An estimated four hundred tons of coal that was spilled into Pigeon Creek in Wise County after a coal train derailed has been cleaned up...and Norfolk Southern says the remaining 700 tons spilled along the tracks should be removed by early next week.. Officials also hope to have the remaining damaged rail cars and scrap cleaned up by December 20. No injuries were reported in the mishap that occurred last month.
They escaped from the U.S. Penitentiary in Lee County Virgina earlier this year and were on the lamb for twenty days before their capture in Mexico City. Now 36 year old Salah Mohamed and 38 year old Kamal Qazah are facing more time in prison after pleading guilty to four felony counts of escape. Qazah was being held in the Pennington Gap Prison on money laundering charges while Mohamed was serving time for cocaine charges. The additional prison time will be added to their current sentences.
Someone is illegally setting fires in Buchanan County Virginia and now theres a two thousand dollar reward for information leading to a conviction in the case. Fires recently broke out in the Guesses Fork area in Buchanan County. Investigators say it appears those fires are connected and may be linked to other fires that occurred in the area in the past.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries have opened a case into hunters poaching elk in Southwest Virginia.
The agency reported Thursday that one elk was killed in the Guest River area of Wise County near Norton and the other poaching incident took place in Buchanan County in the Warfork community. The shootings took part during the week of Nov. 19.
The elk were part of a state project in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to restore the species. The groups released dozens of elk near Breaks Interstate Park five years ago and current estimates have placed nearly 200 of the animals in the region.
A reward is being offered for information leading the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Tips can be made by calling the Virginia Wildlife Crimeline at 1-800-237-5712 or email email@example.com.
Callers may remain anonymous but should leave their name and contact information when reporting.
PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Police arrested a man who allegedly robbed a Double Kwik in Pikeville early Thursday morning.
Police arrested Timothy Mark Damon, 47, of Kimper Thursday night.
Police say Damon ran into the Double Kwik in Justiceville, pulled a gun and demanded money and cigarettes.
"At the time there is an undetermined amount of money and several cartons of cigarettes," said Kentucky State Police Trooper William Petry.
Damon was wearing a black leather jacket, a mask, sunglasses and jeans. He left in a dark colored hatchback but police do not know what direction he went in.
This is the fourth robbery in the county in a matter of weeks, but during this time of year, Petry says many are looking to make a quick buck.
"During the holiday season the robberies have picked up and it is probably to do with Christmas and people trying to get money and so forth," said Petry.
It is recommended to all shop owners to tighten security and have multiple people working when possible.
Petry said the robbery at the Total Care Pharmacy in South Williamson on Tuesday and the robbery on Thursday are believed to be connected.
NORTON: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 @ 6 PM CONTACT: MARTY HAGY 679-0192
POUND: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 @ 2 PM CONTACT: GEORGE DEAN 796-5188
BIG STONE GAP: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 @ 6 PM CONTACT: TOWN OF BIG STONE GAP 523-0115 APPALACHIA: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 @ 7:30 PM CONTACT RUTH ANN BOYD 565-3900
COEBURN: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 @ 6:30 PM CONTACT: TOWN OF COEBURN 395-3323
ST. PAUL: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 @ 2 PM CONTACT: TOWN OF ST. PAUL 762-5297
WISE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 @ 2 PM CONTACT: WISE KIWANIS 275-9770
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Johnson City at 11:30
Rogersville at 4pm
Kingsport at 5pm
Abingdon at 6pm
Elizabethton at 6pm
Bulls Gap at 2pm
Greeneville at 2pm
Bristol at 7pm
Morristown at 7pm
Blountville at 2pm
Mount Carmel at 3pm
Bluff City at 5pm
Jonesborough at 6pm
C.H. "Chuck" Slemp, III, Commonwealth's Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton announced today that Latricia Rae Kiser, age 40, of Pound, Va., will spend almost two years in prison for financial crimes she committed against a disabled elderly victim in her care.
Kiser previously pleaded guilty without a plea agreement to six counts of felony uttering and five counts of felony forgery on September 25, 2017. The Wise County Circuit Court heard evidence today at a sentencing hearing and announced the sentence after the presentation of evidence from both the prosecution and the defense. Kiser received a sentence of five years in the penitentiary with three years and two months suspended. She will serve an active prison term of one year and ten months within the custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections. After her release, Kiser will be required to complete three years of supervised probation and pay restitution to the victim.
