Authorities Say A Virginia State Trooper That Was Killed In A Shooting Overnight In Cumberland County Virginia Is From Chilhowie. Lucas Dowell Was Executing A Search Warrant With A Tactical Team Outside Farmville When And Adult Male Began Firing Shots At The Team. The Shooter Was Killed And Trooper Dowell Passed Away A Short Time Later From Injuries He Sustained. Dowell Was A Graduate Of Chilhowie High School.
The Name Of A Female Who Died Over The Weekend After A Tree Fell On Her Car In Wise County Virginia Has Been Released. She Is 64 Year Old Iris Walker Of Jenkins Kentucky. 35 Year Old Tony Osborne Of Pound Is Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter And Trespassing After Cutting The Tree Down For Firewood. Osborne Is Set To Be Arraigned In General District Court On February 11th.
Coeburn Virginia Town Manager, Drew Mullins, Has Announced He Plans To Resign After The Town’s Fiscal 2019-20 Budget Has Been Worked Out. Mullins Said He Will Enter Law School. A Specific Date Has Not Yet Been Released.
Larry Leon "Snake" Fields, age 69 of Dante, Virginia, was convicted today on the second day of his trial in the Wise County Circuit Court of Felony Murder, Reckless Handling of a Firearm, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. The charges stemmed from the March 2018 shooting death of Mark Anthony Ward, age 48, of Castlewood.
On March 31, 2018, Fields and Ward were working together at a location behind the Dominion Virginia Power Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in the Town of St. Paul, Virginia. The entire incident was captured on security camera footage at the location of the shooting. Evidence showed that the parties had been horse-playing with one another that afternoon while at work. At some point that day, Fields pulled a loaded .22 revolver firearm from his truck, removed it from the holster, pointed the gun, and pulled the trigger. Fields claimed the shooting was an accident, but admitted that he waived around the firearm and pulled the trigger in an effort to scare the victim. Ward was shot in the forehead just above his right eye. He died at Bristol Regional Medical Center as a result of his injuries.
The case was investigated by the Wise County Sheriff's Department with assistance from the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, and the Town of St. Paul Police Department.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "This is a tragic case and a senseless act of violence. Mr. Fields's behavior demonstrates an extreme disregard for human life. We are proud to bring a resolution to the case today and we hope that these convictions provide closure and justice for the victim's family." Slemp also offered his appreciation to those who made the convictions possible. "I want to specifically thank our attorneys Josh Newberry and Brett Hall and our entire office team for their hard work in prosecuting this case and the dedication of countless law enforcement officers whose professional investigation made these convictions possible. I also specifically want to thank Investigator Duane Phillips from the Wise County Sheriff's Department for leading the investigation."
Sentencing in the case is scheduled for June 10, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Wise County Circuit Court. Fields faces a punishment of incarceration in the Virginia Department of Corrections for a term ranging between 5 years and 65 years. A judge will hand down the final sentence after hearing evidence at the sentencing hearing in June.
The Town Of Big Stone Gap Has Been Given A Specific Proposal From Columbia Forest Products For Logging A 500 Acre Section Of The Big Cherry Watershed, But For Now It’s Not Being Made Public. Town Manager Steve Lawson Said The Towns Attorney Has Advised To Not Release The Information For The Time Being. The Proposal Is Likely To Come Back Up At The Council’s January Regular Meeting.
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 email@example.com.
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/.