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Courts

  • Public record for 8/1/12 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 April in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:
    Billy R. Whitaker of Galax, guilty of littering; pay $300 fine and $81 costs.

  • Court releases sealed charges

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court officials recently released these unsealed indictments.
    Courts often seal charges by direct indictment until the person named can be served with warrants. An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    Those named in the unsealed indictments include:
    • Joseph Linwood Burton, possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II drug.
    • Stanley Davis Brewer, 12 counts of obtaining drugs by false pretenses
    • Desiree Jordan Oakley, distribution of hydrocodone, a schedule III drug

  • Caldwell pleads guilty to meth charges

    ROANOKE — A 58-year-old Hillsville man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to being a part of a conspiracy to deal methamphetamine with seven others.
    Robert Columbus Caldwell faced three counts relating to distribution of meth, after a federal grand jury indictment in February.
    He was charged with distribution and possession with the intent to distribute 500 or more grams of meth, a schedule II narcotic, as well as two counts of distribution of meth.

  • Public record for 7/25/12 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 April in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 7/18/12 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 May 17-June 22 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Trash fee lawsuit scrapped

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors’ recent changes to the wording of the county’s trash collection ordinance has also cleaned up a potential legal mess.
    Shortly after Grayson County enacted a new solid waste ordinance two years ago, Amelia Bland Waller of Elk Creek filed a lawsuit against the county, contending that the charge was a tax instead of a fee because Grayson, as a utility provider, cannot charge a fee “for services not rendered or desired.”

  • DNA evidence could solve cold case

    HILLSVILLE — DNA testing results from Carroll County on file with the Department of Forensic Science are not intended check on a past conviction, but instead are being held as part of a cold case, according to the county’s commonwealth’s attorney.
    The sample could result in charges in a Carroll County case where no one has ever been convicted, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons has not released any specifics about the unsolved case.

  • Public record for 7/11/12 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.

    Divorces

    These divorces were recorded in March in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Christie Moore Carr vs. James Dean Carr II.
    Diana Stamper Funk vs. Clarence Lloyd Funk.

  • New charge in deputy shooting

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County deputy sheriff returned home June 2 from Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., after being treated for a gunshot wound.
    That same day, the suspects in his shooting were in court, where one of them received a new charge for attempted capital murder.
    Deputy Douglas Waller received a wound to his lower abdomen while responding to a domestic dispute call June 26 at a residence at 3016 Skyline Highway (Virginia 89), about six miles south of Galax.

  • Public record for 7/4/12 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 Feb. 10-29 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence: