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Courts

  • Inmate charged with assaulting guards

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A former prisoner at River North Correction Center in Independence was recently indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury for allegedly assaulting two corrections officers.

    The grand jury met in Independence on Oct. 23 and returned several sealed indictments.

    One of the indictments recently opened was against Marcus Allen Whitehead, 30, whose address is now listed as Wallens Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap.

  • Murder suspect charged with perjury

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man facing a murder charge in the 2002 death of a Galax High School student has been indicted for perjury by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    George Albert Harper III, 42, is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin on two charges, first-degree murder in the 2002 Brandon Billings murder case and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • Public record for 11/25/15 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in March in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Grand jury issues more indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – More people face charges following a meeting of the grand jury in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Those indicted included:

    • Bradley Lee Phillips, 37, of Galax, for throwing missiles at an occupied vehicle.

    • Gary Lynn Ball, 47, of Galax, one count of larceny (construction fraud).

    • Vincent Lee Kirby, 48, one count of perjury.

  • Public record for 11/18/15 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Divorces

    These divorces were recorded in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Wilma Rutherford Boettcher vs. Kenneth Wayne Boettcher.

  • Public record for 11/11/15 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 February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Woolwine to serve 23 years in son's death

    By SARA BLANKENSHIP, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – A Christiansburg man has been sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court for charges stemming from an Oct. 31, 2014 accident that resulted in his son’s death.

    Christopher Dean Woolwine, 30, pleaded guilty in May to felony hit-and-run and second-degree murder in the traffic death of his four-year-old son, Cole Woolwine. Judge Brett Geisler sentenced Woolwine on Oct. 20.

  • Grand jury charges 3 with LSD possession

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments have been opened against three Mouth of Wilson residents, charging them with drug violations.

    The Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met Oct. 23 and indicted several people. Some of the indictments were sealed until the suspects could be served with warrants.

    Benjamin Ted Roten, 46; Benjamin Wayne Roten, 23; and Lori Jo Roten, 44, were indicted on one charge each for the possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (LSD).

  • Public record for 11/4/15 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Charge alleges athletic fund money taken

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A former secretary/bookkeeper at Grayson County High School has been indicted on embezzlement and forgery charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, as part of an ongoing investigation by Virginia State Police.

    The charges were related to money from athletic funds and other funds maintained by the school system.