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Courts

  • Factory vandalism hearing delayed

    The preliminary hearing of Corey Dean Hodges, who allegedly broke into Vaughan-Basssett Furniture in Galax and vandalized the finishing tanks at his former employer, has been continued.

    The hearing was originally set for Tuesday at 10 a.m., but has been moved to April 18 at 10 a.m. after Hodges’ attorney, Edgar Dehart, filed a request with the Galax General District Court.

    The request, made by letter on Feb. 24, was granted by Judge J.D. Bolt, according to the persecuting attorney, Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons.

  • Public record for 3/2/16 edition

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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in July of 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Public record for 2/24/16 edition

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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 19 –July 22 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • 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

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    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

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    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
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    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.