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Courts

  • Jury selected for Reeves murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Opening arguments in the trial of Chad Allen Reeves, 32 — one of two suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings — will start at 9 a.m. today, Monday.

    The trial is set to run five days, according to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, who is prosecuting the case.

    Vaught said that jury selection took less time than anticipated.

  • Town manager's charge amended to reckless driving

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson of Hillsville was found guilty of a reckless driving charge, amended from a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI), in Wythe County General District Court on May 27.

    Jackson, who serves as town manager of Hillsville, was charged by Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Graham on Nov. 16, 2014. According to the police report, Graham responded to Exit 81 on Interstate 81 at 5:30 a.m., when Jackson’s vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment.

  • Public record for 5/27/15 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.
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    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October of 2014 in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Kenneth Straley Wagg Jr. of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $25 costs.

  • Jury trial set in attempted murder case

    HILLSVILLE — With the appointment of a new attorney, Christopher Lee Duncan now has a jury trial date to hear his case at Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Duncan, 38, was arrested Dec. 1, 2014, in the Wards Gap area of the county. He faces a total of seven charges in the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt.

    His trial is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 9 a.m.

  • Woolwine pleads guilty to second degree murder, hit and run

    HILLSVILLE — A Christiansburg man who pleaded guilty Monday to hit-and-run and the second-degree murder of his 4-year-old son faces the possibility of a 50-year prison sentence and a $102,500 fine.

    Christopher Woolwine was arrested on Halloween night 2014 after he left the scene of an accident on U.S. 52 and crashed his car a second time while attempting to evade authorities. Woolwine was traveling with his young son, who was killed in the second wreck, according to police reports.

  • Trial to be set for Billings homicide suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — Both suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings are now being scheduled for hearings in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Chad Allen Reeves, 32, and George Albert Harper III, 41, have been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the death of high school student Billings — a case that is almost 13 years old.

  • Plea hearing set in second-degree murder case

    HILLSVILLE — Christopher Dean Woolwine of Christiansburg is scheduled for a plea hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court on May 26.

    Woolwine was arrested last Halloween after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident on U.S. 52. According to the police report, Woolwine traveled a tenth of a mile from the scene before wrecking his vehicle a second time.

    Woolwine was traveling with his young son that evening, and both were injured as a result of the crash.

    The child later died at Wake Forest Baptist Trauma Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Public record for 5/20/15 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 September of 2014 in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 5/13/15 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.
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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 1-15 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Public record for 5/6/15 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 September of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed: