A National Film Crew Plans To Make The Tragic Murder Of An Appalachia Virginia Woman The Focus Of A Television Program. The Crew Visited The Area Recently To Shoot Footage For A Program Associated With Criminal Hunter John Walsh. Janina Jefferson Was Killed As She Worked At The Appalachia Water Plant As An Operator. She Was Found Dead On November 28th 2016. Her Husband, Eric Jones Is A Prime Suspect But Has Not Been Located Since Her Death. A 25-Hundred Dollar Reward Is Being Offered. Anyone With Information Should Call Authorities.
Virginia State Police Are Investigating A Shooting In Lee County Virginia Which Left One Person Dead. It Happened Last Evening At A Home On Virginia Avenue In Pennington Gap. Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons Said The Victim Called 911 Saying He Had Been Shot. When Officers Arrived, The Man Was Dead. No Arrests Have Been Made And Police Are Asking Anyone With Information On This Shooting To Contact Them. The Body Has Been Taken To The Medical Examiner’s Office In Roanoke For An Autopsy.
The Virginia State Police is seeking the public's help with locating a Scott County man wanted on multiple charges following an early morning incident at a local residence.
The investigation began when Weber City Police responded to a 911 call at a residence in the 100 block of Charleston Street. Further investigation led the police officers to discover a deceased, adult female inside the residence. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office was then requested to respond to the scene and continue the investigation.
The deceased female is being transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy. State police are not releasing her information at this time.
Jason Scott Borders, 43, of Weber City, Va., is wanted for questioning in the woman's death, which is being investigated as suspicious in nature.
State police are also investigating an incident involving Borders and a juvenile female. As a result of this investigation, state police has secured the following warrants for Borders' arrest: one felony count of abduction, one felony count of child neglect and one felony count of assault.
Borders is believed to be driving a black 2006 Honda Civic with Virginia license plate VXL 6035.
Borders is a white male with hazel eyes and dark brown/black hair. He is 5'10 in height and weighs approximately 250 lbs. (A photo is attached).
Anyone with information about Borders and/or his vehicle is encouraged to please contact the Virginia State Police at 276-228-3131 or #77 on a cell phone or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The investigation remains ongoing with the assistance of the Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney
AAA Auto Club Is Reporting That Gas Prices Continued To Increase Last Week As A Result Of Reductions In Domestic Supply And The Oil Market’s Response To The President’s Decision To Leave The Iran Nuclear Deal. Tennessee Gas Prices Rose Three Cents During The Past Week With An Average Of $2.62 Per Gallon. Gas Prices Are At Their Highest In Years, Yet It Doesn’t Seem To Be Slowing Motorists Down. Demand Is Significantly Higher Than This Time Last Year. Prices Could Increase For The Memorial Day Weekend.
STATEMENT OF COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY CHUCK SLEMP REGARDING NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK (April 2-8, 2017)
C.H. “Chuck” Slemp, III, Commonwealth's Attorney for Wise County & the City of Norton released the following statement today regarding National Crime Victims' Rights Week:
“This week, we pause for our annual commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. We honor the memory of those who have endured unspeakable heartache and unbearable tragedy. We celebrate those who have persevered, despite traumatic events. We hope that this week will bring needed attention to the services available and rights given to victims of crime throughout the criminal justice system. Moreover, we pray that lawyers and judges throughout the nation will never forget that cases are more than 'just cases.' Instead, our work in court is a critical stage for victims' healing during some of the most difficult life altering events.
“As Commonwealth's Attorney, my office is committed to serving victims. We work every day to bring strength, resilience, justice and healing. That's why we have an open door policy for those victimized by crime. That's why it is important for us to pause this week to recognize National Crime Victims' Rights Week."
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) is an annual commemoration in the United States that promotes victims' rights and services. This year communities across the country will be observing NCVRW from April 2 to 8, 2017. April is also recognized nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year's theme for the observance - “Strength. Resilience. Justice.” - reflects the vision in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.
In Virginia, victim witness assistance programs offer numerous services, including educating victims of their rights, notification of victims and witnesses of information regarding their cases, explanation of the steps in the criminal justice process, assistance in obtaining reimbursement and restitution, and victim crisis counseling and referrals.
Events will be held in Wise County on Thursday, April 6, 2017 and across the Commonwealth next week for National Crime Victims' Rights Week. More information about National Crime Victims' Rights Week is available on the Office of Justice Programs Website: https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/.
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.
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.
The statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:45 a.m.
According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the drill is a yearly opportunity to prepare Virginians for tornado emergencies and to test public warning systems.
Officials say the National Weather Service will send a tornado test warning over NOAA weather radio stations. This alert will sound a tone, show a text message, or flash to indicate a message to simulate what would happened during an actual tornado warning.
“Tornados can happen at anytime, anywhere so it is important that all Lynchburg residence, visitors, and employees prepare now,” according to Director of Emergency Services Melissa Foster. “Waiting until after a tornado warning is issued, is not the time to be putting together your emergency plan. The tornado drill will give you an opportunity to practice keeping yourself and those around you safe in the event of a tornado.”
To participate, the department says to designate one or more people of your family to coordinate the drill and follow these steps:
Before the drill:
After the drill:
HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky State Police are investigating after an inmate was found unconscious in her cell at the Harlan County Detention Center on Friday.
Employees at the detention center immediately called EMS, and the inmate was taken to ARH but later died.
The investigation shows Sheena Coker, 26, of Evarts, died of health related issues. No foul play is suspected