9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith Joined Virginia Division Of Mines, Minerals And Energy Officials To Announce A 3.5 Million Dollar Project In Norton Virginia To Reclaim Abandoned Mine Land And Creates A 200 Acre Industrial Park. It’s Part Of Regional Cooperation In The Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority, Consisting Of The City Of Norton And The Counties Of Scott, Lee, Wise And Dickenson.
A Wise County Grand Jury Has Indicted An Inmate At Wallens Ridge State Prison In Big Stone Gap Virginia On A Charge Of Capital Murder In The Killing Of A Fellow Inmate. William Sanders Is Accused Of Killing 55 Year Old Donald Gary In May Of This Year. Gary Was Serving A Life Sentence For Robbery And Carjacking In The Abduction Of Two Women From A Danville Trailer Park At Gunpoint. He Also Robbed A Man At A Car Wash And Took His Car. Sanders Will Be Arraigned In Circuit Court Next Month.
A Southwest Virginia Doctor And His Wife Have Been Indicted By A Wise County Jury On Over 100 Charges Related To Drug Distribution, Prescription Fraud, And Medicaid Fraud. Dr. Michael Ford Ran The Appalachian Medical Clinic And Is Currently Facing 124 Charges, His Wife Una Faye Ford, Who Worked At The Clinic As Well, Faces 110 Charges Along With An Employee, Debrorah Fugate Who Also Faces 24 Charges Related To Medicaid Fraud And Fraudulently Obtaining Narcotics. Agents Raided The Facility Earlier This Year.
A Coeburn Virginia Woman Who Authorities Say Avoided A Dui Checkpoint By Making A U-Turn Before Killing A Woman And Injuring Her Two Children Has Plead Guilty To Numerous Charges And Faces Up To 42 Years In Prison. 36 Year Old Samantha Rae Dennis Plead Guilty To Felony Murder In The Second Degree While In Commisson Of Felony, Eluding Police, And Two Counts Of Assault And Battery With A Motor Vehicle. Police Say, On December 23rd 2016 Dennis Saw A Dui Checkpoint As She Was Going Eastbound On U.S. Highway 58 And Made A U-Turn To Avoid It And Began Going Westbound On The Eastbound Side Into Oncoming Traffic. She Crashed Head On Into A Vehicle Driven By 32 Year Old Rebecca Williams Starling. Dennis’ Sentencing Hearing Is Scheduled For October 17th.
A Perry Co man has officially been charged with murder following a shooting that took place August 8. According to the Kentucky State Police, Harold Hayes shot and killed Terry Stidham, 38, of Busy on Elm Shoal Branch in the Combs community of Perry Co. Hayes was charged with one count of murder and is being held in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. No other details have been released.
A Student At Sullivan North High School Accused Of Having Two Guns In His Vehicle While On Campus Is Now Facing Charges. The Unnamed Student Is Charged With Two Counts Of Felony Possession Of A Weapon On School Property. The School Had To Be Placed On A Brief Lockdown Earlier This Week When A School Resource Officer Found A Rifle And Shotgun Inside The Vehicle. No Students Were Harmed.
A Wise County Virginia Couple Will Be Sentenced Later This Year For Their Roles In A Federal Firearms Case From Last Year. 39 Year Old Patrick Hyde Plead Guilty To Possession Of A Firearm After Being Convicted Of A Felony And Faces Up To 10 Years In Prison. His Wife 34 Year Old Crystal Hyde Pled Guilty To One Count Of Lying To A Federal Agent. When Authorities Searched The Couples Home, They Found 14 Firearms And Several Rounds Of Ammunition. Crystal Hyde Told An ATF Agent The Weapons Belonged To Her, But A Follow Up Investigation Revealed She Lied To Officers Because She Knew Her Husband Could Not Possess Guns. Both Are Scheduled For Sentencing In November.
The City Of Kingsport Is Ordering The Hog Wild Saloon To Be Torn Down. Property Owner Paul Bellamy Has 60 Days In Which To Demolish The Building. He Does Have The Right To Appeal The Decision In Sullivan County Chancery Court But Bellamy Has Reportedly Said He Will Comply With The City. Officials Have Said There Are A Lot Of Problems With The Building And Trying To Remodel It Would Cost More Than Its Worth.
The Dickenson County Virginia Sheriff’s Office Is Continuing To Search For A Missing 19 Year Old Teen. Anngelika Kiser Was Last Seen In The Hazel Mountain Area With A Male. The Two Could Be Heading To Florida. Authorities Said Kiser Has Asthma And Does Not Have Her Medication. She Has Brown Hair And Wears Glasses. Anyone With Information On Her Whereabouts, Should Call The Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office.
Virginia State Police Trooper W.W. Williams is seeking the public's assistance with locating a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Lee County. The crash occurred Aug. 7, 2018 at 9:30 p.m., in the Woodway community on Route 638/Hickory Flats Road north of Route 58.
A 1989 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle was traveling along Route 638 when it was struck by another vehicle. The impact of the crash caused the motorcycle to run off the left side of the road and strike a utility pole. The other vehicle fled the scene.
The operator of the motorcycle, Gary L. Tabor Jr., 32, of Pennington Gap, Va., was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He succumbed to his injuries the next day. Tabor was wearing a helmet.
The hit-and-run vehicle is believed to be blue in color and may have damage to either the driver's front side or passenger's front side. There may also be damage to the hood of the vehicle.
Anyone with information related to this incident and/or the suspect vehicle is encouraged to call the Virginia State Police at (276) 228-3131. The crash remains under investigation.