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Courts

  • Public record for 8/20/14 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in March in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Public record for 8/13/14 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Joshua Dean Billings of Sparta, N.C., and Morgen Brittany Keith, 26, Ennice, N.C.

  • Jones gets new trial date in murder case

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, who faces a first-degree murder charge, was granted a new trial date by Grayson County Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler during an appearance last Friday.

    His jury trial was originally set for Sept. 10, 11 and 13, but it was changed to Nov. 19-21.

    He is represented by Hillsville attorney Karen Boyer.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts four

    INDEPENDENCE — Indictments against four suspects that were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury have been opened.

    The grand jury met July 25 and sealed several indictments. They were unsealed after the warrants were served.

    According to court records:

    • Colt Andrew Matthews, 29, of Galax, was indicted on two counts of aggravated sexual battery and two misdemeanor accounts of assault on a family member.

  • Public record for 8/6/14 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Stoneman indicted for wounding officer

    WYTHEVILLE — A local man who was sought earlier this year in connection with the malicious wounding of a Wythe County deputy was indicted by a grand jury on July 21 in Wythe County Circuit Court.

    Cheston Stoneman, 32, of Hillsville, was apprehended by police on May 7, at a residence off of Joy Ranch Road. He was arrested on warrants from Wythe County for the malicious wounding of Deputy Zach Puckett on April 27. He was also served with warrants from Carroll County for probation violations for six previous felony convictions.

  • Testimony reveals more about Anders shooting

    INDEPENDENCE — Testimony at Randy Lee Anders’ trial on July 24-25 revealed more about the night that Grayson County deputies confronted the wanted fugitive.

    The incident ended with deputies shooting Anders four times.

    Following the trial, Anders, 33, was convicted of five charges — including felony assault on two police officers — and sentenced to five years in prison.

    He will be formally sentenced in September.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 20

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 20 people on 32 charges on July 25.

    Carolyn Brittney Caviness led the list with six indictments, three for forgery and three for uttering a forged document.

    Other indictments included:

    • Timothy Eric Clontz – possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

    • Kenneth Neil Carico – driving after being found to be an habitual offender.

    • Donny Lee Moore – possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Anders to serve 5 years for deputy assault

    INDEPENDENCE — Randy Lee Anders was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison after a two-day jury trial last week in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Anders, 33, faced two charges of assaulting police officers during an incident in April 2013 that resulted in Grayson deputies shooting him four times. Officers said that he pulled a gun on them and resisted arrest.

    After an unsuccessful attempt a plea agreement earlier this year, a jury trial was set for July 24-25 in Independence.

  • Public record for 7/30/14 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed: