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Friday, July 03, 2015

Report: Joshua Copeland's Mother Witness to Edsel Copeland Stabbing Last Month
New details in an Abingdon murder case. A criminal complaint for the arrest of 31-yr-old Joshua Copeland says his mother Phyllis witnessed her son hit his father in the chest with what appeared to be a knife on June 25 in a parole board parking lot. 67-yr-old Edsel Copeland died later that day. The first-degree murder suspect was returned to jail in Virginia after waiving extradition in Arkansas where he was captured the day after the attack.

Abingdon Man Returned from Arkansas to Face Charges of Murdering Father
Joshua Copeland returned this morning from Arkansas to Abingdon to face first degree murder charges. The 31-year-old Copeland, accused of killing his father, 67-year-old Edsel Copeland, faces a hearing Monday in juvenile and domestic relations court. He was caught after a three state manhunt. This after authorities say the convicted felon killed his father outside the state parole and probation office on Main Street in Abingdon. In Arkansas, he waived extradition and local police traveled there to take custody of him. He's now in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.

Abingdon Arson Suspect Due in Court Next Month in Martinsville
An Abingdon man has a court date next month on arson charges in Martinsville. Court documents show Aug. 14 as Derek Boone's next appearance following his arrest earlier this week after police accused him of destroying 12 vehicles and charged him with 11 felonies. Washington County, VA authorities and the VA State Police are still trying to determine if Boone is connected to 12 car fires in that area last month.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Abingdon Arson Suspect Due in Court Next Month in Martinsville
An Abingdon man has a court date next month on arson charges in Martinsville. Court documents show Aug. 14 as Derek Boone's next appearance following his arrest earlier this week after police accused him of destroying 12 vehicles and charged him with 11 felonies. Washington County, VA authorities and the VA State Police are still trying to determine if Boone is connected to 12 car fires in that area last month.

Vehicle Arson Investigation Continues in Southwest Virginia
Investigators in Southwest Virginia are still looking into a string of vehicle fires that authorities are calling arson. Virginia State Police counts 18 automobiles so far and say the fires started on June 29th and most happened at used car dealerships and auto repair shops. Earlier this week, Derek Boone of Abingdon was arrested in Martinsville for similar crimes. Now officers are trying to determine if the Washington County fires are related.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Abingdon Man Charged with 11 Felonies as 12 Cars Burned in Martinsville
A Washington County, VA man has been arrested in Martinsville after eight vehicles were found deliberately set on fire at four city locations. Police said 27-yr-old Derek Boone of Abingdon is charged with eight counts of felony burning and three counts of larceny after they found cars torched at two car dealerships, a body shop and a Wal Mart parking lot. There is no word on whether Boone is connected to the rash of car fires in Washington County currently under investigation by the Virginia State Police.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Abingdon Man Charged with 11 Felonies as 12 Cars Burned in Martinsville
A Washington County, VA man has been arrested in Martinsville after eight vehicles were found deliberately set on fire at four city locations. Police said 27-yr-old Derek Boone of Abingdon is charged with eight counts of felony burning and three counts of larceny after they found cars torched at two car dealerships, a body shop and a Wal Mart parking lot. There is no word on whether Boone is connected to the rash of car fires in Washington County currently under investigation by the Virginia State Police.

Abingdon Murder Suspect Makes First Appearance in Court in Arkansas
Abingdon murder suspect Joshua Copeland waived extradition in a court hearing in Arkansas. That means as soon as arrangements can be made, Commonwealth Attorney Nicole Prices says authorities from Abingdon will go to Arkansas to take custody of him and return him to face trial. The 31`-year-old Copeland, accused of killing his father, fled from Abingdon, eluded arrest in the Nashville, Tenn., area and was finally captured by police in Arkan-old father, Edsel Copeland. It happened outside the state parole office on Main Street in Abingdon.

Bowerbank, EMATS Plead Not Guilty to Social Security Disability Fraud
Jon Bowerbank, chairman of the Russell County Board of Supervisors, makes his first appearance in federal court in Abingdon on criminal charges. Bowerbank, who operates the company EMATS, pleaded not guilty to charges he and the company conspired to commit social security disability fraud and lied to federal authorities about it. A trial Nov. 16th is now set. The charges relate to a former employee and his wife the employee is a former EMATS janitor who already pleaded guilty to the fraud. Bowerbank remains free on a $25,000 unsecured bond pending trial.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Abingdon Murder Suspect Makes First Appearance in Court in Arkansas
Abingdon murder suspect Joshua Copeland waived extradition this afternoon in a court hearing in Arkansas. That means as soon as arrangements can be made, Commonwealth Attorney Nicole Prices says authorities from Abingdon will go to Arkansas to take custody of him and return him to face trial. The 31`-year-old Copeland, accused of killing his father, fled from Abingdon, eluded arrest in the Nashville, Tenn., area and was finally captured by police in Arkan-old father, Edsel Copeland. It happened outside the state parole office on Main Street in Abingdon.

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