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Courts

  • 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:

  • Wagg to serve 3 years for shooting into vehicle

    HILLSVILLE — Austin Kenneth Rupert Wagg of Galax was sentenced to three years in prison in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Wagg was arrested on Aug. 20, 2014, after a witness notified police that Wagg was firing a weapon at a vehicle in the Food City parking lot in Galax. Police followed Wagg’s vehicle and stopped him. A 9 mm pistol was recovered during the stop.

  • Public record for 1/28/15 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 Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 12

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Jefferson, N.C., man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury Jan. 23 on four counts of carnal knowledge.

    Connor Allen Lewis, 20, was indicted on charges involving a 14-year-old girl. He will be represented by Dublin attorney Michael Barbour.

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

  • Public record for 1/14/15 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 June in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 1/21/15 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.
    These sentences were recorded in July in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Jose Angel Dominguez of Mercedes, Texas, guilty of possession of marijuana; sentenced to six months in jail; pay $100 fine and $196 costs.

  • Galax woman sentenced for fraud

    ABINGDON — Tamara Parnell, 36, of Galax, recently was sentenced to four months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $34,899 in restitution after pleading guilty to Social Security fraud.

    The sentencing was handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon. After waiving her right to be indicted, Parnell had pleaded guilty in May 2014 to two counts of knowingly and willfully converting to her own use Social Security payments to another person for whom she was the representative payee.

  • Miller convicted in home invasion

    HILLSVILLE — A father and son from Tennessee have been convicted of numerous charges in connection with an Ivanhoe home invasion in February 2014.

    James Danny Miller of Dandridge, Tenn. was convicted by a jury in Carroll County Circuit Court on Jan. 13 of breaking and entering while armed, use of a firearm during commission of breaking and entering, abduction, use of firearm in commission of an abduction and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    His son, who was not named because of his minor status, was also convicted.

  • New date set for Reeves' murder trial

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Once again, a new trial date has been granted for Chad Allen Reeves of Galax.

    Reeves, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brandon Billings almost 13 years ago.

    Jonathon Venzie, Reeves’ attorney, requested a new trial date in Grayson County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Circuit Court Judge Bradley Finch agreed to Venzie’s request and set the new date for the entire week of June 1-5.