December 1, 2015 - DEPUTIES SHAVE FOR GIRL FIGHTING CANCER
After participating in no-shave November, a cancer patient benefit program, Bristol Virginia Sheriff and deputies return to a clean-cut look.
BRISTOL, Va. — Bristol Virginia’s sheriff and more than a dozen of his deputies found a different way to help raise money for a little girl with brain cancer. They grew beards mimicking the goal of the nonprofit organization, No-Shave November, which aims to bring awareness to cancer by letting hair, which many cancer patients lose, grow untamed. The men had to pay for the privilege of not shaving and also solicited money from family and friends.
The Sheriff’s Office raised more than $2,200 for Madison “Maddy” King. Laura King, Maddy’s mother, said the money will be used to help pay for medical and travel expenses during Maddy’s treatment. Her father, Matt, used to work at the Sheriff’s Office so the employees and the Kings are like family. “I don’t know where we would be without the support,” Laura King said. “This is where the whole saying goes, "You don’t have to be blood to be family.”
Sheriff Jack Weisenburger said he believes that as a family everyone should stick together. “One of the members of our family is in need and the guys stepped up,” he said. “To me, that’s the real part of being a public servant – when you can serve your community at times other than just carrying a badge and a gun.” He added that each deputy participating in the fundraiser had to donate at least $50 to be able to keep their beard through November. Beards and uniforms don’t normally go together, he said.
“They weren’t going to get away with giving a five or a 10 ... to be able to not have to shave for a month,” Weisenburger said. The money was given to the family Monday at the Sheriff's Office. At the gathering, Weisenburger and some deputies were “debearded” by Maddy and her brother, Issac.
Maddy was diagnosed in December with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue. The tumors usually aren’t malignant, but in Maddy’s case they are. She has been undergoing chemotherapy since February. Her tumors are inoperable and she is too young for radiation treatment.
September 19, 2015 – BVSO Chili Entry REPEATS at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Although the team rebranded themselves to Hillbilly Chili, the modus operandi and the recipe remained a winner. This years entry overwhelmed the competition and won 1st Place in both Judges and Peoples Choice catagories.
May 28, 2015 – SHERIFF ANNOUNCES DEPARTMENT PROMOTIONS
Bristol Virginia Sheriff Jack Weisenburger announced the promotion of two veteran deputies in the Court Security Division of the Bristol Virginia Sheriffs Office. Joe Limburg has been promoted to the rank of Captain and Mike Stout has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Captain Limburg joined the Sheriffs Office in 1981 and has served various roles during his career including jail shift supervisor and court security officer. His promotion fills the vacancy left by the retirement of William McDaniel in February of this year. Limburg’s duties will include overall supervision of the Court Security Division and its 10 deputies assigned to courthouse security and civil process operations.
Lt. Stout joined the Sheriffs Office in 1988 and has served as a jail deputy as well as court security/civil process deputy. Stout’s duties will be to supervise day to day assignments in courthouse security, staff training, and aiding in planning for high risk trials, in addition to providing security in courtrooms and serving civil process.
“I have the utmost confidence in these two men and their performance of duties. Captain Limburg and Lt. Stout are seasoned and well respected members of this office, as well as this community” Weisenburger said.
The Bristol Virginia Sheriffs Office is made up of 52 men and women, and is responsible for operating the City of Bristol Virginia’s jail, providing security for the Circuit, General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts, and service of civil and criminal process.
May 18, 2015 – SHERIFFS OFFICE PARTICIPATES IN "STRIVE FOR RECOVERY" 5K BENEFITTING VERITAS
On May 16, 2015 members of the Bristol Virginia Sheriffs Office participated in the first annual Veritas Foundation “Strive for Recovery” 5K at Sugar Hollow Park. Approximately 70 runners and walkers enjoyed a glorious morning while supporting the local drug court efforts in providing intense, comprehensive treatment and supervision to drug addicted participants. Sheriff’s Office personnel worked as volunteers in set-up, race control, awards, and clean-up, as well as some participating in the run itself. A tremendous outpouring of community support resulted in almost $20,000.00 in donations and in-kind support. These funds will be used to further the Veritas Foundation’s mission of aiding participants to successful transition away from drug addicted lives. The week of May 10-16 was recognized as Drug Court Week in Virginia.
