Wednesday, May 24, 2017

VFW Post 1994 Buddy Poppies

VFW Post 1994 will be distributing Buddy Poppies in Abingdon from 9:00am to 5:00pm on May 26th, 27th and 29th 2017, at Kroger, Food City and Food Country. The Post Auxiliary will also be at Plumb Alley on Saturday, May 27th, 2017. The tradition of wearing the red poppy is meant to invoke the memories and emotions of those who lost their lives in defense of our great nation. Please join us in remembering and honoring our fallen. 




Parking Information for Plumb Alley Day 5-27-17

Abingdon Police Department
     

For Immediate Release

This Saturday, May 27th, 2017, is the 35th Annual Kiwanis Plumb Alley Day event in Abingdon, VA. The Abingdon Police Department wants to remind the community and visitors of parking restrictions. Like most tourist communities, Abingdon has several parking restrictions that you should be aware of, to avoid violating any of the parking provisions and subjecting yourself to an unwanted fine. 

To assist you in planning your visit, the following parking restrictions are provided for your information. 

In the Town of Abingdon, it is unlawful to:

1.      Park Overtime – OVERTIME parking is enforced Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.  It is NOT enforced on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). 
2.      Block a driveway.
3.      Park so the parked vehicle partially blocks a driveway.
4.      Block an intersection.
5.      Park so the parked vehicle encroaches an intersection.
6.      Park in a space designated by signage as a “Bus Stop.”
7.      Park so that the left (driver’s) side of a vehicle is against the curbing of the roadway. This is commonly called “Parking Against the Traffic Flow” or “Parking Against the Flow” and is our most common violation.
8.      Park in a loading zone.
9.      Park in a space designated “No Parking.”
10.  Park in any alley.
11.  Park on a sidewalk.
12.  Park so the vehicle occupies a portion of two marked parking spaces.

There are FREE public parking lots located at 208 West Main Street and 425 West Main Street.


The APD warmly welcomes your visit to our community.  Abingdon thrives on tourism, and we hope that your visit will be greeted with smiling faces and a friendly atmosphere.  


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Community Members Encouraged to ‘Go Blue’ for National Police Week- May 15th-21st, 2017

Abingdon Police Department
                                               

For Immediate Release

Community Members Encouraged to ‘Go Blue’ for National Police Week

The Abingdon Police Department is encouraging residents, businesses, academic intuitions, and places of worship, to show their support for law enforcement by displaying something blue on their property during National Police Memorial Week, May 15th-21st, 2017.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

To show support for police officers nationwide, the APD is asking people to display a blue porch light, blue ribbons, or blue balloons throughout the week.

“National Police Week is a great time to remember the sacrifices of officers both locally and nationally,” said APD Chief Tony Sullivan. “No matter whether the sacrifice is made across the country, or on the streets of our local community, there are men and women who risk their personal safety daily for the protection of the liberties of others. Please join us in recognizing the service of the men and women of law enforcement.”

Send us pictures of you or your business/organization “Going Blue” during National Police Week. You can email the pictures to crimereport@abingdonva.us and we will share them on our social media pages.


Thank you for all your support!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Officer Lucy-- Paying It Forward

Abingdon Police Department


For Immediate Release

On Friday, April 28th, Officer Eric Lucy was dispatched to the 300 block of Towne Centre Drive in reference to a family, with small children, panhandling in the parking lot. As Officer Lucy approached the family, he realized that they did not speak English. After communicating with them in both French and Spanish, Officer Lucy determined that the family was on the east coast for work, when the job ended leaving the family without income.  The family was traveling back to California to reunite with other family members.  The father stated they were out of money and left with no alternative to get back to California.  The family was in need of money for food for the children and gas for their vehicle to make it to I-40 in Tennessee. 

Recognizing their need, Officer Lucy went to a nearby ATM and withdrew $50.00 from his own account so that the family could make it out of town without further issues and find a more favorable location.  Before departing, Officer Lucy advised the family of the prohibitions against panhandling in certain areas and advised them to stay off of private property unless they had permission from the property owner.  Further, Officer Lucy provided the family with his business card in case they contacted law enforcement again and they had any questions or had a language issue when speaking with them.


