80 Drug Arrests Mine Layoffs Adds to Buchanan County Virginia Misery


compiled by Lewis Loflin

April 2, 2014: What is a near record for Buchanan County Virginia lands dozens in jail. Most of the charges are dealing prescription drugs, three are for meth, while four people faced additional charges of child neglect.

At the same time massive drug roundups are going on in neighboring a Dickenson (40?) and Wise (50) Counties could bring the total well over 120 arrests. Some seem to overlap.

Commonwealth Attorney Tamara Neo says,

"We see a lot of prescription pills, medication, oxycontin, methadone, some loritabs, but really it is the oxy and the methadone that seem to be a big problem."

Ref. News Channel 11.



March 26th, 2014 the Kingsport Times-News noted,

Authorities launched a roundup of suspected drug offenders in Wise County on Wednesday, with one of those facing new drug charges not hard to find. Brandi Baldwin, the Wise County mother facing charges associated with last year's death of her toddler daughter, Emma, had been out on bond awaiting trial but earlier this year was put back in jail on drug charges and violation of that bond.

On Wednesday, Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Ron Elkins said Baldwin was served more drug charges arising from the continuing investigation into her prior bond violation allegations. Otherwise, Elkins said 18 of 50 individuals targeted by the drug roundup had been arrested and were being processed as of 2:45 p.m. Wednesday...

But mid-May brings even more misery to Buchanan County and the region with the loss of another 188 mining jobs in the Oakwood section of the County with CONSOL Energy. This was due to a drop in demand for metallurgical coal used to make steel. The mine had about 650 people at the time according to my sister.

U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem in the local papers blamed jobs going overseas and Obama's EPA. But mining jobs were disappearing long before Obama was president and dwelling on that does no good. As China expands its coal production it will have little use for more expensive American coal.

But besides the 188 jobs directly lost at least another 400 will be lost in the low-wage local service sector.

A few years ago taxpayers spent $25 million to bring in perhaps 100 call center jobs paying little more than the $300 million Wal-Mart project in Grundy.

The citizens of this region once and for all need to stop waiting for government to help and take control of their lives. Perhaps if the $25 million spent on a 100 $8 an hour call center jobs went to drug treatment that would give residents a fighting chance - assuming they even want the help or will try.

The Hurley community was very hard hit in the sweeps and seemed to involve entire families and couples - Justus, Stacy, and Mullins being a common name.

Meth:

Donna St. Clair Yates, 45, of Grundy, Va; one count of conspire to manufacture methamphetamine, 13 counts of manufacture methamphetamine and one count of possession of schedule I/II controlled substance.

Marilynn Marie Hill, 31, of Vansant, Va; six counts of manufacture methamphetamine and conspire to Manufacture Methamphetamine, and one count of possession of schedule I/II controlled substance.

Shawn Eric Yates, 26, of Grundy, Va.; one count of conspire to manufacture methamphetamine and 13 counts of manufacture methamphetamine.

Kids:

Dolly Rebecca Grizzle, 31, Mouthcard, Ky.; five counts of distribute of a schedule III controlled substance, four counts of common nuisance, one count of conspiracy and one count of child abuse and neglect.

Brandy Nicole Justice, 23, of Grundy, Va.; one count of distribute of schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance and one count of child abuse and neglect.

Jason Stiltner, 35, of Big Rock, Va.; seven counts of distribute of schedule III controlled substance, one count of conspiracy, three counts of common nuisance and two counts of child abuse and neglect.

Rhonda Ann Stiltner, 37, of Grundy, Va.; eight counts of distribute schedule III controlled substance, one count of conspiracy, three counts of common nuisance and two counts of child abuse and neglect.

Prescription drugs:

Lauren Kilbourne, 23, of Pilgrims Knob, Va.; three counts of distribute of schedule III controlled substance and common nuisance.

Lonnie Dean Looney, 51, of Grundy, Va.; three counts of distribute of schedule III controlled substance, three counts of common nuisance and one count of conspiracy.

Terri Lynn Mullins, 47, of Grundy, Va.; four counts of distribute of schedule IV controlled substance, Conspiracy and two counts of common nuisance.

