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Courts

  • Charges against police chief dismissed

    BLAND — A charge of using profane language over a public airway was dismissed against Independence Police Chief James Wagoner on Wednesday following a short hearing in Bland County General District Court.
    Wagoner was charged March 15 with allegedly communicating a threat and using profanity to Investigator Doug Carner of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Carner testified that on March 14, he was traveling on Interstate 77 in Bland County when he received a cell phone call from Wagoner.

  • Public record for 5/1/13 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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in November of 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    George Yancey Edmondson, 22, Galax, and Joyelle Faith Combs, 22, Fries.

  • Public record for 4/24/13 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 November of 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Three women plead guilty in stolen lottery tickets case

    HILLSVILLE — A 2009 case involving embezzlement of Lottery tickets from Blue Ridge Tobacco and Candle moved closer to resolution with pleas from the three accused women on April 15.
    Amy Carrico Roberts of Galax, Holly Dawn Kelly Jennings of Fancy Gap and Carolyn Kaye Lane of Fancy Gap had each been brought up in two rounds of indictments in Carroll County Circuit Court in the incident, according to court records.
    (An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.)
    In the latest from June 2012, each woman faced charges of:

  • Grimes pleads guilty in death of Grayson man

    INDEPENDENCE — A 60-year-old Fries man will spend four years in the Virginia Department of Corrections after his arrest on charges related to the March 22, 2012, death of an unattended person.
    Donald S. Grimes faced multiple charges in Grayson County Circuit Court after investigators responded to 70 Springwood Lane in the Carsonville community and found Gary R. Vaughan, 57, deceased in his residence.

  • Two sentenced on federal meth charges

    ROANOKE — Two Twin County residents learned their sentences in federal court recently after being brought up on methamphetamine-related drug charges.
    Mickey Lee Thomas, 23, of Galax and Barbara Lynn Bedwell, 37, of Elk Creek were two of eight defendants charged in an indictment issued by a federal grand jury last February on drug related offenses.

  • Public record for 4/17/13 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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in October of 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Robert Drew Cowie, 61, and Janet Ruth Adams, 54, both of Independence.

  • Public record for 4/10/13 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 October of 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Public record for 4/3/13 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 February in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Arrest Report Updates 4/1/13

    The Gazette partners with local police departments to publish photos and information about suspects arrested and charged. The Gazette lists names of those found guilty of crimes in its regular Court News feature. Our staff also tracks those listed in the Arrest Reports feature, and reports any suspects who are found not guilty or have their charges dismissed.