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Friday, April 17, 2015

Special Inspection Conducted After Suspicious Death at Abingdon Nursing Home
State officials have completed an inspection of Grace Healthcare of Abingdon, a nursing home under investigation by police in connection with a death two weeks ago. State officials have not revealed whether violations were found but indicate they didn't find any immediate jeopardy concerning care of patients.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BVU Board Member Told Employees Sold Race Tickets on eBay
It was Doug Fleenor, a whistle blower on the Bristol Virginia Utilities Board, who first uncovered that the public utilities had spent more than $50,000 on NASCAR tickets at Bristol Motor Speedway over several years. His reaction? "Stunned, especially when I asked the question who got them. And I got the answer don't know, he said. Fleenor says he never got a straight answer but does recall that a former fellow board member told him it was not to entertain potential industrial or economic recruits. He said, "Paul Hurley told me when I said Paul what do you know. He said he understood the employees sold them on eBay." Fleenor notified police investigators, prompting a probe still underway. The federal grand jury is convening this week in Abingdon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BVU Board Member Told Employees Sold Race Tickets on eBay
It was Doug Fleenor, a whistle blower on the Bristol Virginia Utilities Board, who first uncovered that the public utilities had spent more than $50,000 on NASCAR tickets at Bristol Motor Speedway over several years. His reaction? "Stunned, especially when I asked the question who got them. And I got the answer don't know, he said. Fleenor says he never got a straight answer but does recall that a former fellow board member told him it was not to entertain potential industrial or economic recruits. He said, "Paul Hurley told me when I said Paul what do you know. He said he understood the employees sold them on eBay." Fleenor notified police investigators, prompting a probe still underway. The federal grand jury is convening this week in Abingdon.

VDOT Works to Repair Large Sinkhole on I-81
You'll likely run into some delays along Interstate 81 as VDOT crews work to repair a large sinkhole. Traffic is down to one lane on the southbound side near mile marker 12 heading into Bristol from Abingdon.

Meth Ring Participants Plead Guilty in Abingdon
One man sent to federal prison, three more facing sentencing after guilty pleas to a large methamphetamine ring centered in Abingdon. 36 year old Joseph Nathan Hall of Abingdon, convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, was ordered to federal prison for five years. Three others, Richard Michael Doss, Billy Ray Keen and Chadrick Bartley pled guilty to meth making. Their sentencings are in July and August.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Meth Ring Participants Plead Guilty in Abingdon
One man sent to federal prison, three more facing sentencing after guilty pleas to a large methamphetamine ring centered in Abingdon. 36 year old Joseph Nathan Hall of Abingdon, convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, was ordered to federal prison for five years. Three others, Richard Michael Doss, Billy Ray Keen and Chadrick Bartley pled guilty to meth making. Their sentencings are in July and August.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Two Contractors Admit To Defrauding BVU
Not just one but the leaders of two companies contracted to do work for Bristol Virginia Utilities are now admitting ithey defrauded the utility of hundreds of thousands of dollars through kickback schemes with a former vp of field operations. James Todd Edwards, former president of Edwards Telecommunications Inc. in Columbia, S.C., pleaded guilty in federal court in Abingdon to fraud and other charges, Also pleading guilty in a similar but smaller scale scheme Michael Clark, a telecommunications consultant near Athens, Ga. Edwards, Clark and two former BVU vice presidents of field operations face sentencing in June, though Edwards has already negotiated with the prosecutor to serve a year and a month in prison, pay $460,000 in restitution to BVU and forfeit another $550,000 to the government.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Not Just One But Two Contractors Admit To Defrauding Bristol, Virginia Utilities
Not just one but the leaders of two companies contracted to do work for Bristol Virginia Utilities are now admitting ithey defrauded the utility of hundreds of thousands of dollars through kickback schemes with a former vp of field operations. James Todd Edwards, former president of Edwards Telecommunications Inc. in Columbia, S.C., pleaded guilty in federal court in Abingdon to fraud and other charges, Also pleading guilty in a similar but smaller scale scheme Michael Clark, a telecommunications consultant near Athens, Ga. Edwards, Clark and two former BVU vice presidents of field operations face sentencing in June, though Edwards has already negotiated with the prosecutor to serve a year and a month in prison, pay $460,000 in restitution to BVU and forfeit another $550,000 to the government.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Lee County VA Federal Inmate Gets 20 Years for Throwing Hot Liquid, Stabbing a Prison Guard
An inmate from Indiana was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Abingdon for an attack on a guard at a federal prison in Lee County. Prosecutors said 43-yr-old Michael Vaught threw scalding hot liquid on the officer then stab him several times with a prison-made ice pick last August. Vaught received a 20-yr sentence for the attack. He was already serving a 31-yr sentence for firearm and assault charges.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Lee County VA Federal Inmate Gets 20 Years for Throwing Hot Liquid, Stabbing a Prison Guard
An inmate from Indiana was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Abingdon for an attack on a guard at a federal prison in Lee County. Prosecutors said 43-yr-old Michael Vaught threw scalding hot liquid on the officer then stab him several times with a prison-made ice pick last August. Vaught received a 20-yr sentence for the attack. He was already serving a 31-yr sentence for firearm and assault charges.

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