Pictured, from left to right, are: Major David Maples and wife Maryanne, Captain Ron Hutton, Veritas Program Coordinator Margie Collins, Sergeant Robbie Branson, Shari Mathesius, Sheriff jack Weisenburger, Sergeant Pam Thomas.
January 30, 2015 – BRISTOL DEPUTY CELEBRATES RETIREMENT
Captain Billy McDaniel was a 41-year veteran of the Bristol Virginia Sheriffs Office. He was the first African American appointed as a deputy in Bristol, Virginia. Captain McDaniel began his career as a jail officer and moved through the ranks serving as shift supervisor, assistant chief jailor, and was later assigned to the Court Security Division where he retired as Court Security Supervisor. Captain McDaniel is married and has one son. His post retirement plans include working as a community outreach officer with the Bristol Tennessee Police Department.
August 28, 2014 – FALL DRUG TAKE-BACK SET FOR SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
The Bristol Virginia Sheriff's Office is one of several law enforcement agencies in the area who are co-sponsoring a fall Drug Take-Back event on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will have special disposal units at Food City on Euclid Avenue in Bristol Virginia, where residents can get rid of unused or expired medications. This greatly reduces the chances of unlawful use or accidental ingestion by a small child.
The events are also sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Diversion Control.
May 14, 2014 – CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS APPRECIATION MONTH
Chaplain Kent Pugh (above left), served as grill master for the staff during an appreciation cookout. Captain Ron Hutton (above right) and Captain Billy McDaniel (below) enjoy the offering.
October 14, 2013 – MEMBERS OF THE SHERIFFS OFFICE SOFTBALL TEAM KEEP THE STREAK ALIVE AS CHAMPIONS OF THE "BATTLE OF THE BADGES" SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
For the fourth consecutive year, a team sponsored by the Sheriff's Office was crowned champion at the 4th annual "Battle of the Badges" softball tournament in Damascus Virginia. The Damascus Police Department hosted the weather interrupted tournament on October 12 and 13. Ten teams participated including: Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Abingdon Fire Department, Damascus Police Department, Brumley Gap Fire Department, Glade Spring Life Saving Crew, Glade Spring Police Department, Goodson Kinderhook Fire Department, Southwest Virginia Regional Jail, Virginia Highlands Community College Police Science Club, and the Bristol Virginia Sheriff’s Office.
October 2, 2013 - Bristol Virginia Sheriffs Office and Washington County Sheriffs Office Demonstrate Project Lifesaver for the Media
Mike Lamia, WJHL, News Channel 11 contributed to this story
Having a family member with Dementia or Alzheimer's is tough to live with, but local law enforcement agencies are hoping to ease some of the worries. The Bristol Virginia Sheriff's Office and the Washington County Virginia Sheriff's Office are part of project lifesaver.
The program is offered to anyone who may be at risk of wandering off. Patients wear a small wristband that law enforcement can track using radio receivers.
"If we can save one life and we can save one individual it's worth it all," said Washington County Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman. Project Lifesaver started in 1999.
Different law enforcement agencies use it within our region, including Bristol and Washington County Virginia Sheriff's Offices, which both have 14 clients each. The program is free of charge to any person who might need it.
September 30, 2013 - Church Holds Service to Pray for Law Enforcement
Sheriff Weisenburger and several members of the Sheriff's Office participated in the Evening Prayer on the Feast of St. Michael, the Patron Saint of Law Enforcement held on Sunday, September 29, at St. Anne Catholic Church. The service is held to pray for law enforcement, fire, and rescue personnel. The children of St. Anne School distributed gift bags to all first responders in attendance.
September 21, 2013 - BVSO Chili Entry Captures 1st Place at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
First place honors for the 13th Annual Rhythm & Roots Chili Championship cook-off went to Station J Chili, created by a team that included Bristol, Va., Sheriff Jack Weisenburger. This was the first year the team entered the competition.
