Monday, November 30, 2015

NEW CROSSWALKS ON WEST MAIN STREET

Abingdon Police Department

For Immediate Release

New Crosswalks on West Main Street

The Town of Abingdon Public Services and Construction department has installed two new crosswalks at the request of the Town Council. These crosswalks are to improve pedestrian safety in the area of West Main Street between Porterfield Highway/Route 19 and Academy Drive. The new crosswalks are located at the intersection of West Main Street and Patton Street and the intersection of West Main Street and Preston Street. These crosswalks will serve as more noticeable crossings to enhance walk ability and pedestrian safety. The safety improvements at each location will include new crosswalk markings, ADA complaint curb ramps, and a pedestrian refuge island within the turn lane at the Patton Street crosswalk.

The Abingdon Police Department wants to remind everyone of the state code and provide helpful hints with regards to the new crosswalks. Virginia code provides specific guidance for pedestrians. Please review the state code, and these helpful hints, before you venture out on your next pedestrian adventure.

The Code of Virginia regulates pedestrian actions by the following code sections:

§ 46.2-923 How and where pedestrians to cross highways.
When crossing highways, pedestrians shall not carelessly or maliciously interfere with the orderly passage of vehicles. They shall cross, wherever possible, only at intersections or marked crosswalks. Where intersections contain no marked crosswalks, pedestrians shall not be guilty of negligence as a matter of law for crossing at any such intersection or between intersections when crossing by the most direct route.

§ 46.2-926 Pedestrians stepping into highway where they cannot be seen.
No pedestrian shall step into a highway open to moving vehicular traffic at any point between intersections where his presence would be obscured from the vision of drivers of approaching vehicles by a vehicle or other obstruction at the curb or side. The foregoing prohibition shall not apply to a pedestrian stepping into a highway to board a bus or to enter a safety zone, in which event he shall cross the highway only at right angles.

§ 46.2-928 Pedestrians not to use roadway except when necessary; keeping to left.
Pedestrians shall not use the roadways for travel, except when necessary to do so because of the absence of sidewalks which are reasonably suitable and passable for their use. If they walk on the hard surface or the main travelled portion of the roadway, they shall keep to the extreme left side or edge thereof, or where the shoulders of the highway are of sufficient width to permit, they may walk on either shoulder thereof.

Helpful Hints:

Pedestrians:
·         Always cross at marked crosswalks. Pedestrians forfeit their rights as a pedestrian if they cross elsewhere.
·         If a crosswalk is unavailable, be sure to find a well-lit spot on the road to cross and wait for a long enough gap in traffic to make it safely across the street.
·         Stay on sidewalks whenever possible. If a sidewalk is not available, be sure to walk on the far side of the road facing traffic. This will help increase your visibility to drivers and afford pedestrians with the opportunity to take evasive actions if needed.
·         Obey any pedestrian signs/signals and look left-right-left to make sure the road is clear in both directions before crossing.
·         Always make eye contact with drivers of stopped or slowing vehicles to be sure they see you before you cross.
·         Look before walking past stopped vehicles. Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first.
·         Remember that vehicles are legally obligated to stop for pedestrians once you are in the crosswalk.  Do not infer that drivers have to stop simply because you are standing on the sidewalk waiting to cross.

Motorists:
·         Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.
·         Be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks.
·         Come to a complete stop if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
·         When you are stopped at a crosswalk, allow enough room between your vehicle and the crosswalk so other drivers can see the pedestrians you have stopped for.
·         Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past the lane you are in before resuming travel.

·         Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.

Pictured Above: New Crosswalk at West Main Street and Patton Street

Pictured Above: New Crosswalk at West Main Street and Patton Street

Pictured Above: New Crosswalk at West Main Street and Patton Street

Pictured Above: New Crosswalk at West Main Street and Patton Street

Pictured Above: New Crosswalk at West Main Street and Preston Street

Pictured Above: New Crosswalk at West Main Street and Preston Street

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

If You See Something, Say Something™

Abingdon Police Department

                                               
For Immediate Release

If You See Something, Say Something™

Abingdon, VA is a great place to live and work. Let’s keep it safe by being aware of our surroundings, using common sense, and reporting questionable objects or activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. This means If You See Something, Say Something™.

If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting questionable activity to law enforcement authorities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), the national campaign has expanded to reach states, counties, and cities.

An alert public plays a critical role in keeping our community safe. Remember to use common sense and good judgment if you see something that does not look right.

