Wise County & City of Norton Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Commonwealth Attorney

Wise County/Norton Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for Wise County and the City of Norton is pleased to provide information to the citizens of Wise County and the City of Norton concerning the services our office provides and how criminal cases are prosecuted.

We look forward to serving the citizens of Wise County and the City of Norton and encourage you to contact our office at any time should you need assistance with a criminal case. Our door is always open!

We are in the process of converting to a digital law office that uses a paperLESS file system. Keep track of our progress by checking our digital office blog in the links to the left.

Most Recent Press Releases

Please Watch This Texting While Driving Documentary by AT&T
Released: March 17, 2011
Click on the headline above to be taken to our press page. AT&T's Txtng & Drivng Campaign Urges Consumers That 'It Can Wait. This documentary featuring families affected by texting while behind the wheel is being distributed to educators, government officials, safety organizations and public as part of a educational awareness campaign.

Notice to Businesses Selling Synthetic Drugs
Released: March 01, 2011
Synthetic pot, and "'bath salts" have been criminalized in Virginia. The proposed ban of such synthetic drugs passed both houses of the General Assembly containing an emergency clause, meaning when the Governor signs the bill this week, it will take effect immediately. If you need help disposing of your current stock, please contact local law enforcement so that it can be destroyed properly.

Functioning Meth Lab Seized by Law Enforcement
Released: February 18, 2011
A cooperative group of law enforcment agencies seized a functioning meth lab on February 17, 2011 on the Wise/Dickenson County line. Authorities arrested Harlan Lynn Ward, 58, and charged him with Possesion of material used to create methamphetamine, Child Endangerment, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, and Possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance. Agencies involved in the seizure included the Virginia State Police, Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, Dickenson County Sheriff's Department, the Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, and the Town of Wise

Meade Death Ruled Accidental
Released: January 11, 2011
On 7-1-2008, the vehicle of Donald Meade of Baker-Meade Road in Pound was found wrecked in a ditch near Bowser Hollow Road. Mr. Meade’s family had not seen or heard from him in hours. After a thorough search, Mr. Meade’s body was discovered in a creek, approximately a mile from his vehicle. Mr. Meade was pronounced dead and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into his death. The Investigative team was lead by Lt. Edward Jessee. An autopsy was performed on Mr. Meade and his cause of death was listed as blunt force head injuries. After investigating multiple le