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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bristol, Virginia Will Pursue Option of Contracting with Regional Jail
Bristol, Virginia City Council votes to pursue negotiating a service contract with the regional jail near Abingdon...rather than build a new $30-to-$40 million dollar city jail - this to solve the problem of an outdated and overcrowded facility. A consultant showed the city could save more than a million dollars a year going regional, but it would mean an investment of as much as $800,000 this year and the city is already strapped for cash. And although city leaders say they will negotiate for local jailers to retain their jobs at the regional facility, a crowd of deputies was on hand to show what Sheriff Jack Weisenburger says is concern about their vocation. The sheriff said, A lot of the staff issues are about the vocation of a deputy sheriff which is much different than the vocation of a detention officer at a regional jail. LM

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bristol, Virginia Will Pursue Option of Contracting with Regional Jail
Bristol, Virginia City Council votes to pursue negotiating a service contract with the regional jail near Abingdon...rather than build a new $30-to-$40 million dollar city jail - this to solve the problem of an outdated and overcrowded facility. A consultant showed the city could save more than a million dollars a year going regional, but it would mean an investment of as much as $800,000 this year and the city is already strapped for cash. And although city leaders say they will negotiate for local jailers to retain their jobs at the regional facility, a crowd of deputies was on hand to show what Sheriff Jack Weisenburger says is concern about their vocation. The sheriff said, A lot of the staff issues are about the vocation of a deputy sheriff which is much different than the vocation of a detention officer at a regional jail. LM

Friday, October 10, 2014

Family Going to Prison for Cockfighting Operation
U.S. District Judge James Jones in Abingdon sends a family to federal prison for running a multi-million dollar, multi-state cockfighting operation. Known as the Big Blue Pit in McDowell County, Kentucky, it ran for years and had up to 5,000 customers from at least eight states, including Virginia and also was supplied with birds, armed with knives and gaffes, from Southwest Virginia. The judge said though the family had no previous record, due to cruelty to animals and gambling, he sentenced Dale Stumbo to federal prison for 18 months; his wife, Sonya, and their 26 year old son, Josh, to 10 months. He also granted prosecutors the right to forfeit nearly a million dollars in property and assets seized from the family.(LM)

Power Outages at Abingdon PD; 911 Not Impacted
Abingdon Police Department is experiencing off and on power outages and they are expected to continue through today. They are affectingthe telephone to the police department and are due to an emergency generator being installed at the facility. They do not, however, impact 911 calls. And non-emergency calls can be directed to the Washington County, Virginia Central Dispatch. (LM)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Federal judge in Abingdon sends Family to Prison for Multi-State Cockfighting Operation
U.S. District Judge James Jones in Abingdon sends a family to federal prison for running a multi-million dollar, multi-state cockfighting operation. Known as the Big Blue Pit in McDowell County, Kentucky, it ran for years and had up to 5,000 customers from at least eight states, including Virginia and also was supplied with birds, armed with knives and gaffes, from Southwest Virginia. The judge said though the family had no previous record, due to cruelty to animals and gambling, he sentenced Dale Stumbo to federal prison for 18 months; his wife, Sonya, and their 26 year old son, Josh, to 10 months. He also granted prosecutors the right to forfeit nearly a million dollars in property and assets seized from the family.(LM)

Power Outages at Abingdon PD; 911 Not Impacted
Abingdon Police Department is experiencing off and on power outages and they are expected to continue through Friday. They are affectingthe telephone to the police department and are due to an emergency generator being installed at the facility. They do not, however, impact 911 calls. And non-emergency calls can be directed to the Washington County, Virginia Central Dispatch. (LM)

Abingdon Continues to Help Fund Southwest Virginia School of Medicine
The Southwest Virginia School of Medicine received an extension on a progress report due to the Virginia Tobacco Commission back in May, but organizers are still not prepared to turn it in. Council members in Abingdon voted to pay $31,000 to a consulting firm to help the future school with the task. The money will come out of the town's reserve funds already put aside for contribution funds toward the project. Eva Klein & Associates are expected to help make a more detailed report, which is due next month to ensure future funding by the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Abingdon airport site of all-day emergency drill Wednesday
Washington County first responders and other emergency personnel will be involved in an all-day disaster prepardeness drill at Virginia Highlands Airport in Abingdon. Dozens of agencies including rescue squads, fire departments and police departments will be in action during an exercise that will simulate a commercial airliner crash. Emergency Management director Pokey Harris said residents and motorists along Lee Highway and Interstate 81 should be aware of sirens and other activities on the airstrip.

Rife, Pillion to vie for 4th District House seat in Virginia in Dec.
The candidates have now been declared for an election to be held for a vacant 4th District House of Delegates seat in Southwest Virginia. An official with the Virginia State Board of Elections has confirmed that current Dickenson County supervisor Donnie Rife has secured the Democratic nomination for the Dec. 9 special election. He will face Republican and Virginia Tobacco Commission member Todd Pillion of Abingdon. The seat was vacated by Russell County's Ben Chafin, who won a special election for a Virginia Senate seat vacated by the resignation of Phillip Puckett.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Abingdon airport site of all-day emergency drill Wednesday
Washington County first responders and other emergency personnel will be involved in an all-day disaster prepardeness drill at Virginia Highlands Airport in Abingdon. Dozens of agencies including rescue squads, fire departments and police departments will be in action during an exercise that will simulate a commercial airliner crash. Emergency Management director Pokey Harris said residents and motorists along Lee Highway and Interstate 81 should be aware of sirens and other activities on the airstrip.

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