LCSO July Activity Report

Total calls received by Dispatch: 6,162.

Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 877.

There were 420 calls dispatched to other agencies.

There were 208 Rescue Squad calls and 25 Ambulance calls.

There were 36 Fire Department calls dispatched.

Nine funerals escorted.

Fifty-one vehicles were unlocked for citizens.

Deputies served 176 warrants and processed 90 people.

Deputies served 167 subpoenas, 22 show cause summons and 209 other various civil papers.

Three search warrant was executed.

Deputies traveled a total of 59,289 miles with 804 miles being on transports.

Deputies transported no juveniles, three mental health patients and one prisoners from other jurisdictions.

Deputies along with inmates from Duffield Regional Jail picked up 1,054 bags of trash from our county roads.

Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered 112 hours to the community this month.

USP Lee officer forced to fire at inmate during 4 man brawl

A USP Lee inmate was transported to a local hospital after an altercation on Monday morning during which an officer fired his weapon.

The U.S. Department of Justice said the fight happened just after 8 a.m. in the prison's rec yard, involving four inmates including one that was carrying a homemade weapon.

One inmate was shot in the upper right arm by the officer and was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. The facility was placed on lockdown until further notice.

Southwest Virginia Museum to hold 2nd Annual Kids Summer Fest

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its 2nd Annual Kids Summer Fest from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with a guided hike and scavenger hunt along the Big Stone Gap Greenbelt Trail situated alongside the beautiful Powell River. Upon return to the museum, children will join staff and volunteers for a fun day of crafts, games and educational activities on the museum grounds.

Children will also be invited to explore their creativity through activities such as music, drama, storytelling, painting, square dancing and other fun activities.

Admission to the Kids Summer Fest is free for all children ages 6-12. Children are encouraged to bring a lunch. Registration is also required.

For more information or to register for the Kids Summer Fest call the museum at 1-276-523-1322.

Big Stone man will serve 10 years in prison on drug charges

A Big Stone Gap man on Tuesday was sentenced to serve 10 years of a 30-year prison sentence on drug charges arising from a 2016 investigation.

James Edward Williams, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wise County Circuit Court to five counts of distribution of a Schedule I or II drug. Twenty years of the sentence was suspended. Following his release Williams will also be required to successfully complete seven years of supervised probation.

Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said the case stems from an extensive investigation by the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force and its member agencies into the distribution of illegal drugs in and around Big Stone Gap.

Slemp said evidence showed between May and August 2016 on five different occasions Williams sold a variety of illegal narcotics including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The case was prosecuted by Wise County Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Ross Phillips.



Pennington man assaults girlfriend after ransacking apartment for pills

 A Pennington Gap man allegedly ransacked his girlfriend's apartment and sexually assaulted her in an attempt to find medication she was hiding from him, according to a police report.

On June 24, Leonard Christopher Shupe, 30, went to his girlfriend's apartment in Duffield. When he entered, Shupe, 1376 Poor Valley Road, Pennington Gap, is alleged to have choked her and then slapped her on the left side of the face, the report stated.

Shupe reportedly broke personal items and ransacked the apartment, searching for pills and demanding the victim's medication, which included Subutec, Klonopin, Neurontin and Risperdol. He also allegedly threatened to hurt the victim's family if she called police.

According to the report, the victim refused to turn over her medications to Shupe. He then penetrated her in a search for medication he thought was hidden inside her body, the report said.

When the victim tried to leave the apartment through the front door, Shupe allegedly grabbed her and threw her back into the apartment.

The victim eventually told Shupe that the medication was hidden in the closet, and he took the pills, a cell phone, a large speaker and nearly $200. He then left.

Warrants were taken out for his arrest. He was charged with grand larceny, strangulation, domestic assault, destruction of property, abduction and sexual battery.

Shupe later returned to the residence with three other females: Michell Biggs, 49, Pennington Gap; Megan Goodman, 28, Pennington Gap; and Honey Lytle, 28, Jonesville. The victim was hiding upstairs when the group arrived. According to a report, he attempted to reach through a window to unlock the door.

Police arrived and arrested all four.

The incident report does not fully state what the women did.

All three women were charged with burglary, conspiring to commit burglary, kidnapping, conspiring to abduct by force, two counts of assault, two counts of conspiring to commit malicious wounding, obstruction of justice, conspiring to obstruct justice, robbery and conspiring to commit robbery by violence.

