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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kingsport, Abingdon Authorities Report Money Scam Spreading
Authorities in both Kingsport and Washington County, Virginia issue an alert about a money scam. They say people are getting calls that a relative or someone they know missed court or jury duty and owe a fine. In Kingsport, some callers even use the name David Quillin, the city's police chief. Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman says in his area, the caller usually knows a relative's name - a grandchild or niece or nephew. The caller advises that a money order of green dot card, which is a prepaid debit card, is needed and tries to arrange to meet and get it. Police say it's a scam and should be reported.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kingsport, Abingdon Authorities Report Money Scam Spreading
Authorities in both Kingsport and Washington County, Virginia issue an alert about a money scam. They say people are getting calls that a relative or someone they know missed court or jury duty and owe a fine. In Kingsport, some callers even use the name David Quillin, the city's police chief. Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman says in his area, the caller usually knows a relative's name - a grandchild or niece or nephew. The caller advises that a money order of green dot card, which is a prepaid debit card, is needed and tries to arrange to meet and get it. Police say it's a scam and should be reported.

Woman Who Tried To Smuggle Heroin into Federal Prison Pleads Guilty
A woman who tried to smuggle heroin to a prisoner of the federal penitentiary in Lee County has reached a plea agreement. Barbara Reed is facing prison time herself and will be sentenced April 20th in federal court in Abingdon. Authorities say surveillance video caught her in a visitors area putting heroin in food that was eaten by the prisoner. He was apparently to obtain heroin in balloons after digestion, but when the video revealed the scheme, prison officials reported that they obtained 13 balloons of heroin from him.

"Meth Runner" Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison by Abingdon Judge
A 10 year prison sentence was ordered in federal court in Abingdon for one of the lead drug "runners" in a well supplied and armed crystal meth ring that distributed for years in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. That punishment was given to Roger Austin Jr., also known as "Fat Rog," a one time resident of Marion who pleaded guilty to distributing meth. Police uncovered the ring last spring in a sting called "Salt Vegas," due to ties to Saltville, Abingdon, Mountain City and Butler, Tennessee. Also sentenced after a guilty plea was Jason Michael Mullins, considered a large dealer and cook of meth from Glade Spring. He was ordered to serve three years in prison.

Man Arrested in Abingdon Following Police Chase
Abingdon police reveal a Meadowview man driving on a suspended license led them on a high speed chase but finally stopped in a residential driveway on Hallock Drive and was arrested without further trouble. 21-year-old Tanner Morris Curd is facing charges of felony eluding, driving while suspended second offense and speeding. A 20-year-old passenger, Brisk Autumn Reed, also of Meadowview, was citied for underage possession of alcohol.

Virginia State Police Rules Fatal Fire in Abingdon in November Accidental
A report from the Virginia State Police has produced the cause of a fire that killed two people from Abingdon in November. VSP spokeswoman Corrine Geller said a homemade heating unit being used inside a mobile home on Stover Lane was the source of the blaze that killed James Price and Jennifer Hayden. Geller also said detectives ruled the fire accidental.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Woman Who Tried To Smuggle Heroin into Federal Prison Pleads Guilty
A woman who tried to smuggle heroin to a prisoner of the federal penitentiary in Lee County has reached a plea agreement. Barbara Reed is facing prison time herself and will be sentenced April 20th in federal court in Abingdon. Authorities say surveillance video caught her in a visitors area putting heroin in food that was eaten by the prisoner. He was apparently to obtain heroin in balloons after digestion, but when the video revealed the scheme, prison officials reported that they obtained 13 balloons of heroin from him.

"Meth Runner" Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison by Abingdon Judge
A 10 year prison sentence was ordered in federal court in Abingdon for one of the lead drug "runners" in a well supplied and armed crystal meth ring that distributed for years in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. That punishment was given to Roger Austin Jr., also known as "Fat Rog," a one time resident of Marion who pleaded guilty to distributing meth. Police undercovered the ring last spring in a sting called "Salt Vegas," due to ties to Saltville, Abingdon, Mountain City and Butler, Tennessee. Also sentenced after a guilty plea was Jason Michael Mullins, considered a large dealer and cook of meth from Glade Spring. He was ordered to serve three years in prison.

Man Arrested in Abingdon Following Police Chase
Abingdon police reveal a Meadowview man driving on a suspended license led them on a high speed chase but finally stopped in a residential driveway on Hallock Drive and was arrested without further trouble. 21-year-old Tanner Morris Curd is facing charges of felony eluding, driving while suspended second offense and speeding. A 20-year-old passenger, Brisk Autumn Reed, also of Meadowview, was citied for underage possession of alcohol.

Virginia State Police Rules Fatal Fire in Abingdon in November Accidental
A report from the Virginia State Police has produced the cause of a fire that killed two people from Abingdon in November. VSP spokeswoman Corrine Geller said a homemade heating unit being used inside a mobile home on Stover Lane was the source of the blaze that killed James Price and Jennifer Hayden. Geller also said detectives ruled the fire accidental.

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