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Courts

  • Woman charged with financial exploitation

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County grand jury has indicted Margie M. Spencer of Mouth of Wilson on two counts of financial exploitation of a mentally handicapped person.
    The grand jury met April 25, and Spencer’s charges were among several sealed indictments. The file was unsealed after she was arrested in late May.
    Court records showed that between Jan. 1 and June 1, 2013, Spencer allegedly exploited $200 or more.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 141 charges

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury issued 141 indictments against 55 individuals in Monday’s circuit court session.

    Indictments included a total of eight different charges against James Danny Miller of Dandridge, Tenn. According to the indictments, Miller has been charged with the abductions of Connie Denham, Kayla A. Denham and Lincoln T. Brady; along with four charges of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and one charge of statutory burglary.

  • Owens pleads guilty to murder

    HILLSVILLE — In the midst of grand jury indictments on Monday, 31-year-old Jesse James Owens of Woodlawn surprised the court with a guilty plea to four charges, including first-degree murder.

    The case preceding Owens’ plea began Feb. 8, 2013, when he admittedly used a firearm to shoot and kill his girlfriend, Delphie Willey.

    Owens was accused of shooting Willey in the head, according to police reports. Previous testimonies had indicated that he’d committed the act after becoming jealous of Willey dancing with another man.

  • Public record for 6/18/14 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 Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Mayor to enter plea in impersonation case

    BRISTOL — Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder’s appeal of his conviction for impersonating a law enforcement officer was continued last week, and now has been rescheduled as a plea hearing, according to Bristol Circuit Court records.

    This is the appeal’s second continuance, according to the records.

    The hearing is scheduled for June 20 at Bristol Circuit Court. There is no indication about what plea Crowder intends to enter.

  • Public record for 6/11/14 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 January in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Company pays EPA for acid cleanup

    ROANOKE — The federal government is recovering $150,000 of the $500,000 it spent cleaning up hundreds of acid-filled drums from a property in Carroll County in 2009.

  • Public record for 6/4/14 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 January in the Galax General District Court, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Stout charged with grand larceny

     

  • Court clerk's office audit finds problems

    HILLSVILLE — A state audit of the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office has turned up numerous issues that could reportedly lead to the loss of revenues, assets or compromise fiscal accountability.

    The audit showed that incorrectly classified, disbursed or miscoded funds totaled $250,000.

    The 10-page audit report is a public record that can be read online at www.apa.virginia.gov, and it includes a detailed response from Court Clerk Carolyn H. Honeycutt in regards to the findings.