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Courts

  • Prisoner's release request denied

    INDEPENDENCE — A request to release a Galax man from jail and confine him to his home on electronic monitoring was denied following a hearing last Wednesday in Grayson County Circuit Court.
    Judge David Milesco listened to testimony for about half an hour before making his ruling.
    Fred Lee Sweet, 69, was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery during his trial on June 17, 2010. The alleged offenses occurred in April 2007 and involved a girl who was five years old at the time.

  • Richardson to serve 9 years for murder

    HILLSVILLE — David Richardson will serve 13 years, with four suspended, for the shooting death of a Carroll County man, Judge Brett Geisler ruled during a sentencing hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
    The jury had recommended nine years for the defendant, who was convicted of first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling.
    Richardson fired three shots in a May 18, 2010 incident that resulted in the death of Bryon Jordan Wilson.  

  • Grimes charged in man's death

     

  • 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.