Friday, November 17, 2017



Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve

Abingdon, VA Police Department urges consumers to plan a sober ride

Abingdon, VA–  As millions of Americans get on the roads to travel home and spend the Thanksgiving holiday reconnecting with friends and loved ones, the Abingdon, VA Police Department is serving them a reminder: “Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve.”

The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a cultural phenomenon called “Thanksgiving Eve,” an evening associated with drinking and a big night for bars. From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6:00 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), making it the deadliest holiday on our roads.

The Abingdon, VA Police Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be running a blitz social media campaign, “Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve.” On Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving, all of Abingdon, VA Police Department’s social media channels will be exclusively sharing content on the importance of not drinking and driving, and planning ahead for a sober ride home – a true takeover. Social posts, Instagram images, and tweets with hashtags #buzzeddriving and #designateddriver will be available for organizations to participate and help distribute this critical message.

The APD is urging the public and the media to help spread the word, and to take precautions, so everyone can make it to the table this Thanksgiving by:
-Planning ahead and designating a sober driver before the first drink.
-Using public transportation, a taxi, ride share service, or your community’s sober ride program to get home safely.
-If you see a drunk driver on the road, dial 9-1-1.

-Whether riding or driving, always wear your seat belt.


Monday, November 13, 2017

584 Norfolk Street Incident- 11-10-17

Abingdon Police Department


For Immediate Release

On Friday, November 10th, 2017, at approximately 8:56PM, Abingdon Police were dispatched to 584 Norfolk Street in reference to a breaking and entering of a residence. 

Upon arrival, officers found the doors to the mobile home were unlocked. After getting permission from the owner, the officers checked the residence and discovered one room was barricaded at both entrances. Officers could hear movement inside the room but were unable to get a response from the people inside. 

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and Tactical Team were dispatched to the location for assistance. When the subjects heard the K-9 unit, officers began to see movement in the underpinning of the mobile home. Officers removed the underpinning and apprehended Kandust M. Garrett, 21, of 14508 Providence Road, Abingdon; and Harvey R. Reynolds, 20, of 234 Wiley Street, Abingdon. They were taken into custody, questioned by investigators, and transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail. 

Garrett was charged with Obstruction of Justice, in violation of § 18.2-460 of the Code of Virginia; and Common Law Trespassing, in violation of § 18.2-119 of the Code of Virginia. She is being held on a $3000 secured bond. 

Reynolds was charged with Obstruction of Justice, in violation of § 18.2-460 of the Code of Virginia; and Common Law Trespassing, in violation of § 18.2-119 of the Code of Virginia. He is being held on a $3500 secured bond. 

The Abingdon Police Department expresses sincerest thanks to the Washington County Sheriff’s Officer for their assistance with this incident.


Monday, November 6, 2017

APD Call Log October 30th-November 5th, 2017

Buddy Poppies Veterans Day 2017

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1994 will be distributing Buddy Poppies in Abingdon from 9am to 7pm on November 10th and 9am to 5pm on November 11th and 13th 2017, at Kroger, Food City and Food Country. The red poppy is meant to remind us of all the Veterans who have sacrificed to ensure our freedoms. Please join us in honoring our Veterans.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Norfolk Southern Railroad Work on US 11/Main Street Crossover

Norfolk Southern Railroad Work on US 11/Main Street Crossover

Please be advised that Norfolk Southern Railroad will be conducting maintenance on the railroad tracks over West Main St/US 11 (the tracks located west of the intersection of Porterfield Highway and West Main Street) in Abingdon. 

This work will require lane closures between the hours of 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Monday, October 30, 2017 and Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017 Halloween Tweet Along

Abingdon Police Department

For Immediate Release

Halloween Tweet Along

On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, the Abingdon Police Department will participate in a statewide Halloween Tweet Along. Law enforcement agencies from all over Virginia will be tweeting during various hours on Halloween night. The hashtag to follow the Halloween Tweet Along is #TweetsOnPatrol and it will allow followers to interact with the APD as well as other police departments. This tweet along allows the public an inside look to what law enforcement will be doing on Halloween night, from patrols of heavy pedestrians areas to building and property checks.

