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
Sunset Digital Is Changing Its Name. It’s Now Known As Point Broadband. This Comes After Sunset Digital Purchased BVU Optinet For 50 Million Last Year. Point Broadband CEO Todd Holt Said Customers Will Still Experience The Same Support And Service They Have Always Received.
A Norton Virginia Man Has Admitted In Wise County Virginia Circuit Court, To Attacking His Former Girlfriend At Her Place Of Work. 23 Year Old Tyler Justiano Plead Guilty To Domestic Assault And Battery, Strangulation And Two Counts Of Violation Of Probation. Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp Says The Victim Was Getting In Her Car When Justiano Showed Up And Started Hitting Her And Chocking Her. A Sheriff’s Deputy Actually Witnessed The Attack. Justiano Faces Up To Six Years In Prison When He’s Sentenced On June 21st.
THIRD ANNUAL "COURTS TO CLASSROOMS" PROGRAM SHOWS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GLIMPSE INTO THE COURT SYSTEM
BIG STONE GAP, VA – A special setting of the Wise County General District Court was held this morning at the Union High School Auditorium in Wise County. General District Court Judge Ronald Elkins presided over two criminal trials held in front of an audience of high school students from area schools. The trials were part of the third annual "Courts to Classrooms" Program, an outreach initiative launched by Wise County & City of Norton Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp, to offer high school seniors an opportunity to learn insights into the criminal justice system as part of an educational program and crime prevention strategy.
Seniors from Eastside High School, Union High School, J.I. Burton High School, and Central High School gathered at 9:30 a.m. for two cases. The cases were prosecuted by Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Steven Davis. Local attorneys Joseph Carico and Brent Fleming represented the defendants. The first case involved a charge of assault and battery and a charge of underage possession of alcohol. The second case was a charge of driving under the influence. Both cases were based upon real cases recently tried in Wise County.
Other participants included Wise County Assistant Sheriff Colonel Grant Kilgore, Wise County Sheriff's Deputy and Courtroom Bailiff Pete Bowers, Norton City Police Officer Zachary Church, Wise County Circuit Court Master Deputy Clerk Dezarah Adkins, and witnesses Cassie Carnes, Trevor Boggs, and Courtney Mullins.
Following the two cases, participants fielded questions from the student audience and explained certain aspects of Virginia law to the audience. The discussion included questions about cell phone evidence, how juvenile criminal records can be permanent, the dangers of methamphetamine, opioids, marijuana, and other drugs, and how to pursue a career in law or law enforcement.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp remarked, "We are so thankful that our school systems partnered with us again this year to provide this program to area students. It is important for our young people to see firsthand how the criminal justice system works in real-life situations. Our goal today was to inspire these students and ensure that they understand the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and other crimes."
Gina Wohlford, Norton City Public Schools Superintendent, said, "Any time we can provide real-world experiences for learning, it has a greater impact. We are excited for our students to again participate in the annual courts to classrooms experience. Our students always enjoy being a part of the program and I believe that it is having a positive impact on them for their future."
Greg Mullins, Wise County Public Schools Superintendent, commented, "Our school system is excited to once again partner with Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp in providing a very special opportunity for our students to gain an inside perspective of the functions of the judiciary. We want them to develop an understanding of how the court system works, but we especially wanted them to understand how making wrong choices about things such as speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and other crimes can deeply and adversely affect their lives. We appreciate Mr. Slemp and his staff for their efforts in making this possible."
Wise County Assistant Sheriff Grant Kilgore said, "It was a pleasure to be a part of the Courts to Classrooms program this year. This event provides a great learning experience for young people in our region and I am so proud that our Department could be a part of something that has such a positive impact on so many students."
Slemp described the program as a "team effort" and offeredpraise forthe contributions of those who helped make this year's event a success.