Western District of Virginia court cases for 11/21-11/25/16

Friday, November 18, 2016

ABINGDON DIVISION . US v. Bige Colin Maggard (Sentencing: November 21 at 9:00 a.m.) AGE: 54ADDRESS: Hyden, Kentucky Maggard was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine . US v. Jon Phillip Dumire (Sentencing: November 21 at 9:00 a.m.) AGE: 23 ADDRESS: Roanoke, Virginia Dumire was convicted of federal gun charges. . US v. Bennett Hamby […]

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SWVA weather alert: fires could quickly grow out of control

Friday, November 18, 2016

Special Weather Statement issued November 18 at 2:58PM EST by NWS Blacksburg . Increased fire danger for Saturday afternoon through Sunday across southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina… a strong cold front will move through the region Saturday. Behind the front…winds will increase from the northwest to around 15 to 30 mph…with occasional gusts to […]

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Virginia unemployment rate ticks up slightly – Roanoke MSA gains jobs

Friday, November 18, 2016

RICHMOND—Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up 0.2 percentage point in October to 4.2 percent and was the same rate as a year-ago October. The labor force expanded for the third consecutive month, increasing by 27,001, or 0.6 percent, as both the number of people reporting that they were working and number of people seeking […]

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Sen. Mark Warner to serve as Vice Chair of U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sen. Mark Warner to serve as Vice Chair of U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence

WASHINGTON – Today it was announced that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) will serve as the Vice Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in the 115th Congress. “With a new administration starting to assemble its national security team, I look forward to fulfilling the Committee’s primary responsibility to provide vigorous and bipartisan […]

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Three sentenced who went on armed robbery spree killing store clerk

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – Three people who went on an armed robbery spree that ended with the killing of a store clerk in Mt. Airy, North Carolina in 2012, were sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced. Previously, Joshua […]

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Lynchburg felon sentenced for firearm possession

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – A Lynchburg man, who illegally possessed a firearm after being a previously convicted felon, 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 today. Shawn Vernol Preston, 54, of Lynchburg, previously pled guilty to one count […]

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JLARC gives scathing review of Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority

Monday, November 14, 2016

In 2016 the General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 7, which directed JLARC staff to review various aspects of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (VEDP). The Roanoke Times reported that Gov. Terry McAuliffe awarded a state grant of $1.4 million to Chinese nationals on the basis of contents on a website. The JLARC produced […]

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Virginia health care organizations collaborate to address proper use of antibiotics

Monday, November 14, 2016

Virginia health care organizations collaborate to address proper use of antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is a challenge for health care providers and patients. It is estimated that at least two million Americans each year become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, leading to 23,000 deaths. When antibiotics lose effectiveness in treating infections, the public faces a risk of having fewer treatment options for serious illnesses. Proper use of the […]

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Suspension of driver’s license for inability to pay court fines unconstitutional

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nov. 14 The Department of Justice has now filed a brief and assigned attorneys in support of repealing the practice of suspending Virginia drivers licenses when a person is unable to pay court fines and fees. WASHINGTON Nov. 8 – The Justice Department filed a statement of interest today in the U.S. District Court for […]

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VHHA – affect on health care as a result of the 2016 election

Friday, November 11, 2016

By Julian Walker VHHA’s Vice President of Communications Excerpt from special edition of FOCUS Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s plan calls for a full repeal of the ACA. Without 60 votes in the Senate, a full repeal of the law seems unlikely in the short-term. By utilizing reconciliation, though, Republicans can gut the […]

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Western District of Virginia court cases for 11/14-11/18/16

Thursday, November 10, 2016

ABINGDON DIVISION . US v. Sarah Berry (Sentencing: November 15 at 9:30 a.m.) AGE: 28 ADDRESS: Bluewell, Virginia Berry was convicted of committing a series of armed robberies, one of which resulted in the death of another person. . US v. Joshua Berry (Sentencing: November 15 at 10:30 a.m.) AGE: 32 ADDRESS: Bluewell, Virginia Berry […]

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Brandon Scott Thomas sentenced on methamphetamine and sex trafficking charges

Thursday, November 10, 2016

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke man, who used force and the threat of force to intimidate women and force them to engage in sex trafficking, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on federal drug, gun, and sex trafficking charges, United States Attorney John P. […]

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