Commonwealth Attorney, Travis Bird Supports Local Family and Funds Hometown Heroes Scholarship Program

On June 6, 2017, Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney Travis Bird hosted his 3rd annual Golf Tournament at Lee’s Hill Golf Course. Mr. Bird had announced that the proceeds from this tournament would benefit the family of fallen Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael Walter. The tournament was fortunate when numerous local companies and many elected officials sponsored or participated in the tournament.

Mr. Bird was able to proudly announce that the tournament raised over $9000.00 for the family of Special Agent Walter. That check will be delivered to his family with a large signed card that golfers and other community members have signed. Mr. Bird would like to thank all of the participants, donors, and the community as a whole for helping make this tournament a success and for helping Special Agent Walter’s family.

In the Spring of this year, Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney Travis Bird announced his personally financed Spotsylvania Hometown Heroes Scholarship Program. These $500 Scholarships were available to graduating Spotsylvania County residents whose parent(s) were employed in the following fields: Law Enforcement, Military, Education, Firefighter/EMT, and any Spotsylvania County government agency. The five-member

Scholarship Committee announced the following winners:
Child of Law Enforcement: Eva Waszak (Riverbend High School)
Child of Military: Madison Hughes (Massaponnax High School)
Child of an Educator: Kyle Pins (Courtland High School)
Child of a Spotsylvania County Employee: Allyson Moore (Massaponnax High School)
Child of a Firefighter/EMT: No applicants – no award.

Mr. Bird created his scholarship program because he wanted to give back to the Spotsylvania community and is honored to support these fine young men and women in their future education endeavors.

The Spotsylvania Chapter of the Virginia PBA endorses candidiate for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney

We are excited to announce that Travis Bird, Candidate for the Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney has received the endorsement of the Spotsylvania Chapter of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association (PBA).

Spotsylvania Chapter President Tim Bryner said this about Travis Bird:

“Travis Bird’s knowledge and experience on issues that are important to law enforcement professionals makes him a deserving recipient of our endorsement.  The Spotsylvania Chapter of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association is proud to put our support behind this candidate and asks that the citizens of Spotsylvania do the same”

Travis Bird (fourth from left) with Spostylvania Chapter members
Travis Bird (fourth from left) with Spostylvania Chapter members

