Russell County's Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

Russell County's Commonwealth's Attorney's Office The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of all violations of the criminal law occurring in Russell County, Virginia.
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Our office is very proud of the work produced by the Holston River Regional Drug Task Force and all the agencies involve...
09/08/2020

Our office is very proud of the work produced by the Holston River Regional Drug Task Force and all the agencies involved. Keep up the good work!

Update:  James C. Miller has been taken into custody by the Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Pol...
09/06/2020

Update: James C. Miller has been taken into custody by the Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police Tactical Team.

James C. Miller is wanted by the U.S. Marshalls for murder in Ohio. He was spotted in Russell County earlier today, September 6, 2020.

If you know the whereabouts of this man, you are urged to call law enforcement immediately. You may call the Russell County Sheriff's Office at 276-889-8033. If you want to remain anonymous, call or text the tip line at 276-415-0103, you may leave a message. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.

08/27/2020
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We have an open position in our office. You can apply at the link listed below.

Ruther Glen Man Found Guilty of 2 Counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless DrivingLebanon, VA – On Thursday, July...
07/17/2020

Ruther Glen Man Found Guilty of 2 Counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Driving

Lebanon, VA – On Thursday, July 16, 2020, Treymane Maurice Ferguson, a 52 year old man from Ruther Glen, Virginia was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the accidental killing of two individuals stemming from a motor vehicle accident that happened on May 3, 2019. The defendant was also found guilty of Reckless Driving.

The Commonwealth presented evidence, in a hard-fought two-day trial, that the defendant drove in the wrong direction, going south approximately five miles in the northbound lane of Route19, a four-lane divided highway that runs through Russell County. The evidence showed that the defendant passed 25 cautionary signs, went through a traffic signal at the Route 58 intersection, and passed several motorists who tried to alert the defendant he was traveling the wrong way.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office obtained special permission from the Virginia Department of Transportation to shut down Route 19 to recreate the accident. The Commonwealth presented a video of that recreation during the trial. Multiple agencies assisted with the recreation, including Virginia State Police, Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Police Department, Richlands Police Department, St. Paul Police Department, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Fire Department, and Virginia Department of Transportation.

Commonwealth's Attorney Zack Stoots stated, “We were able to obtain a conviction in this case based on hard work from multiple agencies in conjunction with several young adult witnesses who came forward with information pertaining to the defendant’s driving prior to the accident. Those witnesses showed so much courage for coming forward.”

The defendant was remanded to jail following the conviction and sentencing is scheduled to take place on September 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

This case was investigated by the Virginia State Police with assistance from the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Honaker Police Department, and the above-listed agencies. This case was prosecuted by the Commonwealth’s Attorney Zack Stoots and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Reece H. Robertson.

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06/29/2020
Director of Victim/Witness Assistance Program - Lebanon, VA

We are currently hiring a Victim/Witness Assistance Program Director in Russell County. You may apply at the link below.

The Russell County Victim Witness Program Director is responsible for advocating on behalf of victims, providing compassionate care, support, assistance, and referrals to crime victims and their families...

03/16/2020

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ordered any non-essential, non-emergency court proceedings be suspended starting today, March 16, until April 6, 2020, in all circuit and district courts across the Commonwealth.

For our office, that means any hearing where the defendant is not incarcerated will not be going forward until after April 6, 2020.

If you have been subpoenaed for court please call our office before coming to court.

If you have questions about whether your appearance in court is necessary or how this affects protective orders, please call our Victim-Witness Director at (276) 889-8225.

03/16/2020

Our office will be closed to the public today due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will try to have some answers today on how the court system will look moving forward in the upcoming weeks.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney will be meeting with several other local leaders to address the situation.

If you are a victim or a witness that has been subpoenaed to court please let our office know if you aren’t feeling well and we will try to make accommodations.

We are proud to wear purple in our support of victims of domestic violence. Our office takes pride in assisting victims ...
10/23/2019

We are proud to wear purple in our support of victims of domestic violence. Our office takes pride in assisting victims of domestic violence abuse and bringing justice to those who continue a cycle of abuse.

