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Courts

  • 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.

  • Morgan to be sentenced on fraud charges

    ABINGDON – Robert Donald Morgan III of Hillsville is scheduled for sentencing in federal court in February after pleading guilty to two charges in a bank fraud case.

    Morgan, 43, was arrested in April 2015 after a U.S. Secret Service investigation led to allegations that Morgan stole money from his employer, Andrews Farming Inc. He was the local company’s accountant and bookkeeper.

  • Public record for 1/27/16 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 1-19 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Public record for 1/20/16 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded May 4-31 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Public record for 1/13/16 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

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

  • Public record for 1/6/16 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 12/30/15 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded April 2-17 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Public record for 12/23/15 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 April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Former clinic director to serve 30 days for embezzling

    HILLSVILLE — In a sentence handed down in the Carroll County Circuit Court last week, the punishment very specifically fits the crime.

    Former Free Clinic of the Twin Counties director Latonia Marshall was given 30 days incarceration for four counts of felony embezzlement from the not-for-profit clinic, which had to close for that same length of time while its board of directors scrambled to recoup the loss and reopen it.