Allamong charged after shed fire on his Copp Road property
By Sally Voth -- firstname.lastname@example.org
FISHERS HILL -- Local attorney James H. Allamong Jr. has stepped down as a substitute judge in the wake of his arrest on drug charges.
Allamong, 62, was arrested Oct. 5 and charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and manufacturing marijuana. Firefighters had responded to a fire at a building he uses on Copp Road several days earlier and found marijuana plants growing nearby, according to Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office Maj. Scott Proctor.
Proctor, who would not say how many plants were found, said the marijuana had a street value of more than $150,000.
Allamong, a wounded Vietnam War veteran, said he used marijuana to alleviate chronic pain.
In addition to being an attorney, Allamong has been serving as a substitute General District Court Judge in the 26th judicial circuit.
Rockingham County General District Court Clerk Bonnie L. Simmons said Friday that Allamong had submitted a letter of resignation to James V. Lane, the chief Circuit Court judge for the 26th Judicial Circuit.
Shenandoah County Bar Association President William B. Allen III said Lane sent the bar a letter saying Allamong had resigned. He praised Allamong's service to his country and profession.
"In my personal opinion, Jim has done a lot for the bar and judicial system," Allen said. "I admire his war record and what he has done for this community. I will just wait to see what happens when the judicial system actually takes care of the case rather than the press."
Allamong is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court on Oct. 28. He is free on his own recognizance.
Allamong could not be reached for comment Friday.