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Bill Boswell: Chilhowie's Mega Asshole City Manager - Virginia

Mr. Bill Boswell, Town Manager
Town of Chilhowie
PO Box 5012, Chilhowie, VA 24319
276-646-3232

We have been traveling across America by horse for 324 days. I reached Chilhowie, Virginia in the early afternoon. A man stopped me in town near the park and asked me if I needed a place for the horse? I said I did and wondered if the park next to the creek would be ok? He said he didn't think anyone would mind, and that his brother or brother in law was the city manager and he would give him a call. I looked for a better spot, but couldn't find one so figured I'd leave Hampton at one end of the park and get the bus and then move him again if need be. I stopped by the police station just in case but no one answered the bell.

Back from Abingdon with the bus I pulled into parking at the park, and a cop immediately began shining the light in my face through the window before the bus even stopped moving. I opened the door and he kept shining the light in my face like an ass. "Is this your horse, I just got a call about it?" I told him it was and asked him if there would be any problem, I could move him if needed. I told him what the man in the truck had told me and he said he'd call the city manager and ask. He then told me the city manager was coming down. A white truck showed up and a man walked up and got in my face and said, "give me a name, who told you that, a name!" I told him only what I knew and said I could move the horse. I asked him if there was any other place in town I could keep him, on some grass? NO. And you can't keep your bus here, you have to move it. Put it at MacDonalds. I told him, look, what's your name? He said, Bill Boswell. I told him, look, I am just a visitor to your town, and this is my first introduction to your town.

So I moved the bus to the nearyby MacDonalds and then went and moved Hampton. I saddled him up and fed him some more grain and then headed for Marion in the dark. After a long day it wasn't something to do to the horse, and not in the dark, but this fuck didn't give a shit about horses, the bus, Michu or the five kids he was scaring the shit out of with his freak behaviour. They had never seen anything like it either.

In 324 days I have never met such a mother fucking cock sucking asshole as this Bill Boswell. He doesn't know me from Adam, and he comes off like this on a total stranger. He needs to go fuck himself. He also needs someone to kick his ever fucking ass. Its dark, someone is visiting your town and you act like a total asshole. Well here is a recommendation for your next job.

And enjoy video Day 324 Chilhowie, VA Bill Boswell Asshole - The Video

You know, we did meet some people from Chilhowie after we left whom we liked. But a few people wrote us and said we were jerks. Well, I should add that Chilhowie this year, has a man who got cited for DUI. He's a city cop. They got another man who had statutory rape with an underage girl, he's a cop. Last year the police chief now gone, and a deputy, had statutory rape of an underage girl, basically a cop gang bang. In Chilhowie. So PLLEEEAAASEEE before you write us and tell us what a great town it is, keep in mind the town is not even safe for kids. Sex offenders run neck deep in the police department.

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So your police were charged with raping a 17 year old girl at a charity party? Raping and Sodomizing her? Wow, glad we didn't let the kids out of the bus in your town.

Rape and Sodomy
"The next day, former Chief Dwayne Sheffield and former Sgt. Brian Doss were indicted on charges that they committed sex crimes against a 17-year-old girl at a charity horror show at a Halloween haunted house in the town. The charges against Sheffield include rape. Those against Doss include forcible sodomy."

Town in recovery mode This Smyth County town struggles to return to normal after half its police force has been indicted in the past month. By Shawna Morrison | 381-1665

Gene Dalton | The Roanoke Times This building was used as a haunted house. Two former members of the Chilhowie police force were charged with committing sex crimes here against a teenager.

CHILHOWIE -- The normally quiet, bucolic town of Chilhowie has for a month been caught up in scandal that cut its police force in half, and sparked discussions of letting the Smyth County Sheriff's Office absorb the department.

