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Courts

  • Carroll grand jury issues 103 indictments

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County grand jury met on Sept. 19 and returned a total of 103 indictments against 64 individuals.

    Included in those indictments were five charges against Jason Andrew Broderick, 34, of Adrian, Mich. Broderick was involved in a police chase in Hillsville on April 10 that resulted in the total loss of a Hillsville police vehicle.

  • Nichols faces 38 child porn charges

    HILLSVILLE — Brandon Lee Nichols, 24, of Woodlawn, was arrested on Monday by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and charged with 38 counts of felony possession of child pornography, according to the Hillsville Police Department’s Det. Robert S. Martin.

    Martin led the investigation as part of his efforts with Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC), a federal task force comprised of multiple cooperating federal, state and local agencies.

  • Public record for 9/21/16 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 January in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Driver charged with manslaughter

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman has been charged with felony vehicular involuntary manslaughter following an accident that occurred in Carroll County in March. The crash resulted in the death of a woman from Meadows of Dan.

  • Prisoners facing drug charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Sealed indictments have been opened against five prisoners at River Ridge Correctional Center in Independence.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury returned the drug indictments, which were sealed, on July 22.

    Prisoners indicted included:

    • Gregory Griffin, 37, one count of conspiracy to deliver drugs to a prisoner (suboxone).

  • Public record for 9/14/16 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 Feb. 19-March 7 in the office of Gerald R. Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Clontz remembered, suspect in court

    MARION ― As John Randolph Lewis was arraigned for a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Heather Copeland Clontz, the woman’s family is remembering her.

    Clontz, 35, of Fries, was a graduate of Grayson County High School and worked as a waitress at Porky’s restaurant in Galax.

    Following the news, family and friends have shared heartfelt tributes and posted messages of love on Clontz’s Facebook page.

  • Federal judge accepts Nofsinger's plea agreement

    ABINGDON — At a brief plea hearing on Wednesday afternoon in Western District of Virginia U.S. Court in Abingdon, Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child pornography.

    He faces between 15 and 90 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

    “The actions this defendant took were perverse and obscene and his punishment will be severe, but just,” said U.S. Attorney John Fishwick in a statement after the hearing.

  • Public record for 9/7/16 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 Oct. 29-Nov. 30, 2015, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Court unseals Nofsinger search warrant

    A search warrant issued by the Galax Police Department in May contains a list of items apparently possessed by double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr.

    Among the array of items cataloged are a rubber clown mask, baby clothes, women’s underwear and red-stained men’s clothing.