U.S. Attorney Fishwick and Virginia AG Herring announce sentencing of health care fraud duo

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A pair of former lab professionals, who were convicted of billing Medicaid, Medicare, TennCare and a variety of other insurance companies following a bench trial earlier this year, were sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. […]

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Synthetic Drugs made their way from Asia to sub-distributors in Harrisonburg

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA – Seven individuals who are alleged to have been members of a conspiracy that trafficked controlled substances, including controlled substance analogues (also called synthetic drugs) from Asia that eventually made their way to the streets of Harrisonburg for distribution, have been indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District […]

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Gold Star father challenges Trump to take naturalization test

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gold Star father challenges Trump to take naturalization test

Charlottesville Gold Star father, Khizr Khan, has challenged Donald Trump to take a naturalization test. Khan himself successfully took the naturalization test and became a United States citizen after emigrating from Pakistan in 1980. He now lives in Virginia with his wife Ghazala. His son, Humayun, a 27 year-old Army captain Humayun, was killed n […]

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Western District of Virginia court cases for 8/15-8/19/16

Friday, August 12, 2016

ROANOKE DIVISION . US v. Tyler Johnson (Guilty Plea: August 18 at 2:30 p.m.) AGE: 21 ADDRESS: Salem, Virginia Johnson is charged with distributing methamphetamine.. ABINGDON DIVISION . US v. Beth Palin (Sentencing: August 15 at 9:00 a.m.) AGE: 50 ADDRESS: Bristol, Tennessee Palin was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. . US v. Hillis […]

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Golf returns to the Olympics and other golf news

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Golf returns to the Olympics and other golf news

Golf’s Epic Return After an 112-year drought, golf has finally made its return to the Olympics. Kicking off today, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar are teeing off for Team USA. Find out how @TheFirstTee core values and life skills work together to build character! http://bit.ly/1yrYEeS   .@PGAjrleaguegolf regionals are just around the corner! Stay tuned […]

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Former CFO of Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority sentenced

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Today in District Court, Stacey Pomrenke, 44, of Abingdon, Virginia, was sentenced to 34 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release. In addition, Pomrenke was ordered to pay $15,116 in restitution, $34,546 in money judgment forfeiture, a $10,000 fine and a special assessment of $1,400. The former chief financial officer for the […]

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Mexican citizen charged for illegally entering U.S. multiple times

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A citizen of Mexico, who has been removed from the United States multiple times in recent years, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke to Federal immigration charges, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced. Martin Alvarez-Torres, 38, of Mexico, pled […]

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Roanoke man sentenced for 180 months on possession of stolen guns

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke man, who came to be in possession of firearms stolen from a local home last summer, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced. Brian Collins, 43, of Roanoke, Virginia, previously pled guilty […]

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UVa’s response to Virginia state legislators on $2.3 billion fund inadequate

Monday, August 8, 2016

In a letter to the University of Virginia’s Rector, William Goodwin, and UVa President Teresa Sullivan, 12 Virginia State Senators wrote that the response from UVa regarding the mystery $2.3 billion fund discovered recently by a whistleblower was not sufficient. UVa treated the Senators response demand as a Freedom of information request which they say […]

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Sen. Warner and 40 other Senators send letter to pass emergency funding to combat Zika virus

Thursday, August 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and 40 of his Senate Democratic colleagues urged the leaders of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to immediately call Congress back into session in order to pass emergency funding legislation to address the growing public health threat posed by the Zika virus. Zika […]

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CDC Director Tom Frieden tells Congress to please act fast on funding for Zika

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CDC Director Tom Frieden tells Congress to please act fast on funding for Zika

Resources are thin as South Florida battles mosquitoes in the Wynwood arts district of Miami. A one square mile that has seen 15 Zika cases. In the U.S. the count is up to 1,657 Zika cases. Virginia has 51 as of July 27. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in four counties. Yesterday U.S. Sen. […]

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AG Mark Herring introduces new program to educate teens interacting with law enforcement

Monday, August 1, 2016

HAMPTON (August 1, 2016)-Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced the launch of “Give It, Get It: Trust and Respect between Teens and Law Enforcement,” a new program to help ensure safe, mutually respectful interactions between Virginia teens and law enforcement. The program will help educate teens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with […]

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