But the town has already hired a new police chief -- one town officials believe can help restore residents' faith in the department -- and is trying to get back to normal. In two days last month, three former officers, including a chief whom residents described as well-liked, were indicted and arrested. Former Officer James Runyon was indicted by a special grand jury May 22 on a charge of distributing a controlled substance. The next day, former Chief Dwayne Sheffield and former Sgt. Brian Doss were indicted on charges that they committed sex crimes against a 17-year-old girl at a charity horror show at a Halloween haunted house in the town. The charges against Sheffield include rape. Those against Doss include forcible sodomy. "People just couldn't believe that a police officer could be accused of something like this," said Chilhowie Mayor Gary Heninger, who called Sheffield a close friend. "When you put on that badge, people are supposed to be able to look up to you." Faith in the department was shaken and calls began pouring in to town officials. Several people complained about the dark-tinted windows on the town police cars and what that could invite, Heninger said. The window tint has since been removed. Others wanted to know what was going to happen to the police department, he said. Rumors circulated that it would be taken over by the county sheriff's office. "That had been talked about, but we didn't need that because we had it under control," Heninger said. The sheriff's office, a few miles away in Marion, and the Virginia State Police have been patrolling Chilhowie to help out local officers. Even with the help of the sheriff's office and state police, the three officers remaining in the department have been working overtime to make up for lost personnel. "We don't mind doing it," said Patrolman D.C. Cullop, who joined the Chilhowie department about two years ago after eight years as a deputy with Smyth County. "The officers that's left have really got good experience and good heads on their shoulders," said Cullop, wearing a uniform with a shoulder patch that reads "Valley of Many Deer," the Cherokee meaning of the town's name. Cullop declined to discuss the haunted house, a police fundraiser at the center of the charges against Sheffield and Doss. A closed-down retirement home, the single-story brick building where the haunted house was held sits at the corner of West Lee Highway and Greever Avenue. The words "Haunted House. $7.00 adults, 10 and under free. No refunds." are painted in white on a window in the main door. Proceeds went to two charities, the Family Resource Center and the Cancer Outreach Foundation. The event may have raised a lot of money, Heninger said, but it was the town's "first and last." Reached at his home, Sheffield said he would love to talk about the situation but can't. He referred questions to his attorney, Michael Untiedt. Untiedt didn't return calls seeking comment. Carel Martin, who runs Carel's Used Cars on the east end of town, said he hasn't formed an opinion on the charges. "Yeah they got charged," said Martin, who knows the Doss family well, "but it's still got to be proven. They can charge you with something today but that don't mean you did it." Sheffield and Doss are out on bond awaiting a November jury trial. Runyon's trial is scheduled for late July. All three men left the police department in the weeks before they were indicted. The town council voted to terminate Sheffield and Doss at a May 2 meeting but accepted Sheffield's resignation the next morning, Town Manager Bill Boswell said. Heninger and Boswell won't say exactly why the council voted to terminate the two men or if the decision was directly related to the Virginia State Police investigation that led to the indictments. Boswell said their employment was discussed in closed session, so he can't talk about it. Heninger would say only, "We have a policy manual that you have to go by." Boswell and police Capt. Rick Romans are sharing the duties of chief until the new chief, Stephen Price, takes over July 2. Price, who couldn't be reached for comment last week, was picked June 7 after town officials interviewed five candidates chosen from a stack of applications, according to Heninger. "We had some good ones to choose from," he said. Price is a graduate of Chilhowie High School and nearby Emory & Henry College and is looking forward to moving back to the town, Heninger said. A former officer in Wytheville, Savannah, Ga., and Chatham County, Ga., Price has spent the last five years serving as a federal air marshal. He'll have a major role in choosing two new officers to complete the department, Heninger said. Heninger said all the candidates for chief were asked if they thought they could help the department earn back the respect and trust residents once had. "They all said yes," he said. "It'll take a while but it can be done. It's not going to be an overnight thing." David Haynes, a Chilhowie resident who has served with the fire department for 21 years, four as its chief, said Sheffield was very well-liked in the community and it was hard on residents to hear he'd been arrested on such serious charges. Haynes said he thinks people assumed he was in the know and often questioned him. "You go out to eat and people would ask questions," he said. "But I personally stayed out of it." Haynes said he has faith in Boswell to do what's right for the town. The town will recover, Heninger said. It already is. "We will survive," he said. "We're just one big happy family here." "Town's doing just fine," Boswell said. "Couldn't be better."

Ok so here is a list of interesting articles, because people said we were out of order criticizing Chilhowie.

Little did we know.:
Faith in Police Dept. Rattled
Faith in police department rattled again after officer’s DUI charge
CHILHOWIE, Va. – Three years ago, the words cops and robbers became synonymous in the little Smyth County town of Chilhowie. Scandal gutted the police department as three of its six officers were indicted on drug and sex crime charges.

Then things quieted down, and the rumor mill stopped spinning – until a week ago Friday when an off-duty cop smashed his car head-on into another as they passed on the main drag into town. Chilhowie Police Sgt. David Conley Cullop Jr. failed a field sobriety test, refused a Breathalyzer and was charged with driving under the influence. On one hand, some in town say, it’s an isolated event, people make mistakes, it’s none of their business.

On the other, that rumor mill was reignited by Cullop’s arrest, leaving many questioning if the town is still swirling in corruption and cover-ups. Police Chief Steve Price declined several requests for interviews on the subject, both on the phone and in person, even when presented with the specific question of what he is doing to boost community faith in his department. He said his silence is in defiance of a story published in the Bristol Herald Courier last week, revealing photographs of what appear to be Cullop and the town mayor’s underage son drinking together at a party. Price had seen the pictures, but last week said he never officially investigated the situation.

After Cullop’s arrest last week, Price described the party allegations as an isolated incident. On Friday, some Chilhowie Food City shoppers weren’t as willing to write it off. “How can you enforce the law if you violate it?” a man in the soda aisle asked, declining to give his name. “There’s a higher standard for public servants; they’re just that – servants. But one incident does not an epidemic make, and he is innocent until proven guilty.”

A few aisles over, Teresa Lambert made the disclaimer that her husband, brother and nephew all worked in law enforcement in other jurisdictions; then she offered more sympathy for the department than most. “They’re human and they make mistakes,” she said. “They should hold themselves to a higher standard, but we should not hold them to a higher standard. The stress they go through, I wouldn’t want their job. There aren’t too many people I’d take a bullet for.”

A young pregnant woman loading groceries into her car wasn’t as generous. “Here they are out busting people for the same things they’re doing,” she said. “Hypocrites, that’s what it is.” The young woman also declined to be identified, for fear of getting in trouble. She was “young and stupid” several years ago, she said, during the initial round of disgraced officers. She said she knew what was going on before the courts and newspapers, because she’d “partied” with them.

“I would like to see the police department straighten up,” she said, patting her belly. “This kid’s gonna grow up in this town.” The town has two main streets and the crash Jan. 8 happened on one of them, on a bridge just off the interstate. Robert Rich was driving into town about 6:30 p.m. from his home a half-mile away and, as he crossed the bridge, he saw headlights coming straight toward him. He had nowhere to go. Their vehicles hit head on. Rich never approached the man driving the other car and he didn’t recognize him as an officer. But, he said, several people walking along the bridge stopped to tell him what was happening on the other side. “There was an odor of alcoholic beverage omitting from his breath,” Virginia State Police Trooper Jeremy Thomas Melvin wrote, identifying Cullop on the criminal complaint filed in Smyth County General District Court. “He was unsteady on his feet, his eyes were bloodshot and watery. I gave him three field sobriety tests. On the alphabet, he went to ‘u’ and said ‘r’ then stopped. The second time he said ‘urxwlmp’ and then stopped.”Cullop refused to take a breath test. When a reporter visited Cullop’s home on Needmore Road, small children peered out the door as he refused an interview. He also declined to comment on the phone. In June 2007, as the Chilhowie Police Department muddled through the scandal, Cullop told the Roanoke Times, “The officers that’s left have really good experience and good heads on their shoulders.” It all started in May 2007, when Officer James Runyon was indicted on distributing a controlled substance, according to news reports. The next day, Chief Dwayne Sheffield and Sgt. Brian Doss were indicted, accused of sex crimes against a 17-year-old volunteer at a department-sponsored haunted house fundraiser. The following month, Damascus Police Chief Tony Richardson, a former Chilhowie police officer, was arrested on drug charges. Then, two unnamed Smyth County deputies were fired after an investigation stemming from Richardson’s drug trade.