Tabitha O'Quinn, 23, of Haysi, Va.; one count of distribute schedule VI controlled substance.

Corey James Petty, 20, of Grundy, Va; one count of distribute schedule III controlled substance and conspiracy.

Peggy Quinley, 45, of Grundy, Va; one count of distribute schedule III controlled substance and conspiracy.

Rhonda Lynn Ratliff, 39, of Grundy, Va.; one count of distribute schedule III controlled substance.

Marla Louise Deel, 41, Grundy, Va; one count of distribute of a schedule III controlled substance and one count of conspiracy.

William J. Deel, 39, Grundy, Va.; one count of distribute of schedule IV controlled substance.

Diana Endicott, 50, Haysi, Va.; two counts of distribute of a schedule III controlled substance and two counts of conspiracy.

Tiffany B. Estep, 25, Hurley, Va.; one count of distribute of a schedule III controlled substance and one count common nuisance.

Erin Nicole Foster, 32, of Maxie, Va.; three counts distribute of schedule I/II controlled substance and three counts of common nuisance.

Jonathan Helton, 25, of Grundy, Va.; one count of distribute of schedule III controlled substance and common nuisance.

Arlie Brooks, 56, Haysi, Va.; one count of distribute of a schedule I/II controlled substance and common nuisance.

James Burton Childress, 33, Grundy, Va.; one count of distribution of a schedule I/II controlled substance and conspiracy.

Linda Sue Childress, 36, Grundy, Va.; five counts of distribution of a schedule I/II controlled substance, three counts of conspiracy and one count of common nuisance.

Pamela Stacy Charles, 28, Grundy, Va.; two counts of distribution of a schedule III controlled Substance, one count of conspiracy and one count of common nuisance.

Norman Ray Cole, 29, Grundy, Va.; four counts of distribute of a schedule III controlled substance, one count of conspiracy and three counts of common nuisance.

Bobby Ayers Horn, 34, of Grundy, Va.; one count of distribute of schedule IV controlled substance and common nuisance.

Audy Ray Jackson, 53, of Grundy, Va.; one count of distribute of schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy and common nuisance.

Jennifer Jackson, 55, of Vansant, Va.; three counts of distribute of schedule III controlled substance and common nuisance.

Lee Jackson, 31, of Haysi, Va.; two counts of distribute of schedule III controlled substance and conspiracy.

Constance Dean Keen, 33, Vansant, Va; two counts of distribute of schedule IV controlled substance, Conspiracy and two counts of common nuisance.

Jaclyn Joann Kersey, 33, of Breaks, Va; four counts of distribute of schedule I and II controlled substance and three counts of common nuisance.

Allison Miranda Stacy, 28, of Grundy, Va.; four counts of distribute of schedule III controlled substance, one count of conspiracy and three counts of common nuisance.

Danny Ray Stacy, 59, of Haysi, Va.; two counts of distribute schedule I/II controlled substance and one count of conspiracy.

Linda Carol Stacy, 46, of Grundy, Va.; one count of distribute of schedule III controlled substance and common nuisance.

Lori Daphne Stacy, 41, of Haysi, Va.; three counts of distribute of schedule III controlled substance, two counts of common nuisance and one count of conspiracy.

Barbara Young, 50, of Grundy, Va; two counts of distribute of schedule IV controlled substance, three counts of common nuisance and one count of distribution of schedule VI controlled substance.

Ronald Keith Ratliff, 59, of Haysi, Va.; ten counts of one count of distribute schedule III controlled substance, three counts of common nuisance and one count of conspiracy.

Julie R. Sage, 42, of Grundy, Va.; two counts of distribute schedule III controlled substance and one count of common nuisance.

Scotty Keith Sexton, 37, of Vansant, Va.; three counts of distribute of schedule I/II controlled substance and three counts of common nuisance.



Arraignments began on Monday, April 5. The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office reports the following people have been arraigned on these charges:

Rex Chambers, 68, of Jewell Ridge - 5 counts of Distribution of Schedule II, 2 counts Common Nuisance misdemeanor level, and 2 counts Common Nuisance felony level, Possession of a Firearm with Distributing.

Linda Keen, 52, of Grundy - 1 count Distribution of Marijuana, 1 count Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, 1 count Common Nuisance.

