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Courts

  • 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.

  • Public record for 6/22/16 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October of 2015, in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Factory vandalism, manslaughter suspects indicted

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County grand jury returned 87 indictments against 54 individuals on June 20.

    Included in the indictments were two charges against Corey Dean Hodges, 27, of Galax. Hodges’ charges of destruction of property and statutory burglary stemmed from a Feb. 3 incident at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture.

  • Anderson pleads guilty to embezzlement, forgery

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE -- A former secretary and bookkeeper at Grayson County High School has pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from school and other accounts.
    Shelia Wood Anderson of Mouth of Wilson pleaded guilty last Thursday to six felony charges: three counts of embezzlement and three counts of forgery/uttering.
    Anderson was indicted on the six charges Oct. 23, 2015, by a Grayson County grand jury.

  • Public record for 6/15/16 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 in September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Nofsinger indicted by federal grand jury

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON — Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. made his initial appearance in federal court at a nine-minute hearing on Monday to answer for child sexual exploitation charges.

    The nine-minute hearing in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon was related to federal charges placed after Nofsinger was arrested in connection with the killings of a Galax infant and her mother.

  • Nofsinger to appear in federal court

    ABINGDON — The first federal court appearance of Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., 36, who is being prosecuted in the Western District of Virginia Federal Court on child sexual abuse charges, will be held in Abingdon today, Monday, with Judge J. Sargent presiding.
    Additionally, the Galax man is charged with the double homicide of a mother and her infant daughter in March.
    The June 13 hearing is listed as an “initial appearance” on the federal court docket. Nofsinger is being held without bond on a federal detainer in the New River Valley Regional Jail.

  • Public record for 6/8/16 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 October of 2015 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed: