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Courts

  • Con man went to church to prey

    MOORE COUNTY, N.C. — A man who scammed the pastor and congregation of a Galax church out of money with a made-up tale of woe could spend 36 years in prison.
    David Oneal Twitty, 46, visited the Assembly of God in Galax, pulling parishoners' heartstrings with his tried-and-true story of personal tragedy.

  • Montgomery to serve 3 years

    ROANOKE — A Galax man indicted on two illegal drug charges last November received a three-year federal prison term in sentencing proceedings Monday.
    Timothy Matthew Montgomery was originally charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute.
    In March, he entered a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge, which carried with it a maximum penalty of a $2 million fine and 40 years in prison, according to the plea agreement.

  • Public record for 8/18/10 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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded May 19-June 22 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Cory Shane Smith, 20, Fries, and Elena Carol Brewer, 28, Galax.

  • Davis to serve 16.5 years for drug conspiracy

    ROANOKE — A Galax woman caught in a conspiracy to sell illegal drugs was sentenced Monday to 198 months in a federal prison.
    Stephie Nicole Bean Davis had pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiring to distribute a mixture of or substance containing methamphetamine after being indicted in January.

  • Sawyers to serve 15 years

    ROANOKE — The first defendant to be sentenced, among several Twin County residents caught in a federal drug sting, has received 15 years in prison.

    Michael Samuel Sawyers of Galax was the first of five locals to be sentenced for his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine.
    Sawyers appeared before Judge James Turk in the U.S. District Court Monday after entering a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge.

  • Public record for 8/11/10 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 November of 2009 in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Steven Earl Mason of Pinnacle, N.C., guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $250 fine and $71 costs.

  • Sweet sentencing delayed

    INDEPENDENCE — A sentencing hearing has been delayed for a Galax man convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
    Freddie Lee Sweet Jr., 67, was found guilty of both charges at a jury trial earlier this summer in Grayson County Circuit Court.

  • Grayson Circuit Court unseals indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — Three indictments that were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on July 23 have been unsealed.
    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt.
    Stanley D. Brewer, 46, of Fries, was indicted on five charges:
    • conspiracy to sell, give or distribute a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone)
    • sale, give or distribution of a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone)

  • Public record for 8/4/10 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded April 24-May 26 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Kennedy pleads guilty to drug charge

    ROANOKE — The last of several Twin County residents implicated in an illegal drug case pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
    With Kenneth Joe Kennedy signing a plea agreement in federal court, prosecutors have netted convictions against three Galax residents and two Hillsville men in 2010.