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February 15th, 2007 12:54 am by Staff Report








Police seek suspects in Subway robbery


Wise County man facing drug charges


Juvenile charged in Lee burglaries


Appalachia man sentenced for theft


Lee man sentenced in burglary case


Police seek suspects in Subway robbery

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JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police are looking for two people who robbed an area business Tuesday night. According to authorities, two individuals entered Subway Restaurant, 520 W. Oakland Ave., and forced the employee working there to get inside the cooler. The two robbers - one armed with a knife - fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. The clerk was not harmed in the incident. Anyone with information regarding Tuesday's robbery is asked to contact the Johnson City Police Department at 434-6166, or to remain anonymous call 434-6158.


Wise County man facing drug charges

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POUND - A 62-year-old Wise County man has been charged with "operating a fortified drug house" and other charges after a raid at the residence near Pound on Tuesday. James Hopkins, 1007 Orby Cantrell Highway, was also charged with two counts of distribution of heroin, distribution of Schedule II narcotics, and possession of a homemade explosive device. Authorities said several weapons were seized from the residence along with the explosive device, surveillance cameras that were installed around the residence, a significant amount of cash, and documentation authorities say may link a number of other individuals with ongoing narcotics investigations. The arrest of Hopkins and seizure of evidence was the result of a joint investigation by the Wise County Sheriff's Department, Pound Police Department, Virginia State Police, Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, and the Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.


Juvenile charged in Lee burglaries

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JONESVILLE - A Lee County juvenile has been charged in connection with two residential burglaries in the Ewing area and is being held in juvenile detention at Bristol, Va., said Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons. Parsons said the juvenile has been charged in connection with two burglaries in which he and two adults stole medication from one home on Jan. 14 and jewelry from another on Feb. 8. The adults are being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield.


Appalachia man sentenced for theft

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JONESVILLE - An Appalachia man previously convicted of stealing wiring and brass fittings from an Old Dominion Power Co. substation in Lee County was sentenced Tuesday in Lee County Circuit Court to time served and probation. Jonathan Avery Darnell, 31, 861 Oakdale St., was convicted of grand larceny, possession of burglary tools, destruction of property and trespassing. Judge John C. Kilgore sentenced Darnell to 12 months in jail then suspended the time in lieu of 12 months of supervised probation on the larceny and possession charges. The court then sentenced Darnell to six months in jail on the destruction charge, but that was suspended in lieu of six months of unsupervised probation. Darnell was additionally sentenced to 12 months in jail on the trespassing charge. Kilgore then suspended all of that time except for time served in lieu of 12 months of unsupervised probation. The effective sentence was two years of supervised probation, 18 months of unsupervised probation, and an order that he submit to random drug testing as well as drug abuse treatment.


Lee man sentenced in burglary case

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JONESVILLE - Matthew James Clark, 24, 819 E. Morgan Ave., Pennington Gap, was sentenced Tuesday in Lee County Circuit Court to two years of probation and payment of restitution after being previously convicted of one count each of break and enter and grand larceny. Judge John C. Kilgore sentenced Clark to 12 months in jail on each charge then suspended the time in lieu of supervised probation and ordered that the sentences be served consecutively. He further ordered that Clark pay restitution.


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