Mayor’s court case continued to January

November 13, 2013

The court hearing for Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder’s charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer has been continued for a second time.

Crowder, 48, of Hillsville, and his wife, Rebecca Louanne, were arrested and each charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer on August 23 in Bristol, Virginia. The offense date is listed as March 14, 2013 on the Bristol General District Court website. The Crowders were scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5 in relation to the charge, but the court case was continued until Thursday, November 14. According to the court website, the case has been continued again, to January 9, 2014.

The Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control is involved with the case. At the time of the arrest, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Billy Maiden called the case an ongoing investigation and referred media inquiries to the ABC’s Public Relations Department in Richmond.

Kathleen Shaw, a Public Relations Specialist with Virginia ABC, said she could not provide specifics at the time.

“We can confirm that Gregory Nelson Crowder was charged with impersonating a law-enforcement officer on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 for an alleged violation that occurred on March 14, 2013 in Bristol. He was released on recognizance. Impersonating a law-enforcement officer is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and confinement in jail for up to a year, either or both,” Shaw said. “We cannot provide a narrative or other details about the incident until the case has been adjudicated. It will be heard in the City of Bristol General District Court.”

According to Virginia State Code, “Any person who falsely assumes or exercises the functions, powers, duties, and privileges incident to the office of sheriff, police officer, marshal, or other peace officer, or any local, city, county, state, or federal law-enforcement officer, or who falsely assumes or pretends to be any such officer, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. A second or subsequent offense is punishable as a Class 6 felony.”

Bristol attorney Robert Ward is listed as defense attorney for the Crowders.