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Courts

  • Court unseals drug charges

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court recently released several months' worth of sealed indictments, mostly dealing with drug cases.
    It's common practice for the courts to seal charges until those named can be served with warrants.
    Some unsealed indictments date back to the September 2010 meeting of the grand jury.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    Those named in the court papers include:

  • Indictments issued in traffic death, shooting incident

    INDEPENDENCE — A Crockett man was indicted last Friday on a charge of DUI involuntary manslaughter by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.
    Bradlee Erick Hahn, 21, was indicted as the result of a traffic accident that occurred on Clito Road on Aug. 28, 2010.

  • Public record for 2/2/11 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 August in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 1/26/11 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 June in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Anthony A. Isom of Galax, guilty of bad check larceny of $27 and $26.53; pay $71 costs.

  • Fugitive caught, wife charged with aiding escape

    A 36-year-old Fries man who defied a federal court in December has gotten his family members in trouble with the law, too.
    Jonathan Reed Stiltner failed to appear for his sentencing in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, N.C., and U.S. Marshals almost caught up with him in a search at a home in Carroll County days later.
    But, Stiltner slipped away while — as federal authorities allege — his wife told marshals she didn't know where he was.

  • Taylor could serve 5 years for child porn

    UPDATED JANUARY 21, 2011:

  • County signs AmerLink settlement

    HILLSVILLE — In signing the final settlement with bankrupt AmerLink, some Carroll County officials wanted to celebrate with confetti, but none sounded more excited than the county attorney.
    AmerLink, in an economic development deal with Carroll, was supposed to create 200 jobs, but went down in bankruptcy after building a model home sales center and half a sawmill in the county.

  • Public record for 1/19/11 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 Nov. 5-22 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Sweet granted mental evaluation

    INDEPENDENCE — A judge has ruled that Fred Lee Sweet of Galax, convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child, is entitled to a mental evaluation.
    Sweet was convicted during his trial in June 2010. A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours before finding Sweet, 68, guilty of both charges.
    The offenses involved a girl who was five years old at the time.
    The jury recommended a sentence of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine on one charge and seven years in prison and a $30,000 fine on the second charge.

  • Judge approves AmerLink sales center settlement

    WILSON, N.C. — A federal bankruptcy court judge last week approved the settlement on the AmerLink sales center, transferring it to the trustee for marketing.
    Carroll representatives and the bankruptcy trustee working on behalf of AmerLink creditors ironed out a deal to end the 99-year lease between the county and the company.
    Instead, the trustee will take possession of the log home models and try to find a new tenant with a compatible use for the farmers' market that will bring around 10 jobs and revenue to the county.