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CHURCH HILL - The janitor at Bradshaw Chapel Church, 154 Okalona Road, Church Hill, arrived at church to clean Saturday afternoon to find the front door open and damaged, and some items from inside the church missing. Damage to the front door was estimated at $350. Missing from the church was a radio valued at $80 and a vacuum cleaner valued at $140. The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office was contacted to investigate.

Electrical items valued at $58,000 stolen

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ROGERSVILLE - More than $50,000 worth of light bulbs, conduit and electrical wiring was reported stolen last week from Roy's Plumbing and Electrical Warehouse on Austin Mill Road. Ben Chambers reported Wednesday that among the items stolen from the company's storage facility were 150 cases of light bulbs valued at $15,000, between 5,000 and 10,000 "Peco" brand conduit pieces valued at $3,000, and a substantial amount of traffic signal wire valued at $40,000. Chambers told the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department he believes whoever broke into his storage facility is selling the stolen items at local flea markets.

David Crockett security guard arrested

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JONESBOROUGH - A David Crockett High School security guard was arrested Monday on drug charges. According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Jerry Shad Roberts, 29, 186 Walnut Lane, Fall Branch, who was employed as a security guard at the high school, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of Schedule VI drugs for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Schedule IV drugs. Roberts was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $7,000 bond. A hearing is scheduled for today in sessions court.

Dryden man accepts plea agreement

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JONESVILLE - A Dryden man accepted a plea agreement on multiple charges Monday in Lee County Circuit Court that leaves him with six months in jail to serve. Mark Wayne Mullins, 27, P.O. Box 143, Dryden, was originally charged with breaking and entering, assault and battery of a police officer, two misdemeanor assault and battery charges, cruelty to animals and destruction of property. Under the agreement, the felony break and enter was reduced to misdemeanor trespassing. He then pleaded guilty to all the charges and was sentenced to three years in the Virginia State Penitentiary for the assault on the officer. Under terms of the agreement, all but six months of that time, a mandatory minimum, was suspended in lieu of one year of supervised probation. Mullins was then sentenced to 12 months in jail with six months suspended on all the remaining misdemeanors, and the agreement allowed all the sentences to be served concurrently. Mullins was fined $750 and was ordered to pay court costs and restitution.

Lecturer to speak on al-Qaida before 9/11

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College student group King World Awareness and Activation Club will host guest Joseph Fitsanakis when he presents "The United States' Relationship With al-Qaida Prior to 9/11." The lecture is scheduled for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Room 122 of Kline Hall at King College. The public is invited to this free event, which is part of a monthlong series of events hosted by King World Awareness that will examine the Iraq war and its impact. Upcoming events in the series will include a discussion with Iraq war veteran Jason Hurd on April 5 and a screening of the documentary film "The Ground Truth" on April 12. For more information about the lecture contact Warren Beck at 652-4936.

Virginia lawyers participate in food drive

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RICHMOND - Attorney General Bob McDonnell is reminding Virginia law firms and lawyers that this is the final week to sign up for the "Legal Food Frenzy," a two-week competition among Virginia law firms to raise food and funds for their local food banks. The competition will be held April 2-13. The last day for firms to sign up is Saturday. One hundred and fifty firms statewide have already signed up to participate. The statewide event is based on another event held every year by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and sponsored by the Norfolk/Portsmouth Bar Association. Last year this event raised nearly 175,000 pounds of food for the hungry in that region. The first statewide version of the competition has set 500,000 pounds of food as its target goal.

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