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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Heaphy Stepping Down from U.S. Attorney's Office in SW Va.
Timothy Heaphy has announced he is stepping down as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia effective Dec. 31. Heaphy served in that role for five years, including trying several high-profile cases in Abingdon, including an off-label pharmaceutical suit settlement with Depakote maker Abbott Labs that reaped $1.5 billion. Heaphy will be joining the international law firm of Hunton and Williams in Richmond. Anthony Giorno will become acting U.S. Attorney on Jan. 1.

GOP Helps Pillion's War Chest Grow for Dec. 9 Special Election
State Republican leaders continue to fill the campaign war chest of candidate Todd Pillion of Abingdon who is running in a special December 9 election for the 4th District seat in Virginia House of Delegates. Data from the Virginia Public Access Project shows the state GOP has allocated $70,000 to Pillion's political action committee in the past two months. Pillion is opposed by Democratic candidate Donnie Rife, who is a retired coal miner and chairman of the Dickenson County Board of Supervisors.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Heaphy Stepping Down from U.S. Attorney's Office in SW Va. for Position in Richmond Law Firm
Timothy Heaphy has announced he is stepping down as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia effective Dec. 31. Heaphy served in that role for five years, including trying several high-profile cases in Abingdon, including an off-label pharmaceutical suit settlement with Depakote maker Abbott Labs that reaped $1.5 billion. Heaphy will be joining the international law firm of Hunton and Williams in Richmond. Anthony Giorno will become acting U.S. Attorney on Jan. 1.

GOP Helps Pillion's War Chest Grow for Dec. 9 Special Election
State Republican leaders continue to fill the campaign war chest of candidate Todd Pillion of Abingdon who is running in a special December 9 election for the 4th District seat in Virginia House of Delegates. Data from the Virginia Public Access Project shows the state GOP has allocated $70,000 to Pillion's political action committee in the past two months. Pillion is opposed by Democratic candidate Donnie Rife, who is a retired coal miner and chairman of the Dickenson County Board of Supervisors.

Friday, November 21, 2014

One Victim Identified in Abingdon Fire That Killed Two
Two people died when a mobile home went up in flames near Abingdon. Police say 46 year old James L. Price, died in his home in Stover Lane. They say a woman also died in the fire, but they have yet to identify her. They said the cause was accidental but no further details. Both the Abingdon was there in the aftermath. “One end of the mobile home was completely destroyed. The other end obviously sustained a tremendous amount of damage.” (LM)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

One Victim Identified in Abingdon Fire That Killed Two
Two people died when a mobile home went up in flames near Abingdon. Police say 46 year old James L. Price, died in his home in Stover Lane. They say a woman also died in the fire, but they have yet to identify her. They said the cause was accidental but no further details. Both the Abingdon was there in the aftermath. “One end of the mobile home was completely destroyed. The other end obviously sustained a tremendous amount of damage.” (LM)

Sheriff Says Male, Female Died in Mobile Home Fire Near Abingdon
Two people died when a mobile home went up in flames near Abingdon. The fire was on Stover Lane in Spoon Gap Hollow ...and both Abingdon and Green Springs Fire Department battled the fire...which claimed the lives of a male and a female, not yet identified by authorities. Sheriff Fred Newman described the aftermath: “I went to the scene. One end of the mobile home was completely destroyed. The other end obviously sustained a tremendous amount of damage.” Newman said state police are investigating the cause. (LM)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Abingdon Police Looking For Female Bank Robber
Police are currently searching for a woman who tried to rob First Commonwealth Bank in Abingdon. Just before 10:30 Thursday morning, a white female entered the bank on West Main Street wearing a purple hooded jacket and gave a teller a note. The robber had a brief conversation with the worker, took back the note and left the scene without any money. Anyone with information on the case should contact Abingdon police or the Washington County Sheriff's Office. (KC)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Abingdon Police Looking For Female Bank Robber
Police are currently searching for a woman who tried to rob First Commonwealth Bank in Abingdon. Just before 10.30 this morning, a white female entered the bank on West Main Street wearing a purple hooded jacket and gave a teller a note. The robber had a brief conversation with the worker, took back the note and left the scene without any money. Anyone with information on the case should contact Abingdon police or the Washington County Sheriff's Office. (KC)

Abingdon Man Arrested for Reckless Driving after Police Chase
Reckless driving and a police chase leads to one Abingdon man's arrest. 28 year old Timothy Bercham was arrested after a brief chase between him and Washington County Police. Officers say that the suspect was speeding on his motorcycle when officers went to pull him over, but he fled the scene. Minutes after losing the authorities he was spotted on Greenway Drive where he surrendered. Bercham is being charged with felony eluding police, driving suspended, and reckless driving. (EE)

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