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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.
The Five Men Rescued From A Cave In Russell County Virginia Have Been Identified. 55 Year Old Mark Webb, 34 Year Old Anthony Webb, 55 Year Old David Gobble, 54 Year Old Jason McFaddin And 55 Year Old Jeff Jackson Were All Rescued Over The Weekend And Treated For Hypothermia Related Injuries. Another Man With Them 22 Year Old David Webb Was Able To Rescue Himself And Call 911.
An Investigation Is Continuing Into A Body Found This Past Weekend In The Lewis Creek Section Of Russell County Virginia. Sheriff Steve Dye Said The Body Was Located In An Area Near Where There Was An Extensive Search Back In January In Reference To A Missing Person Case Out Of Buchanan County. Additional Information Is Expected To Be Released Later This Week.
HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Several local music groups and artists will gather next week to host a benefit concert for a family affected by a deadly fire.
The event, that will benefit the Howard family, will take place Thursday, May 2nd from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Buttermore Building in Downtown Harlan.
Two twin toddlers were found dead inside the family's home following the fire on April 22nd in the Totz community. Their mother, Allyson Howard, died two days later at a Georgia hospital. The father, Chad Howard, is still fighting for his life at that same hospital.
A Facebook post for the event states the concert is free, but donations are encouraged and will go to the With Love From Harlan organization, which has already raised more than $12,000 for funeral and other expenses for the victims.
Here are the acts scheduled to perform:
Dakota Saylor & The Bloody Harlan Band
The Wise County Virginia School Board Has Approved In 2020 Fiscal Year Budget. The 60.4 Million Dollar Spending Plan Has Been Sent To County Leaders To Approve. Included In The Budget, Is A Five Percent Pay Raise For Teachers And Picking Up The Tab For A 200-Thousand Dollar Increase In The Health Plan. The Board Of Supervisors Will Consider The Budget In May.
WHITESBURG, Ky. – Swing into Spring with Letcher County Tourism at Raven Rock Golf Course on Saturday, April 27th for amazing golf deals, free –live music, family fun, delicious food and spirit tastings.
Live music will begin at 4 p.m. and will conclude with a free live acoustic concert by Country Music Star Aaron Tippin under the big top at 8 p.m.
Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chair for the concert.
Prior to Aaron Tippin, Tourism will welcome to the stage East KY Natives Cory Harris at 4 p.m., Kristi Stanley & Running Blind at 5:15 p.m. and Clay Jamerson at 7 p.m.
An early bird “Pick a Pro” 4-person team or individual golf scramble will kick off the day at 8 a.m., followed by a special all-day rate of $15 to play 18 holes. Golfers wanting to participate in the golf scramble must register by Thursday, April 25th.
The kid-zone will open at 4 p.m. and will provide endless fun with face painting and inflatables.
As the afternoon progresses, Kentucky Mist Moonshine of Whitesburg and Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery of Pikeville will be offering spirits flights and tastings of their most-liked beverages. The Pine Restaurant at Raven Rock will also be serving their signature food and drinks throughout the day.
A special setting of the Wise County General District Court will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Union High School Auditorium, 2 Champions Avenue, Big Stone Gap, Virginia with General District Court Judge Ronald Elkins presiding. Two trials are scheduled to be heard that day before an audience of students from Eastside High School, Union High School, J.I. Burton High School, and Central High School.
The trials will begin at 9:30 a.m. The program will conclude at approximately 11:00 a.m. Participants will be available for media interviews at 9:00 a.m. prior to the trials.
This year's program will bring together students from two separate school systems, Norton City Public Schools and Wise County Public Schools. Participants will include area defense attorneys, prosecutors from the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes and officers from the Wise County Sheriff's Department, Norton City Police Chief James Lane and officers from the Norton City Police Department, and clerks from the Wise County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Students will attend the actual court proceedings and will learn first-hand the real-life consequences of their decisions and actions. Following the trials, these events will provide an opportunity for the students to engage in a dialogue with court officials. The programs were scheduled strategically for April ahead of prom season and during Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "We are so excited to once again put on our annual Courts to Classrooms Program and thankful for the partnership of court officials and our school systems. It is important for our young people to see firsthand how the criminal justice system works. These students are learning that choices have consequences. Our goal is to inspire young people with this program and ensure that they understand the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and other crimes."
For more information, please contact Chuck Slemp at 276-328-9406 or CHSlemp@wisecwa.info.
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