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Courts

  • Public record for 7/20/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court
     
    These sentences were recorded in September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Harper murder case won't proceed

    INDEPENDENCE ― George Albert Harper III, who was charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings, has pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury for giving conflicting testimony to Grayson County grand juries.

    As a result, the prosecution will not go forward with the murder charge against Harper and a charge for using a firearm in commission of a felony was amended to reflect one of the two perjury charges.

  • Public record for 7/13/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 16-28, 2015, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Court: N.C. man sold meth to informant

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE – A North Carolina man, who traveled from North Carolina to Carroll County to sell methamphetamine, pleaded guilty Monday to federal drug and firearms charges.

    Mack Daniel Barton, 37, of Laurel Hill, N.C., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke to one count of possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

  • Parks brings years of legal experience to assistant prosecutor job

    INDEPENDENCE ― The volume of cases handled by the Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office requires a larger staff than it once did, and now features two assistant prosecutors.

    Marty Parks has served assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Grayson since late 2012.

    With an extensive history in the practice of law, Parks accepted the position with the county after turning it down once before due to bad timing. Prior to his current position, Parks had a practice in Galax, where he’d worked since 1980.

  • Public record for 7/6/16

    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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in October of 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Luis Gabriel Gomez, 20, of Roanoke, and Cristal Flores, 23, of Fries.

  • Cana man pleads guilty to drug charge

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE — A man from Cana has pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge, according to U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.

    Rebel Steiner Akers, 59, pleaded guilty June 29 in U.S. District Court in Roanoke to one count of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

    “We will continue to devote all appropriate resources to combating the rise of methamphetamine trafficking in Southwest Virginia,” Fishwick said in a news release.

  • Public record for 6/29/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in October of 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Federal court: restroom rules violate constitution

    RICHMOND ― A federal district court in Virginia last week ordered the Gloucester County School Board to let a transgender student use the same restrooms as other boys at his school.

    The June 23 ruling could have an impact on a restroom policy the Grayson County School Board approved in May, which says all students must use the restroom that matches the gender listed on their birth certificate.

    The student in the Gloucester case was born female, but identifies as male.

  • Galax man indicted for burglary, larceny

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man has been indicted on two charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, according to court records unsealed after nearly a year.

    According to court records, Bobby Lee Hawks, 29, was indicted on charges of statutory burglary of property owned by Aaron Phillips and grand larceny. The grand jury met July 24, 2015 and returned the indictments, which were sealed until now.