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Courts

  • Ex-police officer to serve 6 years on drug conviction

     ROANOKE — A former Pulaski police officer who admitted trafficking drugs has been given a sentence of 72 months in federal prison Monday.

    Christopher Franklin Bond, 33, who lived in Carroll County at the time of the offenses, had already pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

    On Monday, the court sentenced Bond and a co-defendant.

  • Oracle discrimination lawsuit proceeds

     INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Zoning Appeals and Zoning Administrator Lisa Barker have been dropped as defendants in a lawsuit that alleges the Board of Supervisors denied a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center because of religious beliefs.

    In June, the Board of Supervisors denied a special use permit for The Oracle Institute, which planned to build a non-denominational spiritual retreat center in the Wilson District. 

  • Public record for 11/3/10 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.

    District Court

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

  • Developer drops lawsuit

     HILLSVILLE — A private developer has dropped a lawsuit against the Carroll Public Service Authority that alleged tax credits were promised in return for a pump station in 2008.

    A pump station was mistakenly transferred to Weststar Investments with three acres off U.S. 58 as the company sought the land for development.

    The public service authority needs that pump station for the recently completed Woodlawn wastewater project to get sewage to Galax for treatment.

  • Drug charges filed in Carroll

      HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Circuit Court recently released these indictments, which had previously been sealed.

    It is common for the court to seal its paperwork until after the person named in the indictment has been served with warrants.

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

    Named in these indictments were:

    • John Ray Sutphin — possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II drug, issued in June 2008.

    • Kenneth Dale Dalton — possession of meth

  • Hall pleads guilty to stealing from elderly patients

    ABINGDON — A former senior social worker for Grayson County has pleaded guilty to charges related to her participation in a variety of fraudulent acts devised to steal money from a pair of elderly patients formerly in her care.

    She faces up to 30 years in federal prison on three charges.

    Jennifer Edward Hall, 36, of Galax was indicted by a federal grand jury in July and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit access devise fraud, three counts of access device fraud and one count of bank fraud.

  • Grayson issues indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday on seven charges, including allegedly breaking into the home of Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.

  • Public record for 10/27/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 12-Aug. 3 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Kennedy sentenced on drug charge

    ROANOKE — A Galax man, found guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in U.S. District Court, received a prison sentence of more than seven years last Thursday.

    Kenneth Joe Kennedy, having earlier entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, appeared before federal Judge James Turk for sentencing Oct. 21.

    The judge ordered Kennedy confined to the federal Bureau of Prisons for 87 months, according to court papers.

  • Hancock to serve 6 years

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in U.S. District Court will spend six years in a federal prison. Benjamin Lee Hancock, one of five locals convicted of a drug conspiracy charge, learned his fate at a sentencing hearing in Roanoke Oct. 14.

    Hancock's attorney argued against the defendant's sentencing being impacted by a contempt of court conviction from Carroll County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, brought up in the pre-sentencing report.