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Courts

  • Former court clerk dies at age 80

    Former Carroll County Circuit Court clerk Mason Brooks Montgomery, Sr., died Friday at his home. He was 80.
    He served 24 years as clerk of court, after previously serving as deputy commissioner for eight years.
    He was a past member of the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Galax Moose Lodge.
    Montgomery was born in Carroll County to the late William Henry Harrison Montgomery and Valeria Stilwell Montgomery.

  • Oracle Institute sues Grayson County

    UPDATED — ORIGINAL DOCUMENT ATTACHED: READ THE ORACLE INSTITUTE'S LAWSUIT

    INDEPENDENCE — The Oracle Institute is suing Grayson County, saying the Board of Supervisors and a number of county officials discriminated against the organization's founder when they denied her a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center in the Wilson District.

  • Vaughan waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE — Two felony charges against a Galax man accused of fleeing from the scene of a drug sting in April will go to Carroll Circuit Court, but other charges will be taken up by federal prosecutors.
    Police filed multiple charges against Donald Scott Vaughan, 52, after the Twin County Drug Task Force set up a drug buy in the Interstate 77 Exit 14 area.

  • Dowell pleads guilty to drug charges

    ROANOKE — A Fancy Gap man pleaded guilty to a charge of distribution of methamphetamine in U.S. District Court in Roanoke Monday.
    A federal grand jury indicted Cory Johnathan Dowell last May of possessing more than 50 grams of a mixture containing meth, a schedule II narcotic, according to court papers.
    Dowell appeared in the federal court to answer the charge, stemming from an arrest last August, and entered a guilty plea.

  • Public record for 7/21/10 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 September 2009 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Couple sentenced in ID theft case

    ROANOKE — An Elk Creek couple who admitted to stealing the identity of an elderly man for whom they provided in-home care were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke Monday.
    Robbie Kevin Poole, 50, and his wife, Kathryn Rebecca Poole, 58, each pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

  • UPDATED: Former police officer from Carroll pleads guilty to drug charge

    ROANOKE — An ex-police officer from Carroll County, who worked in Pulaski and Radford, pleaded guilty today to federal charges he sold and used methamphetamine in his patrol car while in uniform and on duty.

  • Indictments charge theft from elderly patients

    ABINDGON — A senior social worker for Grayson County and the companion provider she hired have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they committed fraud to steal money from a pair of elderly patients.
    The grand jury on Thursday charged Jennifer Edward Hall, 36, and Bernard Dale Satterfield, 46, both of Galax, with crimes related to the defendants’ scheme to steal money from elderly patients under their care as employees of the Grayson County Department of Social Services.

  • Hancock pleads guilty to drug charges

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man pleaded guilty in federal court June 30 to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
    Benjamin Lee Hancock, one of six Twin County residents charged in an 11-count indictment, appeared with his attorney to answer charges of conspiracy and distribution of meth in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, where he agreed to plead guilty to the one count.
    "Count 1 charges me with conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine," the plea agreement, signed by Hancock, says.

  • Bank robber convicted

    HILLSVILLE — A Clemmons, N.C., man charged with robbing the First Citizens Bank in Galax last January entered a guilty plea on Thursday in Carroll County Circuit Court for one count of robbery.
    William Smitherman, 20, was sentenced to 40 years, with all but seven years and six months suspended. He was given credit for time served while awaiting the trial and placed on active supervision for the time suspended.