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  • Suspects wanted for larceny, fraud

    Staff Report

    Three suspects are wanted by the Galax Police Department for larceny, credit card fraud and destruction of property.

    According to a report shared on social media by the department, on June 20 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a vehicle parked at Mountain View Park in Galax was entered by breaking the driver’s window.

    A purse was stolen from the vehicle and credit cards from the purse were used at the Galax Walmart at 12:15 p.m. and an attempt to use a credit card was made at GameStop of Galax at 12:31 p.m.

  • Budget, zoning, special events on Independence agenda

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council recently approved its governmental and utility budgets for fiscal year 2017-18.

    This year’s governmental budget totals approximately $1.6 million and the utility budget total is approximately $2.3 million. There is no tax or water/sewer increase in the budget. Real estate taxes will remain at 14 cents per $100.

    The budget was approved by a unanimous vote during council’s June meeting.

    The council held a public hearing for the budget in May, but no one signed up to speak.

  • Galax homicide suspect in custody

    Staff Report

    A Roanoke woman is charged with first-degree murder after police found a a man stabbed to death at The Galax Motel on the night of June 22.

    At 10:27 p.m. last Thursday, members of the Galax Police Department responded to a report of an individual having been stabbed at the motel on East Stuart Drive, according to a report from Chief Rick Clark.

  • Nofsinger waives hearing on murder charges

    Staff Report

    Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger of Galax has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on all charges, and his case will go directly to a grand jury.

    Nofsinger, 37, appeared in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on June 22.

    He is charged with the first-degree murder of Alyssa A. Kenny, 28, and the capital murder of her infant daughter, Anastasia L. Alley, 21 months. The killings were reported on March 19, 2016, and Nofsinger was arrested on May 17, 2016, by members of the Galax Police Department.

  • Candidates file for Grayson races

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Five candidates have filed to run for seats in the Nov. 7 general election in Grayson County.

    The school board and board of supervisors seats are both up for election in the Wilson and Elk Creek districts.

    Incumbent Brenda Sutherland has filed for re-election representing the Elk Creek District on the board of supervisors and has met all the requirements.

  • Grayson names new county administrator

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors announced June 21 that William L. “Bill” Shepley has been selected to serve as the new county administrator, following a selection process that has taken several months.

    Beginning July 10, Shepley will fill the seat left vacant by Jonathan Sweet in January.

    His background is in healthcare administration, and Shepley has most recently worked as an executive consultant to hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the nation.

  • Hillsville man indicted for child pornography

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County Circuit Court returned 105 grand jury indictments against 63 individuals on Monday. Included in those charges were 12 counts of possession of child pornography against a Hillsville man.

    Christopher Garry Brown, 43, of John Edwards Lane, was arrested Oct. 13, 2016, after an investigation by the Hillsville Police Department that involved the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

  • GHS football field replacement underway

    Staff Report

    Work is underway at Galax High School, where the grass on the football/soccer field is being replaced with an artificial surface. The project is expected to be completed in time for football season this fall.

    The project is being paid for through the school system’s capital project fund, and the price tag is expected to be around $879,000, which is roughly $250,000 below original estimates, according to Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    Sports Construction Management of Lexington, N.C., is doing the work.

  • Fourteen charged for drugs in Grayson

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office charged 14 individuals with drug-related offenses during the month of May.

    Eleven of the charges involved possession or distribution of methamphetamine.

    According to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, those charged included:

    • Conley Allen Lineberry - distribution of Schedule II drug (meth)

    • Vincent Wesley Axley - distribution of Schedule II drug (meth)

  • Feds arrest 24 for meth trafficking

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON – Federal agents and officers from local and state law enforcement were in the Twin Counties and the Mount Airy, N.C., area on Tuesday as part of Operation Rolling Thunder, a joint investigation that resulted in 24 individuals being charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina.

    Agents were seen throughout the area on Tuesday, traveling in unmarked vehicles and some wearing tactical gear.