Travis Bird Responds to Bill Neely’s Facebook Post

This post has been requested by many citizens and by many members of the law enforcement community, and is in response to my opponent’s recent Facebook post. To be very clear, I certainly understand what the Virginia State Bar ethical rules require and what they forbid. If you are going to say that my comments involved “at best half-truths and that they completely overlook a prosecutor’s duty” then perhaps you should make sure you accurately reflect my comments and why they were said.
Let me begin by setting the record straight. I never referenced the Yeamans case and I never referenced “church youth directors.” I referenced the shooting of three deputies, the children who were kept caged, and the Morrissey case in my closing remarks at the NAACP meeting. I happen to believe people who shoot police, people who cage their children in feces and urine filled rooms, and especially elected officials who have sex with and distribute child pornography of their underage employees should go to prison.
The Joseph Morrissey Case: Sex with a Minor Employee
I will start with ex-Delegate Morrissey’s case since my opponent did not address that case in his response. My opponent was appointed as a special prosecutor to decide whether to prosecute former Delegate Morrissey for possession of child pornography and for having sexual relations with his underage employee (she has since had Delegate Morrissey’s child).
Tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours were spent investigating this case only to have numerous felony charges reduced to one misdemeanor. Additionally, the plea agreement in this case permitted him to report to the General Assembly every day while on work release and serving his time in the local jail.
To add insult to injury, Delegate Morrissey was alleged to have committed perjury and to have introduced fraudulent documents at his sentencing hearing by my opponent. My opponent charged him for those offenses with four new felonies; however, the trial court and later the Court of Appeals ruled that my opponent’s plea agreement had actually granted Delegate Morrissey immunity and dismissed the charges. (http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opncavwp/0559152.pdf).
Then, while presenting at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s trainings, my opponent used this case as his example, demonstrating how strong the case was, that even the defense hired expert found child pornography on Morrissey’s phone only to end the lecture stating the reason he offered this plea agreement was because he thought “the voters or the State Bar would take care of Delegate Morrissey.” One may contact the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Services Council for a copy of that presentation as it was recorded.
Lastly, my opponent sent out an email to several Commonwealth’s Attorney’s asking that they disseminate the following email boasting about taking down Morrissey with the following statement:
From: Bill Neely <BNeely@spotsylvania.va.us>
Date: December 12, 2014 at 5:36:50 PM EST
Subject: Joe Morrissey guilty plea 12/12/14 Henrico Circuit court
FYI & please share this with our fellow CA’s, attached is a copy of the guilty plea “fighting” Joe Morrissey entered at 1:30 PM today in Henrico Circuit Court.
Morrissey is now in jail serving his 6 month sentence.
First thing Monday I will forward a certified copy of this plea & conviction to the Virginia State Bar which, given that contributing is a CRIME OF MORAL TURPITUDE, should result in the Bar seeking to again revoke again (permanently) Morrissey’s license to practice law in Virginia.
Finally I must add that none of this would have been possible without the first rate police work of the Henrico Police Dept.
***** The misdemeanor crime of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor IS NOT a crime of moral turpitude and Joe Morrissey is still a licensed attorney in Virginia.*****
The Antosh Case: Three Law Enforcement Officers Shot with Two Wounded
I simply addressed plea agreements in my closing – not cases that cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. We all know that experts and juries can disagree on evidence. That being said, I find it incredibly difficult to believe that the officers who were on scene and dealt with him would not convince a jury as to his mental status. Obviously, the defense was worried about that as well as they entered pleas on this matter.
Moreover, if someone is insane at the time of the offense, how can they plea guilty to anything? They were either not guilty of their crimes by reason of insanity or they were not? If my opponent truly thought he was insane, then convicting Mr. Antosh of the crimes was not the correct thing to do. Lastly, he pled guilty BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT after consulting with his private counsel. That standard is well above the probable cause threshold my opponent talks about.
The biggest problem that I have with this case was the manner in which it was handled by my opponent. He indicates that he discussed the matter with Sheriff Harris and Jett, but he did not respect their desires that this matter be taken to trial or a harsher punishment dealt to Mr. Antosh.
As important is the fact that at least one of the deputies who was shot was never consulted with and learned of the plea agreement through an article in the Free Lance Star per that deputy. Prosecutors also are legally required to discuss plea agreements with victims, with the prosecutor having the final say, but it must be discussed. My opponent did not have the conversations he was and is legally required to have with at least one of the victims in this particular case and that is outrageous.
The Kangas/Suggs Case: Caged Children
As to the caged children incident (Kangas/Suggs); I disagree and find the law more than sufficient to prove that case. I also find it ironic that after 27 years in office, he only then found the law to be insufficient to prosecute these crimes. My opponent’s immediate response when this story was picked up by local and national media outlets was not to justify his decisions in the case, but rather to send a heated email to the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Department command staff chastising them for issuing a press release on the case.
In his press release, he stated his reasoning was based upon a case Morris v. Commonwealth, 272 Va. 732, 636 S.E.2d 436 (2006) where my opponent described the facts as: (fecal covered children allowed to leave their home & play by the highway under very dangerous conditions by a drug-addicted mother who was “taking a nap” – and who had allowed this to happen before).
However, the case he mentioned, the facts the Court made its ruling on were that the Commonwealth did not prove the mother was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, that she could have simply fallen asleep. Additionally the children were found playing in the woods behind the house, and one child had a spot of dried fecal matter on his leg.
Additionally my opponent never discusses Virginia Code Section 40.1-103. The law states It shall be unlawful for any person employing or having the custody of any child willfully or negligently to cause or permit the life of such child to be endangered or the health of such child to be injured, or willfully or negligently to cause or permit such child to be placed in a situation that its life, health or morals may be endangered, or to cause or permit such child to be overworked, tortured, tormented, mutilated, beaten or cruelly treated. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.
I believe this case could have been argued utilizing this statute. Who would not feel that a child is tortured, tormented, cruelly treated, or health may be endangered under the circumstances described in this case?
Church Youth Director Case: Sex with a Minor
Since my opponent himself brought up a church youth director case that I never mentioned, I will touch on a different one of those. Visit, http://m.fredericksburg.com/news/crime_courts/spotsylvania-youth-pastor-guilty-of-indecent-liberties-with-girl/article_b00bb34a-a295-11e4-9504-63ee456b3868.html?mode=jqm
As you can see, this case was a plea agreement to an entirely suspended sentence in a sexual assault case involving a youth pastor engaged in a several year relationship with an underage girl.
Closing Remarks
In closing, the reason these cases were referenced is because my opponent ended his comments for the evening with “I NEVER DO PLEA AGREEMENTS IN CASES OF VIOLENT CRIME OR SEXUAL ASSAULT.” The Antosh case is an example of a violent crime. I know my opponent called the officer’s injuries “flesh wounds” but the attack on those officers was a violent crime. Most consider adult youth pastors and elected state delegates engaging in sex with underage children as sexual assaults.
Contrary to my opponent’s comments, one only has to look at articles in the Free Lance Star to know that he and his Office routinely enter into plea agreements (charges and sentence agreed upon) with defendants who are charged with violent crimes or sexual assault. Many times, I have no doubt that they are justified in doing so, but according to my opponent’s statements at the NAACP meeting, they do not do them at all. One may look at the Spotsylvania court records to see hundreds of others. One may view two recent armed robbery defendants, Adam Perminter and David Ward who entered into agreed upon plea agreements within the last month. One received two years and the other four years for the armed robbery of 7-11. This was the third robbery each was involved in. They received 15 and 10 ½ respectively in the City of Fredericksburg after pleas were entered to the charges and arguments were heard by the Circuit Court on sentencing. Robbery and the use of firearms during a robbery are violent crimes!
My opponent’s comment at the NAACP meeting was not a half truth, it was 100% entirely untrue and it is incredibly interesting that he felt the need to go onto Facebook the very next day to DEFEND THE VERY THINGS HE ENDED THE MEETING BY SAYING HE NEVER DOES.
Lastly, my statement was 100% true and accurate as I stated my opinion, and before questioning my integrity and my comments, perhaps my opponent should consider his own closing remarks that everyone present heard him make. One that he and everyone present knew to be 100% false.

