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Courts

  • Murder suspect has court date this week

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court on June 27 for a evidence suppression hearing, but it was delayed because a witness in the case could not be located.

    Jones is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, who was reported missing April 16, 2013. Jones was reportedly the last person to see her before she disappeared.

    Karen Boyer of Hillsville, Jones’ attorney, asked Judge Brett Geisler to set another date for the hearing.

  • Former airport director charged with embezzling

    HILLSVILLE — David Ritter Jr., a former manager of the Twin County Airport, has been indicted on two counts of embezzling public funds totaling more than $11,000 from the Twin County Airport Commission.

    According to Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons, Ritter was charged after an audit uncovered discrepancies with the commission funds.

  • Public record for 7/2/14 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.  
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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Feb. 24-March 12, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Public record for 6/25/14 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.  
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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Jan. 28-Feb. 21, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Woman charged with financial exploitation

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County grand jury has indicted Margie M. Spencer of Mouth of Wilson on two counts of financial exploitation of a mentally handicapped person.
    The grand jury met April 25, and Spencer’s charges were among several sealed indictments. The file was unsealed after she was arrested in late May.
    Court records showed that between Jan. 1 and June 1, 2013, Spencer allegedly exploited $200 or more.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 141 charges

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury issued 141 indictments against 55 individuals in Monday’s circuit court session.

    Indictments included a total of eight different charges against James Danny Miller of Dandridge, Tenn. According to the indictments, Miller has been charged with the abductions of Connie Denham, Kayla A. Denham and Lincoln T. Brady; along with four charges of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and one charge of statutory burglary.

  • Owens pleads guilty to murder

    HILLSVILLE — In the midst of grand jury indictments on Monday, 31-year-old Jesse James Owens of Woodlawn surprised the court with a guilty plea to four charges, including first-degree murder.

    The case preceding Owens’ plea began Feb. 8, 2013, when he admittedly used a firearm to shoot and kill his girlfriend, Delphie Willey.

    Owens was accused of shooting Willey in the head, according to police reports. Previous testimonies had indicated that he’d committed the act after becoming jealous of Willey dancing with another man.

  • Public record for 6/18/14 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.  
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    District Court

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

  • Mayor to enter plea in impersonation case

    BRISTOL — Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder’s appeal of his conviction for impersonating a law enforcement officer was continued last week, and now has been rescheduled as a plea hearing, according to Bristol Circuit Court records.

    This is the appeal’s second continuance, according to the records.

    The hearing is scheduled for June 20 at Bristol Circuit Court. There is no indication about what plea Crowder intends to enter.

  • Public record for 6/11/14 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 January in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed: