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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, July 31, 2014 Operators of "Big Blue" cock fighting pit in McDowell, Kentucky, plead guilty United States Attorney Timothy Heaphy and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that three individuals pied guilty in federal court in Abingdon, to animal fight- ing and drug charges after being arrested during a joint federal/state multi- agency operation in Virginia and Kentucky on May 3, 2014. United States District Judge James P. Jones accepted the guilty pleas of the following indi- viduals: Waiter Dale Stumbo, 52, and his son, Joshua Dale Stumbo, 25,of Floyd County, Kentucky, (here- inafter "Stumbos") each pied pied guilty to one count of conspiring to (a) operate an illegal gambling enterprise and (b) illegally conduct cock fights; five counts of transporting fighting roosters across state lines; and five counts of transporting bird fight- ing knives across state lines. They pied guilty without the benefit of a plea agreement and face up to fifty-years in prison and a fine of up to $2.75 mil- lion. Joshua Dale Stumbo is scheduled to be sen- tenced on October 14, 2014. Walter Dale Stumbo is scheduled to be sen- tenced on October 9, 2014. Jonathan Robinson, 33, of Wise County, Virginia, pied guilty to one count of conspiring to (a) operate an illegal gambling enterprise and (b) illegally conduct cock fights; one count of transporting fighting roost- ers across state lines; one count of transporting bird fighting knives across state lines; and one count of ille- gally distributing oxy- codone. He pied guilty pur- suant to a plea agreement and faces up to 35 years in prison and a free of up to $1.75 million. He is sched- uled to be sentenced on October 8, 2014. Wesley Dean Robinson, 57, of Wise County, Virginia, and father of Jonathan Robinson previ- ously pied guilty on June 16, 2014, to to one count of conspiring to (a) operate an illegal gambling enterprise and (b) illegally, conduct cock fights; one count of transporting fighting roost- ers across state lines; one count of transporting bird fighting knives across state lines; and one count of ille- gally distributing oxy, codone. He also pied guilty pursuant to a plea agree- ment and faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced on August 27, 2014. United States Attorney Heaphy praised the law enforcement officers who conducted the undercover operation. "The cruel and inhumane practice of cock fighting has no place in a civilized society and is against federal law. The outstanding work of the state and federal agents who investigated this case made it possible to bring these operators of a major cock fighting pit and gam- bling ring to justice. We will vigorously investigate and prosecute individuals who attend, facilitate, or profit from the misery inflicted on animals during these barbaric fights." "Animal fighting is a brutal and illegal activity that brings along a host of asso- ciated crimes that we will no(tolerate," said Attorney General Herring. "This was an extraordinary investiga- tion which showed deter- mination and cooperation, and I'm glad my office has been able to contribute." The successful prosecu- tion was the result of a joint undercover operation +by Virginia and federal authorities. Evidence prof- fered to the court today showed that the Stumbos, Robinsons and others con- spired to have cock fights at the Big Blue Sportsmen's Club ("Big Blue") in McDowel !, Kentucky, and organized a large scale and comprehen- sive cock fighting Iocation at Big Blue, which includ- ed collecting "parking" fees from spectators, entrance fees from han- dlers and offering for sale such services as antibiotics for fighting birds, a full- service restaurant for spec- tators, and fighting gaffes for fighting cocks. The Robinsons trans- ported birds and fighting gaffes from Wise County, Virginia, .to Big Blue. On fight weekends at Big Blue, spectators and han- dlers traveled from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and other states. Spectators and participants were only allowed entry if they held a valid members.hip card. Each person was charged a one-time fee of $20 for the membership card. In addi- tion, each person was charged a $20 "parking fee." Big Blue had approx- imately 5,000 members. Entrance fees for the fights at Big Blue typically were $250 per entry with approximately 40 to 80 total entries per derby. While fights were taking place and after spectators had arrived, Dale Stumbo caused a bulldozer to be placed on the entrance road to the pit. The bulldozer remained in place until the fights concluded. Investigators executed search warrants on May 3, 2013, the second day of a two day derby billed as the "World Championship." Entrance fees for the "World Championship" were $2,500. .Officers seized over $90,00) in cash at the Stumbos' home. The trial of Sonya Stumbo, 51, of Floyd County, Kentucky, is scheduled to begin August 4, 2014, in United States District Court in Abingdon. Ms. Stumbo is entitled to a fair trial and is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer and Special Assistant United States Attorney and Virginia Assistant Attorney General Michelle Welch are prose-" cuting the case on behaff of the United States. The case is being investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture - Office of Inspector General, the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau of Law Enforcement, and the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office. Items of lnterest Coeburn Middle School Meet Your Teacher at Coeburn Middle School for 6-8th grade students will be Monday, August 4 from 4:00 until 6:00 pm. Orientation for 5th grade students is Wedneday, July 30 at 10:00 am. Eastside Freshmen Orientation Orientation for fresh- men at Eastside High School will be held Monday, August 4 at 6 p.m. Picture day for sen- iors is July 30 from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. Meet the Teacher at SPES St. Paul Elementary School will have Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, August 5 from 4:30-6:30 pm. All students and par- ents of grades Pre-K - 8th grade are encouraged to attend this event as it is a great opportunity to meet teachers and begin the new school year at St. Paul Elementary School. School supply lists are available in the office and at the Lebanon and Norton Walmarts for each grade level. If you need help purchasing items on the supply list please contact the school as we have sup- plies that have been donat- ed to assist you with your list. Also if you need information about your child's classroom place- ment for next year please contact the school for this information. Thank you for supporting SPES! Castlewood School Year CQ00P00[RThq[.COM The ewet addition ( he Ce e pasenr |me. The CS3 TOI, JRtG wh 5TABff,.E, * TechniCS. TH*Coun Tire Service nc (27-762950iJ(276-762-959/ 1668 East RIversde Dr, St, Paul VA 2428 Mon,-Fd. 8am-Spin Sat, 8am2.rn tdcunty,Ure@Verizonone Begins August 15 The 2014-2015 school year will begin on August 15, for students in the Russell County Public School System. Schedules and locker assignments will be available on August 7 as follows: Seniors at 9 a.m., juniors at 11 a.m., and sophomores at 1 p.m. On August 8 Freshman schedules and locker assignments will be available at 9 a.m. Eighth grade orientation will fol- low at 1 p.m. in the school's auditorium. CCES and CES Orientation Copper Creek Elementary (PK-K) and Castlewood Elementary (1-7) will be holding Orientation on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Students and parents receive class assign- will: o ment o meet the teachers o receive supply lists o find out bus numbers or sign up for drive-by pick-up o receive important forms to be completed o tour the schools We have staggered the orientation times to accommodate parents who have students at both schools. Orientation for Copper Creek Elementary will be held 3:00-5:00 on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Orientation for Castlewood Elementary will be held 5:00-7:00 on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Blue Devil Football! ! Head Coach Darrell turned in to Coach Taylor meeting will be held in the Taylor would like to or at the school's main Blue Devil Field House at remind players and parents office to be eligible to prac- 6 pm. that the first day of CHS tice. Insurance waivers and Blue Devil football prac- A parent safety meeting physical forms can be tice will be July 31 from 8 is scheduled for July 31, picked up in the school's a.m. until noon for grades and all parents are encour- main office. For additional 8-12. Physicals and insur- aged to attend this very information, please call ance waivers must be important meeting. The 276-762-9449. Football 8th Schedule Date Time Home/Host Opponent 09-02-14 6:00 PM Rye Cove Castlewood 09-08-1.4 6:00 PM Castlewood Honaker 0915-14 6:00 PM Clintwood Castlewood 09-22-14 6:00 PM Honaker Castlewood 09-29-14 6:00 PM Castlewood Twin Springs 10-13-14 6:00 PM Twin Sigrings Castlewood 10-16-14 6:00 PM Castlewood Rye Cove 10-23-14 6:00 PM Castlewood Lebanon Location Rye Cove High School Castlewood High School Clintwood High School Honaker High School Castlewood High School Twin Springs High School Castlewood High School Castlewood High School Date 08/29/2014 09/05/2014 09/12/2014 09/19/2014 09/26/2014 10/03/2014 10/10/2014 10/17/2014 10/24/2014 11/07/2014 Time 7:30 m 7:30 m 7:309m 7:30 m 7:30 m 7:30m 7:30m 7:30 m 7:30 m 7:313 m Football: Varsity Schedule Versus Location Away vs. Haysi Away vs. Central Away vs. Thomas Walker Away vs. Twin Springs Home vs Rye Cove Away vs. Clintwood Home vs John I. Burton Home vs Lebanon Home vs Honaker Home vs Eastside Haysi High School Central High School, Wise Va. Thomas Walker High School Twin Springs High School Castlewood High School Clintwood High School Castlewood High School Castlewood High School Castlewood High School Castlewood High School Date 08/26/2014 08/28/2014 09/04/2014 09/08/2014 09/09/2014 09/11/2014 09/15/2014 09/16/2014 09/18/2014 09/23/2014 09/25/2014 09/30/2014 10/02/2014 10/07/2014 10/09/2014 10/14/2014 10/20/2014 10/21/2014 08/26/2014 08/28/2014 09/O412014 09/08/2014 09/O9/2014 09/11/2014 09/15/2014 09/16/2014 09/18/2014 09/23/2014 09/2E/2014 09/30/2014 10/02/2014 10/0712014 10/09/2014 10/11/2014 10/14/2014 10/20/2014 10/21/2014 Castlewood Time Versus 6:00 Honaker 6:00 Chilhowie 6:00 Rye Cove 6:00 Central 6:00 Away vs. Thomas Walker 6:00 Away vs. Eastside 6:00 Away VS Honaker 6:00 Twin Springs 6:00 Clintwood 6:00 Chilhowie 6:00 Away vs. John I. Burton 6:00 Away vs. Rye Cove 6:00 Thomas Walker 6:00 Away vs. Twin Springs 6:00 Eastside 6:00 Away vs.'Clintwood 6:00 Away vs. Central 6:00 John I, Burton 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 Twin Springs 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 TBA 7:00 7:00 7:00 ) Volleyball: JV Schedule Location Castlewood High School Chilhowie Castlewood High School Central High School, Wise Va. Thomas Walker High School Eastside High School Honaker Castlewood High School Castlewood High School Castlewood High School John I. Burton High School Rye Cove High School Castlewood High School Castlewood High School Castlewood High School Clintwood High School Central High School, Wise Va. Castlewood High School Varsity Honaker Castlewood High School Chilhowie Chilhowie Rye Cove Castlewood High School Central Central High School, Wise Va. Away vs. Thomas Walker Thomas Walker High School Away vs. Eastside Eastside High School Away VS Honaker Honaker Castlewood High School Clintwood Castlewood High School Chilhowie Castlewood High School Away vs. John I. Burton John 1. Burton High School Away vs. Rye Cove Rye Cove High School Thomas Walker Castlewood High School Away vs. Twin Springs Castlewood High School Eastside Castlewood High School Castlewood Classic Tournament Castlewood High School Away vs. Clintwood Clintwood High School Away vs. Central Central High School, Wise Va. John I. Burton Castlewood High School Subscribe to the Times! 76:2-7671 ,: . ":'+lii" ': ..... ++0000++LIFETIME +++ Dh coun+t METAL ROOFING 1-800-893-1242 www.meralroofover.com VaCarollna Buildings -/Jcensed & Insured- Free lnspecaon NEW SILVER FUSION MSRP $31,815 BUY IT NOW!!! $26,995 SAVE $4,820 Shop local, it's the right thing to do! MORGAN MCCLURE Saint Paul, VA morganmcctureford.com (276) 762-5535