The charges against Runyon were dismissed, but Sheffield, Doss and Richardson all went to jail. Sheffield entered an Alford plea to the charge of object sexual penetration, and avoided the four other charges against him. He was sentenced to 10 years, with all but three years and two months suspended with credit for time served, including house arrest. That means he’ll get out later this year. Doss pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and sexual battery, both charges amended to abuse and neglect and sexual battery, respectively. He avoided charges of forcible sodomy and sodomy. He spent 12 months in jail, with credit for time served.Richardson proclaimed his innocence, then pleaded guilty to nine charges, including distributing methamphetamine, hydrocodone and oxycodone. He was sentenced to five years in prison. News reports point to discussions in town over a potential for the police department to be folded into the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office. But Chilhowie, pledging to restore the public’s confidence in the department, hired a new police chief.

At Food City on Friday, Betsy Adkins, a nurse who lives just outside Chilhowie but works in Marion, said she’s had little faith in the police since the previous bout of criminal behavior. Cullop’s arrest merely makes things worse.

“It’s a big deal,” Adkins said. “If you’ve got problems like that, how are you going to go out and arrest other people? In my opinion, police officers have to be a step higher than the rest of the community.” Adkins suggested the problem was simply one of finances.

“You get what you pay for,” she said. “And you’re not going to get quality people if you don’t pay enough for the work that they do.” In last week’s crash, the Virginia State Police recorded no injuries. But about three hours after, Rich said, when he got home his brothers took him to the hospital.

“I got to hurting in my back,” he said. “I guess it’s just from getting slung around the vehicle. It’s just soreness, I reckon. I can’t say I’m actually injured. I guess everybody goes through a sort of spell if they have a wreck.” Meanwhile, Cullop was released from the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail on a $1,500 bond, according to court documents. He is awaiting a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. March 4 in Smyth County General District Court.Rich said he’s lived in Chilhowie his whole life. He works for a trailer manufacturing company and operates his own little cattle and sheep farm on the side. “I ain’t 100 percent, but I ain’t gonna quit,” he said. “I’ve been working all week, gotta make a living some way.” cgalofaro@bristolnews.com | (276) 645-2531

And more if you want it:
More charges
Ex-police chiefs, others face charges

By STAFF Published: August 2, 2007 » 2 Comments | Post a Comment By CAITLIN SULLIVAN and DAN KEGLEY/Staff

