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Courts

  • Vaughn pleads guilty to escape charge

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Toby Vaughn, 24, of Woodlawn pleaded guilty to escaping police custody in Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon.
    Carroll County Deputy Barry Lineberry took Vaughn into custody after pulling him over on Aug. 29, 2012. Vaughn had an outstanding misdemeanor charge of destroying cemetery property, according to police reports.
    Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Jones told Judge Brett Geisler that Lineberry had put Vaughn in handcuffs at the time of his escape.

  • Public record for 1/23/13 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 Sept. 19-Oct. 9, 2012, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.

  • Tire theft charges dismissed

    INDEPENDENCE — A husband and wife arrested in connection with the alleged theft of four tires from Independence Tire have had their grand larceny charges dismissed.
    Ezra Allen Royal, 55, and Nellie Victoria Lisle Royal, 44, both of Galax, appeared in Grayson County General District Court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14.
    The felony charges were dismissed after the judge found no evidence to send the case to a grand jury.

  • Abduction, rape charges dropped

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Travis Slusher, 30, of Cana, was found not guilty of two abduction charges and one rape charge, and guilty of carnal knowledge, at a jury trial Jan. 14 in Carroll County Circuit Court.
    Slusher was arrested on Aug. 26, 2011, after the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department investigated reports of the abduction and rape of two minors, one under the age of 13.

  • Public record for 1/16/13 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville:

  • Monday convicted of assaulting federal witness

    ABINGDON — The January 2012 assault of a drug informant at a Cana home has led to the federal conviction of a 37-year-old Carroll County man.
    Daniel Wade Monday of Cana appeared in federal court in Abingdon on Jan. 14 to receive his sentence after pleading guilty in the case of retaliating against a federal witness.
    Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Officer Ricky Carr swore out a complaint last May in a case involving Monday and Celia Haynes Edwards (also known as Tina Hawks), according to court records.

  • Carroll circuit court unseals charges

    HILLSVILLE ― Carroll County Circuit Court recently released indictments that had been sealed after the grand jury met.
    It is common practice for courts to seal indictments until the person named can be served with warrants.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    Charged were:
    • Matthew Shane Crouse — taking indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15 (two counts)
    • Gary Alan Newman — distribution of marijuana (two counts)

  • Some pets returned to owner in animal abuse case

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The court reached a decision on Dec. 3 regarding Michelle Cole of Galax, who faced a total of 46 charges related to animal abuse, according to court records.
    Charges were filed after Galax Animal Control Officer Veronica Bryant responded to a complaint on Sept. 28, 2012, from the owner of a rental property on Academy Drive.

  • Public record for 01/09/13 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.

    District Court

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

  • Public record for 01/02/13 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.

    District Court

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