, makes our community less safe. We will continue to prosecute all such cases very aggressively.”
The American Trucking Association is pleased to know that lawmakers in Virginia have decided against their proposed plan to add tolls to Interstate 81, claiming they need additional time to study funding sources, which include increases to the state gas tax. The proposed tolls were intended to help pay for upgrades to safety and traffic flow, but have been strenuously opposed by numerous business and trucking groups who complain that it will hurt commerce.