Follow the Abingdon Police Department on Twitter- @AbingdonVAPD for the Halloween Tweet Along. The tweet along will be conducted during the hours of 5:00 PM and 12:00 AM. For more information or questions, call the APD at 276-628-3111. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

APD Press Release - 10-16-17

Abingdon Police Department

For Immediate Release

On Monday afternoon, October 16, 2017, Officer Y. D. Wilmoth was patrolling Cummings Street, when she observed a couple fighting inside a vehicle at a red light. Upon this observation, Officer Wilmoth conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The two occupants of the vehicle were identified as Sheldon B. Gray, 47; and Shannon D. Bingham, 38, both of 2271 Coal Tipple Hollow Road, Lebanon, VA. Both parties were questioned about the incident and gave statements about assaulting each other.

Gray was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, several small baggies of pills identified as Schedule II substances, and several plastic bags of a white crystal substance consistent with methamphetamine.

A search of the vehicle yielded several empty plastic baggies, and a plastic tube with a white residue consistent with methamphetamine.

Gray and Bingham were placed under arrest and transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail. Gray and Bingham were both charged with Assault and Battery against a family or household member, in violation of § 18.2-57.2 of the Code of Virginia. Both subjects were held on a $1000 secured bond.

All drugs seized will be sent to the lab for testing. Additional charges are pending. 

Sheldon B. Gray
Shannon D. Bingham

Thursday, October 5, 2017

2017 Oral Rabies Vaccine Distribution Notice

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Wildlife Services program (WS) will distribute oral rabies vaccine in southwestern Virginia to vaccinate raccoons against the rabies virus.  Bait distribution in Virginia is part of a nationwide, cooperative effort by USDA to prevent the westward spread of raccoon rabies in the eastern United States.  The baiting program is being conducted in part to abate an emergency human health and safety rabies issue affecting the eastern United States.  Implementation of this program in Virginia is a cooperative effort between USDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health, and other state agencies.  The 2017 bait distribution is the fifteenth annual baiting in southwestern Virginia.

Beginning on or about October 6, 2017, approximately 709,000 coated sachet baits containing the oral rabies vaccine will be distributed across an 8,500 square-mile bait zone in southwestern Virginia.  These baits will be distributed by low-flying aircraft throughout a vaccination area that includes parts of the following counties (Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Giles, Grayson, Scott, Smyth, Russell, Washington, Wise, Wythe, Tazewell, and Bland) and the cities of Bristol and Abingdon, VA.  The aerial bait drop is expected to last for about 1 week.  As the oral rabies vaccination baits are aerially distributed, a navigator controls the bait machine and turns off the machine as necessary to avoid dropping baits on roadways, structures, large bodies of water, etc.  The oral rabies vaccination baits which will be distributed over the majority of the bait zone are “coated sachets.”  The coated sachet is a plastic packet of vaccine coated with a sticky, scented substance to attract raccoons.  Each bait is marked with a toll-free number (1-877-722-6725) for people to call for assistance or information if they find or come in contact with a bait.

In late September and early October 2017, USDA personnel will also distribute approximately 14,000 oral rabies vaccine baits by helicopter in suburban and developed areas within the bait zone.  The oral rabies vaccine baits used for this hand baiting and helicopter baiting may be either coated sachets or fishmeal polymer baits.  The fishmeal polymer baits are square blocks made of fishmeal and fish oil and the vaccine is contained inside of a plastic packet in the hollow center of the block.

Oral Rabies Vaccine baits: fishmeal polymer (left) and coated sachet (right).

We recommend the following precautions in case ORV baits are found by persons or pets:

·          If your pet finds an ORV bait, do not attempt removal of the bait from your pet’s mouth, as you could be bitten. Eating the baits will not harm your pet.
·          Confine your pet and look for other baits in the area. These baits should be removed from areas where your pet could eat them.
·          Instruct children to leave baits alone.
·          Wear gloves or use a towel when you pick up the bait. Although there is no harm in touching an undamaged bait, they have a strong fishmeal smell. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water if there is any chance that the vaccine sachet has been ruptured.
·          If a person or pet is exposed to the vaccine contained within the bait, call the toll-free number on the bait (1-877-722-6725) to report the bait contact.

Please contact the USDA at 804-739-7739 if you have any questions about the Wildlife Services Oral Rabies Vaccination Program.  Enclosed is a map of the 2017 bait distribution zone.  Additional information is also available from the website:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017



The two center lanes of the bridge on Cummings Street will be CLOSED for the next two days. We advise everyone to find an alternate route, due to heavy traffic congestion, because it will be restricted to one lane each way. Also, slow your speed in this area and limit any distractions while in your vehicle. Thank you!