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Monday, April 20, 2015

Chilhowie Man Sent to Prison for Distributing Meth
A Chilhowie man ordered to prison for three and a half years for involvement in a meth conspiracy that authorities called “SaltVegas" because of the large distribution ring center in Saltville, Abingdon and Mountain City. 43-year-old Michael Brady Lester was sent to federal prison to serve the time, and upon his release, a judge ordered him to serve another five years on supervised probation, based on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Man Pleads Guilty in Large Abingdon Area Meth Ring
One of a group of Abingdon area residents charged in a large methamphetamine ring pleads guilty in federal court. Robert Preston Smith is facing sentencing July 21st following his guilty plea involving the making of meth. Authorities say he was among those involved in a meth conspiracy that spanned from California to Virginia.

Special Inspection Conducted After Suspicious Death at Abingdon Nursing Home
State officials have completed an inspection of Grace Healthcare of Abingdon, a nursing home under investigation by police in connection with a death two weeks ago. State officials have not revealed whether violations were found but indicate they didn't find any immediate jeopardy concerning care of patients.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Special Inspection Conducted After Suspicious Death at Abingdon Nursing Home
State officials have completed an inspection of Grace Healthcare of Abingdon, a nursing home under investigation by police in connection with a death two weeks ago. State officials have not revealed whether violations were found but indicate they didn't find any immediate jeopardy concerning care of patients.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BVU Board Member Told Employees Sold Race Tickets on eBay
It was Doug Fleenor, a whistle blower on the Bristol Virginia Utilities Board, who first uncovered that the public utilities had spent more than $50,000 on NASCAR tickets at Bristol Motor Speedway over several years. His reaction? "Stunned, especially when I asked the question who got them. And I got the answer – don't know,” he said. Fleenor says he never got a straight answer but does recall that a former fellow board member told him it was not to entertain potential industrial or economic recruits. He said, "Paul Hurley told me when I said Paul what do you know. He said he understood the employees sold them on eBay." Fleenor notified police investigators, prompting a probe still underway. The federal grand jury is convening this week in Abingdon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BVU Board Member Told Employees Sold Race Tickets on eBay
It was Doug Fleenor, a whistle blower on the Bristol Virginia Utilities Board, who first uncovered that the public utilities had spent more than $50,000 on NASCAR tickets at Bristol Motor Speedway over several years. His reaction? "Stunned, especially when I asked the question who got them. And I got the answer – don't know,” he said. Fleenor says he never got a straight answer but does recall that a former fellow board member told him it was not to entertain potential industrial or economic recruits. He said, "Paul Hurley told me when I said Paul what do you know. He said he understood the employees sold them on eBay." Fleenor notified police investigators, prompting a probe still underway. The federal grand jury is convening this week in Abingdon.

VDOT Works to Repair Large Sinkhole on I-81
You'll likely run into some delays along Interstate 81 as VDOT crews work to repair a large sinkhole. Traffic is down to one lane on the southbound side near mile marker 12 heading into Bristol from Abingdon.

Meth Ring Participants Plead Guilty in Abingdon
One man sent to federal prison, three more facing sentencing after guilty pleas to a large methamphetamine ring centered in Abingdon. 36 year old Joseph Nathan Hall of Abingdon, convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, was ordered to federal prison for five years. Three others, Richard Michael Doss, Billy Ray Keen and Chadrick Bartley pled guilty to meth making. Their sentencings are in July and August.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Meth Ring Participants Plead Guilty in Abingdon
One man sent to federal prison, three more facing sentencing after guilty pleas to a large methamphetamine ring centered in Abingdon. 36 year old Joseph Nathan Hall of Abingdon, convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, was ordered to federal prison for five years. Three others, Richard Michael Doss, Billy Ray Keen and Chadrick Bartley pled guilty to meth making. Their sentencings are in July and August.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Two Contractors Admit To Defrauding BVU
Not just one but the leaders of two companies contracted to do work for Bristol Virginia Utilities are now admitting ithey defrauded the utility of hundreds of thousands of dollars through kickback schemes with a former vp of field operations. James Todd Edwards, former president of Edwards Telecommunications Inc. in Columbia, S.C., pleaded guilty in federal court in Abingdon to fraud and other charges, Also pleading guilty in a similar but smaller scale scheme Michael Clark, a telecommunications consultant near Athens, Ga. Edwards, Clark and two former BVU vice presidents of field operations face sentencing in June, though Edwards has already negotiated with the prosecutor to serve a year and a month in prison, pay $460,000 in restitution to BVU and forfeit another $550,000 to the government.

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