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Raven Area Man Has No More "EGGS FOR SALE" After Entering Guilty Pleas To Numerous Counts of Drug Distribution
Posted 1/17/15 4:50pm
Jonathan David Wallace, age 27, of 186 Congress Rd, Raven, Virginia, has entered guilty pleas to numerous counts of Narcotics Trafficking after being served with several felony and misdemeanor indictments.
Wallace, and his attorney, David Tiller, were present before the Honorable Rich Patterson in the Tazewell County Circuit Court on January 5, 2015. Wallace entered guilty pleas to seven felony counts of Distribution of Marijuana; two misdemeanor counts of Distribution of Marijuana; and four felony counts of Distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance. In addition, Wallace has agreed to forfeit all the items, including firearms, ammunition, and money that were seized from his home the day he was arrested.
These convictions are the result of more than a year long investigation by the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force. Evidence revealed that Wallace had an ongoing enterprise of selling marijuana and prescription medication at his residence. Wallace had signs on his property that read "FRESH EGGS FOR SALE" and "PUPPIES FOR SALE" that could be seen by passing motorists. There was no evidence that neither eggs nor puppies had ever been sold at that location.
"Various tips, information, and participation from citizens played an valuable role in the success of this investigation," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Brandon Goins. "All of the citizens and all the law enforcement officers who diligently and zealously worked on this case for the last year and a half deserve our deepest appreciation."
Sentencing is currently set for March 2, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the Tazewell County Circuit Court. The maximum sentence Wallace faces on all charges is up to 110 years and 24 months incarceration.
The case was investigated by the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force with assistance from the Virginia State Police, Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Cedar Bluff Police Department, and Richlands Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Brandon S. Goins, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Tazewell County.
2nd Annual Winter Honey Festival
Posted 1/14/15 8:49pm
Clinch River Beekeepers Association’s 2nd Annual Winter Honey Festival plans are underway and vendor applications are now being accepted. This year’s event will be held at the Richlands Police Department Complex, Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10am – 4pm in beautiful downtown Richlands, Virginia.
Last year’s centerpiece focused on traditional vendors of beekeeping equipment and honey related items such as health and beauty products and wax items. Now the field is wide open with a myriad of “seemingly” unrelated vendors still in keeping with the honey theme. Examples are Doug Branton, a local potter and professor at Southwest Virginia Community College, who has hand-produced honey pots made especially for the Winter Honey Festival. Valley Baskets has a commemorative 2015 baskets for the Winter Honey Festival in addition to a variety of other hand produced baskets. The Rusty Nail will offer antique smokers as well as some intriguing antiques unrelated to bees. So as you can see join this exciting event, learn and experience the art of beekeeping and sale a few of your products. Booths are $20 for a 10 x 10 space. Simply e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone the Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce at 276-963-3385 for more information and an application.
Surrounding the festival will be a calendar filled with music and educational events. During the winter celebration, local restaurants will offer special honey-themed dishes, to warm your bones with a touch of “Honey” for Valentine’s Day! All types of events are happening the whole week don’t miss out on the FUN!
January Indictments Released
Posted 1/9/15 8:07pm
Indictments by the Grand Jury in Tazewell County Circuit Court on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 have been released. There were a total of 65 indictments presented. Twenty-one were sealed. The Grand Jury returned 64 true bills and one no true bill for a total of 266 counts.
Chamber Accepting Nominations for Distinguished Citizenship Award
Posted 1/8/15 8:35pm
The Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the “2014 Distinguished Citizenship of the Year Award”. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet, February 19, 2015 at Southwest Virginia Community College. This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Abigail Stonerock former FBI agent and the new Director of Faculty Development for the Virginia Community College System. The deadline to submit the nomination form is
Friday, February 6, 2015.
Candidates may be nominated by individuals, organizations, churches or groups. No previous year recipient of the Distinguished Citizenship Award is eligible. All individuals are eligible provided they work or reside within a 20-mile radius of the Richlands area. The Nomination Form is required outlining volunteer community involvement, notable accomplishments, leadership roles and an explanation why this individual is deserving of the Citizenship Award.
Please call the Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce office (276) 963-3385, stop by, 1413 Front Street, Richlands, Virginia or request via email email@example.com to obtain the required nomination form and policy guidelines. The deadline to submit the nomination form is Friday, February 6, 2015.
Conference on the Economy of the Coalfield Region
Posted 1/5/15 9:06pm
A conference on the economy of the Coalfield Region of Virginia will be held Friday, January 9, 2015, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium in Garden Hall of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Oakwood, Va. The conference, hosted by the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, the Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce, the Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the Scott County Chamber of Commerce, the Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce, and the Buchanan County Industrial Development Authority, is expected to conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Members of the Virginia General Assembly, who represent the citizens of Southwest Virginia, will be in attendance to hear comments on the state of the economy from a host of presenters and speakers and will engage in a roundtable discussion of the issues following the presentations.
Delegate Terry Kilgore said that with recent sharp declines in the Coalfield economy, it is important to have a public discussion focusing on the Coalfield economy. The public is encouraged to attend the conference which will provide time for comments from the public. Lunch will also be provided and there is no cost to attend.
Members of the General Assembly expected to be in attendance include Senator Bill Carrico; Senator Ben Chafin; Delegate Jeffrey Campbell; Delegate Terry Kilgore; and Delegate Israel O’Quinn.
Among those expected to speak and present at the conference are Senator Mark Warner; Congressman Morgan Griffith; Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones; Harry Childress, president of the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance; James Keen, Grundy Town Manager and former member of the Virginia Transportation Commission; Lu Ellsworth, operations manager of the Heartwood; Susan Mayhew, dean of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy; Tim Pfohl, executive director of the Virginia Tobacco Commission; and a representative of the Virginia Oil and Gas Association. Additional speakers have been invited, but had not been confirmed at press time.
For additional information, interested persons may contact Mary Belcher, executive director of the Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce, at 276-935-4147 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.