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Courts

  • 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.

  • Public record for 1/12/11 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 October in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Bullion to serve 4 years on drug charges

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man has been sentenced to spend four years in a federal prison as a result of a two-year illegal drug investigation.
    Stacey Harold Bullion of 63 Lewis Lane heard his sentence in U.S. District Court on Monday, after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, according to Brian McGinn, spokesman for the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Roanoke.
    A federal grand jury issued a six-count indictment naming Bullion, as well as Hillsville resident Rigoberto Ruiz-Ruvalcaba, last March.

  • Public record for 1/5/11 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 September in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Gambill sentenced on firearms charge

    ABINGDON — A 42-year-old Galax man will serve more than six years in federal prison on a gun charge.
    Joe Jackson Gambill was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2010 for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
    The charge arose from a traffic stop and sobriety check in August 2009.
    Gambill was found guilty by a jury in U.S. District Court in Abingdon in August 2010, and he was sentenced Dec. 28, 2010, to serve 78 months in prison at a facility in Beckley, W.Va.

  • Hamby pleads guilty to child porn charge

    ABINGDON — An Independence man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on Dec. 20 to one count of receiving child pornography.

    John Hamby, 49, was apprehended in September when an undercover law enforcement officer working with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force discovered Hamby was trading child pornography on an Internet peer-to-peer file-sharing site, according to Brian McGinn, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Attorney's Western District of Virginia office.

  • Man pleads guilty to stealing from elderly patient

    ABINGDON — A former companion care provider from Galax, hired to work with a social worker for the Grayson County Department of Social Services, pleaded guilty on Dec. 16 to federal fraud charges stemming from misuse of a debit card and theft from a bank account belonging to a patient the defendant was hired to care for.

  • Carroll grand jury issues indictments

    HILLSVILLE — One new charge has been placed against 21-year-old David Levelle Richardson of Galax, who is accused in the first-degree murder of a 27-year-old Hillsville man May 18.
    Richardson already faced charges of first-degree murder of Bryon Jordan Wilson, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling.