Former Lee County school official arrested on child porn charges

A retired Lee County educator was arrested Tuesday night in a case involving child porn.

Robert Edward Widener, Jr., 60, of Ben Hur, Va., is charged with 20 counts of using a communications device to possess child pornography and 20 counts of solicitation of the production of child porn, according to the Lee County Court Clerk's Office.

Commonwealth's Attorney Fuller Cridlin said in a statement that specific details could not be released due to the ongoing investigation. He did say that the allegations are "very disturbing and serious."

Cridlin added that he plans to prosecute the charges aggressively and seek the maximum sentence in the case.

Superintendent of Lee County Public Schools Brian Austin told News 5 that Widener began his career in the system in January 1979 and retired in January 2014.

The Virginia State Police is handling the investigation.

Widener is scheduled to appear in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Thursday morning.

 

WCYB

AIMS TV show to feature Lee County

A new season of the Destination America show Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) will begin on Saturday. This season will include a trip to Lee County to search for supernatural forces. The show will air on Saturday, April 22 at 10 p.m. on Destination America.

LCSO March Activity Report

Total calls received by Lee County Dispatch Office 5,265.
Total calls received, deputies responded to 990.
There were 465 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 205 rescue squad calls and 27 ambulance calls.
There were 48 fire department calls dispatched.
Deputies escorted 13 funerals.
Deputies unlocked 57 vehicles for the citizens.
Deputies served 99 felony and misdemeanor warrants, 219 Subpoenas, 39 show cause summons and 238 civil papers for the three Lee County Courts.
Deputies processed 67 people on 99 charges.
Deputies served 42 protective orders.
Lee County Sheriff's Office Executed 2 search warrant.
Deputies traveled a total of 69,187 miles on county roads.
Deputies traveled 4,055 miles on transports.
Deputies transported 3 juveniles, 3 mental health patients, and 5 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Inmates from the Regional Jail along with Deputies picked up 1,325 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.

Route 58 bridge repairs

Repairs to the Route 58 bridge over Town Branch in the Jonesville area of Lee County are underway and have restricted east and westbound traffic

to one 12-foot-wide lane controlled by traffic signals. Motorists should use caution in the area

and wide loads over 12 feet should plan alternate routes while repairs are underway. (Completion: August 2017)

Human remains found in trailer on Reed Patch Road

An investigation is underway by Virginia State Police after human remains were found inside an abandoned, single-wide trailer on Reed Patch Road in Jonesville.

The remains were found on March 26 and have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination, autopsy and positive identification. Foul play does not appear to have been a factor in the person's death at the current stage of the ongoing investigation. The VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville field office is handling the case.

WCSO Weekly Activity Report

WEEKLY PRESS RELEASE

March 23, 2017

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 03/13/2017 through 03/19/2017.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,502 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 299 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 6.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 32 Felony Warrants, 28 Misdemeanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest.
Civil Process Served: 374 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 8
4 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 12 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 256 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 16
Escorted Funerals: 9

The Sheriff’s Office Total Transport for this period: 9
Total Transport Hours: 37.75

1,783 Visitors to Courthouse.

Two USP Lee inmates receive additional prison time

Two inmates at USP Lee have received additional prison time after being found in possession of prohibited objects inside the prison.

Stanely Curtis Gillom, 31, previously pled guilty to one count of being an inmate of a federal prison in possesssion of a prohibited object, specifically marijuana. Gillom received 36 months of additional time for this charge.

In a separate hearing, Victor Lebron, 40, was sentenced to an additional 36 months after being found in possession of Suboxone film.

The investigations were conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the Bristol office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Felons petitioning to restore gun rights after McAuliffe restores voting rights

Felons in Wise County are petitioning to get their gun rights back. Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said when Governor Terry McAuliffe's move to restore thousands of felon’s voting rights opened a legal pathway for felon’s gun rights to be restored.


Two cases are now moving through the Circuit Court of Wise County. Both individual petitioners are convicted felons who have had their voting rights recently restored. One was convicted in 1998 with aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a minor. The other petitioner was convicted in 1987 for unlawful shooting of a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

If the governor restores a felon’s civil rights, including the right to vote and serve on a jury, they can then petition the circuit court judge to give them a permit to carry a gun. Slemp says his office has been fighting those petitions because they have seen cases where individuals who have recently been restored by the governor are still committing other crimes.

Governor McAuliffe has restored voting right to more than 150,000 Virginians.

The governor’s office also said Governor McAuliffe has introduced a new process that restores rights on a case-by-case basis.

But still, Slemp said safety concerns and stress this places on victims makes his office opposed to the petitions.

 

WJHL

McAuliffe vetoes religious freedom bill

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has now vetoed a record-setting 91 bills. His latest veto was on a bill carried by Senator Bill Carrico that would have shielded those whose refused to perform same sex marriage ceremonies or allow clerks to deny licenses.

McAuliffe said the legislation prefers one religious viewpoint over all others and would effectively legalize discrimination.

The governor vetoed the same bill last year, saying the law was bad for business and make same-sex couples feel unwelcome in Virginia.

WCSO Weekly Activity Report

WEEKLY PRESS RELEASE

March 23, 2017

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 03/13/2017 through 03/19/2017.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,502 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 299 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 6.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 32 Felony Warrants, 28 Misdemeanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest.
Civil Process Served: 374 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 8
4 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 12 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 256 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 16
Escorted Funerals: 9

The Sheriff’s Office Total Transport for this period: 9
Total Transport Hours: 37.75

1,783 Visitors to Courthouse.