Kingsport Police Continue To Investigate A Body Found Over The Weekend In The Holston River. A Fisherman Discovered The Deceased Person Adjacent To The Ridgefields Subdivision. The Person Appears To Be An Adult Male. His Body Has Been Sent To The Quillen College Of Medicine For An Autopsy. Authorities Hope To Identify Him And Determine Cause Of Death.
A Man Accused Of Getting Married, Changing His Name And Moving To Another State To Avoid Prosecution For Child Porn Charges In Buchanan County Virginia, Has Been Sentenced. 41 Year Old Jamie Castle Will Have To Serve 14 Years In Prison For 25 Felonies. Castle Must Register As A Sex Offender When He’s Freed From Prison.
The Department Of Mines, Minerals And Energy Has Given The Abandoned Mine Land Program Ten Million Dollars In Grants For Economic Development Projects In Southwest Virginia. The Projects Will Target Outdoor Recreation, Manufacturing And Agriculture And Tourism Just To Name A Few. Applications Will Be Taken Later This Summer.
Virginia State Police Are Hoping The Public Can Help An Investigation Into A Crash Which Occurred At The Russell County/Washington County Virginia Line. The Crash Involving A Wrong Way Driver Happened May 3rd Around 11:45 Pm On Route 19. Anyone Who May Have Seen A Dark Colored Ford F-150 Flatbed Work Truck With Flashing Amber Lights On The Cab Traveling The Wrong Way Is Ask To Contact Authorities. The Crash Claimed The Lives Of 47 Year Old Candace Barnes And 66 Year Old Brenda Fields Two Other Passengers Were Injured. The Driver Of The Ford 51 Year Old Treymane Ferguson Is Being Held Without Bond On Charges That Include Reckless Driving And Refusing A Warrant For A Blood Sample.
The Buchanan County Virginia Sheriff’s Office Is Investigating A Drowning In Vansant. Sheriff Ray Foster Said A 61 Year Old Man Was Hired To Clean A Swimming Pool At A Home When He Was Found Unresponsive In The Pool. He Was Pronounced Dead At The Scene. There Is No Foul Play Suspected. The Body Has Been Sent To Roanoke For An Autopsy. No Name Has Been Released At This Time.
A Man Accused Of Killing One Person And Injuring Another On The Appalachain Trail In Southwest Virginia Has Been Arraigned In U.S. District Court In Abingdon. A Federal Judge Ordered 30 Year Old James Jordan Of Massachusetts To Undergo A Psychiatric Evaluation To Determine If He’s Competent To Stand Trial. He’s Charged With Murder And Intent To Commit Murder. He Allegedly Stabbed A Male To Death And Then Stabbed A Female Multiple Times. She Played Dead And Then Later Went For Help. Two Other Hikers Were Able To Run Away. Jordan Will Appear Back In Federal Court At A Later Date.
A free health clinic in rural Virginia is set to mark its 20th anniversary this year. The Remote Area Medical clinic will open for three days in Wise County next month. All care is offered free of charge. Registration begins at 6 a.m. daily from June 28 through June 30. Services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and include free dental care, free eye exams and treatment.
The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority For The UVA-Wise Foundation Has Approved A Nearly Half-A-Million Dollar Grant For A Workforce Development And Training Space Project For The New Clinch River Ecological Education Center In St. Paul Virginia. The Funds Will Be Used To Develop The Education Center At The Oxbow Facility And Will Serve As A Field Station For Students From Higher Education Institutions Throughout Central Appalachia And The Mid-Atlantic Region. UVA-Wise Plans To Develop Partnerships With Eight To 10 Regional Colleges And Universities.
A Norton Virginia Man Has Entered A Guilty Plea In The First Degree Murder Charges From A 2018 Pennington Gap Homicide Case. 24 Year Old Leon Smith Is Charged In The Shooting Death Of 34 Year Old Lee David Lipps. Smith Is Expected To Be Sentenced In September.
Virginia State Police Sgt. T. Atwell is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Russell County. The crash occurred Friday (May 3) at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Route 19 just inside Russell County at the Washington County line.
Shortly before 11:45 p.m., the Russell County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about a wrong-way driver on Route 19. The sheriff's office immediately broadcast it to their deputies, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police. Moments later, a 2003 Ford F350 flatbed pickup traveling south in the northbound lanes of Route 19 crested a hill and struck head-on a 2016 Nissan Rogue. There was dense fog at that location at the time of the crash.
There was a driver and three passengers in the Nissan Rogue. All four are from Rural Hall, N.C. and were wearing seat belts. The driver, Brian Barnes, 46, was treated and released for minor injuries. A 13-year-old female passenger was flown to a hospital in Wake Forest for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
The Nissan's remaining two passengers did not survive the crash. Candace R. Barnes, 47, died at the scene. Brenda Fields, 66, was transported to Johnston Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries early Saturday morning (May 4).
The driver of the Ford, Treymane M. Ferguson, 51, of Ruther Glen, Va., was treated and released for minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.
Ferguson is being held without bond on a charge of reckless driving and a charge of obstruction of justice, for refusing a warrant for a blood sample to be taken as part of the ongoing investigation