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Friday, October 24, 2014

Jury Convicts Southwest Virginia Retail Store Owners of Selling Synthetic Marijuana
They’re in their 60s and 70s and prosecutors say they operated retail stores with names like “Get it Here” and “Smokeez” in Southwest Virginia that sold "extremely dangerous" synthetic marijuana. Prosecutors also say they were part of an illegal operation stretching to Gainesville, Florida. After a federal jury found them guilty, those facing hefty prison sentences and fines include 72-year-old James Pirtle, his wife, 66-year old Linda Pirtle, both of Coeburn, 63-year-old Douglas Eugene Stephens and 68-year-old Cecil A. McConnell Junior, both of Pound. Sentencing will be in January. (LM)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jury Convicts Southwest Virginia Retail Store Owners of Selling Synthetic Marijuana
They’re in their 60s and 70s and prosecutors say they operated retail stores with names like “Get it Here” and “Smokeez” in Southwest Virginia that sold "extremely dangerous" synthetic marijuana. Prosecutors also say they were part of an illegal operation stretching to Gainesville, Florida. After a federal jury found them guilty, those facing hefty prison sentences and fines include 72-year-old James Pirtle, his wife, 66-year old Linda Pirtle, both of Coeburn, 63-year-old Douglas Eugene Stephens and 68-year-old Cecil A. McConnell Junior, both of Pound. Sentencing will be in January. (LM)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bristol Men Found Guilty in "Brawl"
A jury burned the midnight oil and delivered a verdict early this morning in Bristol, Virginia. Steven “Pig” Stout guilty of malicious wounding, and the jury fixed his sentence at five years in prison. Also found guilty of unlawful wounding, Thomas Christopher Hulse, who was given a one year sentence. The verdict stems from a brawl involving a knife and baseball bats in March at G&G Market, which injured two other men.(LM)

Russell County Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Leg
Russell County Sheriff Steve Dye reveals that a man accidentally shot himself in the leg in the parking lot of a convenience store. The sheriff says 29 year old Gary Allen Rose of Swords Creek, went by med flight to a hospital in Kingsport for treatment of the injury. He says Rose had his gun in a holster, but removed it when he went inside the store to purchase items. When he returned and picked it up, it fired. The sheriff says Rose had his gun ready for ginseng hunting before the accident. (LM)

Five Alpha mining operations earn state awards
Four mining operations and a processing plant in Southwest Virginia that are under the Alpha Natural Resources banner have earned recognition from the state Division of Mines, Minerals and Energy. The company reports that Paramont Coal Deep Mine 37 and 88 Strip, Dickenson Russell Coal Company Roaring Fork No. 4, Twin Star Mining's Elk Creek and Pigeon Creek Processing Plant No. 1 were honored for having over 488,000 hours of work time without any injury interruption.

Two on Trial for "Brawl" in Bristol, Virginia
The jury deliberated until midnight in a Bristol brawling case. John Cook, who was stabbed and beaten at G&G Market in Bristol, Virginia last spring, told the jury he was not the aggressor, but retreating, and swinging a baseball bat in self defense. On trial for attempted murder and other charges were Steven “Pig” Stout and Thomas Christopher Hulse. Stout was found not guilty of attempted murder, but will serve five years for malicious and unlawful wounding. Hulse was found guilty of unlawful wounding and was sentenced to 12 months. Authorities say the brawl erupted after two people planned to settle a disagreement with a so called fair fight.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Russell County Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Leg
Russell County Sheriff Steve Dye reveals that a man accidentally shot himself in the leg in the parking lot of a convenience store. The sheriff says 29 year old Gary Allen Rose of Swords Creek, went by med flight to a hospital in Kingsport for treatment of the injury. He says Rose had his gun in a holster, but removed it when he went inside the store to purchase items. When he returned and picked it up, it fired. The sheriff says Rose had his gun ready for ginseng hunting before the accident. (LM)

Five Alpha mining operations earn state awards
Four mining operations and a processing plant in Southwest Virginia that are under the Alpha Natural Resources banner have earned recognition from the state Division of Mines, Minerals and Energy. The company reports that Paramont Coal Deep Mine 37 and 88 Strip, Dickenson Russell Coal Company Roaring Fork No. 4, Twin Star Mining's Elk Creek and Pigeon Creek Processing Plant No. 1 were honored for having over 488,000 hours of work time without any injury interruption.

Two on Trial for "Brawl" in Bristol, Virginia
John Cook, who was stabbed and beaten at a brawl at G&G Market in Bristol, Virginia last spring, tells a jury he was not the aggressor, but retreating, and swinging a baseball bat in defense, trying to spare injury to others while he also was scared for his life. On trial for attempted murder and malicious wounding are Steven Stout, also known as Pig Stout, and Thomas Christopher Hulse. Authorities say the brawl erupted after two people planned to settle a disagreement with a so called fair fight. (LM)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Sullivan County Man Cleared in Brother's Death
22-year old Stephen Chastain was killed at Allen Creek Apartments on July 4th. Investigators quickly discovered David Chastain had stabbed his younger brother to death during an altercation. A Sullivan County Grand Jury has determined the Kingsport man acted in self defense no charges will be filed.

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