Between October 2016 and January 2017, Latricia Kiser was hired to assist with taking care of a disabled elderly adult. During the time Kiser served as the victim's home healthcare worker, Kiser stole checks from the victim. Kiser then forged the victim's name and without the victim's permission cashed six checks for various amounts totaling $1,750. The fraud was discovered when the victim's family discovered inaccuracies in the checking account and called the police. When Wise County Sherriff's Deputies investigated, Kiser confessed her crimes.
The case was successfully brought to a conclusion through the efforts of Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Ken Lammers.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "Financial exploitation of the disabled and elderly is far too common in our community. Ms. Kiser was invited into a home, paid to care for another person, and then stole that person. She was entrusted with the care of a vulnerable individual and then betrayed that trust. A crime of this nature should offend everyone in our community. We will continue to fight to protect seniors and incapacitated adults from this kind of abuse and exploitation."
Slemp expressed his appreciation for the diligent efforts made to investigate and prosecute this case, specifically the Wise County Department of Social Services, the Wise County Sheriff's Department, and the Southwest Virginia Joint Senior Abuse Task Force.
Symphony of the Mountains holiday concerts are a family tradition, and Pro-Art Association will again present the Symphony’s “Traditions” concert, on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of J.W. Adams Combined School at Pound.
The orchestra will be joined by more than 160 choir students from Wise and Lee County schools as well as the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
Symphony of the Mountains began in 1946 with 27 musicians and now consists of more than 70 professional musicians. The orchestra is conducted by Cornelia Laemmli Orth.
The organization’s commitment to service now encompasses the entire region, and in 1998 the symphony board added the goal of becoming an orchestra for the entire Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia region, a service area of approximately 450,000 citizens.
Tickets are $15 adults, and $10 seniors (55+). College students are admitted free with student ID, and those in K-12 are admitted free. UVa-Wise students receive cultural credit for attending this event.
Join friends for new and old Yuletide favorites and stay for a special visit from Ol’ Saint Nick.
For information or assistance for persons with special needs, call Pro-Art at 276/376-4520.
WISE, Va. – As the Thanksgiving holiday weekend came to a close, Virginia State Police, City of Norton Police and Town of Wise Police partnered for a traffic safety project within the respective jurisdictions. On Sunday (Nov. 26), troopers and officers conducted traffic safety checking details on Route 624 in the Town of Wise and on Hawthorne Drive in the City of Norton. During the hour-and-a-half enforcement operations, state and local police issued 38 summonses. The traffic summonses ranged from driving on a suspended license and improper registration to failure to have insurance and an inspection violation. One driver who tried to avoid the checkpoint was stopped and charged with one misdemeanor count of eluding police.
Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety troopers also participated in the traffic safety initiative by conducting roving patrols in and around Norton and Wise. Their efforts netted several speeders.
“Typically the Sunday after Thanksgiving is a busy day for travel throughout Southwest Virginia and our main focus is to always prevent traffic crashes and fatalities,” said 1st Sgt. Jack Baldridge, Virginia State Police Area 30 Commander. “With that in mind and as part of our participation in the holiday’s Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), these initiatives were to remind drivers of the importance of safe driving and to reassure motorists that state and local police are dedicated to making our roads safer for everyone.”
PHOTO ATTACHED: (Left to right) Wise Police Officer Charles Parsons, VA State Police Motor Carrier Trooper J.T. Funk, VA State Police Trooper B.K. Turner, VA State Police Trooper C.T. Roberts, VA State Police Trooper M.E. Brooks II, VA State Police Safety Division Trooper G.C. Bell Jr., VA State Police Trooper J. Serrac, Norton Police Officer Bret Freeman and VA State Police Motor Carrier Trooper J.P. Flanary.
A late Monday night fire has totally destroyed a Gate City Church. Fire firefighters were called to the scene at Pentecostal Powerhouse Church just after eleven Monday night and found the church fully engulfed in flames. Firemen battled the blaze for more than thirty minutes before exstinguishing the flames. No injuries were reported and an investigation is underway.