• 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.

  • Public record for 9/8/10 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.  
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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded May 27-June 30 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Carroll proposes AmerLink settlement

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials may have found a better way to end the county's entanglements with AmerLink and Pro-Form Construction than a full-blown trial in bankruptcy court, now that the owner of the two companies has been hit with a $25 million lawsuit.

  • Hearing set for Oracle zoning appeal

    INDEPENDENCE — The Oracle Institute will have its appeal of a Grayson County Board of Supervisors' decision heard on Sept. 23.
    In June, the board denied a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center in the Wilson District. Oracle President Laura George contends that the permit was denied based on county officials' religious beliefs, not on legitimate criteria that can be considered.
    George has also filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the county, seeking $300,000 in damages.

  • Firearms charge results in 4-year sentence

    ABINGDON — A 63-year-old Troutdale man will spend four years of his life in a federal prison for possessing weapons as a convicted felon.
    Jerry Melvin Jenkins appeared in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on Aug. 30 after having entered a guilty plea to a single count of possessing firearms and ammunition.
    This comes after Jenkins had been previously "convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and while being an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance," according to the indictment.

  • Dawson pleads guilty to child porn charges

    ROANOKE — A Dugspur man has pleaded guilty to a federal indictment of possession of child pornography, according to U.S. District Court records.
    Ronald Alexander Dawson, 27, entered his guilty plea before Judge Glen Conrad in Roanoke Monday.
    The indictment charged that on July 8, 2009, Dawson "did knowingly receive or attempt to receive child pornography or material that contained child pornography... that had been mailed," according to court documents.

  • Vaughan, 3 others charged in drug conspiracy

    ROANOKE — The investigation into illegal drugs that led to charges against a 53-year-old Galax man also snared three other suspects, two of them from Carroll County.
    Donald Scott Vaughan allegedly left the scene of a drug buy — set up by the Claytor Lake Drug Task Force near Exit 14 off Interstate 77 in Carroll last April — before the purchase could take place.