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Courts

  • Lewis heads to court for homicide, assault

    MARION — Two charges in the fatal hit-and-run death of a Fries woman and the vehicular injury of an Ivanhoe man have been continued by the Smyth County General District Court.

    John Randolph Lewis, 34, of Wytheville is charged in the first-degree murder of Heather Copeland Clontz, 35, and the malicious assault of Samuel D. Lawson. According to the court’s online database, Lewis will appear in court Dec. 8 for the assault charge and one charge of failure to stop for an accident.

  • Public record for 11/30/16 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.
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    District Court

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

  • Dog mauling death trial set for March

    INDEPENDENCE — John Terry Underwood, charged in the dog attack death of a 15-month-old girl, is set to appear in Grayson County Circuit Court for a motion on his second-degree murder case in February.

    Underwood was scheduled to appear for a case review on Nov. 10, where a jury trial date was set for March 2, 2017. According to the circuit court database, the court now will hear and consider a motion regarding the case on Feb. 23, 2017.

    Terra Lynn Connell, who was also charged in the incident, is scheduled to have a trial date set on Jan. 27, 2017.

  • Court opens five sealed indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments have been opened charging five Grayson County residents.

    The indictments were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Oct. 28. They were opened after warrants were served on those named. Indictments included:

    • John Terry Kelly, 64, of Independence, one count of possession of ammunition after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Public record for 11/23/16 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 April in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 11/16/16 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 April in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Murder charge certified to grand jury

    INDEPENDENCE – A charge of first-degree murder and three other felonies filed against Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax in the March 20 shooting death of Karen Cates will move to the Grayson County Grand Jury for certification.

    The ruling from the Grayson County General District Court at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for Davis on Monday. Cates was Davis’ ex-girlfriend.

  • Public record for 11/9/16 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 April in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Dog mauling death suspects headed to court

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – Two Grayson County residents charged in the dog attack death of a 15-month-old girl have pending court dates.

    A Grayson Circuit Court grand jury met on Oct. 28 and indicted Terra Lynn Connell and John Terry Underwood on charges involving the January death of Payton Lyrik Sawyers, who was killed by the couple’s dog, according to police reports.

  • Suspect in officer assault, chase indicted

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 27 people on a total of 40 charges on Oct. 28, and returned several sealed indictments that will be opened at a later date, after those named have been served with warrants.

    Among those indicted was Lee Johnson Smith, 31, of Dugspur, who is charged with eluding police, disregarding a command to stop and assault on a law enforcement officer (Cpl. T.R. Jefferson of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department).