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Courts

  • Burglary suspects face new charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury returned 10 indictments against a Galax man and a Rich Creek woman in connection with the alleged breaking and entering of a home in the Baywood community on April 19.

    The grand jury met April 28 and issued 117 indictments against 64 suspects. Several of the indictments were sealed until arrests were made.

  • Public record for 5/17/17 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2016 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Trial date set for Grayson homicide

    INDEPENDENCE – A trial date has been set for Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, who is charged in the 2016 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court database, Davis is scheduled for a three-day jury trial, beginning Aug. 23.

    Davis was indicted on four charges by a Grayson grand jury in January: kill and murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (subsequent offense).

  • Public record for 5/10/17 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 October in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Underwood to serve 7 years in dog attack case

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Courthouse was filled with tears last Thursday during the sentencing of John Terry Underwood II, 52, of Independence, who was charged in connection with the dog mauling death of a 15-month-old girl on the night of Jan. 6, 2016.

  • Judge declares mistrial in factory sabotage case

    HILLSVILLE — The trial of Corey Dean Hodges, charged with the 2016 vandalization of the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture factory in downtown Galax, has been moved to August, following a mistrial last Wednesday.

    Carroll County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Philip Steele said that a juror “had problems that made him unable to sit on that panel.”

  • Ogle's fire ruled arson, suspect indicted

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Wythe County man has been arrested and charged in connection with an apartment fire above the former Frogs Ogle’s Deli in Independence.

    According to Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, David Christopher Rose, 29, was indicted by a Grayson County Grand Jury on April 28. Indictments were sealed until his arrest.

  • Public record for 5/3/17 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 October in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Lewis murder trial delayed until November

    Staff Report

    MARION — A man charged in the hit-and-run death of a Fries woman and the vehicular injury of an Ivanhoe man has a new trial date in Smyth County, as of last week.

    John Randolph Lewis, charged in the first-degree murder of Heather Copeland Clontz; and the malicious assault of Samuel D. Lawson, was scheduled to appear in Smyth County Circuit Court on April 26, but the trial was continued after the judge granted a motion from the defense, according to the courts database.

  • New trial date set for chase, crash suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury trial for Travis Dale Coulson, indicted on multiple charges in a Galax chase that allegedly caused another driver to crash through a house, has been rescheduled.

    Coulson, 38, of Galax, was scheduled to appear in Grayson County Circuit Court on April 21; but the case was continued and a new trial date is set for June 8, beginning at 9 a.m. The trial is scheduled to last one day.