James Miller Sentenced to 7 Years for Fraud

James Miller, age 51 of Coeburn Virginia has been convicted of accepting money for building projects that he did not complete, resulting in a sentence of five years in prison. Miller claims to having had the intention of completing the projects but was overwhelmed. Miller faces additional charges in Lee County. Chuck Slemp, Wise County Virginia’s Commonwealth Attorney stated that Miller was an unlicensed builder and allegedly committed fraud over a ten year span. Between all the counties involved Miller will be required to serve seven years in prison.
 

Jeremy Dale Francis Sentenced to 10 Years

Jeremy Dale Francis, a former Scott County teacher was ordered to serve ten years after he pled guilty to sexting with students. Prosecutors state that the case involved Francis sending and receiving photos from more than one student at Rye Cove High School. Following this a formal criminal investigation has extended into Wise County. The Grand Jury is anticipating new evidence soon.

Lee County’s Annual Fair This Year is One Day with No Rides

This year's Lee County Fair will be one day only with no rides. According to the Pennington Gap Lions Club, the groups that organizes the Annual Fair learned at the last minute that JCJ Amusements would not be able to come to Lee County. Despite the last minute notice, the Club did contact other ride companies but due to the minimal notice, all others were booked.
This year's one day fair will be this Saturday August 31st from 10am until 11pm, with exhibit barns, beauty pageant and other aspects of a week long fair.

 

Lee County Sergeant Deputy Gates Arrests Sonya Denise Taylor and Timothy Todd Bishop on Multiple Charges

A Lee County man and woman were arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute according to a recent Lee County Sheriff’s Office Press Release.
Sheriff Gary Parsons reported that Sergeant Deputy Roger Gates was attempting to serve a paper in the Jasper section of Lee County, when he saw a male and female acting suspicious near a white Chevy Blazer outside the residence that he was approaching.
Sheriff Parsons said that Deputy Gates approached the pair, 27 year old Sonya Denise Taylor of Duffield and 43 year old Timothy Todd Bishop also of Duffield. As he approached, Bishop fled on foot. Sergeant Gates placed Bishop in custody and returned to the white Blazer where Taylor was still standing.
According to Sheriff Parsons, when Gates returned he saw a baggie lying on the ground which looked to contain meth. He also noticed in plain view inside the vehicle more baggies and scales. When Taylor was asked to empty her pockets she had additional meth.
Gates placed both under arrest for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Bishop was arrested additionally on an outstanding Capias. The total amount of suspected methamphetamine taken was 7 grams.
Sheriff Gary Parsons commended Sergeant Deputy Gates for his work and being observant which resulted in more drugs being taken out of circulation in our community.

 

Appalachian Care IRT Health & Wellness Event Going on Now

The Health Wagon along with the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) Program to better offer no cost dental, eye, medical and veterinarian services. The IRT is a Department of Defense (DoD) military training opportunity that’s exclusive to the United States and its territories, which delivers joint training opportunities to increase deployment readiness.
The next Appalachian Care IRT Health & Wellness Event is happening each day now thru August 26th at the Wise County Fair Grounds from 8:00am-4:30pm each day. During the event they will offer expert medical, dental and optical services, as well as, complete eye exams, single lens prescription glasses, dental fillings, extractions, limited cleanings, veterinary services and medical care.
This IRT Event will have two days specifically for individuals with disabilities on August 22nd (Today) and August 26th by appointment only. To be scheduled on one of the designated disability days please phone the Health Wagon at 276-328-8850.
Veterinary services to be offered include spaying, neutering, rabies vaccinations for both cats and dogs. Animals need to be at least four pounds and four months old, but no more than seventy pounds for surgery. Rabies vaccine will be available for pets at least twelve weeks of age. If they are already vaccinated you are required to provide proof, otherwise they will be vaccinated before any surgery. Your pet must be in a crate or on a leash and if they are not, they will not be seen. No food after midnight but please continue to provide fresh water. You will be able to check in your pet and then have health care services while waiting.
Spaying and Neutering will be provided by appointment only due to the large demand. To make an appointment please contact the Wise County Animal Shelter at 276-679-6750.