The following are a few examples to help you identify a questionable object or activity:

  • ·         An unattended bag, briefcase or box in a public venue
  • ·         Cars or trucks left in No Parking Zones in front of important buildings or venues
  • ·         Someone drawing or measuring important buildings
  • ·         Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures
  • ·         The purchase of supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons
  • ·         Unusual smells or smoke that worries you


Reporting to the authorities is simple. Be prepared to describe specifically what was observed, including:

  • ·         Who and what you saw, with a detailed description of suspects and vehicles
  • ·         When you observed the activity
  • ·         Where it occurred
  • ·         Why you believe it is suspicious


For imminent threats, always call 911. Otherwise, call the Abingdon Police Department at 276-628-3111 or Washington County, VA Dispatch at 276-676-6277. Most importantly, do not take direct action, confront anyone, reveal your suspicions, or touch an object. Just contact the authorities.


For more information on the If You See Something, Say Something™ campaign, visit www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something

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Launch of Anonymous Crime Tip Line

Abingdon Police Department

                                               
For Immediate Release

Launch of Anonymous Crime Tip Line

The Abingdon Police Department is pleased to announce its latest crime fighting tool and we are seeking help from the community to assist us using it. 

The APD has established an ANONYMOUS and toll-free TIPS hotline, 1-844-200-TIPS, to ask for the public’s help with possible crimes being committed in Abingdon, VA. If you have information about an Abingdon case, please call 1-844-200-TIPS (8477). All calls to the tip line are confidential. The tip line uses a Third Party Voicemail system to ensure caller anonymity.

The tip line is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. However, it is important to note that this does not replace traditional police services. If you have an emergency please dial 911 or, for non-emergency situations, dial Washington County, VA dispatch at 276-676-6277.


The tip line (1-844-200-TIPS) can be used to report crime tips - such as information regarding perpetrators of violent crime, theft, vandalism, drug activity, etc. Abingdon residents are strongly encouraged to empower themselves and participate in the fight against crime in our community through the utilization of this new service.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Comfort Inn Larceny- 11-8-15

Abingdon Police Department

                                               
For Immediate Release


On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at approximately 3:50pm, Abingdon Police were dispatched to the Comfort Inn located at 170 Jonesboro Road in reference to a larceny. Comfort Inn staff reported a television was stolen from a hotel room on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Comfort Inn’s security cameras captured an unknown white male carrying the television, covered in a white bed sheet, out of a back door. The unidentified male is believed to be driving an older model Ford Taurus, burgundy in color, unknown registration. The APD needs your assistance in identifying the suspect in the video. If you have any information concerning this case, please call the APD at 276-628-3111 or Washington County Dispatch at 276-676-6277. Thank you for your help in solving this crime.  


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

UPDATE on 11-10-15 Incident

Abingdon Police Department

For Immediate Release

UPDATE:

The rented 2015 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Joseph Matthew Hess, 39, of Marion, Virginia was recovered last night on Bethlehem Road in Bristol, Virginia by Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies. However, Hess and his passenger, Delana Neal, of Marion, Virginia, were not apprehended.  The Abingdon Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are still searching for the couple. If you have any information about Hess or Neal, please call Washington County, Virginia Dispatch at 276-676-6277. 



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Wanted Subject 11-10-15

Abingdon Police Department


For Immediate Release

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at approximately 2:27pm, Abingdon Police were dispatched to the 800 block of West Main Street for a two vehicle crash. Upon investigating the collision, officers learned that one of the drivers involved was wanted in Lee County, Virginia for failure to appear. Officers attempted to take Joseph Matthew Hess, 39, of 331 South Park Street, Marion, Virginia, into custody based upon the outstanding warrant. However, Hess resisted the officers’ efforts to subdue him and was able to flee the scene in a rented 2015 Chevrolet Camaro convertible. The vehicle is described as being white in color with tan top (similar to the one pictured).  Hess fled the scene westbound on West Main Street. He is wanted for failure to appear in Lee County, Virginia, and additional charges are pending in Abingdon. If you have any information with regards to Hess’s whereabouts, please contact Washington County Dispatch at 276-676-6277.


*Pictured: Joseph Matthew Hess, 39, of 331 South Park Street, Marion, Virginia. He is described as 5’11, 185 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. 




Monday, November 2, 2015

Abingdon Police Looking for Hit and Run Vehicle

Abingdon Police Department

                                     
For Immediate Release

At approximately 7:49am on Monday, November 2, 2015, Abingdon Police were dispatch to the intersection of Porterfield Highway and Village Boulevard in reference to a hit and run traffic crash. Upon arrival, officers observed three (3) vehicles that were involved in a rear-end chain reaction crash caused by a fourth vehicle, who witnesses state left the scene.  The Abingdon Police are looking for the fourth vehicle, believed to be a Chevrolet Silverado stepside pick-up truck, black in color.  The direction of the hit and run suspect is unknown. If you have any information with regards to this crash, please contact the Abingdon Police Department at 276-628-3111 or Washington County Dispatch at 276-676-6277.

*Pictures attached are of the accident.





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