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Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Thomas G. Shaia was one of three prosecutors honored to receive the Michael R. Doucette Lecturer of Merit Award in recognition of exceptional leadership and commitment to the training of Virginia’s prosecutors, on Saturday, August 4, 2018.


Phil Ferguson, Suffolk Ruritan Club Charter Member is presenting a $500.00 donation to Bishop A.S. Hall, Sr. , of Balm Church on behalf of the Suffolk Ruritan Club to purchase turkeys for the 2018 Thanksgiving Food Giveaway. Balm Church is one of many churches that are coming together for the Thanksgiving Food Giveaway, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. located at 523 East Washington Street, Suffolk.


Champions for Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads proudly recognized the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for their efforts and highlighted the value of their work as it relates to preventing child abuse. The Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office received a “Champions for Children” Award during a breakfast meeting on October 17, 2018. They along with other Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices’ in Hampton Roads attended the meeting as well. The mission for the Champions for Children in Hampton Roads, VA; a 501 (c) 3 organization that has served Hampton Roads region since 1983, is to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Pictured are: (sitting left to right) ~Brittany Landon, Assistant Victim/Witness Director- C. Phillips “Phil” Ferguson, Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney- T. Marie Walls, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and Supervisor for the Juvenile Domestic Relations Team –

Standing (left to right) ~ Almetia F. Hardman, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney- T. George Underwood, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and Kara Webber, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney/Domestic Violence Prosecutor.


The Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office spent Wednesday at John Yeates Middle School to put Goldilocks on trial. Students of Jennifer Putzig’s seventh-grade civics and economics class learned about the civil and criminal law in a court setting by acting out various roles — including those of Goldilocks and the Three Bears — with guidance from Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Almetia Hardman. Putzig said they were able to use correct vocabulary while studying important concepts from their SOLs. “It is very rewarding to witness ‘aha moments’ taking place in the classroom and this presentation allowed me the opportunity to share these experiences with my students,” she wrote in an email.