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Courts

  • Court to hear motions in Lovell murder case

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — As Natalie Keepers prepares for four days of motions hearings this month, her attorney wants a judge to throw out incriminating statements she made to police during the investigation of Nicole Lovell’s death.

    Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg, was killed in January 2016 and her body was found just outside Grayson County.

  • Public record for 1/4/17 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 February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Will pot law go up in smoke?

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A month after saying he was open to studying the decriminalization of marijuana, the top elected Republican in Virginia has formally asked a key legislative commission to look into the issue.

    State Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment had opposed decriminalization in the past.

    But during a Nov. 1 appearance in Norfolk, he said: “I think it’s absolutely crazy that we continue to lock people up for possession of a modest amount of marijuana.”

  • Public record for 12/28/16 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.
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    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 12/21/16 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.

    District Court

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

  • Fries woman pleads guilty to federal drug charge

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE – A Fries woman, who reportedly conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in and around the Hillsville and Galax areas, pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

    A news release from U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.’s office confirmed that Bianca Victoria Aroche, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and to distributing drugs.

  • Huff indicted for involuntary manslaughter

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Amanda Pearle Huff, 27, of Hillsville, was indicted by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury Monday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter that resulted in the death of a Max Meadows woman.

    The charge against Huff stems from a two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred at 4314 Danville Pike on March 26

  • Public record for 12/14/16 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 July in the Grayson County General District Court office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Man pleads guilty to distributing veterinary medicine

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – The former store manager of the Carroll County Cooperative pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to conspiring to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA].

    Marlin Webb, 58, of Woodlawn, appeared in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon on Dec. 9, where he waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy.

  • Suspect not guilty by reason of insanity

    HILLSVILLE — A Michigan man facing multiple felonies in Carroll County was found not guilty by reason of insanity following a court appearance on Nov. 29.

    Jason Andrew Broderick, 34, of Adrian, Mich., was involved in a high-speed chase in Carroll County on April 10. Following the incident, Broderick was charged with five felonies including malicious assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of assault of a law enforcement officer, destruction of property with intent and eluding police.