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Mingo man charged with fentanyl trafficking in Pike

Tyrone DavisMAJESTIC, Ky. — A Mingo County man who was wanted on warrants is facing even more trouble, after police found him with drugs and a gun when they went to arrest him. Just before 3 a.m., Sunday, state troopers went to a field in Majestic, where they were informed they could find 42-year-old Tyrone Davis, of Williamson, working as part of a logging crew. They found Davis sitting in the driver’s seat of a log truck. When officers asked him to step out of the vehicle, they spotted a handgun and a plastic bag of powder. The gun turned out […]

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After hung jury, prosecutor plans to take Deskins murder case to trial again

Donald Kyle DeskinsPIKEVILLE, Ky. — One week after a jury deadlocked in the murder case against former Assistant Pike County Attorney Donald Kyle Deskins, resulting in a mistrial, the special prosecutor overseeing the case says he fully intends to take it to trial once again. In an interview with Mountain Top News, 24th Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Skeans says that, barring a plea agreement, it is his intention to retry the case, with a goal of doing so before the end of the year. Deskins is charged with murder and two counts of tampering with physical evidence for the 2021 death of […]

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Duo pleads guilty to SW Va. meth, fentanyl conspiracy

Bradley Mitchell Chester and Jaime Allison FosterABINGDON, Va. — A pair of Wise County residents pleaded guilty to federal drug charges, related to what authorities describe as a major meth and fentanyl operation. Bradley Mitchell Chester, 39, and Jaime Allison Foster, 24, both of Pound, appeared in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on Friday, where they entered their guilty pleas. Authorities say the pair would travel to Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina to purchase drugs to resell in Wise County. Officials say they traveled to Kentucky and Tennessee multiple times a week to buy pressed fentanyl pills and would go to North Carolina once every three […]

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Jenkins to highlight community’s strength in response to flood with new mural

JENKINS, Ky. — A $20,000 grant from AARP Kentucky will help rebuild damaged sidewalks, create a walking trail, install benches and create a mural in Jenkins, as part of the recovery from the deadly 2022 flood that took the lives of 45 residents across Eastern Kentucky. Rachel Rosolina, communications director for the nonprofit Appalshop, explained because its headquarters was severely damaged by the flooding, staff has temporarily moved to neighboring Jenkins, where the grant will help improve walkability. She noted the new walking trail and benches will begin at a local senior center and extend about a mile into downtown. […]

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Free skilled trades training available in Clintwood beginning next month

Dickenson Center for Education and ResearchCLINTWOOD, Va. — Students can get free or low-cost training in skilled trades in Clintwood beginning this August, thanks to a partnership between the Dickenson County Industrial Development Authority and Mountain Empire Community College. The partnership and skilled trades training opportunity are the result of an Appalachian Regional Commission Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) grant, Project Amelioration. The project is a community-partnership program that supports those seeking recovery from substance use disorder by providing career training to help participants re-enter the workforce. Enrollment is open to anyone 17 years old and older; a GED or high school diploma is […]

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