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Friday, February 27, 2015

Coal Company Owners Guilty of Defrauding IRS Sentenced in Federal Court in Abingdon
Two West Virginia coal company owners were sentenced to three years in prison as part of a scheme to defraud the IRS of more than $10 million. Bill Adams, Jr. and John Ward were found guilty last January and their illegal transactions also included the help of several people from SW Virginia, including 64-yr-old Elmer Fuller of Bristol who was previously sentenced in the case.

Inmate Gets 4 Years for Bribing Prison Guard at Lee County Federal Prison
An inmate serving time in a federal penitentiary in Lee County has been sentenced to four years in prison on bribery and contraband charges. Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Abingdon announced that 30-yr-old Glenn Ming Young was found guilty after an FBI investigation that found Young paid an inmate guard over $2,000 over a four-month period in 2013 to smuggle and bring him tobacco products and a cell phone.

UPDATE: VA State Police Identify Man Killed on Lee Highway in Snow Plow Crash
A Washington County, VA man was killed Thursday night when he was struck by a dump truck carrying a snow plow. 44-yr-old Jerry Otey (Oh-Dee) of Abingdon was walking along Lee Highway when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was 39-yr-old Philip Vestal, also of Abingdon. The Virginia State Police is continuing to investigate the crash.

Pedetrian Killed by Salt Truck Near Abingdon
A pedestrian struck by a salt truck and killed. It happened about three miles north of Abingdon on Route 11. Virginia State Police are investigating. Reports are that a man in his 40s was killed. The salt truck was operated by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Virginia State Trooper Being Investigated for "Snow Doughnuts" in Abingdon
The Virginia State Police is currently investigating a State Trooper recently caught on a cell phone video doing doughnuts in a snowy parking lot in Abingdon. State Police spokesperson Corrine Geller said the agency had become aware of the video this week and the case is under review. The name of the officer was not released. The video first surfaced on a resident's Facebook account.

Missing Abingdon Man Found Dead Under Snow
A man Abingdon Police have searched for since last week has been found dead. 53-year old Forrest Campbell was last seen walking away from the Renaissance House, an assisted living center on Bradley Street. Officers say he was found Wednesday afternoon off Cummings Street and right now, investigators do not believe any foul play was involved. Campbell's body has been taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

At Least Three More Inches of Snow Expected
A winter weather travel advisory is in affect with 3 more inches of snow expected. “It just keeps piling up,” said Abingdon Police Spokesman Tennile Montgomery on new snowfall causing hazards across the region, including in Abingdon. She said, ”The interstate is more hazardous and there have been several accidents on the interstate especially in the area of Exit 17.” Slippery and dangerous driving on both Interstates 81 and 26, as well as secondary roads. Until the snow tapers off this afternoon, officials in both Virginia and Tennessee are discouraging travel unless urgent.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

At Least Three More Inches of Snow Expected
A winter weather travel advisory is in affect with 3 more inches of snow expected. “It just keeps piling up,” said Abingdon Police Spokesman Tennile Montgomery on new snowfall causing hazards across the region, including in Abingdon. She said, ”The interstate is more hazardous and there have been several accidents on the interstate especially in the area of Exit 17.” Slippery and dangerous driving on both Interstates 81 and 26, as well as secondary roads. Until the snow tapers off this afternoon, officials in both Virginia and Tennessee are discouraging travel unless urgent.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Abingdon Police Searching For Missing Man
Abingdon, Virginia police are asking for the public's help in the search for a man who has not been seen since Tuesday. 53-yr-old Forrest Campbell was last seen walking away from the Renaissance House, an assisted living center on Bradley Street, at 1 pm that day headed toward Kroger. Police have checked places that Campbell usually visits and he has not turned up. Campbell also has several medical issues. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact the Abingdon Police Dept. or Washington County VA Central Dispatch.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Abingdon Police Searching For Missing Man
Abingdon, Virginia police are asking for the public's help in the search for a man who has not been seen since Tuesday. 53-yr-old Forrest Campbell was last seen walking away from the Renaissance House, an assisted living center on Bradley Street, at 1 pm that day headed toward Kroger. Police have checked places that Campbell usually visits and he has not turned up. Campbell also has several medical issues. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact the Abingdon Police Dept. or Washington County VA Central Dispatch.

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