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Courts

  • 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.

  • Hammer pleads guilty to another murder

    Convicted killer Frederick P. Hammer was in Ashe County Superior Court on Dec. 7, where he pleaded guilty to the shooting death of his nephew, Jimmy Blevins.
    Hammer, who is already serving seven life sentences without parole for the 2008 shooting deaths of three men in Grayson County, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the Blevins murder.

  • Thompson to serve 16 years for meth conspiracy

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man will serve 16 years in federal prison for his part in a drug conspiracy.
    Bobby Dwayne Thompson heard his sentence in federal district court in Roanoke on Dec. 9.

  • Public record for 12/15/10 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 Sept. 29-Oct. 13 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: