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Trial date set for supervisor

Published 10:56am Wednesday, February 12, 2014

COURTLAND—Southampton County Supervisor Dr. Alan W. Edwards has a trial date scheduled for Thursday, March 27, in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Southampton County.

The Jerusalem District representative was arrested late on Feb. 3 on a charge of assault and battery of a family member, according to Det. Scott Griffith of the Southampton County Sheriff’s Department.

“He was arrested at home – the 29000 block of Mill Stone Road – and bonded out soon after being arrested,” said Griffith. “He did not spend the night in jail. He was released at 1:30 a.m. Monday on a $5,000 unsecured bond, which means there’s no need for a bondsman.”

A protective order was issued, which requires that Edwards not return home. That’s usually the case in domestic issues, the detective said.

As to the doctor’s whereabouts, that’s evidently unknown.

Griffith said he doesn’t know where Edwards is now.

A representative of Edwards’ office stated she could not speak on the matter.

Erin Edwards, his wife, also declined comment, but did add that she’s had no conversation with him since the arrest.

Nor do fellow supervisors apparently know Edwards’ location.

Dallas Jones, board chairman and supervisor for the Drewryville District, said he’s had no contact with Edwards since their last board meeting on Jan. 27.

As for the charge, “I just can’t comment,” said Jones. “There’s nothing we can do. If convicted, we could ask for his resignation.”

Michael Johnson, county administrator, also said he’s had no communication Edwards since learning of the charges from Sheriff Jack Stutts.

“[Edwards] is under no obligation to contact me or fellow supervisors, and none of them have indicated to me that they’ve spoken with Dr. Edwards about the charges,” Johnson said.

He added that Edwards remains “supervisor unless he chooses to resign for personal reasons or is convicted of a felony – other board member’s personal feelings aren’t particularly relevant, except to the extent that they serve to influence Dr. Edwards.”

Should the supervisor resign, the board has “45 days to appoint a qualified voter from the respective district to fill the vacancy until a special election is ordered and held, and the person that’s elected qualifies (takes their oath). If the board can’t agree, or if they fail to act, the circuit court judges may make the interim appointment,” said Johnson.

Bruce Phillips of the Capron District said he had no comment as a supervisor. But, personally speaking, “I’m keeping Dr. Edwards and his family in my prayers throughout this difficult time.”

  • SandMan

    “if you wanna get down….down on the ground…cocaine”

    Eric Clapton :)

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  • Lou Anne Davis

    Jeff, His office can help you. Just call.

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  • franklinsince50

    As I understand it, he’ll be back to work the first of March.

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  • jeffturner

    Is he back in the office yet? What are his patients like me spose to do?

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  • truthseeker

    For Chillimac72– his kids go to Riverdale. They used to go to Rock School.

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  • franklinsince50

    This is a very sad situation for everyone involved. Unless you or your family has been front page news, which my family has, you have no idea how it feels. Don’t be too quick to judge this man or his family. You never know when the shoe might be on the other foot.

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  • sweetnjuicy

    He doesn’t need to resign if he’s convicted, there will just be two felons on the board! Nowhere but Southampton County. LOL!!

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    • seymorebutts

      He’s charged with assault and battery of a family member which isn’t a felony, it’s a misdemeanor. A felony case would be handled in circuit court. The supervisor with a felony on his record had his right to vote and hold office reinstated by a previous Virginian Governor.

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      • sweetnjuicy

        @seymorebutts, I stand corrected. There will be two criminals. Is that better?

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    • FromHere

      I know to whom you are referring, and would like to add that that person has turned his life around, become a valuable and contributing member of his community, is dedicated to his church,community and family and is a much better person that some of the other “prominent” figures in our area that have been lucky enough not to have gotten “caught” doing what they do. Illegal, smarmy, and arrogant – just not “caught”.

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  • freedomis4real

    This article for very interesting and leaves a lot of room for speculation. Since the “incident,” the County Administrator, colleagues, and wife apparently have not spoken with him and do not know his whereabouts?? Wow!

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    • FromHere

      I would imagine somebody knows where he is, just preferred not to divulge that information.

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  • cowboys22

    WHAT ABOUT the new CODE OF ETHICS THE THE NEW BOARD put in place ??

    He added that Edwards remains “supervisor unless he chooses to resign for personal reasons or is convicted of a felony – other board member’s personal feelings aren’t particularly relevant, except to the extent that they serve to influence Dr. Edwards

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  • DryRain

    The article is a little confusing; if you are a convicted felon you can or cannot be on the Board of Supervisors?

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  • chilimac72

    This is the same guy that at a BoS meeting said he gives his paycheck back to the school system, yeah Rock Church for his children to attend there! Karma?

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  • FromHere

    My question is this. If it is a matter of Juvenile and Domestic Relations, how did the information get released?

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    • gd12620

      Adult criminal records are public record even if it is in the juvenile and domestic relations district. Anyone can go and ask to see the information.

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