 

Investigation Proves that Earl DePriest is Bobby DePriest

While conducting a traffic check point on Wadlow Gap Road in Scott County, deputies made contact with the driver of a Chrysler Sedan. The driver did not have a driver's license or ID in possession. A run of the license plates revealed they had expired in April of 2019 however, the tags had a July sticker on them. A closer inspection of the license plate indicated the July sticker had been peeled off of some other tag and fraudulently placed on this one. He was asked to step out of the vehicle and  was searched for weapons.
During the search a latex glove tied up containing a hard object was in his rear left pocket. K-9 Sgt. Chris Kilgore ran K9 Pearla around the suspect's vehicle. Pearla alerted positive for narcotics on driver's side door area of the car. The latex glove found in the driver's rear pocket was opened and inside was found two syringes appearing to have been used. Also a substance was found inside the glove which the driver admitted was meth. The substance also field tested positive for meth.
The driver gave his name as Earl Depriest. Custody of the subject was transferred to the Regional Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. Three days later a subject called the Sheriff's Office and said his name was Earl Depriest. He said he believed that his brother Bobby Depriest had stolen his ID and used his id during the arrest process.
A subsequent investigation revealed this to be true. Therefore new warrants on the suspect under his correct name of Bobby Depriest have been obtained. The charges on him are:
Possession of Schedule  I/II Controlled Substance (felony)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Altered License Plates
Perjury (felony)
Stealing the ID of Another to Avoid Prosecution or Impede Criminal Investigation
Giving false ID to Law Enforcement Officers
Forging a Public Record
Steps are underway to clear the victim’s record of these charges.

 

K9 Apache Nabs Brandon Boggs and Brian Perry

A Deputy on patrol on U.S. Hwy 23 observed a Chevrolet TrailBlazer Northbound crossing the center line/fog line multiple times. The Deputy conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver and passenger. The passenger admitted to driving before the Deputy stopped the vehicle and switching places with the current driver. The Deputy asked both subjects out of the vehicle and ran K9 Apache, even though the driver assured Deputies that there was definitely nothing illegal in the vehicle. K9 Apache alerted on the vehicle, and even though it was well hidden, Deputies located a large Ziplock bag with 6 smaller Ziplock bags inside wrapped in cellophane containing a green leafy substance. The bag was underneath the rear passenger seat on the driver's side, wedged in between the battery compartment. The total weight of the Marijuana was 247g, or 8.7 ounces.
Both the driver, Brandon Boggs, Pound VA and Brian Perry, also of Pound VA, were charged with Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute.

 

K9 Pearla Nabs Shellena K Hickman

A Scott County Deputy observed a car going North Bound on 23. The vehicle had a tag light out. The vehicle then turned around and headed South. The Deputy stopped the vehicle at the Valero. The Female driver, identified as Shellena K Hickman, reached in her purse and pulled out a wallet looking for a license. She did not have one. K9 Pearla alerted on the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle the Deputy located 2 grams of Meth, and 2 pills. The Deputy then located a black zipper pouch that was wedged between the passenger seat and the center console was another gram of Meth and 2 more pills. The male subject sitting in the back, identified as Matthew Thacker, stated the black back was his.

Appalachian Community Action and Development Agency Can Drive for Coal Miners

The Appalachian Community Action and Development Agency is continuously accepting donations for the Lee County Personal Care and Hygiene Program that benefits low income and our elderly citizens in Lee County. Appalachian community action and development would like to encourage local organizations, businesses, churches, school groups and individuals to participate and help out those in our community.
Right now there is a very high demand for assistance as they are currently holding a can drive for area coal miner families. All canned goods are appreciated. Additionally cleaning products and pet products such as food or treats may also be donated. 
Donations can be dropped off at the Appalachian Community Action and Development office in Jonesville located at 119 Hill Street. You will also find convenient drop off barrels at both Grabeel’s IGA grocery stores located in Pennington Gap and in Jonesville, and at the Woodforest Bank located inside of Walmart on the four lane.
Their annual Coats for Children Campaign is already underway at their Hill Street location. You may also donate gloves, hats and mittens to keep our children warm this coming winter.  Don’t forget that they gladly accept monetary donations to help those in need in our community with rent and utility bills. For more information please call their office at 276-346-0054 

 

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The next Appalachian Care IRT Health & Wellness Event is scheduled for August 19-26th at the Wise County Fair Grounds in Wise, Virginia from 8:00am-4:30pm each day. During the event they will offer expert medical, dental and optical services, as well as, complete eye exams, single lens prescription glasses, dental fillings, extractions, limited cleanings, veterinary services and medical care.
Veterinary services to be offered include spaying, neutering, rabies vaccinations for both cats and dogs. Animals need to be at least four pounds and four months old, but no more than seventy pounds for surgery. Rabies vaccine will be available for pets at least twelve weeks of age. If they are already vaccinated you are required to provide proof, otherwise they will be vaccinated before any surgery. Your pet must be in a crate or on a leash and if they are not, they will not be seen. No food after midnight but please continue to provide fresh water. You will be able to check in your pet and then have health care services while waiting.
Spaying and Neutering will be provided by appointment only due to the large demand. To make an appointment please contact the Wise County Animal Shelter at 276-679-6750. If the service is full at the time of your call, you can be placed on a wait list in case of cancellations. Rabies vaccinations will be offered each day and do not require an appointment