Missy Justice Shortridge, 28, of Hurley - 3 counts Distribution of Schedule II, 1 Common Nuisance misdemeanor, 1 count Common Nuisance felony.

Myra Kay Mullins, 37, of Vansant - 2 counts Distribution of Schedule II, 1 count Common Nuisance misdemeanor, 2 counts Common Nuisance felony, 3 counts Distribution of Schedule III, 1 count Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule III.

Florence Whitt, 63, of Hurley - 1 count Distribution of Schedule II, 1 count Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II, 1 count Common Nuisance.

Marilynn Hill, 27, of Vansant - 3 counts Distribution of Schedule III, 1 count Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule III, 2 Counts Common Nuisance misdemeanor, 2 counts Common Nuisance felony, 1 Count Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II, 1 count Child Neglect

Deloris Vance, 46, of Grundy - 3 counts Distribution of Schedule II, 1 count Common Nuisance felony.

Wilma Meadows, 40, of Raven - 1 count Distribution of Schedule II, 1 count Common Nuisance misdemeanor.

Billi Jo Justus, 36, of Grundy - 3 counts Distribution of Schedule II, 1 count of Distribution of Schedule IV, 1 count Common Nuisance, 2 counts Common Nuisance felony level, 2 counts Child Common Nuisance, 1 count Conspiracy to Distribute.

Rhonda Whitt, 43, of Hurley - 4 counts Distribution of Schedule II, 1 count Distribution of Schedule III, 1 count Common Nuisance misdemeanor, 4 counts Common Nuisance felony, 1 count child neglect.

Patricia Baldwin, 52, of Grundy - 9 counts Distribution of Schedule II, 1 count Common Nuisance misdemeanor, 7 counts Common Nuisance felony, 3 counts Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II

Linda Stacy, 55, of Grundy - 7 counts Distribution of Schedule II, 1 count Common Nuisance misdemeanor, 4 counts Common Nuisance felony, 4 counts Conspiracy.

Donna Bryant, 40, of Grundy - 2 counts Distribution of Schedule II

Goldie Justice, 60 of Hurley - 6 counts of Distribution of Schedule II, 2 counts Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II, 1 count Possession of Firearm while in Possession of Schedule II, 1 count Common Nuisance misdemeanor, 1 count Common Nuisance felony.

Maria Stacy, 22, of Grundy - 1 count Possession of Schedule II

Tabatha Blankenship, 43, of Grundy - 4 counts Distribution of Schedule II, 1 count Common Nuisance misdemeanor, 3 counts Common Nuisance felony level, 1 count Child Neglect, 1 count Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II.

Jennifer Justice, 38, 1 count Distribution of Schedule II, 1 count Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II

Donna Boyd, 47, 1 count Distribution of Schedule II (3rd or Subsequent), 1 count Distribution of Schedule III

Ricky Ward, 41 of Grundy - 5 counts of Distribution of Schedule II (3rd or Subsequent), 4 counts of Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of Schedule, 1 count Common Nuisance misdemeanor, 4 counts Common Nuisance felony level, 1 count Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II (3rd or Subsequent).

Mark Justus, 48, of Hurley - 4 counts Distribution of Schedule II (3rd or Subsequent), 4 counts Common Nuisance felony level

Gregory Mark Dotson, 51, of Grundy - 6 counts of Distribution of Schedule II, 2 counts of Distribution of Schedule IV, 2 counts Common Nuisance misdemeanor level, 3 counts Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II, 5 counts Common Nuisance felony, 2 counts Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II, 1 count Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, 2 counts Distribution of Schedule III, 1 count Distribution of a Schedule VI Substance, 1 count Distribution of Marijuana, 1 count Possess a Firearm while in Possession of a Schedule II Drug.

Johnny Mullins, 40, of Hurley - 1 count of Distribution of Schedule II.

