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Courts

  • Dawson pleads guilty to child porn charges

    ROANOKE — A Dugspur man has pleaded guilty to a federal indictment of possession of child pornography, according to U.S. District Court records.
    Ronald Alexander Dawson, 27, entered his guilty plea before Judge Glen Conrad in Roanoke Monday.
    The indictment charged that on July 8, 2009, Dawson "did knowingly receive or attempt to receive child pornography or material that contained child pornography... that had been mailed," according to court documents.

  • Vaughan, 3 others charged in drug conspiracy

    ROANOKE — The investigation into illegal drugs that led to charges against a 53-year-old Galax man also snared three other suspects, two of them from Carroll County.
    Donald Scott Vaughan allegedly left the scene of a drug buy — set up by the Claytor Lake Drug Task Force near Exit 14 off Interstate 77 in Carroll last April — before the purchase could take place.

  • Public record for 9/1/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in February in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Con man went to church to prey

    MOORE COUNTY, N.C. — A man who scammed the pastor and congregation of a Galax church out of money with a made-up tale of woe could spend 36 years in prison.
    David Oneal Twitty, 46, visited the Assembly of God in Galax, pulling parishoners' heartstrings with his tried-and-true story of personal tragedy.

  • Montgomery to serve 3 years

    ROANOKE — A Galax man indicted on two illegal drug charges last November received a three-year federal prison term in sentencing proceedings Monday.
    Timothy Matthew Montgomery was originally charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute.
    In March, he entered a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge, which carried with it a maximum penalty of a $2 million fine and 40 years in prison, according to the plea agreement.

  • Public record for 8/18/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded May 19-June 22 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Cory Shane Smith, 20, Fries, and Elena Carol Brewer, 28, Galax.

  • Davis to serve 16.5 years for drug conspiracy

    ROANOKE — A Galax woman caught in a conspiracy to sell illegal drugs was sentenced Monday to 198 months in a federal prison.
    Stephie Nicole Bean Davis had pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiring to distribute a mixture of or substance containing methamphetamine after being indicted in January.

  • Sawyers to serve 15 years

    ROANOKE — The first defendant to be sentenced, among several Twin County residents caught in a federal drug sting, has received 15 years in prison.

    Michael Samuel Sawyers of Galax was the first of five locals to be sentenced for his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine.
    Sawyers appeared before Judge James Turk in the U.S. District Court Monday after entering a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge.

  • Public record for 8/11/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  For information on this column or questions, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2009 in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Steven Earl Mason of Pinnacle, N.C., guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $250 fine and $71 costs.

  • Sweet sentencing delayed

    INDEPENDENCE — A sentencing hearing has been delayed for a Galax man convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
    Freddie Lee Sweet Jr., 67, was found guilty of both charges at a jury trial earlier this summer in Grayson County Circuit Court.