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Bedford residents sentenced to prison for tax fraud scheme

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WASHINGTON – Two Bedford, Virginia, residents were sentenced to prison today for criminal offenses arising out of a four-year scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo and U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. of the Western District of Virginia.  Edgar Foxx, […]

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Tony Michael Spencer pleads guilty to viewing child pornography, gun charges

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A Virginia man, who admitted to viewing depictions of child pornography and to possessing an illegal firearm, pled guilty to related charges in Federal Court, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today. Tony Michael Spencer, 42, of Raven, Virginia, pled guilty today to one count of receiving a depiction of […]

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Truck company owner pleads guilty to violating Mine Safety and Health Act

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A Big Stone Gap coal trucking company and its owner pled guilty today in Federal Court to violating the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act by providing advance notice of safety inspections, and other violations, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced. Hillis Bresee, 63, of Big Stone Gap, pled guilty […]

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Western District of Virginia court cases for 5/30-6/3/16

Saturday, May 28, 2016

ABINGDON DIVISION . US v. Gina Renee Lopez-Orfield (Sentencing: May 31 at 1:00 p.m.) AGE: 49 ADDRESS: Abingdon, Virginia Lopez-Orfield was convicted of failure to surrender for service of sentence. . US v. Tony Michael Spencer (Guilty Plea: May 31 at 1:30 p.m.) AGE: Not Available ADDRESS: Raven, Virginia Spencer is charged with possessing child pornography. , […]

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Mayor David Bowers closes chapter that started as high school dream

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mayor David Bowers closes chapter that started as high school dream

Leaving the “Catbird Seat” (see photo slideshow bottom) Mayor David Bowers has practiced law for 38 years, has been on city council for 24 years with 16 of those years serving as mayor. As a youngster he was inspired to become mayor when he met Mayor Benton Dillard at the Civic Center groundbreaking. Bowers was […]

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Part of the old Countryside Golf Course property to see a cohousing development

Friday, May 27, 2016

Part of the old Countryside Golf Course property to see a cohousing development

Thursday evening about 25 neighbors from the surrounding Countryside neighborhoods in Northwest city were presented with a preliminary development plan on a 6-acre site next to the Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport runway 6 protection zone and adjacent to what was the Countryside Golf Course clubhouse. Paul Wyar a retired electrician wants to turn the site into a […]

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Kroger’s “Last Best Offer” improves – tentative agreement reached

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Kroger's “Last Best Offer” improves - tentative agreement reached

After 1,100 employees voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike at a union meeting last week, Kroger reopened negotiations and reached tentative agreement with associates said a UFCW Local 400 press release. Following two days of negotiations, Kroger has reached a tentative agreement with its unionized store associates. A team of Kroger employees who make up the union’s […]

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Eighteen major V-A medical leases awaiting congressional action for over a year

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Washington – Today U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) led a bipartisan group of 15 Senators in urging the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to authorize leases for 18 major medical facilities across 12 states that have been awaiting congressional authorization for over a year. Under current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) must […]

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AG Herring joins call to allow CDC Research into gun injuries/deaths

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

AG Herring joins call to allow CDC Research into gun injuries/deaths

RICHMOND (May 24, 2016) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined a multistate coalition urging Congress to immediately allow and support research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into the causes of gun related injuries and death and the best ways to prevent these tragedies. Attorney General Herring and thirteen of […]

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Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits comes to Botetourt

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits comes to Botetourt

The Center at Greenfield in Botetourt County gets another tenant. Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits joins  Eldor Corp and the 2014 Altec Industries expansion. The Virginia Community College System’s system-wide administrative center is leasing nearby. The announcement comes on the heels of Roanoke’s capture of Deschutes Brewery that will start construction in 2017. The announcement: Ballast Point Brewing […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes redirection of abandoned court funds away from Literary Fund

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Del. Roxann Robinson’s (R-27) House Bill 577, which would have allowed funds that are abandoned in certain types of court cases to be directed to the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. Governor McAuliffe is a strong supporter of the Housing Trust Fund, but determined that the legislation violates the constitutional requirement that […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes Legislation wasteful nuisance suits

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Sen. Mark Obenshain’s Senate Bill 543, which would have required an award of attorneys’ fees and other costs when a plaintiff wins or settles an inverse condemnation suit for “damaging” property, even when such damage is de minimis. The Governor originally amended the legislation to cap such damages in order to protect […]

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