Additionally, Lytle and Goodman were charged with larceny less than $200.

Shupe is being charged with burglary, conspire to commit burglary, two counts of kidnapping, conspire to commit abduction, obstruction of justice, conspire to commit obstruction of justice, three counts of assault, two counts of conspiring to commit malicious wounding, robbery, conspiring to commit robbery by violence, two counts of larceny less than $200, strangulation and vandalism.

His next scheduled court appearance is Aug. 10.



Norton woman pleads guilty to financial exploitation of a senior

A Norton woman pleaded guilty to charges of identify theft, credit card fraud, and obtaining money by false pretenses Tuesday in Wise County Circuit Court.

Amy Lynn Hopson was sentenced to one year in jail, 15 years probation, and will have to pay restitution to the victim.

The Wise County Department of Social Services received information about potential financial exploitation of a senior or incapacitated adult in early 2016, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp. An investigation found Hopson had used an elderly person’s identity to open credit cards and made purchases of more than $10,000. Adult protective services then contacted the Wise County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. Hopson confessed her crimes to investigators, Slemp added.

“Last month, we formed the Southwest Virginia Senior Abuse Task Force to combat the abuse and financial exploitation of our region’s most vulnerable citizens,” Slemp said. “Financial exploitation of seniors is far too common and unfortunately the number of these crimes is significantly underreported.  Roughly five million people across the country are affected by elder abuse annually, but only one in twenty-four cases are actually reported to police.  Not only are these cases underreported, the circumstances make them difficult to prosecute.”

Hopson was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 19 years suspended.



Wise man dead after attempted murder and police negotiations

On July 15, 2017 at approximately 4:19 p.m. Wise County Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a domestic disturbance located at 7764 Indian Creek Road in Wise, VA. The victim called advising she had been physically assaulted by her husband, Scottie Lynn Hamilton, age 60, and he was now in the bedroom loading a gun. The victim hid in the bathroom with the door locked, and two gun shots were fired through the door. A deputy arrived on scene and was able to safely bring the victim outside. A Town of Wise Police Officer then arrived on scene and heard a gunshot come from inside the residence. The deputy and officer were able to get the female to safe location. Deputies and officers set up a containment around the home waiting for a Wise County Sheriff’s Office negotiator and the Sheriff’s Response Team to respond. 
Negotiators arrived and attempted for approximately one hour to make contact with Mr. Hamilton inside by cellular phone and PA system. All negotiation attempts were unsuccessful. 
The Sheriff’s Response Team utilized a robot to enter the home to conduct a search and attempt further negotiations via the robot. Mr. Hamilton was located on the bed, with still no response. SRT made entry to secure him and the home. It was discovered that Mr. Hamilton was deceased with a single gunshot wound to the head.
Wise County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division is in charge of the investigation which is pending upon receipt of medical examiner reports.

Local police warning public of phone scam

The Wise County Sheriff's Office and other agencies throughout Southwest Virginia have seen an increase in scam phone calls recently. The numbers showing up on caller id will appear to be a local area number. This is a form of a scam that uses a computer generated phone number. Some numbers are showing up as well known established businesses, IRS or a Law Enforcement Agency. If you get a phone call and are not expecting it please allow it to go to the voicemail. Please do not provide any identifying information over the phone which could include dates of birth, social security numbers, bank credit or debit account information or any other unique information pertaining to yourself. If you have any questions please contact us or the law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction.

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WCSO arrest man for counterfeit money

On July 4th 2017 Sgt. M. Payne and Deputy J. Edmiston responded to a citizen’s complaint on Wise Norton Road in Wise, VA regarding counterfeit money. A male subject, later identified as Jason Ira Massengill, 38 years old, of 1629 Lynn Avenue Kingsport, Tennessee, had given the victim $300.00 in counterfeit money to take him out of town.
Deputies located Mr. Massengill at Auto Zone in Norton, VA where they recovered additional counterfeit bills from Mr. Massengill. Over $7,000 in counterfeit money was recovered by deputies. 
Mr. Massengill has been charged with uttering counterfeit money, and possession of counterfeit money. Mr. Massengill has also been linked to other counterfeit money cases throughout the region. If anyone has any information about counterfeit money or believes they have been a victim please contact Wise County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sgt. Duane Phillips at (276) 328-3756 or by email,

LCSO arrests five in meth bust

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