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Courts

  • Privett sentenced for sexual battery

    INDEPENDENCE — Dylan Michael Privett, charged with making inappropriate contact with a tenant at Grayson Manor Apartments earlier this year, was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery in Grayson County General District Court.

    According to the courts database, Privett was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with 11 months suspended on good behavior.

  • Car chase cases seen in Carroll Court

    HILLSVILLE — Two cases involving car chases, one from late last year and one from early this year, were seen in the Carroll County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
    The case of Kevin Nelson Beasley, 27, of Austinville, the subject of a three-day manhunt, was continued until February 21 in the Carroll County Circuit Court on Tuesday, according to the Carroll County Circuit Court Clerk’s office. He was initially set to enter a guilty plea on Tuesday.

  • Public record for 11/1/17 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.

    District Court

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

  • Burglary suspect among those indicted

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Twenty-five suspects accused of 39 drug violations and other charges were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that convened last Friday.

    Among those charged was Scott Eugene Hampton of Galax, who was indicted for statutory burglary, felonious damage to property, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent felony, grand larceny of a firearm and larceny with the intent to sell stolen property.

  • Victim’s mother reads statement to Nofsinger

    Note: Stacy Kenny Ludy, mother of Alyssa Kenny, wrote this impact statement to read in court at Richard Nofsinger Jr.’s plea hearing on Wednesday. Ludy shared her statement with The Gazette. Warning: the following contains graphic descriptions that some readers might find disturbing.

    I have waited a long time to talk to you, Richard.

    I’m sure you don’t want to listen to me, but that’s okay. You will hear what I have to say, and I don’t even need you to respond. Just listen. And think about it.

  • Nofsinger pleads guilty to murders

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing an infant and her mother, after pleading guilty to charges of capital murder and first-degree murder.

    A plea agreement, accepted by prosecutors at the request of the victims’ family, removed the possibility of Nofsinger being sentenced to death.

  • Nofsinger pleads guilty in Carroll court

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing an infant and her mother, after pleading guilty to charges of capital murder and first-degree murder.

    A plea agreement, accepted by prosecutors at the request of the victims’ family, removed the possibility of Nofsinger being sentenced to death.

  • Driver who hit police chief's parents' home sentenced

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE ― A New York woman has pleaded guilty to three charges related to a police chase in March that ended when she crashed into the home of the Hillsville police chief’s parents.

    Anedra Yolanda Pace, 22, of Kenmore, N.Y., reportedly fled from police at a traffic stop on March 22 and lead officers on a chase into Hillsville. Pace’s BMW crashed into an outbuilding before hitting a neighboring house belonging to Don and Glenda Yonce ― Police Chief Wesley Yonce’s parents.

  • Public record for 10/18/17 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in June in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Police: alleged arson result of domestic dispute

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose, a Wythe County man charged with arson in connection with an apartment fire above the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence, has been scheduled for a bench trial instead of a jury trial.

    In Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 12, a judge approved a request from Rose’s attorney, R. Christopher Munique, to continue the case. Rose’s new trial date is Nov. 30, beginning at 9 a.m.