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Courts

  • Public record for 10/7/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2014 in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Jury finds woman not guilty of embezzling

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax woman was found not guilty of two charges of embezzlement from the Baywood Rescue Squad following a jury trial in Grayson County Circuit Court last Friday.

    Nancy Lane Christman was charged in January by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury with embezzling funds from the volunteer rescue squad.

    According to Circuit Court Clerk Susan Herrington, the case was brought before a jury on Sept. 24-25. Herrington said the trial ended around 9:30 p.m. last Friday.

  • Fulton indicted for officer assault

    HILLSVILLE – A Woodlawn man was indicted by a Carroll County grand jury on Sept. 21 for two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and one count of eluding a law enforcement officer following a March incident.

    Eric Michael Fulton, 40, was the driver in a police chase on the evening of March 3, according to court files.

  • Public record for 9/30/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in February in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Misty Rena Urbina of Galax, guilty of paraphernalia (type not clear); pay $100 fine and $86 costs.

  • Judge: Woolwine can't withdraw guilty plea

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County judge on Tuesday denied a man’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea to a homicide charge and the case will move to the sentencing phase.

    Edgar DeHart Jr., the attorney for Christopher Dean Woolwine, indicated in court on Aug. 27 that his client wished to file a motion to withdraw his previous guilty plea to hit-and-run and second-degree homicide charges from a fatal crash on Halloween night of 2014.

  • Public record for 9/16/15 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 Jan. 6-28 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.
    Charles L. Cox to Dennis Lafon Jr. and Anita Lafon. .59 acre in the City of Galax. $160,000.

  • Public record for 9/23/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Coyote bounty scam suspect waives hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — James Edward Lawrence has waived his right to a preliminary hearing after being charged with defrauding Grayson County’s coyote bounty program.

    According to court records, Lawrence, 32, of Galax, was charged by game warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

    A preliminary hearing for Lawrence was to be held Monday in Grayson General District Court, but Lawrence waived his right to the hearing, sending the case directly to the grand jury, which meets again Oct. 23.

  • Former free clinic director pleads guilty to embezzling

    Former Free Clinic of the Twin Counties director Latonia Marshall pleaded guilty to four charges of felony embezzlement on Wednesday, according to the Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Marshall was charged with taking money from the Galax clinic. Marshall’s sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 10.

    She was indicted earlier this year by a grand jury in Carroll County. Marshall allegedly disposed, concealed or embezzled more than $200 worth of property from the clinic, according to the indictments.

  • Man pleads guilty to having drugs in jail

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    Reprinted with permission

    PULASKI — A Galax man caught in a November drug transaction will have to serve two years in prison.

    According to the prosecution, William Estil Crigger, 36, told police he accompanied Randa Spencer on the transaction, but he thought they were going to rob the intended buyer rather than complete the methamphetamine transaction.