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Courts

  • Former free clinic director indicted

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Latonia R. Marshall, former director of the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, was indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury in Carroll County this week.

    Marshall was charged with taking money from Baptist Medical Clinic, doing business as the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties.

    According to the indictments, Marshall allegedly disposed, concealed or embezzled more than $200 worth of property from the clinic.

  • Carroll grand jury indicts 39

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Grand Jury released 61 indictments against 39 individuals on June 15.

    Included in the list were three of the four people connected to a drug case.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, two Galax residents were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics after the execution of a search warrant at Glendale Apartments in February. Misty Rena Urbina, 33, and William Bradley Earp, 23, were charged.

  • Court: bookkeeper embezzled $1M

    ABINGDON – A former law firm bookkeeper, who previously pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges, was sentenced last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

    Patricia Ethel Chinault, 72, of Apopka, Fla., was sentenced on June 5 to 24 months in federal prison. Chinault previously pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $1 million from a Carroll County law firm.

  • Public record for 6/17/15 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 in September of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Public record for 6/10/15

    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 of 2014 in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Reeves' sentence cut short

    Chad Allen Reeves, who was found not guilty of the murder of Brandon Billings in court last week, was returned to federal custody after the trial, where he will serve the remainder of a sentence for drug trafficking charges.

    However, his time in prison will shorter than expected.

  • Reeves found not guilty of murder

    Read Day 1 of the trial HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — After deliberating for more than four hours on Wednesday, a jury found Chad Allen Reeves not guilty in the October 2002 killing of Brandon Billings, a high school student found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    The jury received the case around 3:40 p.m. and returned with a verdict around 8 p.m.

  • Public record for 6/3/15 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 October of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Murder case break came in 2010

    By SHANNON WATKINS and CHUCK BURRESS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The break in the cold case investigation of Brandon Billings’ 2002 slaying occurred in 2010 when the former live-in girlfriend of accused slayer Chad Allen Reeves implicated him in the case, court proceedings revealed Monday.

    Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught said in opening arguments that Tammy Simone provided the break when she described for investigators what Reeves told her in the hours after Billings was killed on Oct. 6, 2002.

  • Jury selected for Reeves murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Opening arguments in the trial of Chad Allen Reeves, 32 — one of two suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings — will start at 9 a.m. today, Monday.

    The trial is set to run five days, according to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, who is prosecuting the case.

    Vaught said that jury selection took less time than anticipated.