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Monday, August 18, 2014

K-9 Blitz Gets Credit for Nabbing Suspect after Police Pursuit
A man was arrested after a police chase north of Abingdon. Washington County sheriff Fred Newman says 26-year old Michael Stephen Robinette, was arrested after he wrecked his car on Cedar Creek Road, got out and ran away on foot, but K-9 "Blitz" ended his flight. He was wanted for felony assault and attempted robbery and now additional charges are filed: eluding arrest, driving on a revoked license and possession of marijuana. (LM)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Citizens Carry Out "No Fracking" Protest at Abingdon Meet
Citizens turn out in force to protest as Washington County, Virginia Supervisors take up allowing gas drilling in agricultural zones. Lee Hobbs is among the protestors. “No one should have to foresake their home, what they have worked for...for someone else’s investment," she said. "You know we’ve heard that so many times – what about our investment?” Reaction from Supervisor Wayne Stevens: “We still haven’t come to final conclusions and we are looking at all aspects," he said. Asked about citizens saying they are not being heard, he said. "Well I hear them.”

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Citizens Carry Out "No Fracking" Protest at Abingdon Meet
Citizens turn out in force to protest as Washington County, Virginia Supervisors take up allowing gas drilling in agricultural zones. Lee Hobbs is among the protestors. “No one should have to foresake their home, what they have worked for...for someone else’s investment," she said. "You know we’ve heard that so many times – what about our investment?” Reaction from Supervisor Wayne Stevens: “We still haven’t come to final conclusions and we are looking at all aspects," he said. Asked about citizens saying they are not being heard, he said. "Well I hear them.” (LM)

Monday, August 04, 2014

U.S. Senator John Warner Campaigns, Visits with Microbrew Start Ups in Southwest Virginia
U.S. Senator Mark Warner wraps up a campaign swing in Southwest Virginia. He had a meeting in Bristol with about a dozen microbrewery start ups in Bristol, Abingdon, Glade Spring and towns like Marion hoping to attract them. He lends his ear toward ways he can help. "Relief from the alcohol excise tax is one concern, and another is over-regulation by the FDA and other federal agencies." (LM)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Smyth County Drug Bust
A search warrant leads police to a drug bust in Smyth County. 52 year old James Ellis Murrell was arrested Tuesday after police searched his home and found methamphetamines and the supplies to make it in his home. Murrell is being charged with manufacturing methamphetamines, possession of the supplies to make it, and other charges. He is being held without bail at Abingdon Regional Jail. (EE)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Smyth County Drug Bust
A search warrant leads police to a drug bust in Smyth County. 52 year old James Ellis Murrell was arrested Tuesday after police searched his home and found methamphetamines and the supplies to make it in his home. Murrell is being charged with manufacturing methamphetamines, possession of the supplies to make it, and other charges. He is being held without bail at Abingdon Regional Jail. (EE)

Abingdon Hit and Run
Southwest Virginia officials are looking into a hit and run incident. They say it happened on Black Hollow Road in Abingdon when a light-colored Toyota hit a blue Chevy Cavalier. Two people from the Chevy ran into some nearby woods and were able to evade a police manhunt for over two hours. The driver of the Toyota was taken to the hospital. Officers are not releasing names as their investigation continues.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Abingdon Grand Jury Indicts 100 Defendants
Commonwealth’s Attorney Nicole Price says 73 people were indicted in Circuit Court on 229 separate offenses. She says another 27 waived their rights and entered guilty pleas. Among those indicted is 26-year old Kristina Pennington who is charged with felony child abuse/neglect after her 3-year old child ingested meth left on a plate in their kitchen. They also indicted 32-year old Michael Couch of Abingdon. He’s accused of having sex with an 8-year old girl back in 2011.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Abingdon Man Sentenced in Brother-In-Law's Death
You might remember a story from 2013 about two brothers-in law who were in a fight when one pulled a gun and shot the other. The shooter, Timothy Mitchler pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter this spring. The Abingdon man just learned his how long he’ll spend in jail. He was sentenced to 10 years, but will only spend 90 days behind bars thanks to a suspended sentence.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Sheriff: Shooting in Abingdon Justified
Law officers say it appears a homeowner in Abingdon was justified in shooting a neighbor to defend himself. Sheriff Fred Newman says the shooting happened at a home in the 18000 of Keeneland Drive. A neighbor confronted another homeowner in an attempt to get in and “provoke” a fight. A few minutes later, the neighbor returned, knocking on the back door. The sheriff says the homeowner answered and during an attempted intrusion, he shot and wounded the neighbor. The person shot is expected to live. The sheriff has not identified those involved and no word yet of charges filed. (LM)

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