LCSO Monthly Activity Report- May

Total calls received by Lee County Dispatch Office 6,132
Total calls received, deputies responded to 1,066
There were 407 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 156 rescue squad calls and 30 ambulance calls.
There were 33 fire department calls dispatched.
Deputies escorted 17 funerals.
Deputies unlocked 57 vehicles for the citizens.
Deputies served 141 felony and misdemeanor warrants, 184 Subpoenas, 26 show cause summons and 224 civil papers for the three Lee County Courts.
Deputies processed 62 people on 125 charges.
Deputies served 25 protective orders.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office Executed 2 search warrant.
Deputies traveled a total of 55,680 miles on county roads.
Deputies traveled 2,263miles on transports.
Deputies transported 3 juveniles, 2 mental health patients, and 4 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Inmates from the Regional Jail along with Deputies picked up 1,144 bags of trash from Lee County roadways.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Officer’s worked a total of 96 community volunteer hours this month.

Federal officials dropping vaccine bait to spur rabies

Beginning Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, working with the Virginia and Kentucky health departments, will distribute oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits in areas of Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.
ORVs are small packets containing rabies vaccine and coated with fishmeal. Wild animals eat the baits and become vaccinated against rabies. 
The ORV baits will be distributed from low flying aircraft in Wise, Scott and Lee counties in Virginia and Letcher and Harlan counties in Kentucky. Residents of Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Dryden, Duffield, Norton and Wise and Cumberland and Whitesburg in Kentucky may see planes and helicopters dropping the baits during the weeklong effort.
Wildlife and health officials also ask residents to be alert and to report any dead raccoons, including those struck by vehicles, or raccoons acting unusually ill, friendly, unafraid or sick — staggering, unsteady or aggressive — by calling 1-866 4-USDAWS (1-866-487-3297) or the appropriate local health department or animal control office. The animals or carcasses will be removed to be tested for rabies.

via TimesNews

Federal judge throws out 2 life sentences for DC Sniper Malvo

A federal judge on Friday tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia’s most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings. 

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk said Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. 

Malvo was 17 when he was arrested in 2002 for a series of shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three over a three-week span in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, causing widespread fear throughout the region. 
His accomplice, John Allen Muhammad, was executed in 2009. 

Malvo also was sentenced to life in prison in Maryland for the murders that occurred there. But his lawyers have made an appeal on similar grounds in that state. A hearing is scheduled in June.

Malvo is currently being held at Red Onion State Prison in Pound.

LCSO warning about new phone scam

Lee County Citizens are receiving phone calls being told that they are going to have their Power cut off unless they pay a bill. The scammers want you to pay via Western Union. THIS IS A SCAM. If you receive a call like this…CONFIRM NO INFORMATION AND HANG UP…THEN CALL YOUR POWER COMPANY DIRECT AND ASK THEM IF THERE ARE ANY ISSUES ON YOUR ACCOUNT. THIS WAY YOU KNOW YOU ARE REALLY TALKING TO THE POWER COMPANY AND NOT A SCAMMER. You can also call 911 and notify Lee County Law Enforcement if you feel you are the victim of a Scam.

Escaped Lee inmates captured in Mexico

The United States Marshals Service reports two federal prisoners who escaped from the U.S. Penitentiary in Lee County, VA were captured in Mexico today.

U.S. Marshals said they worked closely with Mexican law enforcement to capture Salah Mohamed, 35, and Kamal Qazah, 37.

According to authorities, Qazah was sentenced in the Western District of North Carolina in 2012 to 18 years in prison for his role in a cigarette smuggling ring spanning two years and two states — North Carolina and South Carolina from August 2009 to November 2011.

Mohamed was sentenced in a Virginia federal court in 2012 to more than 20 years for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine base, cocaine hydrochloride and heroin; conspiracy to ship, transport, receive, possess, sell, distribute, and purchase contraband cigarettes and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Qazah and Mohamed will be taken into U.S. custody once Mexican authorities return them to the U.S.

Wise County School Board votes to close Appalachia Elementary School

The Wise County School Board on Monday voted to close Appalachia Elementary School as part of the board's associated vote to approve its 2017-18 fiscal year budget.

Fourteen people opposed to the school closure addressed the board during the public hearing on the matter, including Appalachia Mayor Teddy Collins and Town Manager Fred Luntsford Jr.

The school opened in 1976 and now has approximately 300 students who will be moving into Powell Valley Primary and Middle School.

Wise County Superintendent Greg Mullins said they will be changing the names of those schools to Union Primary, and Union Middle School.

Mullins said all 35 staff members at Appalachia Elementary have also been reassigned to other schools in Wise County, but said most of them will be going to Union Primary, and Middle School.

Mullins said this decision is a result of a decline in enrollment, loss of jobs with the coal industry, and an overall stagnant economy in the area.

The county estimates they will be saving $600,000 annually by closing Appalachia Elementary School.

Wise County Synthetic Narcotic and Opioid Abuse Prevention Seminar

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PGPD receives several calls regarding bear sitings

Pennington Gap PD has received several calls regarding bears in the Town of Pennington Gap. We are currently working with Virginia Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries to address this problem. Please do not put any trash outside until it is time for the trash to be picked up on your street. Limit pet food and bird feeders outside your residence.

VDGIF will not trap or relocate a bear that is eating from your trash or bird feeders. It is your responsibility to remove the attractants from your property once a bear discovers the food source.

Wildlife Conflict Helpline (855) 571-9003

Or contact PGPD at 276-546-1162 or 276-546-1177

Do not attempt to trap or shoot any bear.

For more information on bears please visit:
www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/bear/

LENOWISE Town Hall Meetings to be held discussing IDU and negative consequences

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Blood Drive at Lee County Courthouse May 24

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