Balck Bear and SUV Collide in Wise County, Virginia

In Wise County, Virginia two people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries after a collision with their SUV and a bear weighing more than 700 pounds according to Assistant Sheriff Grant Kilgore of the Wise County Sheriff's Office, who reported that the accident occurred Thursday evening on Route 23 close to Hoot Owl Hollow which isn't far from Norton.

Maria Stidham of Big Stone Gap was one of the two injured people and she stated that "she felt the bear came out of nowhere. I think about deer on that road, but I've never gave it a second thought about a bear. We hit that bear and it was almost like hitting a block wall, we came to a complete standstill."
With airbag burns on her face and an injured left leg, Stidham added that she was grateful to have survived the crash which totaled the SUV, causing damages in the amount of $12,000.

Kilgore further added that at the request of the owner to take possession of the bear, the Commonwealth Conservation Police were contacted who granted the request.

According to the Virginia Game Officials the bear weighed in at 792 pounds and officials reported that they would be trying to confirm if this bear breaks the current record for the largest Black Bear to have been found in the Commonwealth.

According to the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries the American black bear is found only in North America. There are approximately 900,000 black bears in North America. Black bears reside in every province in Canada except for Prince Edward Isle, and in at least 40 of the 50 states in the US. In the eastern United States, black bear range is continuous throughout New England but becomes increasingly fragmented from the mid-Atlantic down through the Southeast.

Depending on the time of year, adult female black bears commonly weigh between 90 to 250 pounds. Males commonly weigh between 130 to 500 pounds. The largest known wild black bear was from North Carolina and weighed 880 pounds. The heaviest known female weighed 520 pounds from northeastern Minnesota.
 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS FOR DECEMBER 6TH, 2018

THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS ARE OPERATING ON A TWO HOUR DELAY FOR THIS MORNING.

LEE COUNTY

NORTON CITY

SCOTT COUNTY

WISE COUNTY

 

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Deputies Rouse, Vanhuss and K-9 Bishop Arrest Two Pennington Gap Men

Today’s twin WSWV local news item is about the early Sunday morning traffic stop which resulted in the arrest of two Pennington Gap men and the seizure of illegal drugs and cash.

According to Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons in the latest Lee County Sheriff’s Office Press Release, the traffic stop occurred in Jonesville where Deputy Chad Rouse observed a vehicle being operated by an individual that he knew had no operator’s license. Deputy Rouse observed the occupants of the vehicle, 38 year old Brandon Heath Dye of Pennington Gap and 39 year old Michael Anthony Thacker also of Pennington Gap acting suspiciously.

Sheriff Parsons stated that Deputy Rouse called for Deputy Mark Vanhuss and his K-9 Bishop. Upon searching the vehicle and with the dog ‘alerting’ on several parts of the vehicle a search of the vehicle was then conducted. The search resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, baggies, scales, syringes and $1200 in cash.

Both individuals were placed under arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule 1 narcotic, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Dye was additionally charged with Driving Suspended. Currently both are being held in the Duffield Regional Jail without bond.

Sheriff Parsons commended the good work of Deputy Rouse and the K-9 team of Deputy Vanhuss and Bishop.
 

SNOW CLOSINGS DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS FOR DECEMBER 5TH, 2018

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS OPERATING ON A SNOW SCHEDULE.

NORTON CITY SCHOOLS ARE ON A TWO HOUR DELAY.

SCOTT COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE ON A TWO HOUR DELAY.

WISE COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE ON A TWO HOUR DELAY.

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Two Red Onion State Prison Correction Officers Wounded

A Corrections Officer in Pound, Virginia was stabbed multiple times by a Red Onion State Prison inmate in Wise County on Sunday. Another Corrections Officer was injured while trying to subdue the attacking prisoner according to the Virginia Department of Corrections.
According to the Department of Corrections the incident occurred very early Sunday morning when the 31 year old inmate inflicted numerous puncture wound to the upper body of one Officer with a self fashioned weapon. Thankfully none of the injuries were life threatening.
Responding to a phone call logged at 6:49 that morning were two Pound Rescue Squad units. Upon arrival and subsequent examination of the Officers, one was found to have suffered eight superficial puncture wounds, one to the center of the forehead, and four additional wounds around the Officer's left ear, with the last stab wound located on the Officer's upper back. Additionally responders stated that the other Officer had sustained an injury to the right knee while chasing the fleeing inmate.
At this time the Department of Corrections hasn't released the identities of the Officers nor the inmate who is currently serving 65 years for five counts of Robbery, and seven counts of Using a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.
 

Lee County Sheriff’s Dept Stats November 2018

Total calls received by Dispatch: 4,847
Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 1`,730
There were 371 calls dispatched to other agencies.
There were 207 Rescue Squad calls and 4 Ambulance calls.
There were 42 Fire Department calls dispatched.
Deputies escorted 24 Funerals.
52 vehicles were unlocked for citizens.
Deputies served 139 Felony and Misdemeanor warrants and processed  76 people on 137 charges.
Deputies served 165 subpoenas, 19 show cause summons and 283 various civil papers for the three Lee County courts.
One search warrant was executed.
Deputies traveled a total of 70,787 miles with 1,517 miles being on transports.
Deputies transported 5 juveniles, 2 mental health patients and 2 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Inmates from the Duffield Regional Jail, along with Deputies picked up 264 bags of trash from Lee County roadways.
Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered 96 hours to the community last month.
 

Bobby Allen Thorp age 47 of Gate City Indicted

In today's local news, the Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney Dan Fellhauer stated that Bobby Allen Thorp age 47 of Gate City was investigated following a tip gathered from the Internet Crimes Against Children data system. In cooperation with numerous law enforcement agencies an investigation was immediately launched. Among those agencies participating in the investigation were the Scott County Sheriff's Office and the Gate City Police Deparment.
Additionally Fellhauer stated that multiple interviews took place and search warrants were executed on both Thorp's Google and Facebook accounts, while his cell phone, laptop and an additional computer were seized by authorities.
It appears so far that no local children have been identified in any of the pornographic images, although when these types of images are made, children are violated sexually and they're repeatedly victimized by the trading of their image and online viewing.
Officials ask that anyone who think they may have been contacted or solicited by Thorp to contact the Scott County Sheriff's Office right away. Some of the online aliases reportedly used by Thorp include, "PLOWB", "SANDMANBT29", "PLOWBOYBT71", "COUNTRYBOYBT71" and "BOBBYTHARP".
Having already been indicted previously this month on a single county of Trading Child Pornagraphy as the price for admittance into a group, four counts of Distributing Child Pornagraphyy, four counts of Receiving Child Pornography and one count of Solicitation, Thorp currently faces a maximum of 65 years in prison. However with the evidence still being processed it could result in even more charges against Thorp being filed.
 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS FOR NOVEMBER 29, 2018

LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE OPERATING ON THEIR REGULAR SCHEDULE.

WISE COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE ON A TWO HOUR DELAY

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS FOR NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018

LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS ON A 2 HOUR DELAY

MECC IS OPERATING ON SNOW SCHEDULE

NORTON CITY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

SCOTT COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE ON A 2 HOUR DELAY

UVA IS OPENING 90 MINUTES LATE

WISE COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Thanks Businesses for K-9 Kennel

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office offered their since thanks to Myer’s Home Center Inc of Jonesville, Builders Hardware and Mid-Mountain Feed and Seed of Dryden for their generous donation of supplies supporting the building of the newest K-9’s Kennel.