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Courts

  • Keepers' trial will be delayed

    Staff Report

    BLACKSBURG — The trial of Natalie Keepers, 20, of Laurel, Md., accused in the death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, has been postponed.

    Originally, it was scheduled for March 27. No new date has been set.

    Keepers is charged with being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder and concealing a body. Lovell’s body was found beside Route 89, just south of Galax, a few days after her disappearance in January 2016.

  • Public record for 3/8/17

    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 in November of 2016 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Alford plea accepted in dog attack case

    INDEPENDENCE — John Terry Underwood II, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, entered a plea to three charges in Grayson County Circuit Court on March 2.

    Underwood, 52, of Independence, was scheduled for a two-day jury trial last week. He was indicted by a grand jury on three charges: failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in serious human injury, child abuse or neglect and felony homicide.

  • Public record for 3/1/17 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.
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    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in July of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Motions seek to bar photos of victim, dog description

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Circuit Court heard two motions last week in the case of John Terry Underwood, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 15-month-old child.

    On Feb. 23, Brandon Boyles, defense attorney for Underwood, presented two motions to Circuit Court Judge H. Lee Harrell: to not allow references to the breed of the dog (a pit bull) involved in the attack and to restrict the showing of gruesome crime scene photos of the child to members of the jury.

  • Nofsinger to serve 60 years

    ABINGDON – Three mothers and a grandmother testified Feb. 28 in federal court about how Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. had adversely affected the lives of young girls through sexual contact and making pornographic videos of them.

    All four wept, sometimes to the point of near incoherence while speaking; and all four described Nofsinger as a “monster.”

    They spoke with deep grief about the rifts visited upon their families and the ongoing, possibly permanent, inability to trust others and feel safe anymore.

  • Roark not guilty of arson in house fire

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County man was found not guilty of arson during a bench trial held Feb. 2 in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Michael Paul Roark, 45, of Rugby, was charged with arson and attempting to obtain money by false pretenses, following a fire that occurred at 1559 Shippeys Branch Road in Mouth of Wilson on Dec. 31, 2013.

    He was convicted of the felony obtaining money charge.

  • Grayson court unseals more indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Several more sealed indictments have been opened after being handed down by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27 in Independence, including charges against a Galax man accused of raping a child.

    Michael Dwayne Wroten, 35, was indicted on two counts for rape of a child less than 13 years old; sodomy with a child less than 13 years old; and object sexual penetration.

  • Public record for 2/22/17 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 August in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Pot activist gets new court date in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A Michigan man charged with marijuana possession, who staged a protest in front of the Carroll County courthouse in December, was in court again Feb. 17.

    Carroll County General District Court Judge Edward M. Turner issued a continuance for the trial of Keith Leo Olson of Davison, Mich. His trial for possession of marijuana is now set for July 28.