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Courts

  • Grayson grand jury issues 17 indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 17 people on Jan. 24.
    Rhonda Weagle and Christina Dawn Smith were each charged with grand larceny and statutory burglary for breaking into the home of Tanya Lundy and stealing property valued at more than $200.
    Other charges included:
    • Zachary Lee Funk – possession of stolen property
    • Kayla LeAnn Patino – possession of stolen property

  • Carjacker sentenced to 22 years in prison

    BHILLSVILLE — A Woodlawn man who attempted to steal a vehicle from the parking lot of Dawn Auction at gunpoint — but instead ended up getting shot himself  — got 22 years in prison at a sentencing hearing last week.

  • Public record for 1/22/14 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 October 2013 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Hearing date set in Isom murder case

    HILLSVILLE — A defense attorney in the case of a 28-year-old woman accused of second-degree murder has petitioned the Carroll County Circuit Court for a discovery hearing.

  • Public record for 1/15/14 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 October in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Jones will return to Virginia for murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County authorities received word late last Friday that murder suspect Matthew Jones will be extradited to Virginia to stand trial for charges related to his girlfriend’s death last year.

  • Murder charges placed in 11-year-old crime

    INDEPENDENCE — Charges have been placed in the 11-year-old unsolved murder case of Brandon Billings, a Galax High School student and football player found shot to death in his truck in 2002.
    According to Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, a special grand jury convened by the Grayson County Circuit Court returned indictments charging that Chad Allen Reeves, 33, and George Albert Harper III, 40, did “with malice aforethought, kill and murder” Kyle Brandon Billings at some time between Oct. 5 and 6, 2002.

  • TWO CHARGED FOR MURDER IN BILLINGS CASE

    INDEPENDENCE — Charges have been placed in the 11-year-old unsolved murder case of Brandon Billings, a Galax High School student found shot to death in his truck in 2002.

    According to Grayson Commonwealth's Attorney Doug Vaught, a Special Investigative Grand Jury convened by the Grayson County Circuit Court returned separate indictments charging that Chad Allen Reeves, 33, and George Albert Harper III, 40, did “with malice aforethought, kill and murder” Kyle Brandon Billings at some time between Oct. 5 and 6, 2002.

  • Jones could be tried for murder before robbery

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and CHRISTOPHER BROOKE, Staff

    The boyfriend of a 33-year old Fries woman who was found dead after she was reported missing a month earlier is being extradited to Grayson County to face murder charges, but there’s still a question of exactly when the accused will return to Virginia.
    Matthew Steven Jones, 35, who was the boyfriend of Desia Rae George and the father of her youngest child, has been held in North Carolina on bank robbery charges since May of last year.

  • Hillsville mayor found guilty of impersonating officer

    BRISTOL — Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder was convicted last Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer and was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and pay a $500 fine.
    Crowder is appealing the conviction.
    Bristol General District Court Judge Blake McKinney found enough evidence to convict the Hillsville businessman and mayor, but not his wife, LouAnne Crowder, who faced the same charge stemming from a March 14 incident.