The actions of Officer Lucy exemplify the term “going above and beyond.”  As an agency, we are fortunate to have Officer Lucy, and many others like him, as part of our department and our community. We are proud that Officer Lucy chose a career protecting our community and THANK him for taking this opportunity to pay kindness forward. Thank you for a job well done and a community well served. 



Friday, April 28, 2017

FLASH BLOOD DRIVE

FLASH BLOOD DRIVE

On Monday, May 1st, 2017, the Abingdon Police Department will hold a Blood Assurance FLASH BLOOD DRIVE at the APD parking lot (425 West Main Street) from 12:00PM-4:00PM. This blood drive will be in honor of retired APD Sergeant Danny Freeman, who recently received a liver transplant at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Sgt. Freeman is on the mend and is in good spirits.

The challenge for this blood drive is to collect 20 units in 4 hours, in Honor of Sergeant Freeman. Come out and donate on Monday to help us reach this goal!




Thursday, April 27, 2017

Street Closure Reminder For 4-29-17


Street Closure Reminder:

On Saturday, April 29th, 2017, A Street will be CLOSED from Green Spring Road to Spring Street, from 10 AM to 6 PM for the Virginia Creeper Fest. Also, there will be NO PARKING at the Virginia Creeper Trailhead for the event.

All traffic to and from the Kings Mountain area, Elderspirit, and the Virginia Creeper Trail parking lot off of Kings Mountain Drive will need to use Spring Street/A Street (east end)/Deadmore Street, or Nicholas Street/Deadmore Street, from 10 AM to 6 PM.


For more information on the Virginia Creeper Fest, visit www.vacreeperfest.com. 



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Construction Work Notice for VA Creeper Trail

Construction Work Notice:

The Virginia Department of Transportation will be conducting repair work on the Northbound and Southbound bridges of I-81 over the Virginia Creeper Trail. The repair work is scheduled to begin on Monday night, April 24th, 2017.

For the next several weeks, the repair work will take place at night from below the bridge, with periodic night-time lane closures on I-81 NB and SB as necessary.  Flaggers will be utilized on the trail to protect pedestrian traffic while bridge work is taking place.


*As a reminder the Virginia Creeper Trail is only accessible from dawn to dusk.  


Drug Take Back Day on 4-29-17


NOTICE OF TRAFFIC ALERT FOR 4-20-17


Earth Day Street Closure

Earth Day Street Closure:

This Saturday, April 22, 2017 is Earth Day at the Fields-Penn House. Remsburg Drive will be CLOSED from Cummings Street to Carter Bank from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please use caution in this area.




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Intersection of Russell Rd and Valley Street Update



Abingdon Police Department
                                               

For Immediate Release

Permanent stop signs have been installed at the intersection of Russell Road and Valley Street, making this intersection a three-way stop. The APD would like to remind motorists about the rules of the road as they apply to “all stop” intersections:

• Whichever car stops first, normally goes first.
            If yours is the second car to arrive, you should be the second to go (and so on.) It doesn’t matter at this point which direction the cars are going or who is on the right or left; simply go in order of arrival.

• Always try to establish eye contact with other drivers at a three-way stop.
            Once you make eye contact, check the roads to insure that it is safe to proceed through the intersection. Don’t be anxious, but do check and be prepared to act. Realize that there are other ways to avoid collisions besides slowing down or slamming on your brakes. In certain instances you could avoid collisions by accelerating to get out of the way or by simply not moving.

• If two cars arrive at the same time, yield to the car to your right.

• If you stop at the same time as another car, left-turning cars should yield to cars going straight.

• If you stop at the same time as another car, left-turning cars should yield to right-turning cars, allowing the intersection to clear quickly.

As a reminder, all vehicles must come to a complete stop at the intersection. Failure to do so is a violation of § 46.2-830 of the Code of Virginia, which states that all drivers shall obey lawfully, erected traffic control devices. A conviction of this statute is punishable by a fine and three points on your driving record.

We encourage you to be alert, be prepared, and be courteous to your fellow drivers. Slow down, use proper signals, and love each other!