Weisenburger said the name derived from the call sign for the jail, Station J, and the team created a jail-window facade for their booth, complete with a few bars through which they passed the chili. The team’s recipe was the chosen favorite among the team members, who got together for a taste-testing party on each of their own recipes before choosing one to enter into Saturday’s competition. It's secret, they said, was coffee.
Other team members include Ron Leonard, Ron Hutton, Dave Maples, Jan Weisenburger, Felecia Gilliam, J.T. Statzer, Mary Ann Maples, Jo Hutton and Tim Sturgill.
September 19, 2013 - Sheriffs' Elect Bristol Virginia Sheriff Jack Weisenburger to Lead Virginia Sheriffs' Association for 2013-2014
Norfolk, Virginia, September 16, 2013 – The members of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association have unanimously elected Sheriff John “Jack” Weisenburger, City of Bristol, to serve a one year term as president of the Association. The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, an 8,700 member organization representing Virginia’s sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and sheriff’s office personnel, is the professional trade association representing the interests of law enforcement and the sheriffs’ offices in Virginia.
The Annual Conference of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association held in Norfolk, Virginia was attended by approximately 300 sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and special guests from across Virginia. Also represented at the conference, were over 80 professional exhibitors displaying the latest crime-fighting equipment. Keynote speakers included all of the candidates for statewide office, members of the General Assembly and many other criminal justice professionals.
The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association acts as the primary voice for Virginia sheriffs in the General Assembly on all matters relating to public safety. The conference in Norfolk, Virginia represented the 80th Annual Conference of the Association.
The conference brings together sheriffs and deputy sheriffs from across Virginia for educational opportunities, information sharing, and to collectively conduct business concerning sheriff’s offices. 100% of Bristol Virginia deputies are members of the VSA.
Sheriff Weisenburger was joined in Norfolk by members of the Bristol Virginia Sheriffs’ Office and representatives of the community.
September 13, 2013 - 9/11 Remembered at VT Game
In remembrance of 9/11, the combined Honor Guards from Bristol Virginia Sheriffs Office and Bristol Tennessee Fire Department present the colors at the annual V-T game on September 13, 2013.
August 16, 2013 - Bristol White Sox Mascot Arrested for Charity
Sheriff Weisenburger assisted the Mayberry Deputy (David Browning) in arresting the Bristol White Sox mascot Dingbat for “stealing” third base. They cuffed him, stuffed him in our 1929 Mercedes Benz Gazelle, and took him to jail. This was to raise funds for ALS, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
July 31, 2013 - National Night Out Announcement
July 31, 2013 - Five Inmates Complete Jail Fatherhood Initiative
Five inmates at the Bristol Virginia City Jail recently completed the National Fatherhood Initiative program "Dads 24/7". The parenting program is provided to inmates as a partnership between the Bristol Sheriffs Office and Highlands Community Services. The Dads 24/7 program began earlier this year in the Bristol Jail, and has graduated approximately 20 inmates to date. Sheriff Jack Weisenburger touts the inmate program as an important element of crime prevention in the community. Sheriff Weisenburger said" If we can begin a process that help fathers learn tools and techniques to strengthen the relationship with their children and dealing with the issues that children experience, that makes for stronger families. That its a key component to building safer communities."
Inmates spend 12 weekly sessions learning key parenting strategies and identifying strengths and weaknesses in building better family relationships. A mother's program is currently being coordinated and is scheduled to be instituted within the next several weeks. Sheriff Weisenburger sees these initiatives as an important part of inmate re-entry efforts that include a GED program and drug and alcohol counseling. " I appreciate the effort that the inmates have shown in completing this program. My hope is that it will give them the confidence to continue to grow as dads for their children", Weisenburger said at the graduation ceremony.
