Friday, April 28, 2017



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 

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


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! 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Assault on a Child 11-9-16


On November 9, 2016, the Abingdon Police Department was contacted by the Department of Social Services in reference to a child protective services complaint involving a student at E.B. Stanley Middle School.  As a result of the investigation Abingdon Police charged Melissa D. Winchell, 44, of Bristol, VA with Assault in violation of § 18.2-57 of the Code of Virginia, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a minor in violation of § 18.2-371 of the Code of Virginia. At the time of the incident Winchell was employed by the Washington County, VA School system.

Winchell turned herself into the Abingdon Police on March 9, 2017, where she was released on summons. 

The victim in this investigation is a juvenile; no further information will be released.

The case is pending in the Washington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Because the case is pending trial, additional information will not be released.

Inquiries in regards to information as to the offender's employment status should be directed to the Washington County, VA Public School Board.

Pictured: Melissa D. Winchell, 44, of Bristol, VA