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Courts

  • 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.

  • Public record for 1/8/14 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 August in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Ethan Douglas Funk of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $91 costs.

  • Murder suspect free on $100,000 bond

    HILLSVILLE — A 28-year-old Pipers Gap woman accused of second-degree murder from an October 2013 incident received a bond from the Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.
    Before a crowd in the courtroom, Whitney Lee Isom was granted a $100,000 secured bond, according to court officials.
    Isom had been charged by direct indictment with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in December 2013 after the shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier at 70 Rippey Hollow Road in Pipers Gap.

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

  • Public record for 12/25/13 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 Aug. 29-Sept. 13 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Hodge to serve 5 years for fatal crash

    PULASKI — A Pulaski Circuit Court judge told a 25-year-old Max Meadows man that he was a “bad driver, a speeding driver,” when pronouncing his sentence Thursday.
    Dustin Keith Hodge was the driver in a Sept. 15, 2012, wreck that killed a Hillsville woman. He had pleaded no contest in August to an involuntary manslaughter charge after the crash on Virginia 100 in Pulaski County that killed Misty Dawn Davis.

  • Trial date set in Owens murder case

    HILLSVILLE ― With all the forensic evidence having been processed by the state crime lab in Roanoke, Carroll County Circuit Court officials have set the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Woodlawn man for June 2014.

  • Court releases drug case search warrants

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Drug Task Force members searched two residences and a business in Galax on Sept. 15 after several undercover buys of illegal drugs, according to three search warrants sought in the case.
    The search warrants were sealed by Carroll County Circuit Court until Dec. 18, two days after the most recent meeting of the Carroll grand jury.

  • Public record for 12/18/13 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 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence: