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Courts

  • Former guard pleads guilty, avoids jail

    ROANOKE — A 39-year-old Hillsville man will spend three years on probation for a crime involving drug distribution and firearms.

    Victor Lee Billings will face three years on probation and a special assessment of $100, after being convicted of illegal possession of a firearm while illegally using a controlled substance, According to Brian P. McGinn, a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District in Roanoke.

  • Motion denied in Jones case

    UPDATED 4/2/15:

    INDEPENDENCE — A motion to set aside a verdict finding Matthew Steven Jones guilty in the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, was denied Tuesday, after new evidence failed to convince the judge that the trial would have had a different outcome.

  • Pubilc record for 04/01/15 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 in August of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Carroll grand jury issues 22 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County grand jury issued 22 direct indictments against 10 individuals on March 16.

    After an investigation going back almost two years, William Michael Hazelwood Sr., 37, was indicted on two counts of statutory burglary, grand larceny, larceny of a firearm and destruction of property.

    According to the indictments, Hazelwood allegedly broke into two separate Carroll County homes in the daytime, with the intent to commit larceny.

  • Public record for 3/25/15 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 Aug. 29, 2014-Sept. 15, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Jones' attorney to introduce new evidence

    HILLSVILLE — Though he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Matthew Steven Jones has not had his last day in court.

    After a trial in Grayson County Circuit Court, Jones was found guilty in November of first-degree murder in the strangling death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, and sentenced March 6 to life in prison without parole, with an additional three years suspended and a $100,000 fine.

  • Public record for 3/18/15 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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in July of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Windell Phillip Hawks, 50, of Mount Airy, N.C., and Lisa Rae Semones, 47, of Galax.

  • Father faces 2nd degree murder charge

    HILLSVILLE — Charges of murder, attempted murder and malicious wounding were included in the 72 indictments the Carroll grand jury certified against 40 individuals on Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Included in the stack of indictments were two charges — including a second degree murder charge — against Christopher Dean Woolwine of Christiansburg.

  • Suspects plead guilty to school vandalism

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Two Hillsville men charged in connection with vandalism at the former Woodlawn School last year pleaded guilty in Carroll County General District Court on March 13.

    Gregory Alan Bolen and Thomas John Frontiera, both 18, were both charged last December with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, destruction of property valued at $1,000 and trespassing on school property.

  • Hillsville town manager's DUI hearing continued

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson of Hillsville, facing a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81, had her case continued in Wythe County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

    Jackson, who serves as town manager of Hillsville, was charged by Virginia State Trooper J.J. Graham on Nov. 16, 2014. According to the police report, Jackson responded to Exit 81 on I-81 at 5:30 a.m., when Jackson’s vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment.