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Courts

  • 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.

  • Public record for 10/22/10 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 31-Aug. 18 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Probation revoked after assault

     INDEPENDENCE — An Ennice, N.C., woman was sentenced to serve five years in prison after her probation was revoked in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Elizabeth Renea Pack, 33, was convicted Nov. 10, 2006 of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and uttering a forged check on Sept. 21, 2007. 

    She was sentenced to serve consecutive terms of two years and six months in prison on each of the two charges. The prison sentences were suspended and she was put on probation for five years.

  • Blair to serve 16 years for sex abuse

     INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was sentenced to 50 years in prison in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 8 for sexual abuse charges.

    Patrick Wayne Blair, 22, was convicted on four counts of carnal knowledge, two counts of consensual sodomy and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor at a trial held July 2.

    Blair already had been sentenced to serve jail time on a breaking and entering charge, according to prosecutors, and sexually abused two young females before reporting to jail.

  • 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.