Delegate Bobby Orrock Endorses Travis Bird for Spotsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorneysburg, VA

The Travis Bird for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney campaign is honored to have been endorsed by Delegate Bobby Orrock.

“I am pleased to announce my endorsement of Travis Bird who is seeking the Republican nomination as the candidate for the office of Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney. Travis has the leadership abilities and experience Spotsylvania needs in a Commonwealth’s Attorney. Travis has a proven track record as a prosecutor for the City of Fredericksburg for ensuring justice and protecting the community.” – Delegate Bobby Orrock

Travis Bird is currently a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Fredericksburg. Travis is married and has one child. He and his family live in Spotsylvania’s Chancellor District.

“Spotsylvania deserves to have a Commonwealth’s Attorney who is involved in the community and attuned to the concerns of the citizens of the county and focused on ensuring justice and protecting this community.” – Travis Bird

Delegate Bobby Orrock
Delegate Bobby Orrock
Travis Bird
Travis Bird

Please visit his website at http://www.tbird4ca.com to learn more!

For additional information please email scott.mellott@live.com

Senator Bryce Reeves Endorses Travis Bird for Spotsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney

Senator Bryce Reeves

The Travis Bird for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney campaign is honored to have been endorsed by former law enforcement officer and Spotsylvania County resident, Senator Bryce Reeves.

“Travis has worked effectively as a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Fredericksburg and brings with him years of experience that I believe will make Spotsylvania a safer and more just community. I believe Travis is a man of distinguished character, and I know Travis will always put the best interest of Spotsylvania County residents first.”

– Senator Bryce Reeves

Travis Bird is currently a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Fredericksburg. Travis is married and has one child. He and his family live in Spotsylvania’s Chancellor District.

“Spotsylvania deserves to have a Commonwealth’s Attorney who is involved in the community and attuned to the concerns of the citizens of the county and focused on ensuring justice and protecting this community.”

– Travis Bird

Travis Bird
Travis Bird
Senator Bryce Reeves
Senator Bryce Reeves

Please visit his website at http://www.tbird4ca.com to learn more!

For additional information please email scott.mellott@live.com

Travis Bird Earns the Republican Nomination for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney

Travis Bird
Travis Bird, Republican Nomination for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Travis Bird’s campaign for Commonwealth’s Attorney won the nomination of the Republican Party of Spotsylvania. Travis Bird had this to say about the nomination:

“I’m honored to have won the nomination of the Republican Party of Spotsylvania today. I look forward to sharing my vision for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and will work tirelessly between now and Election Day to earn the support of every Spotsylvania voter.”

Travis Bird currently serves as a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Fredericksburg. Travis lives in Spotsylvania’s Chancellor District with his wife, Kristin, and their daughter.

His wife Kristin also practices law, and serves as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney with the Stafford County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

For more information, contact Scott Mellott at scott.mellott@live.com

Pre-Launch Campaign Fundraiser Event for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney Candidate Travis Bird-February 27th at Hard Times

Pre-Launch Campaign Fundraiser Event for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney Candidate Travis Bird-February 27th at Hard Times

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) A pre-launch campaign happy hour fundraiser event for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney candidate, Travis Bird will be hosted by Hard Times Four Mile Fork on Friday, February 27th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Hard Times will have a VIP section reserved for the event with a nacho bar, happy hour drink specials and a cash bar. Local solo acoustic musician, Shannon Peterson will be performing on the main stage and will be providing entertainment for the event.

Ticket donations are $20 per person and $30 per couple. There is a special discount for Law Enforcement Officers, $15 per person and $25 per couple. Ticket donations can be purchased online, visit http://www.Tbird4ca.com.

Ticket donations will also be accepted at the door. Those planning to purchase tickets at the door should RSVP Paula Kallay at pkallay@verizon.net.

Travis Bird has been a prosecutor in the City of Fredericksburg for the last ten years. He has made Spotsylvania his home and wants to bring dedicated service, accountability and justice to the citizens of his county.

“Spotsylvania deserves to have a Commonwealth’s Attorney who is involved in the community and attuned to the concerns of the citizens of the county and focused on ensuring justice and protecting this community,” said Bird.

In December, Bird announced his running for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney. Bird and his campaign team are actively seeking supporters, individuals and groups to get involved and with his campaign. For more information, visit http://www.Tbird4ca.com

“I ask you now to allow me to utilize my education, abilities, and experience to serve the citizens of Spotsylvania County as your next Commonwealth’s Attorney. I can only accomplish this important task with your help and support.”

www.Tbird4ca.com
http://www.Tbird4ca.com
Travis Bird
Travis Bird

Fundraiser

Event Contact:
Paula Kallay
pkallay@verizon.net
540.538.4193

Media Contact:
Myandi Peterson
Randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350