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Courts

  • Nofsinger to appear in federal court

    ABINGDON — The first federal court appearance of Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., 36, who is being prosecuted in the Western District of Virginia Federal Court on child sexual abuse charges, will be held in Abingdon today, Monday, with Judge J. Sargent presiding.
    Additionally, the Galax man is charged with the double homicide of a mother and her infant daughter in March.
    The June 13 hearing is listed as an “initial appearance” on the federal court docket. Nofsinger is being held without bond on a federal detainer in the New River Valley Regional Jail.

  • Public record for 6/8/16 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October of 2015 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Andrews Farming bankruptcy raises questions

    Staff Reports

    ROANOKE — Court documents show that Andrews Farming of Hillsville has filed for bankruptcy, with a list of creditors that includes Carroll County, the Virginia Tobacco Commission and other state agencies and numerous produce vendors.

    The produce company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Roanoke. Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code provides for liquidation of a company — the sale of a debtor’s property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors.

  • Court ruling could affect restroom policy

    Staff Reports

    RICHMOND – The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit of Virginia will not rehear the case of a Gloucester County transgender high school student suing his school board over discriminatory restroom policies.

    This action could affect a policy adopted in May by the Grayson County School Board, which says all students must use the restroom that matches the gender listed on their birth certificate.

  • Federal child abuse charges could go to trial before homicide

    Staff Reports

    New federal child sexual abuse charges against double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. mean that the Galax man potentially faces two trials — in U.S. District Court for the abuse charges and in Carroll County Circuit Court for the killings of a mother and her infant daughter.

    Sources close to the case say it could be quite a while before either case go to trial, but prosecution for the federal charges could take place before the suspect goes to court on the state murder charges.

  • Grand jury indicts prisoners

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Several prisoners serving sentences in state prisons across Virginia have been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    The incidents occurred when the prisoners were held at River North Correctional Center in Independence. Some are now at other prisons.

    The grand jury met April 22 and several indictments were sealed until arrests could be made. An indictment is a formal charge, not a determination of guilt.

  • Federal child sexual abuse charges leveled against Nofsinger

    New federal child sexual abuse charges have been leveled against double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., according to copies of a criminal complaint affidavit Virginia-based child advocacy organization Justice For Children Without Voices (JFCWOV) placed on its Facebook page.

  • Hearing set in capital murder case

    The preliminary trial for Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., charged in the killings of a Galax mother and daughter, has been set for July 22 at 2 p.m. in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Court.

    Nofsinger was arrested last week and charged with the first-degree murder of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and the capital murder of her daughter, Anastasia Alley, 21 months.

    According to the Clerk of Court’s office, the hearing will not be open to the public.

  • Public record for 5/25/16 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 September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Hearing set in Grayson homicide

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax, charged with the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Grayson County General District Court on Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

    Davis also is charged with the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states.

    An arraignment hearing was held on May 2 for Davis, where Jonathon Venzie of Independence was appointed as his defense attorney, according to the court.