It’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. We want to thank our local agencies as well as those across the United States. W...
05/15/2019

It’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. We want to thank our local agencies as well as those across the United States.

We invite all of our local officers to enjoy pizza at our office tomorrow from 12 to 4:30pm. We will also be drawing for a few gift cards. I want to thank Lebanon Walmart, Food City, and Pizza Town for helping with the costs!

Virginia State Police
05/14/2019

Virginia State Police

VSP Seeking Public's Help in Fatal Russell County Crash

As the investigation into a fatal traffic crash that occurred May 3, 2019 at the #RussellCounty & #WashingtonCounty line, the Virginia State Police is seeking the public's assistance concerning the wrong-way driver involved in it. We are asking for anyone who may have seen this dark-colored 2003 Ford F-350 flatbed work truck traveling the wrong way on Route 19 on the night of May 3, 2019 PRIOR to the crash occurring...is encouraged to please contact #VSP at 276-880-4238 or contact the investigating Special Agent by email at [email protected].

The crash occurred Friday (May 3) at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Route 19 just inside Russell County at the Washington County line.

Shortly before 11:45 p.m., the Russell County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about a wrong-way driver on Route 19. The sheriff's office immediately broadcast it to their deputies, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police. Moments later, a 2003 Ford F350 flatbed pickup traveling south in the northbound lanes of Route 19 crested a hill and struck head-on a 2016 Nissan Rogue. There was dense fog at that location at the time of the crash.

There was a driver and three passengers in the Nissan Rogue. All four were from Rural Hall, N.C. and were wearing seat belts. The driver, Brian Barnes, 46, was treated and released for minor injuries. A 13-year-old female passenger was flown to a hospital in Wake Forest for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The Nissan's remaining two passengers did not survive the crash. Candace R. Barnes, 47, died at the scene. Brenda Fields, 66, was transported to Johnston Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries early Saturday morning (May 4).

The driver of the Ford, Treymane M. Ferguson, 51, of Ruther Glen, Va., was treated and released for minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

Ferguson is being held without bond on a charge of reckless driving and a charge of obstruction of justice, for refusing a warrant for a blood sample to be taken as part of the ongoing investigation.

Russell County Board of Supervisors

Your voice has power! We are turning it teal at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to bring awareness for victims of s...
04/02/2019

Your voice has power! We are turning it teal at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to bring awareness for victims of sexual violence. We encourage all victims to come forward with their story!

03/18/2019
Russell County Community Work Program

Russell County Community Work Program

For anyone who may be wondering, from January 1, 2019 through February 28, 2019- CWP workers picked up 4,381 bags of litter from roadsides throughout Russell County. We are so grateful to partner with the Russell County Sheriff's Office to do our part to keep Russell County clean! You do your part too- #DONTLITTER

Russell County Community Work Program
03/04/2019

Russell County Community Work Program

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Russell County Community Work Program
01/10/2019

Russell County Community Work Program

On January 9, 2019, the Russell County Adult Drug Court Program had four participants graduate. Family members, previous graduates, elected officials, and many friends from the recovery community of Russell County attended this celebration. It was an added bonus to have the participants from the Tazewell County Drug Court Program attend as well!

Drug Court is an alternative sentencing program which is composed of intensive substance abuse treatment, as well as intensive probation supervision. As a participant of such a rigorous program, participants are required to have monitored daily curfew, attend all substance abuse classes, attend court weekly, remain drug and alcohol free and follow all rules and regulations set in place by the Russell County Drug Court Team.

Today, Tonya Robins, Amber Wood, Chester Parks and Scott Shepherd completed all the requirements to successfully complete drug court.

The four graduates saved Russell County taxpayers a total of $72,738.60 for their total of 2,266 days in the program that otherwise would have spent incarcerated at the Regional Jail.

The Drug Court Team would like to thank the Russell County Board of Supervisors and Lebanon Town Council members for the continued support of our Drug Court Program. We are honored that some of you were able to take time from your schedules to attend our graduation.

