A fatal crash remains under investigation in Russell County. Virginia State Police tell us 22-year-old Justin Miller of Honaker was driving on Route 80 when he lost control of his vehicle. He crossed the center line and hit a tractor trailer head-on. Miller died from his injuries. The truck driver received minor injuries in the crash. Troopers say both men were wearing seat belts.
Danny Lee Mullins, Jr., age 45, of Norton, pleaded guilty today in the Wise County Circuit Court for distribution of a Schedule I or II drug and possession of a Schedule I or II drug. Mullins was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary with three years suspended, will serve an active sentence of two years within the custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections, and will be required to successfully complete three years of probation following his release.
The case stems from an investigation by the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force into the distribution of dangerous synthetic drugs in Wise County and the City of Norton. Evidence showed that in November 2013, Mullins distributed one plastic bag of a off-white substance in the Ramsey Section of Norton for profit. The substance was analyzed and found to contain the dangerous synthetic drug alpha-PVP, commonly known as "Bath Salts" or "Gravel."
Evidence also showed that on November 30, 2016, Mullins thrust himself into an unrelated police situation which resulted in additional criminal charges for Mullins. On that date, officers from the Town of Pound Police Department responded to a call for unauthorized use of a vehicle at a Gas Station in Pound, Virginia. While obtaining information for the vehicle from the owner, Mullins exited the gas station and proceeded to attempt to interfere in the discussion between officers and the vehicle's owner. After Mullins was advised to leave the area until officers were finished with police business, Mullins went back inside the business and called 911. According to Town of Pound Police Chief Tony Baker, Mullins then reported to Wise County Central Dispatch that "there were two knucklehead cops that didn't know what they were doing, and that he was a lawyer and knew the law better than the police." While on the phone with 911, officers checked with Mullins and learned that he had two outstanding warrants. Mullins is not a lawyer. Upon his arrest, Mullins was searched and found to be in possession of a substance that was later analyzed to be methamphetamine, a Schedule II drug.
The case was prosecuted by Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Ross Phillips.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp praised the contribution of the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, the Task Force's member agencies, and officers from the Town of Pound Police Department for their work in investigating the cases and assisting in preparation for trial.
A Honaker, Virginia man is found guilty of aggravated involuntary manslaughter in a 2015 crash that killed a passenger in another vehicle. A Russell County grand jury convicted 54 year old Clinard Gary Lambert of the manslaughter charges as well as driving under the influence of drugs. Lambert had just left a methadone clinic before crashing his vehicle that killed 27 year old Forrest River Ramey...who was a passenger in the other vehicle involved. Lambert's blood data revealed methadone and other controlled substances.
A benefit ride to honor the memory of an Elizabethton firefighter killed earlier this year takes place this weekend. Dustin Curtis was killed in a motorcycle accident on Mother’s Day of this year. He’d been a member of the Elizabethton Fire Department for two years at the time of the crash. The ride event will take place on Saturday at Kiwanis Park and will begin between 10 and 10:30 am. All proceeds will be donated to the Curtis Family.
A Buchanan County man convicted of using a handsaw on his wife in a brutal 2012 attack is headed to prison. 65 year old Paul Douglas Guffey is sentenced to ten years in prison for his transgressions of holding his wife down on a bed and using a saw on her head. Guffey's attorney says his client was suffering from bipolar disorder. Guffey also is ordered to indefinite supervised probation once released from prison.
A Wise County man has been sentenced to thirty years in prison for dealing drugs. 34-year-old James Edward Williams of Big Stone Gap pleaded guilty for distribution in Circuit Court. He’ll serve ten year in the penitentiary with twenty years suspended, and will be required to complete seven years of probation following his release. Williams reportedly sold various narcotics including cocaine, heroin, and meth.
A Pound town councilman has lodged a complaint against the town’s assistant police chief. Councilman Terry Short claims Assistant Chief Chris Strange accosted him in the hall outside a council meeting after Short questioned the town’s rate of spending, particularly by the police department. Short says the officer aggressively yelled at him, calling him an idiot and a criminal, and attempted to intimidate him. Short says no action has been taken against the officer, who is the brother-in-law of the town’s police chief.
Johnson City Police are conducting a shooting investigation. We're told it happened Monday night on John Exum Parkway. No word on the condition of the victim so far this morning and at last check with authorities, the suspect is still on the run.
Certain varieties of Bush's baked beans are being recalled
The recall involves 28-ounce cans of Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans.
Bush Brothers and Company said the cans could have defective side seams. All of the products have a best-by date of June 2019. No other products are affected. The company is urging consumers with the recalled products to dispose of them, even if the beans do not look or smell bad.
JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - Information leading to an arrest and conviction for the theft of a stolen UTV in Jackson could earn a tipster $1500.
The UTV was stolen from YPK Motorsports in Jackson, Kentucky.
Police tell WYMT someone rolled back the chain-link fencing on the side of the lot and got away with the vehicle.
Officials are unsure if anything else was stolen.
Anyone with information is asked to call (606) 568-5877.