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Courts

  • Father, son indicted for drug conspiracy

     ABINGDON — A father and son from Grayson County and two other suspects have been indicted by a Federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on drug, weapons and other charges.

    Lorne Sidney Anders; his son, Arlin James Anders; Michael Leon Cooper and Ricardo “Ricky” Lopez-Zuniga were indicted when the grand jury met on Nov. 2.

    Eleven different counts were returned by the grand jury.

  • Grand jury issues more indictments

     INDEPENDENCE — Additional Grayson County grand jury indictments have been unsealed and suspects arrested.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    The grand jury met Oct. 22 and returned the following indictments.

    • Thomas Ray Archer of Galax — abuse or child neglect.

    • Cynthia Ann Hyder of Independence — attempted grand larceny of a firearm.

    • Cody William Rutherford of Fries — possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

  • Public record for 11/10/10 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 Aug. 23-Sept. 7 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Grayson pleads guilty to dealing meth

     ROANOKE — A 36-year-old Carroll County man snared in a drug trafficking conspiracy has pleaded guilty in federal court, but he reserves the right to argue down the amount of methamphetamine involved.

    Jesse William Grayson got caught up in the same investigation that led to the conviction of Donald Scott Vaughan, who fled from a drug sting at Interstate 77's Exit 14 at high speeds across western Carroll County.

  • Murder case sent to grand jury

     HILLSVILLE — People gathered at a Pipers Gap home on May 18 saw horseplay between David Levelle Richardson of Galax and Bryon Jordan Wilson escalate into something more violent.

    No witness saw the shooting that killed Wilson, because it happened in the bathroom of the home on Coal Creek Road. But a witnesses testifying at the preliminary hearing in Carroll County General District Court Friday agreed that, after a fight, Wilson picked up an object and followed Richardson into the bathroom. 

  • Ex-police officer to serve 6 years on drug conviction

     ROANOKE — A former Pulaski police officer who admitted trafficking drugs has been given a sentence of 72 months in federal prison Monday.

    Christopher Franklin Bond, 33, who lived in Carroll County at the time of the offenses, had already pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

    On Monday, the court sentenced Bond and a co-defendant.

  • Oracle discrimination lawsuit proceeds

     INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Zoning Appeals and Zoning Administrator Lisa Barker have been dropped as defendants in a lawsuit that alleges the Board of Supervisors denied a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center because of religious beliefs.

    In June, the Board of Supervisors denied a special use permit for The Oracle Institute, which planned to build a non-denominational spiritual retreat center in the Wilson District. 

  • Public record for 11/3/10 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 Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Developer drops lawsuit

     HILLSVILLE — A private developer has dropped a lawsuit against the Carroll Public Service Authority that alleged tax credits were promised in return for a pump station in 2008.

    A pump station was mistakenly transferred to Weststar Investments with three acres off U.S. 58 as the company sought the land for development.

    The public service authority needs that pump station for the recently completed Woodlawn wastewater project to get sewage to Galax for treatment.

  • Drug charges filed in Carroll

      HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Circuit Court recently released these indictments, which had previously been sealed.

    It is common for the court to seal its paperwork until after the person named in the indictment has been served with warrants.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Named in these indictments were:

    • John Ray Sutphin — possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II drug, issued in June 2008.

    • Kenneth Dale Dalton — possession of meth