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Towns Gone Wild Starring Delegate Lynwood Lewis

If this were fiction it would almost be funny. Unfortunately, it is all too real.

The Eastern Shore town of Hallwood, VA. is a small town of less than 300 residents. The best way to describe the Mayor, Town Council, Police Chief and other Town administrators is Twin Peaks meets Mayberry.

The town seems to be on a mission to run one resident out of town. What started as a rather ordinary dispute between neighbors has escalated beyond the realm of sanity and involves the Mayor, the Town Council, Clerks, the Police Chief, and Delegate Lynwood Lewis.

It all starts with a quiet, unassuming man named John Smith. One day, Smith’s neighbor (who shall remain nameless) attended a Town Council meeting to complain about the condition of Smith’s yard. Despite purchasing a business license for six years for commercially zoned property, Town officials still dogged Smith. After six years, the business license was denied, and Smith was charged with doing business without a license. Only he had done no business.

Smith requested an appeal with the zoning board for an accusation of having a junkyard and has been waiting for about a year for a hearing and now the town skipped their appeal procedure that Smith requested and is permitted by town and state law and issued him a summons.

When Smith’s property was vandalized, Smith made a police report with the Sheriff’s office and was told he needed proof. Smith began using surveillance cameras to catch the neighbors sneaking onto his property to search for something they could file another complaint about.

Smith is constantly under surveillance by Police Chief Glenn who frequently follows Smith around town. And Glenn is a frequent visitor to the neighbor’s house. Smith began documenting this constant police presence at his home and the neighbor’s home. And he began taking photos of the police visits as well as the trespassing by the neighbor.
Now, a bit of background on Police Chief Glenn. He is the only policeman in town, so the title “chief” is somewhat misleading. He is chief of himself. In addition, he is under investigation for lending his police issued taser to a friend who then used it on his son. This was reported on WAVY-TV along with the video. WAVY was told by Glenn the incident is being investigated, but there were no minutes mentioning the incident two months later. WAVY contacted Gary Agar, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Accomack County, who related the incident to the State Police for investigation. Governor Tim Kaine has confirmed that the State Police are investigating the incident. No action has been reported to date.

On one occasion, Smith took photos of his neighbor’s wife who was intentionally blocking access to Smith’s property with her vehicle. He had the photos processed at the local Wal-Mart. The photo technician recognized the neighbor, as they were friends, and informed Smith’s neighbor about the pictures. The neighbor told Smith not to take pictures of his wife.

On another occasion, Smith observed Glenn visiting his neighbor and took 3 pictures of Glenn. After development, the pictures revealed the neighbor’s wife’s legs protruding from behind a shrub that obscured the rest of her. Centered in the picture were Glenn and Mr. Neighbor. Smith said he didn’t even know Mrs. Neighbor was sitting on the porch.
For this, Mr. Smith was charged with stalking. He was found innocent.
Mr. Smith was charged with failure to obtain a business license and having an abandoned vehicle by Lynwood Lewis in his capacity as Town Attorney. Despite the fact that Smith had valid, current plates for the vehicle on the dashboard of the vehicle in question, he was fined $50 for the “unlicensed” vehicle and despite attempts to purchase a business license, he was fined for not obtaining a business license.

Smith appealed the convictions at which time Delegate Lewis filed criminal charges for the same offenses. Since Lewis is not a full time Town Attorney, he is required to obtain permission from the Commonwealth Attorney to prosecute a criminal case. A FOI request produced a letter from Gary Agar, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Accomack County stating he has nothing on file granting such permission to Lewis.

Smith demolished an old building on his property and disposed of the debris with the exception of the shingles, which could possibly have contained asbestos. These were taken to a special disposal facility in Glenns, Va and, while not tested for asbestos, disposed of properly (at Smith’s expense) as if they were.

Smith was subsequently “turned in” and investigated for improperly disposing asbestos. And he was cleared.

A complaint was filed and investigated for containers of toxic chemicals stored on Smith’s property. These turned out to be a container of sawdust he uses for kitty litter and an empty plastic tub he uses when he butchers deer.

Out of the blue Smith received a notice from Chincoteague informing him he was not to set foot on town property or he would be trespassing. Smith had not so much as a parking ticket in Chincoteague. However, his attorney happens to be located there. Smith complained to the town manager who had the Trespass notice withdrawn after contacting the Chincoteague Town Attorney, Jon C. Poulson, who happens to be Delegate Lewis’ current Law Partner.

Over the next few weeks we will be taking an in depth look at this unbelievable case. I have photos of the neighbors tossing property line markers placed by Mr. Smith, photos of several town official’s property that makes Smith’s yard look immaculate, and a number of shocking recordings from Town Council meetings, neighborhood encounters and phone conversations, including audio recordings of death threats made against Mr. Smith.

If ever a town cried out for intervention, this is one. I don’t think there are any illegal activities involved in this situation, but this is the type of thing that gives small towns like Hallwood a bad name. The people I know and have met there are some of the best folks you could ever hope to know.

I don’t know what it will take to put an end to this feud, but since Delegate Lynwood Lewis is already a part of this, I would hope he could step up and be a leader and see that these issues are mediated and resolved without this small town “justice” going on presently.

How much is all this costing the residents of this small town?

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.

Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

11 Responses to “Towns Gone Wild Starring Delegate Lynwood Lewis”

  1. Bluegirl says:

    God bless Mr. Smith! He sounds like he is doing every thing by the book. Speaking of books, hopefully he will get a book deal out of this, make a ton of money and have the last laugh. It would be a great ending for all the trouble he had to endure.

