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Courts

  • 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.

  • Former Grayson deputy indicted for sexual battery, rape

    INDEPENDENCE — A former Grayson County deputy sheriff was indicted on 14 sex-related charges last Friday by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.
    Shane Alan Widner, 33, was a sergeant when he was fired Jan. 13 by the sheriff’s department. He has been held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin since his arrest.
    Widner was indicted on two counts of rape, four counts of aggravated sexual battery, four counts of animate object sexual penetration, three counts of indecent liberties and one count of attempted inanimate object sexual penetration.

  • 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.