A bill sponsored by Delegate Terry Kilgore of Southwest Virginia designed to create an economic development program in the region is being threatened by a line item budget cut from Governor Terry McAuliffe. Kilgore's plan would create a new regional marketing director for southwest Virginia using partial funds from the Coalfield Economic Development Authority. However, McAuliffe says Kilgore's bill duplicates services that his new initiative is designed for and is proposing to cut 500 thousand dollars that would have gone toward the Kilgore Bill.
The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office has released the name of two individuals who were found dead in a murder-suicide. 65 year old Bobby Harrison Deel allegedly shot 56 year-old Patricia Joyce Fife and then turned the gun on himself. Investigators found that Deel and Fife had previously been in a relationship.
A federal inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Lee County, Virginia is sentenced for having a prohibited object inside the penal facility. 39-year-old Antonia Stitt is the third inmate sentenced this week to additional federal prison time. Stitt's was sentenced to 48 more months in the Lee County Prison for possession of methamphetamine while incarcerated in Lee County.
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT)- We first told you about Daisy the cow last week, after she got loose and came into close contact with a Hazard Police Officer.
The entire incident was caught on camera.
The officer and the cow were both uninjured during the incident however, Daisy roamed free until Wednesday night.
Her owners finally caught her and said, she is no longer a fugitive.
"She's captured, she's back in the pin," said David Milton, a family member of Daisy's owner. "She won't be violating any more crimes, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment and stuff like that on police officers."
Daisy's owners said she wasn't too happy to be captured.
She is pregnant and is expected to give birth in the Fall.
Some improvements may be down the road for several southwest Virginia counties struggling with transportation woes. The Coalfields Expressway Authority Bill, just passed in Richmond, is a mechanism to pull down federal funds for infrastructure projects. Delegate Todd Pillion says our area could see possible benefits as it would be good for tourism and economic development. The authority is designed to improve transportation in southwest Virginia and to assist in regional economic development and highway safety.
A Coeburn man is sentenced to five years in prison. 29-year-old Daniel Wayne Winebarger was convicted after befriending the 12-year-old daughter of a co-worker. Police say he used different social media outlets to send nude pictures of himself to the girl and ask for pictures of her in return. He also reportedly tried to get her to go swimming and to the movies with him alone. The judge sentenced Winebarger to 10 years in prison, but suspended five years on the condition that he complete five years of probation.
There is a local sound to this year's 3rd annual singing for St. Jude's. The event gets underway tomorrow and will feature local artists Brad Puckett and popular local band Shooter as well as Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley. Brad Puckett says along with the local music, the money raised stays local. The show gets underway tomorrow at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 and the cost is $10 per ticket. Phoenix Records Nashville is presenting the show at the Wellmont Performing Arts Center on the campus of Northeast State Community College.
LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- Two Letcher County men are facing charges after deputies say they found animals living in bad conditions at a home in McRoberts.
Marty and Teddy Fleming are both charged with second-degree animal cruelty.
On March 16, deputies with the Letcher County Sheriff's Department said they found more than 10 dogs, living in bad conditions. They also said they found evidence to support a puppy mill.
Some of the dogs were in small cages and standing in their own feces.
On Thursday, investigators searched the home where the animals were kept. They said many of the dogs they saw during their initial search had been removed from the property.
"He's obviously moved them for some reason," said Sergeant Alisha Congleton, with the Letcher County Sheriff's Department. "Like he felt like he was doing something wrong. Every animal that was up here the other day has been moved or tampered with."
Deputies said Marty Fleming was nowhere to be found when they did the search. However, deputies spoke with his father, Teddy Fleming, at the scene.
LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Rescue crews found three hikers lost on Pine Mountain Tuesday night.
Pine Mountain Search and Rescue received a call around 10 p.m. and responded to Bad Branch Falls.
"They entered the trail at the Bad Branch parking lot and they hiked up to High Rock," said Sam Adams, the Assistant Chief of Pine Mountain Search and Rescue. "It got dark on them, they didn't have a flashlight and they lost their bearings. They called 911 and their cell phone went dead, so they didn't have a light there either."
Adams said the rescue crews were able to locate the hikers just before 11:30.
"They had done what they should've done," said Adams. "They stopped where they were, they didn't move around, they stayed in one spot and built a fire. Our people smelled the smoke and followed it until they saw the fire and that's how they found them."
Adams said the three hikers began their hike around five on Tuesday evening. Which did not give them enough time to complete the trail before sunset.
Right now trails at Bad Branch Falls don't close until six in the evening but officials say you should begin your hike way before that. In fact, if you're hiking up to High Rock, they suggest that you give yourself six to eight hours in order to complete your hike.
Two people from Southwest Virginia have died following a crash in Duffield. The Scott County Sheriff's Office says 47-year-old Marvin Clark and 39-year-old Regina Spivey of Pennington Gap were killed when their truck was hit head-on by a white van driven by 47-year-old Robert Taylor of Duffield. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but reports say Taylor was involved in another wreck just four miles away. He is currently being treated at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport and officials say charges are pending.