Continuing through this week, the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office also reports the following people involved in this series of indictments:

1. Billy Ray Hill Age: 41 Hurley, VA - 3 Distribution of Sch. III, 3 Consp., 3 Common Nuisance, 1 Child Neglect

2. Craig Wayne Fraley Age: 25 Grundy, VA - 1 Distribution of Sch. II, 1 Common Nuisance

3. Christopher S. Lester Age: 27 Hurley, VA - 4 Distribution of Sch. II, 2 Distribution of Sch. III, 1 Common Nuisance, 5 Common Nuisance

4. Mike Keen Age: 52 Maxie, VA - 1 Distribution of Marijuana, 1 Consp., 1 Common Nuisance

5. Jimmy Williamson Age: 50 Big Rock, VA - 2 Distribution of Sch. III, 1 Common Nuisance

6. Marty Justice Age: 42 Hurley, VA - 4 Distribution of Sch. II, 3 Common Nuisance, 1 Consp.

7. Shane Shelton Age: 22 Wolford, VA - 2 Distribution of Sch. I/II, 1 Common Nuisance

8. Jamie Daron Hurley Age: 44 Hurley, VA - 1 Distribution of Sch. II, 1 Common Nuisance

9. Roger Lee McCoy Age: 45 Hurley, VA - 9 Distribution of Sch. I/II 3rd or Sub. Offense, 8 Common Nuisance

10. Michael Prater Age: 23 Hurley, VA - 2 Distribution of Sch. I/II, 1 Consp., 1 Common Nuisance

11. Doyle Mullins Age: 41 Vansant, VA - 2 Distribution of Sch. III, 1 Consp., 3 Common Nuisance

12. James Hall Age: 59 Hurley, VA - 4 Distribution of Sch. II, 1 Consp., 3 Common Nuisance

13. Joey Mullins Age: 36 Hurley, VA - 3 Distribution of Sch. II, 2 Common Nuisance

14. Jeffery Prater Age: 28 Hurley, VA - 3 Distribution of Sch. II, 3 Common Nuisance

15. Michael Estep Age: 43 Hurley, VA - 2 Distribution of Sch. II

16. Stevie Justus Age: 45 Hurley, VA - 1 Distribution of Sch. I/II, 2 Distribution of Sch. I/II - 3rd or Sub. Offense 2 Common Nuisance, 1 Poss. of a Firearm while in Poss. of a Cont. Sub, 1 Poss. of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, 1 Common Nuisance - Sub. Offense

17. Jimmy Justus Age: 38 Grundy, VA - 3 Distribution of Sch. II, 1 Common Nuisance, 1 Consp., 2 Common Nuisance - Sub. Offense, 1 Child Neglect

18. Vincent Kenny Justus Age: 40 Hurley, VA - 1 Distribution of Sch. II, 1 Common Nuisance

19. Michael Darrell Stacy Age: 32 Hurley, VA - 1 Distribution of Sch. II, 1 Consp., 1 Common Nuisance

20. Steven Dewayne Justice Age: 40 Hurley, VA - 9 Distribution of Sch. II, 1 Common Nuisance, 5 Common Nuisance - Sub. Offense: 2 Consp., 1 Poss. of Firearm while in Poss. of a Sch. II, 1 Poss. of Firearm by a Convicted Felon

21. William Justice Age: 65 Hurley, VA - 1 Distribution of Sch. I/II, 1 Consp., 1 Common Nuisance

22. William Keene Age: 46 Grundy, VA - 5 Distribution of Sch. II, 4 Consp., 1 Common Nuisance, 4 Common Nuisance

23. Ricky Crocket Age: 51 Hurley, VA - 3 Distribution of Sch. II 1 Common Nuisance

25. Jeffrey Wayne Nickles Age: 37 Grundy, Virginia - 1 Possession of Sch. II

26. Sonny Frank Stacy Age: 44 Hurley, VA - 1 Distribution of Sch. II, 1 Consp., 1 Common Nuisance

27. Charles Allen Lester Age: 27 Big Rock, VA - 2 Distribution of Sch. II, 1 Common Nuisance

28. Larry Justice Hurley, VA Age: 57 - 4 Distribution of Sch. II, 1 Consp., 1 Common Nuisance, 2 Common Nuisance - Sub. Offense

29. Jimmy Douglas Collins Age: 44 Grundy, VA - 1 Distribution of Sch. II - 2nd or Sub. Offense 1 Common Nuisance

30. Carter Dotson Of Hurley 1 count Distribution of Imitation Schedule III, 1 count of Common Nuisance