With today being Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, we would also like to thank the Russell County Sheriff's Office, Lebanon Police Department, Honaker Police Department and St. Paul Police Department for the assistance that all of your Officer's contribute to our Drug Court Program and our communities.

The Russell County Drug Court Team members are:
Hon. Michael L. Moore-Judge, Missy Carter-Program Coordinator, Mindy Mullins-Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Justin Vass-Surveillance Officer, Sandra Amburgey-Treatment Provider, David Tiller-Defense Attorney, Jennifer Helbert-Senior Probation Officer
Team Members not pictured are: Mark Mitchell, Lebanon Chief of Police, Andrew Dye- Law Clerk.

12/21/2018

Our office will be closed on December 24, 25, and 31, as well as January 1. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

12/09/2018

The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office will be closed on December 10, 2018, due to the weather. The Russell County Courthouse is closed as well. Please stay safe if traveling.

11/21/2018

The Russell County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office will be closed from noon on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, through Friday, November 23, 2018. We will re-open on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

The Silent Witness Project is a public awareness campaign and a visual memorial to victims of domestic violence homicide...
10/31/2018

The Silent Witness Project is a public awareness campaign and a visual memorial to victims of domestic violence homicide. Our office is proud to display these memorials. Thanks to Gwyn Nash, our Victim Witness Program Director, for working to get these silent witnesses in Russell County.

09/02/2018

The Russell County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018, in observance of Labor Day. Our office will re-open on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.

The Russell County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in observance of Independ...
07/03/2018

The Russell County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in observance of Independence Day. Our office will re-open on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.

Congratulations, Brittany Kiser and Tyler Sluss.
06/20/2018

Congratulations, Brittany Kiser and Tyler Sluss.

On June 19, 2018, the Russell County Adult Drug Court Program had two participants graduate. Brittany Kiser and Tyler Sluss both successfully completed all of the requirements of the Drug Court. Family members, previous graduates and many friends from the recovery community of Russell County attended this celebration.

Drug Court is an alternative sentencing program which is composed of intensive substance abuse treatment, as well as intensive probation supervision. As a participant of such a rigorous program, participants are required to have monitored daily curfew, attend all substance abuse classes, attend court weekly, remain drug and alcohol free and follow all rules and regulations set in place by the Russell County Drug Court Team.

During Ms. Kiser’s participation in the Drug Court Program she secured and maintained gainful employment and also became a mother to her son, Braxton. She successfully completed and excelled all treatment obligations.

While Mr. Sluss was a participant of the Drug Court Program, he worked steadily and is now very involved in the community helping others who are dealing with addiction issues. Tyler is currently enrolled in welding classes that he will begin in the fall semester.

Drug Court Coordinator Missy Carter stated, "Anyone who works in the criminal justice field knows that almost everyday is like a bad Monday. We always see people on the worst days of their lives. We see weeks of Mondays, and months of Mondays- but today is a Tuesday.”

After an emotional presentation from Ms. Kiser, which she spoke about her family and her own personal story, Circuit Court Judge Michael Moore stated, "This is exactly the reason that we have Drug Court."

Brittany and Tyler's attendance in the Drug Court Program saved Russell County taxpayers a total of $23,037.83 for their total of 1,250 days in the program that otherwise would have spent incarcerated at the Regional Jail.

The Drug Court Team would like to thank the Russell County Board of Supervisors and Lebanon Town Council members for the continued support of our Drug Court Program. We are honored that some of you were able to take time from your schedules to attend our graduation.

The Russell County Drug Court Team members are:
Hon. Michael L. Moore, Judge Missy Carter, Program Coordinator Mindy Mullins, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin Vass, Surveillance Officer Sandra Amburgey, Treatment/Case Manager
Team Members not pictured are: Mark Mitchell, Lebanon Chief of Police, Dave Tiller, Defense Attorney and Jennifer Helbert, Senior Probation Officer

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53 W Main St
Lebanon, VA
24266

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(276) 889-8214

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