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Injured in Monday Wreck
Three people were taken to the hospital after
a two car accident in Vansant on Monday.
According to Virginia State Police Trooper
Jason Ward, Judy Yates, 49, of Vansant had
been traveling east on Route 460 and was
waiting to turn left near Dairy Queen around
noon when her Dodge Neon was struck from
behind by a GMC Sierra driven by 27-year-old
Travis Boyd, also of Vansant. Ward said Yates,
as well as her daughter and granddaughter who
were passengers in the Neon, were taken to the
hospital, but no one was seriously injured.
Boyd was charged with following too close.
Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Sexual Battery
Twin Valley High School student coordinator Terry
Maxwell, 45, of Whitewood, pleaded guilty in Tazewell
County Circuit Court Friday to two misdemeanor counts
of sexual battery with a child under 18.
was sentenced to 12 months suspended on each charge,
and will be placed on supervised probation for the
duration of the sentence.
the terms of a written plea agreement, Maxwell must
surrender his teaching degree and never again accept a
position as a teacher, Special Prosecutor Dennis Lee
said. Also, Maxwell will never be allowed to occupy a
supervisory position with anyone under the age of 18,
such as a coach or a youth leader, Lee added.
cannot hold any position in which he would have control over
minors," Lee said after the proceedings.
also required to submit a letter expressing regret and apology
to each victim.
charges were amended Friday, per the plea agreement, from six
original indictments of indecent liberties with a child by a
person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. Three of
the original felony charges were dismissed, while another
felony charge was nol-prossed.
Maxwell was indicted last July, Lee said the charges involved
four alleged victims, all of whom were under the age of 18 at
the time the incidents occurred. None of the victims were
named in the indictments.
added that each of the indictments contains a broad range of
dates during which the offenses occurred. Lee said it is not
uncommon in cases with charges similar to those lodged against
Maxwell, for the alleged victims of such offenses to not be
able to pinpoint the date or dates on which the offenses
allegedly occurred when the incident is reported to police
said the charges against Maxwell came to light when one of the
alleged victims stepped forward to make the allegation which
led to the investigation and ultimately, the presentments to
the Grand Jury.
of the victims were present in the courtroom Friday, but one
of the victim's mothers did attend the proceedings, Lee said.
also said the three victims who cooperated in the
investigation asked him to pursue a plea agreement that would
prohibit Maxwell from being in a position of responsibility
with children again.
decision was left with them," he said of how the plea
agreement was negotiated. "This reflects their wishes.
Their goal was to make sure this did not happen to someone
alleged incidents outlined in the original indictments
occurred between December 1991 and June 1997. All of the
incidents alleged occurred while Maxwell was assigned as a
teacher and coach at Whitewood High School. None of the
alleged incidents for which he was indicted occurred after the
Whitewood and Garden schools were consolidated into Twin
incidents to which Maxwell pleaded guilty occurred between
1994 and 1996, Lee said.
previously noted that the incidents referred to in the
indictments allegedly occurred both on school property and
away from school property. Some of the broad range dates
listed, Lee said, were listed as such either
because they allegedly encompassed multiple incidents
through that period of time, or because the date could not be
pinpointed on one specific alleged incident.
is also a former TVHS varsity girls basketball coach, cross
country coach, driver education teacher and a school bus
investigation into the incidents began when a victim living
out of the area reported to a Virginia State Police officer in
her locality that she had been sexually assaulted as a minor
by Maxwell while he was acting as her basketball coach at
Whitewood High School. Three additional victims were
identified through questioning of various individuals.
commended the three victims who cooperated with the
have been very brave in coming forward and talking about
County Commonwealth Attorney Sheila Tolliver said she had
asked for Lee to be appointed to prosecute the case due to a
conflict she felt existed since Maxwell is one of her
Continues In Unrelated Abductions at Big Rock, Hurley
is continuing into two unrelated abductions that took place last
Friday in the Hurley and Big Rock areas of Buchanan County,
according to investigators with the Buchanan County Sheriff's
both alleged abductors are still at large, investigators believe
both were isolated incidents.
for abduction and assault and battery have been issued for one man
who allegedly abducted his girlfriend at knifepoint in Hurley
Friday afternoon. Sheriff's Office Investigator Mike Thompson said
deputies and investigators responded to a call in the Blankenship
Trailer Park alleging that a man had approached his girlfriend on
the porch of a neighbor's home, held her at knifepoint and forced
her to leave with him on an ATV. Thompson said the man had
apparently taken her into Kentucky on the ATV and then returned to
the trailer park.
sheriff's office personnel arrived, the two were walking in the
trailer park, but when approached, the man fled on foot. Thompson
said Sheriff's Office and State Police personnel pursued the
suspect for several hours, but the man was not apprehended. The
man is believed to be in Kentucky, Thompson said.
another case, Investigator Eric Breeding said a Big Rock woman was
allegedly held against her will and sexually assaulted. Breeding
said the suspect had not yet been apprehended. Charges are pending
the completion of the investigation.