The news just keeps getting worse for two former police chiefs. Tony Richardson, the former chief in Damascus, and former Chilhowie Chief Dwayne Sheffield, along with Sheffield’s 30-year-old wife, Nancy, and Ralph Michael Miller, 39, of Glade Spring were arrested Thursday on drug, weapons, conspiracy and child neglect violations. Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman said the drug charges were mostly related to methamphetamines. Richardson, 40, faces three charges of conspiracy to distribute Schedule II drugs, two obstruction of justice charges, two charges of distributing imitation Schedule II drugs, two possession of Schedule II drugs charges, a charge of grand larceny of a firearm and one charge of possession of a firearm with Schedule I or II drugs. He was arrested at his family’s home in Marion, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He was released on his $20,000 previous bond. The 37-year-old Dwayne Sheffield faces two charges of distribution of Schedule II drugs, two charges of child abuse/neglect and one charge of conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II drug. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Sheffield was arrested at his home in Chilhowie, where he has been under court-ordered house arrest. State Police Sgt. M.T. Conroy said at the time of Sheffield’s arrest he complained of illness. “[Sheffield] was taken to the hospital because he was complaining of some breathing problems and treated,” Conroy said Later that afternoon he was taken to the Abingdon Regional Jail, where he was held on a $20,000 secured bond. A federal search warrant was executed at his residence. Nancy Sheffield, who also taken into custody at her Chilhowie home, was being held on a $10,000 bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail. She faces three distribution of Schedule II drugs charges, two conspiracy to distribute Schedule II drug charges and two charges of child abuse/neglect. Newman said the child neglect charges stem from that fact that children were said to be present during drug transactions. Miller faces four previous indictments, including two charges of distribution of a Schedule II drug and two charges of conspiracy to distribute Schedule II drugs. An additional charge, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, was announced today. Miller was arrested at his home in Glade Spring. A state search warrant there turned up the sawed-off shotgun, according to police. Newman said he did not believe that Miller had ever been in law enforcement; however, all those arrested were acquaintances. The sheriff said “multiple” informants were used and more charges against Miller are pending. Melissa Rickman, 38, of Meadowview was arrested at Miller’s residence. She was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug and possession of a firearm while in possession of Schedule II drugs. She was being held in Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon on a $5,000 secured bond. Dwayne Sheffield first ran into legal troubles on May 23, when he was charged, along with former Sgt. Brian Doss, in connection with a reported sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl at a Halloween haunted house last October. The former chief was charged with rape and object sexual penetration while Doss was charged with forcible sodomy. Both men were charged with felony child endangerment, sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. All the charges are felonies except for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor. According to the indictments, Sheffield and Doss had sex with the girl “by force, threat or intimidation” and “against her will… while having the custody of a child.“ Wythe County’s Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Lee Harrell, appointed special prosecutor in March, wouldn’t say much on the case. “These are serious allegations,“ he said. “The grand jury found probable cause for the indictments, and the case now proceeds to trial. Because the victim is a minor, I will not comment further on the case to protect the victim and the integrity of the investigation.“ Almost a month earlier, on May 3, Sheffield had resigned his post. Doss was terminated a short time after. Chilhowie Town Manager Bill Boswell said council voted unanimously to terminate the chief and Doss in a special called meeting the night before. On the day he resigned, Sheffield loaded personal effects into his pickup. “I resigned this morning,” he said. “Doss was terminated, and there will probably be two more this evening. Maybe the whole department.” Sheffield served 18 years in the department, three years as chief. A third Chilhowie officer, 29-year-old James E. Runyon, was charged May 22 with selling the painkiller hydrocodone, cutting the town’s police force of six in half. Richardson was suspended from his job on June 23, the day he was arrested on drug and weapons charges at the Damascus Police Department. An investigation had been ongoing for several months and involved drug buys by a confidential informant, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The seven charges against Richardson include three charges of distribution of a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance, one charge of possession with intent to sell a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance, two charges of selling and distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance and one charge of possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance while in possession of a firearm. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Schedule I and II drugs have a high potential for abuse with no currently accepted medical use in the United States. Abuse of Schedule II drugs may lead to severe dependence, according to the agency. Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD and marijuana. Schedule II drugs include morphine, PCP, cocaine, methadone and methamphetamine. Schedule III drugs, according to the agency, have less potential for abuse and have a currently accepted medical use in the United States. They may lead to moderate or low dependence, the agency said. Examples of Schedule III drugs include steroids, codeine and hyrdocodone. Richardson was terminated from the six-officer Damascus force at a July 2 meeting. Richardson had served as an officer in Chilhowie before moving to Glade Spring and then on to Damascus. The former chief served with the Marion Police Department from February 1990 to November 1991, and was an officer with the Chilhowie Police Department from February 1994 until he resigned in March 2003. Then-Glade Spring Police Chief Scott Sexton hired Richardson on the Glade force in the spring of 2003. Richardson had served with Sexton on the Chilhowie Police Department. Richardson became chief in Glade in January 2005 and remained in that position until he resigned to take the helm in Damascus later that year. Smyth County court records show that Richardson was charged with petty larceny and obstruction of justice just after he left the Chilhowie force. Sgt. M.T. Conroy of the Virginia State Police said Richardson was accused on June 4, 2003, of removing CDs from the Chilhowie Police Department. He was convicted on the obstruction of justice charge and fined $2,500, but the conviction was overturned on appeal in 2005. Thursday’s arrest came after a Washington County grand jury handed down 27 indictments. Law enforcement officers from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Abingdon Police Department, Glade Spring Police Department, Virginia State Police, Department of Justice – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshal Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation executed the search warrants and made the arrests. “I hope this sends a message that nobody is above the law,” Newman said. “Law enforcement is one of the bedrocks of our society,” FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clifford C. Holly said. “Those people chose to be corrupt should be on the look out….” Don Simmons Jr. contributed to this story.

