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Courts

  • Vaughan pleads guilty to conspiracy

     ROANOKE — A 53-year-old Galax man who fled the scene of a drug sting in April has admitted in court to being involved in a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. 

    Donald Scott Vaughan — charged with conspiracy and four counts of distribution of meth, a schedule II drug — entered a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge in U.S. District Court in Roanoke on Tuesday. 

  • Public record for 9/13/10 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 1-30 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Grayson prosecutor opens Galax office

    Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught recently announced that his office will expand its service area staffing into the City of Galax.

  • Final appeal denied in double murder case

    The Virginia Supreme Court saw no grounds to consider the last-ditch appeal of a Carroll man convicted of murder in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths two teens in Fancy Gap.

    In late September, the supreme court declined to hear the appeal of Clinton Eric Burke, who had been found guilty in the deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, at Fulton's mobile home on Frog Spur Road.

  • Public record for 10/6/10 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:
    Joshua Samuel Holley of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $101 costs.

  • Public record for 9/29/10 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in February in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:
    Ricky Brandon Hawks of Cana, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $50 fine and $10 costs.

  • Sweet ordered to jail, pending sentencing hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Freddie Lee Sweet of Galax, convicted in a June jury trial on two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child, has been ordered to remain in custody at the New River Valley Regional Jail until he can be sentenced.
    A judge issued the order last week, and Sweet, 67, reported to the jail, said Grayson County Commonwealth's Attorney Doug Vaught.
    Sweet had been free on a $25,000 bond.
    The sentencing hearing has been delayed twice on motions from the defense.

  • Trustee sues AmerLink for $25 million

    WILSON, N.C. — Several of AmerLink's officers and sister companies conspired together to commit fraud, claims the court-appointed trustee in a lawsuit seeking $25 million in damages in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

  • Two plead guilty to meth conspiracy charges

    ROANOKE — Two Hillsville men pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to deal methamphetamine, after a two-year investigation by the Twin County Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
    Federal agents had sought search warrants for the homes of Rigoberto Ruiz-Ruvalcaba of 328 Saddle Up Trail and Stacey Harold Bullion of 63 Lewis Lane as early as April 2009.

  • Vaughan indicted for fleeing drug bust

    HILLSVILLE — Two counts against a 53-year-old Galax man who allegedly fled the scene of an April drug bust were certified by the Carroll grand jury on Monday.