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Courts

  • Jones to spend life in prison

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones was sentenced to life in prison by the Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday morning, after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries.

    Jones, 36, was convicted in November 2014, following a three-day trial that included evidence and testimonies from around 30 witnesses.

  • Public record for 3/4/15 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 in July of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Public record for 2/25/15 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 Aug. 18-28 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.
    Verlin Gallimore and Teresa Gallimore to Teresa Gallimore. A tract in the City of Galax. Gift.

  • Gwyn sentenced on federal drug charges

    ROANOKE ― A Cana man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Roanoke following a guilty plea for a federal charge of possession of a Schedule II drug.

    Robert Lee Gwyn Jr., 40, of Cana, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II drug, with the intent to distribute, according to Brian McGinn, a public affairs specialist of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Western District of Virginia.

  • Public record for 2/18/15 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 Aug. 1-15 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Intersection shooting suspect waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE — Christopher Duncan, facing two counts of attempted murder and multiple other charges in the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt in Cana last year, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Carroll County General District Court on Friday.

    Duncan is facing seven charges in the case, including two charges of attempted murder, one charge of malicious wounding, one charge of malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle and three charges involving the use of a firearm in committing a felony.

  • Ex-police officer sentenced in sex-for-leniency case with local tie

    SALEM — A former Salem police officer will serve two-and-a-half years in prison for soliciting sexual favors in exchange for the promise of lenient sentences, and planning the acts with a cooperating defendant in Carroll County.

    In December 2014, former police detective Kevin Christopher Moore of Roanoke County pleaded guilty to soliciting and receiving sexual favors from a cooperating defendant, in exchange for recommending a more lenient sentence.

  • Public record for 2/11/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:
    Placido Hernandez Bido of Wytheville, guilty of hunt/trap/fish without a license; pay $125 fine and $121 costs.

  • Woman charged with embezzling from rescue squad

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax woman has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury for allegedly embezzling funds from the Baywood Search and Rescue Squad.

    Nancy Lane Christman, 51, was one of those named in several sealed indictments handed down by the grand jury that met Jan. 22. The indictments were recently unsealed after the suspects were charged.

  • Public record for 2/4/15 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.

    District Court

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