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Million Dollar Lawsuite Against Chilhowie
And Former Chilhowie Town Officials BHC file photo Former Chilhowie police chief Dwayne Sheffield By THE CONTINUOUS NEWS DESK Published: June 11, 2008 Updated: June 16, 2008 » 0 Comments | Post a Comment vote now Buzz up! BY DAN KEGLEY MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE CHILHOWIE, Va. – A $30.35 million lawsuit was filed Friday against current and former town officials, seeking damages related to a 2006 incident for which two former town police officers are now serving prison sentences. Sarah Coalson filed the suit in Smyth County Circuit Court, and it names as defendants the town of Chilhowie, former police chief Dwayne Sheffield, former police officer Brian Doss, Mayor Gary Heninger and former town manager William Rush. It also names current town council members and one former council member. In November, Sheffield took an Alford plea to a charge of object sexual penetration in a deal to avoid prosecution on four other charges. Under an Alford plea, a defendant maintains innocence while admitting the prosecution has evidence sufficient for a conviction. He had faced charges of rape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, sexual battery and child endangerment. A month after Sheffield’s sentencing, Doss pled guilty to charges of felony child endangerment, which was amended from charges of abuse and neglect of a child; and sexual battery was amended to assault and battery, according to court documents. In the plea agreement, the judge dropped forcible sodomy and sodomy charges, court papers showed. Coalson, who is now 18, filed the suit through Abingdon, Va., attorney David Childers. The complaint stipulates the former town employees and council members were in those positions in October 2006 when the police department “sponsored, organized, supervised and operated a Halloween haunted house.” According to the 42-page lawsuit, Coalson, who was 17 at the time, was a volunteer at the haunted house and was helping Doss and Sheffield close down the attraction for the night. “As they walked toward the back exit, Sheffield left Doss and Coalson alone to, presumably, shut off the building’s electric generator,” the suit indicated. “Doss began to kiss and fondle Coalson as they stood in the main hallway of the building.” Sheffield returned and also began kissing and fondling Coalson, “against her will,” the lawsuit stated. “Coalson, because she feared for her life and because she was extremely intimidated by Sheffield and Doss, did not protest, nor did she agree to go with the two officers into the ‘private’ room. Coalson was led into the room by her hand by the two officers.” The suit claims Doss and Sheffield held Coalson and forcibly assaulted her. The suit seeks $5 million from Sheffield and the town, and the same from Doss and the town, on a count of sexual assault and battery, $4 million from each man and the town on a count of intentional infliction of emotional distress, and $1 million from each and the town on a false imprisonment count. The suit seeks $500,000 from Heninger, Rush and each of the named council members, representing $250,000 for each count of negligent hiring and retention of Sheffield and of Doss. An additional $6 million is sought from Sheffield on a count of negligent hiring and retention of Doss. The suit seeks $350,000 in punitive damages, the statutory maximum, attorney Childers said. “Coalson and her family have also been required to expend large sums of money for medical and psychiatric care, and Coalson and her family will be required to do the same in the future,” according to the lawsuit. Childers declined Tuesday to discuss the lawsuit. “It’s best for me to have no comment,” he said. “I really don’t want to comment on anything or answer any question that deals with any sort of the facts in the case.” Chilhowie Town Attorney Danny Lowe also declined to respond to the suit. The mayor likewise declined to comment. “Anybody can sue anybody for anything, you know,” Heninger said. “We’ll wait and see what happens.” The civil action follows several months of criminal proceedings against Sheffield and Doss. Judge William N. Alexander II sentenced Sheffield in November to 10 years with six years and 10 months suspended – an effective sentence of three years and two months. Alexander sentenced Doss to three years, but suspended two years and three months, for the abuse and neglect charge; and 12 months for the assault and battery with nine months suspended, according to documents. Doss will spend 12 months incarcerated with credit – 96 days – for time served, including house arrest. Three years of active probation follow the incarceration. DAN KEGLEY writes for the Smyth County News & Messenger and can be reached at dkegley@wythenews.com .


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