Lebanon, VA — On March 29, 2017, Barney Johnson, an 81 year-old man from Honaker, Virginia, was convicted of Distribution of Schedule II Controlled Substance after a jury trial in the Russell County Circuit Court. The Jury recommended Johnson be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Lebanon, VA — On December 12, 2016, Donald Ray Forman, a 48 year-old man from Lebanon, Virginia, was convicted of Carnal Knowledge of a Minor and Use of Communications Device to Solicit a Minor in the Russell County Circuit Court. Forman was sentenced to 50 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, and indefinite probation upon his release.
Lebanon, VA — On October 27, 2016, the Russell County Victim/Witness Assistance Program sponsored a Candlelight Vigil in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Several victims and survivors attended the vigil and spoke about how domestic violence had affected them or their family members.
Lebanon, VA — On October 13, 2016, Gary Gene Street, a 46 year-old man was convicted of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors to Manufacture Methamphetamine, and Possession of Methamphetamine, in the Russell County Circuit Court. Street was sentenced to twenty-one (21) years, with thirteen (13) years suspended, and three (3) years supervised probation upon his release. Street will immediately begin serving eight (8) years in prison.
ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A Russell County man, who was prohibited from possessing firearms due to previous criminal convictions, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon after previously pleading guilty to federal firearms charges, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.
Roger Allen Combs, 51, of Cleveland, Virginia, previously pled guilty to one count of possession of an explosive device by a convicted felon, one count of possession of a firearm not registered on the National Firearms Registry and Transfer Record and one count of being a convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm. Today in District Court, Combs was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison.
Lebanon, VA — On July 28, 2016, Michael Allen Alexander, a 41 year-old man was convicted of four counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine, Distribution Near School Property, Robbery, Possession of Firearm by Felon, and Use of Firearm in Commission of Felony, in the Russell County Circuit Court. Alexander was sentenced to twenty (20) years, with eight (8) years suspended, and three (3) years probation upon his release. Alexander will immediately begin serving twelve (12) years in prison.
Lebanon, VA — On July 12, 2016, Ronald Dewayne Mickles, a 21 year-old man pled guilty to Soliciting Child Pornography From A Child Less than 15 Years of Age, in the Russell County Circuit Court. Mickles was sentenced to ten (10) years, with five (5) years suspended, and three (3) years probation upon his release.
Lebanon, VA — On April 29, 2015, Jack Randall Crabtree, a 69 year-old man from Cleveland, Virginia, was convicted of Murder, Use of Firearm in Commission of Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by Felon.
The charges stemmed from a shooting at the Crabtree residence on February 3, 2014. On that day, Crabtree’s wife was found dead by first-responders after having been shot. Crabtree and his wife had been married for over 21 years and had a marriage with a long history of domestic violence. Witnesses testified at the sentencing hearing that they were not surprised Crabtree had killed his wife and said he had a history of violence.
Lebanon, VA — On June 25, 2015, David Lee Meadows, a 55 year-old man from Honaker, Virginia, was convicted of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Malicious Wounding, and Possession of a Firearm by Felon.
The charges stemmed from a shooting at Meadows’ residence on March 19, 2014. On that day, a juvenile, who was 17 years old at the time, was shot with a .22 handgun in the face by Meadows. Witnesses reported to law enforcement that Meadows had been selling drugs to the juveniles for some time prior to the shooting. Continue reading
Lebanon, VA — On July 17, 2015, Barney Johnson and Randall Musick, were both charged with various drug offenses related to an investigation by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, spanning the last two months. Investigators served a search warrant at the residence where Johnson and Musick lived, 478 Swords Creek Road, Honaker, Virginia.