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Courts

  • Grand jury indicts five in Grayson

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against five suspects were recently opened in Grayson County.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on Oct. 27 returned the indictments. Several of the indictments were sealed until those named could be arrested.

    Richard Scott Anders Jr., 48, of Dublin, was indicted on nine charges of possession of child pornography (second or subsequent offense).

  • Public record for 11/15/17 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 July in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Berrier files for recount

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County’s School Board election results for the Fancy Gap District are being challenged by candidate Phillip W. Berrier.

    Berrier has filed for a recount after incumbent Joey D. Haynes won the Nov. 7 election by a three-vote margin, with Berrier placing second in the four-way race.

    Gina Hall and Patricia Sebens also ran in the district race, but each garnered less than half of Berrier’s 498 votes. Haynes received 501.

  • Public record for 11/8/17 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 July in the Grayson County General District Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Judge sets new date for Eisenhauer murder trial

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG —David Eisenhauer’s trial for the first-degree murder of a Blacksburg teen will begin Feb. 5, after a judge set the new date on Monday.

    That’s the day already set aside for the beginning of co-defendant Natalie Keepers’ trial, but a new date for her has not been set.

  • Privett sentenced for sexual battery

    INDEPENDENCE — Dylan Michael Privett, charged with making inappropriate contact with a tenant at Grayson Manor Apartments earlier this year, was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery in Grayson County General District Court.

    According to the courts database, Privett was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with 11 months suspended on good behavior.

  • Car chase cases seen in Carroll Court

    HILLSVILLE — Two cases involving car chases, one from late last year and one from early this year, were seen in the Carroll County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
    The case of Kevin Nelson Beasley, 27, of Austinville, the subject of a three-day manhunt, was continued until February 21 in the Carroll County Circuit Court on Tuesday, according to the Carroll County Circuit Court Clerk’s office. He was initially set to enter a guilty plea on Tuesday.

  • Public record for 11/1/17 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 June in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Burglary suspect among those indicted

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Twenty-five suspects accused of 39 drug violations and other charges were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that convened last Friday.

    Among those charged was Scott Eugene Hampton of Galax, who was indicted for statutory burglary, felonious damage to property, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent felony, grand larceny of a firearm and larceny with the intent to sell stolen property.

  • Victim’s mother reads statement to Nofsinger

    Note: Stacy Kenny Ludy, mother of Alyssa Kenny, wrote this impact statement to read in court at Richard Nofsinger Jr.’s plea hearing on Wednesday. Ludy shared her statement with The Gazette. Warning: the following contains graphic descriptions that some readers might find disturbing.

    I have waited a long time to talk to you, Richard.

    I’m sure you don’t want to listen to me, but that’s okay. You will hear what I have to say, and I don’t even need you to respond. Just listen. And think about it.