  2. Bluegirl says:

    God bless Mr. Smith! He sounds like he is doing every thing by the book. Speaking of books, hopefully he will get a book deal out of this, make a ton of money and have the last laugh. It would be a great ending for all the trouble he had to endure.

  3. Hallwood says:

    You are going to be shocked when you do sit down and hear all sides of this story! Stop by and lok at the property and see what he has done recently to his neigbors driveway! Its pure harrassment! The UARF gave up on Smith when they realized what what going on so I guess now he is using you! Please investigate this and print the truth! Do you know that Smith is breaking the same zoning laws that he enacted as a Hallwood Councilman? Do you know that when the Council asked for a business plan he went into the meeting and threw down a blank piece of paper and stated " Here is my business plan"? There is so much more to this. He is complaining about everyone elses yard yet he just placed another abandoned vehical on his property but demands that evryone else gets ticketed? Everyone he has complained about has complied with the law yet Mr. Smith refuses to!

  4. Hallwood says:

    You are going to be shocked when you do sit down and hear all sides of this story! Stop by and lok at the property and see what he has done recently to his neigbors driveway! Its pure harrassment! The UARF gave up on Smith when they realized what what going on so I guess now he is using you! Please investigate this and print the truth! Do you know that Smith is breaking the same zoning laws that he enacted as a Hallwood Councilman? Do you know that when the Council asked for a business plan he went into the meeting and threw down a blank piece of paper and stated " Here is my business plan"? There is so much more to this. He is complaining about everyone elses yard yet he just placed another abandoned vehical on his property but demands that evryone else gets ticketed? Everyone he has complained about has complied with the law yet Mr. Smith refuses to!

  5. Ordinance 15.5 says:

    I have received a copy of "Ordinance keeping of inoperable & abandoned vehicles" from the town. Mr. Smith knows he is not in violation. He recently parked his vehicle on his property and started driving some red vehicle. Perhaps the vehicle broke down or maybe he plans to paint it. Whatever the reason it makes no difference. Ordinance 15.5 states "inoperable motor vehicle shall mean any motor vehicle … for a period of sixty (60) days or longer .. on which there are not displayed current license." Like the first commenter said, Mr. Smith appears to be doing everything by the book.

  6. Ordinance 15.5 says:

    I have received a copy of "Ordinance keeping of inoperable & abandoned vehicles" from the town. Mr. Smith knows he is not in violation. He recently parked his vehicle on his property and started driving some red vehicle. Perhaps the vehicle broke down or maybe he plans to paint it. Whatever the reason it makes no difference. Ordinance 15.5 states "inoperable motor vehicle shall mean any motor vehicle … for a period of sixty (60) days or longer .. on which there are not displayed current license." Like the first commenter said, Mr. Smith appears to be doing everything by the book.

  7. no blank paper says:

    I was around and present during the supposed request for a business plan. Mr Smith had requested a special use permit for truck bodies.
    The town did not request a business plan in order to do business. The town ordinance for business license has no requirements for submitting a business plan. The ordinance states one sentence under item 6 conditions for issuance of business license: "no business license shall be issued hereunder, if the applicant is delinquent in the payment of any business license fees or personal property taxes to the Town." In response to Mr. Smith's request for a special use permit the town wanted Mr. Smith to put up an 8 foot fence and give up 15 feet of his land for use by his neighbor. His neighbor that is now a town council member was at the time on the Building, Planning, and Zoning committee and this committee of which his neighbor was a member requested Mr. Smith give up his land for use by the neighbor. If that was not a conflict of interest then I do not know what would be. Mr. Smith responded to the list of requirements for his special use permit with a letter, not a blank piece of paper. His letter was presented to the town and at the conclusion of his letter he stated his plans in response to his special use permit request and those plans were a blank area on the letter. Mr. Smith then sent another letter explaining why he did not have to do the list of requirements. And why should he? Why did he need a special use permit for truck bodies in the first place? Mr. Smith had a commercial piece of land. The mayor at the time had 3 truck bodies in his yard in a residential area and still continues to have one truck body. Another residential location at the time had three truck bodies and those 3 truck bodies are still there. "Selective prosecution" seems to be the mode of operation for Mr. Smith.

  8. no blank paper says:

    I was around and present during the supposed request for a business plan. Mr Smith had requested a special use permit for truck bodies.
    The town did not request a business plan in order to do business. The town ordinance for business license has no requirements for submitting a business plan. The ordinance states one sentence under item 6 conditions for issuance of business license: "no business license shall be issued hereunder, if the applicant is delinquent in the payment of any business license fees or personal property taxes to the Town." In response to Mr. Smith's request for a special use permit the town wanted Mr. Smith to put up an 8 foot fence and give up 15 feet of his land for use by his neighbor. His neighbor that is now a town council member was at the time on the Building, Planning, and Zoning committee and this committee of which his neighbor was a member requested Mr. Smith give up his land for use by the neighbor. If that was not a conflict of interest then I do not know what would be. Mr. Smith responded to the list of requirements for his special use permit with a letter, not a blank piece of paper. His letter was presented to the town and at the conclusion of his letter he stated his plans in response to his special use permit request and those plans were a blank area on the letter. Mr. Smith then sent another letter explaining why he did not have to do the list of requirements. And why should he? Why did he need a special use permit for truck bodies in the first place? Mr. Smith had a commercial piece of land. The mayor at the time had 3 truck bodies in his yard in a residential area and still continues to have one truck body. Another residential location at the time had three truck bodies and those 3 truck bodies are still there. "Selective prosecution" seems to be the mode of operation for Mr. Smith.

  9. He's still involved says:

    I see Mr. Dean still involves himself. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  10. He's still involved says:

    I see Mr. Dean still involves himself. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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