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Courts

  • Austin pleads guilty to child porn charges

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man recently pleaded guilty to multiple counts of possession, reproduction and distribution of child pornography in Grayson County.

    According to a report from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, David “Andrew” Austin, 25, appeared before the Grayson Circuit Court on April 30 to answer child pornography charges.

  • Public record for 6/24/15 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 Oct. 15-29 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Taylor pleads guilty to drug charge

    ROANOKE — A Grayson County man entered a guilty plea to charges involving the distribution of methamphetamine in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on June 1.
    Ronald Dean Taylor, 54, of Whitetop, was charged by grand jury indictment on March 12, along with Erika Elena Ortiz and Olivia Marisol Moreno, with conspiracy to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, a Schedule II drug. Indictments detailed six incidents beginning in or around the summer of 2014 through December 2014.

  • Six charged in direct indictments

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court has released 20 direct indictments against six individuals.

    The grand jury approved 28 direct indictments this week, however additional indictments will remain sealed until the individuals have been arrested.

    Included in the indictments are:

    • Sharon Lynn Lowery - making a false application for public assistance to the Carroll County Department of Social Services;

    • Latonia R. Marshall — four counts of embezzling

  • Former free clinic director indicted

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Latonia R. Marshall, former director of the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, was indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury in Carroll County this week.

    Marshall was charged with taking money from Baptist Medical Clinic, doing business as the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties.

    According to the indictments, Marshall allegedly disposed, concealed or embezzled more than $200 worth of property from the clinic.

  • Carroll grand jury indicts 39

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Grand Jury released 61 indictments against 39 individuals on June 15.

    Included in the list were three of the four people connected to a drug case.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, two Galax residents were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics after the execution of a search warrant at Glendale Apartments in February. Misty Rena Urbina, 33, and William Bradley Earp, 23, were charged.

  • Court: bookkeeper embezzled $1M

    ABINGDON – A former law firm bookkeeper, who previously pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges, was sentenced last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

    Patricia Ethel Chinault, 72, of Apopka, Fla., was sentenced on June 5 to 24 months in federal prison. Chinault previously pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $1 million from a Carroll County law firm.

  • Public record for 6/17/15 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 of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Public record for 6/10/15

    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 September of 2014 in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Reeves' sentence cut short

    Chad Allen Reeves, who was found not guilty of the murder of Brandon Billings in court last week, was returned to federal custody after the trial, where he will serve the remainder of a sentence for drug trafficking charges.

    However, his time in prison will shorter than expected.