Two more charged in Lee drug roundup
St. Charles man sentenced for larceny
Funds available for emergency programs
Kilgore introduces deputy retirement bill
Mets pitcher to promote Learning Center
JONESVILLE - Two more suspects have been charged in relation to a roundup of alleged drug dealers in Lee County that began last week. April Yvonne Scott, 28, Route 2, Box 348-C, Pennington Gap, was arrested Tuesday on one count of distribution. Natalie Renee Fleenor, 27, P.O. Box 733, Dryden, was picked up Wednesday and charged with two counts of distribution. The two are among 111 suspects indicted as part of Operation STAND (Standing Together Against Narcotic Drugs), an investigation that began nearly a year ago into illegal drug activity in Lee County.
JONESVILLE - Jason Joseph Johnson, 30, Main Street, St. Charles, was sentenced Wednesday in Lee County Circuit Court to an effective 90-day jail sentence after pleading no contest in September to one count each of grand larceny and conspiracy. Johnson was sentenced to three years in the Virginia State Penitentiary on each of the two charges and was allowed to serve the sentences concurrently. The court then suspended all but 90 days of the time in lieu of three years of supervised probation and payment of restitution.
KINGSPORT - Sullivan County will receive $73,781 in federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The funds, distributed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are designed to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas. A local board of community representatives will determine how the funds awarded to Sullivan County will be distributed. Agencies eligible to receive funds must be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. To apply for emergency food and shelter program funds call the United Way of Greater Kingsport office at 378-3409, ext. 16, for an application. The deadline for applications is Jan. 25.
RICHMOND - Delegate Terry G. Kilgore, chairman of the House Majority Caucus, has introduced a bill that will make all deputy sheriffs members of the Law Enforcement Officers' Retirement System. House Bill 2420 also calls for a 2 percent average final compensation multiplier for all state police officers. "I believe that including deputy sheriffs into the Law Enforcement Officers' Retirement System makes sense and will show, in some small part, our gratitude for their efforts to help keep our communities safe," said Kilgore, R-Gate City.
TAZEWELL - Tazewell native and New York Mets pitcher Billy Wagner will be on hand today to promote the Second Chance Learning Center at local events. From 4 to 5 p.m., Wagner will appear at the Crab Orchard Museum in Tazewell. Later that evening, he will speak at the Sales Executive Club Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Bluefield. The Second Chance Learning Center is a nonprofit foundation that seeks to address the increased school dropout rate in Southwest Virginia by providing free counseling, tutoring and mentoring for public school students with social and educational problems. In addition, the center provides scholarships to Southwest Virginia students who seek to continue their education in either college or trade school. The Crab Orchard Museum is located at 3663 Crab Orchard Road in Tazewell. The Sales Executive Club Dinner will be held at 1501 Whitehorn Ave., Bluefield, W.Va.