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July 30, 2013 - Bristol Virginia Deputy Sheriff Named State D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year
The Virginia DARE Officers Association and the Virginia Department of State Police, DARE Training Center have announced that Bristol Virginia Sheriff’s Office Deputy Greg Vincill has been selected as the 2013 Virginia State DARE Officer of the Year. Deputy Vincill, a 19 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was nominated by a peer and was selected by the DARE Officers Association during their award selectee meeting. The award is being presented to Vincill during the opening ceremonies of the Virginia DARE In-service which is being held at the Hampton Pavilion on August 6, 2013 beginning at 8:00 AM in Hampton, VA.Deputy Vincill has delivered the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to students in Bristol Virginia schools for the past 12 years and is active in various school and community events. Deputy Vincill, in addition to his classroom activities, also serves as an instructor/mentor in training of new DARE officers from across the country.
July 18, 2013 – The Victim Identification and Notification Everyday system (VINE) is now available on mobile
Now it’s even easier to find out the status of an offender and to register to be notified about any status changes. VINEmobile is the on-the-go version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) that lets you access vital information – and the peace of mind that comes with it – right from your mobile device, 24 hours day, seven days a week. VINEmobile is completely free and anonymous for users.
iPhone or Android smart phone users can get VINEMobile through the app store (iTunes or Google Play) and it is FREE! Just search “VINEMobile” and download it. If you are a smartphone user, please take a minute to download the app and check it out.
July 4, 2013 – Sheriff's Office Honor Guard Marches in 4th of July Parade
June 17, 2013 – Deputies Graduate from the 51st Basic Jailors School
The Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy celebrated graduation for the 51st Basic Jailors School on Friday, June 14, 2013. Graduates representing the Bristol Sheriffs Office include: Deputy Sheriff Shena Malone, Deputy Sheriff Mark Barker, and Deputy Sheriff Aaron Brooks. The graduation ceremony took place at the Holiday Inn in Bristol.
Pictured above from L to R: Captain Ron Hutton, Douglas H. Cooley (Executive Director, SVCJTA), Deputy Malone, Deputy Barker, Deputy Brooks, and Doug Scales (Training Coordinator, SVCJTA)
June 11, 2013 – THE VICTIM INFORMATION AND NOTIFICATION EVERYDAY (VINE®) SYSTEM COMES TO BRISTOL'S JAIL
The Virginia Center for Policing Innovation Joins the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association in Celebrating the Arrival of VINE at the Bristol Virginia City Jail
Bristol, VA – Sheriff Jack Weisenburger and Ms. Lynda S. O’Connell, the Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation, today announced the arrival of the Victim Information and Notification Everyday System (VINE®) in the Bristol Virginia City Jail.
“We are very happy that this important crime victim notification system is available at our local and regional jail facilities,” said John Jones, Executive Director of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association. “This system is an invaluable tool for any crime victim, law enforcement officer or concerned citizen. Expanding it to jails and prisons is an important step in helping to protect all citizens of the Commonwealth.”
The Bristol Virginia City Jail offers the VINE® system to crime victims. Individuals may call 1-800-467-4943 day or night to confirm an offender housed in the facility in is jail, and can register to be notified when an offender is released, transferred or escapes. Registration for notification can also be completed online at www.vinelink.com. Any change in the offender’s status will trigger a notification. Individuals can choose to be informed over the telephone, through the internet or by e-mail. Users can remain anonymous when using this service.
The VINE system also provides access to the Virginia Statewide Sex Offender Registry. Users can call 1-866-556-2680 or go to www.vinelink.com and search for offenders by zip code or register to be notified about an offender’s change in address and other tracked information.
VINE® is currently available in 47 states and Puerto Rico, covering 80% of communities of the country. The Virginia Center for Policing Innovation in conjunction with the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association has been managing the implementation of the VINE program in Virginia’s local and regional jails. The program is supported by funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia Compensation Board and the US Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Officers participated in VINE training immediately
following the press conference.
“We are proud to offer this critical service throughout the Commonwealth,” states Lynda S. O’Connell. “We want to make sure this resource is used to its maximum potential by those who can benefit most from it: the citizens of Virginia and those working to protect them.”
Since the service was launched in Virginia, VINE has delivered over 100,000 e-mails and over 2.9 million phone calls.