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Courts

  • Police chase suspect to be evaluated

    HILLSVILLE – The Michigan man involved in an April 10 police chase in Hillsville now faces an additional charge and will be sent for an evaluation on his mental competency.

    Jason Andrew Broderick, 34, of Adrian, Mich., was charged after a chase through Hillsville that resulted in the total loss of a Hillsville Police Department vehicle. After law enforcement met with Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons, an additional felony charge of attempted malicious assault on a law enforcement officer was placed against Broderick on April 15.

  • Bauguess pleads guilty, receives reduced charge

    HILLSVILLE – A North Carolina man charged in a March 1 breaking and entering incident in Cana appeared in court on Friday and pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge.

    Brandon Lee Bauguess, 37, of Ararat, N.C., was charged with breaking and entering and damaging property on March 1 after he allegedly threatened residents of a home in Cana with a hammer, according to police reports.

  • Prosecutor expects to seat jury quickly

    INDEPENDENCE — Jury selection for the murder trial of George Albert Harper III will begin on the morning of the trial, which is now set for the week of July 25 in Grayson County Circuit Court, according to Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.

    Harper, who is charged in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings, is the second suspect to be tried in this case. Last year, Chad Allen Reeves was put on trial for the murder, and was found not guilty.

  • Public record for 4/13/16 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.
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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 4-31 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Public record for 4/6/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Harper trial set for five days in July

    INDEPENDENCE — The trial date for George Albert Harper III, who is charged in the 2002 first-degree murder of Brandon Billings, will be held the week of July 25 in Grayson County Circuit Court, according to a review of the case last week.

    The Grayson County Circuit Court scheduled a review for Harper’s case on March 31, which Harper’s attorney, Edgar DeHart, said was to confirm everything was in order before the trial and to confirm the date.

    The courtroom has been reserved for five days.

  • Morgan sentenced on fraud, tax charges

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON – Robert Donald Morgan III, 44, of Hillsville will serve six months in prison after his conviction on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion.

    Morgan previously pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to willfully fail to pay taxes. Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Morgan was sentenced to six months imprisonment and ordered to pay $284,796 in restitution.

  • Public record for 3/30/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Elk Creek woman indicted on drug charge

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — An Elk Creek woman has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on a drug charge.

    The grand jury met Jan. 22 and several indictments were sealed until arrests were made.

    According to court records, Shawanna Moniek Phipps, 35, was indicted on one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).

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

  • Murder suspect to be extradited to Va.

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis will be extradited from North Carolina to Virginia in seven to 10 days.

    Davis, 52, who is charged with first-degree murder and malicious wounding, among other charges in Grayson, is being held in Alleghany County, N.C., after he was arrested there.

    At a court appearance in N.C. last week, he refused voluntary extradition.