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Courts

  • 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:

  • Cox sworn in as judge

    INDEPENDENCE — Surrounded by her family, friends, fellow judges and others, Monica Dawn Cox was sworn in June 22 as Juvenile and Domestic Relations judge for the 27th Judicial Circuit.
    Cox, the former commonwealth’s attorney for Grayson County, was a partner in The Grayson Law Firm P.C. and was appointed judge by the Virginia General Assembly last month.
    The courtroom at the Grayson County Courthouse was packed, with several people standing around the walls.

  • Linville waives hearing in rape case

    Tropical Tanning Salon owner Jimmy Ray Linville, 51, who is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years of age, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court last Friday.
    Linville was arrested March 28 at his business, located at 209 Oldtown St. in Galax, after the Galax Police Department conducted an investigation.

  • Public record for 6/20/12 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 March in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 6/27/12 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:

  • Carroll grand jury issues 219 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury has leveled new charges at Richard Austin Williams, who allegedly tried to steal a car in January but got shot instead by his would-be victims,
    The grand jury issued a direct indictment for new charges during Monday’s session.
    Williams, 23, of Woodlawn is charged with trying to steal a Chevy Impala that was parked for sale at Dawn Auction in Hillsville.