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Courts

  • Search warrants sealed in Lovell case

    Search warrants in the case of a teen whose body was found near Galax have been sealed by a judge.

    Little information has surfaced in the case of David Eisenhauer, 18, and Natalie Keepers, 19, Virginia Tech students who are charged with killing 13-year-old Nicole Lovell and disposing of her body off Route 89 in Surry County, N.C., about seven miles south of Galax and 1.25 miles outside Grayson County.

    In Virginia, search warrants are open to the public unless sealed by a judge’s order.

  • Public record for 2/17/16

    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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July of 2015 in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Carilion to pay $750K settlement

    Copyright, The Roanoke Times. Reprinted by permission.

    Carilion Clinic will pay $750,000 to the estate of a 19-year-old construction worker who, just four days after he was seen at a Galax doctor’s office, died of necrotizing fasciitis, a bacterial infection that destroys the body’s soft tissue.

  • Man guilty of coyote bounty fraud

    INDEPENDENCE — James Edward Lawrence has pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fraud against Grayson County’s now discontinued coyote bounty program.

    According to court records, Lawrence, 33, of Galax, was charged by game warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

    Lawrence waived his right to a preliminary hearing, which sent the case directly to the grand jury. On Oct. 23, 2015, the grand jury in Grayson County Circuit Court determined that there was enough evidence against Lawrence to warrant a trial.

  • Public record for 2/10/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court
     
    These sentences were recorded in June in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Privett to serve 16 years for sexual battery of minor

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Eddie Privett, 39, of Galax, was sentenced Feb. 2 to serve 16 years and undergo a minimum of 30 years’ probation after his release.

    Privett appeared at a sentencing hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court. He was charged on March 29, 2015, and later found guilty, of aggravated sexual battery of an 8-year-old female.

  • Prosecutor: pair plotted to kill teen

    Staff Reports

    Two Virginia Tech students charged with killing a Blacksburg teen and disposing of her body near Galax plotted the crime together, according to testimony at a Feb. 2 bond hearing in Christiansburg.

    Nicole Lovell, 13, was killed and her body found on Jan. 30 off Route 89 in North Carolina, about seven miles south of Galax and just 1.25 miles over the border from Grayson County.

  • Duncan enters plea in shooting

    HILLSVILLE – Christopher Lee Duncan, who was slated for a jury trial later this month, has entered a guilty plea to a 2014 shooting and has been sentenced.

    Duncan, 39, of Cana, was arrested on Dec. 1, 2014, after the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt. According to police reports, authorities responded to the intersection of Wards Gap and Old Dominion roads in Carroll County, where Hiatt had been shot in the abdomen while in a vehicle with his family. Hiatt’s wife, Liza Clair Hiatt, and one child were not injured. Hiatt identified Duncan as the shooter.

  • Grayson grand jury issues charges

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury issued 24 indictments against 14 individuals last Thursday, on charges that included drug possession and distribution, child abuse, statutory burglary and the assault of a police officer.

    Arley Jason Simpkins received two charges, including the distribution of marijuana and assault of a law enforcement officer.

  • Harper murder trial now set for July

    INDEPENDENCE — A new trial date has been set for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 death of Brandon Billings.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court, Harper’s trial date has been set for the week of July 25.

    The trial date was originally set for the week of Feb. 8, but has been continued, according to the court system.