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  • 12 Ways Virginia's 2017 General Assembly Session Will Change Your Life

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Nearly 1,800 laws were passed during the 2017 General Assembly that wrapped Feb. 25.

    Many deal with industry minutiae (the number of menhaden fish allowed to be caught in a year) or super-narrow provisions (allowing retired conservation officers to carry concealed handguns without permits).

    But others could affect many of us in our daily lives when they take effect July 1. Here are a dozen.

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  • Motions seek to bar photos of victim, dog description

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Circuit Court heard two motions last week in the case of John Terry Underwood, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 15-month-old child.

    On Feb. 23, Brandon Boyles, defense attorney for Underwood, presented two motions to Circuit Court Judge H. Lee Harrell: to not allow references to the breed of the dog (a pit bull) involved in the attack and to restrict the showing of gruesome crime scene photos of the child to members of the jury.

  • Police pursuit neared 100 mph

    Staff Report

    Fearing for the safety of officers and motorists, police ended their high-speed pursuit of a man who allegedly fled from a traffic stop in Galax last Friday night.

    David Alexander Musick, 29, of Galax, was arrested the following day, Feb. 25, at 8:55 p.m. by Officer Terry Woods of the Galax Police Department and charged with felony continuing to drive when commanded to stop by law enforcement, misdemeanor third offense driving a motor vehicle with a revoked or suspended license and misdemeanor reckless driving.

  • Pickup hits mailboxes, flips over on U.S. 58

    WOODLAWN — A single-vehicle accident in the Faddis Hill section of U.S. 58 at around 1 p.m. on Feb. 17 resulted in private property damage and a charge of reckless driving, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

    A 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by Daniel V. Lineberry, 73, of Galax, was headed west on 58 when it ran off the road on the right, striking four mailboxes and a rock wall before overturning.

  • Woman injured in house fire

    A house fire early Sunday morning in Galax left one person with injuries, according to Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers.

    On Feb. 26 at 1:53 a.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to Jason Heights for a structure fire. “Dispatch reported that a female with burn injuries had run to a neighbors’ house seeking help, reporting that her house was on fire,” said Ayers.

  • Nofsinger to serve 60 years

    ABINGDON – Three mothers and a grandmother testified Feb. 28 in federal court about how Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. had adversely affected the lives of young girls through sexual contact and making pornographic videos of them.

    All four wept, sometimes to the point of near incoherence while speaking; and all four described Nofsinger as a “monster.”

    They spoke with deep grief about the rifts visited upon their families and the ongoing, possibly permanent, inability to trust others and feel safe anymore.

  • Mandate's end won't affect Grayson transgender policy

    INDEPENDENCE — A recent announcement from President Donald Trump’s administration was a new development in an ongoing debate about transgender rights involving restrooms; one that reached the levels of the local government last year.

  • Roark not guilty of arson in house fire

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County man was found not guilty of arson during a bench trial held Feb. 2 in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Michael Paul Roark, 45, of Rugby, was charged with arson and attempting to obtain money by false pretenses, following a fire that occurred at 1559 Shippeys Branch Road in Mouth of Wilson on Dec. 31, 2013.

    He was convicted of the felony obtaining money charge.

  • Homeowner in Cana finds body in driveway

    Staff Report

    CANA – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department has concluded its investigation into the shooting death of a man whose body was found in a Cana driveway on Feb. 24.

    The sheriff’s office received a call from a homeowner last Friday morning, reporting that he had found a man’s body lying in his driveway at 400 Stage Coach Road, off Paul’s Creek Road in the Cana community.

    Stage Coach Road is a private drive and the area where the body was found is remote, with a one-lane driveway.

  • Vine Street fire's cause undetermined

    A Galax structure burned to the ground on Feb. 23 at 9:34 a.m. in what was described as a “barn fire, fully involved,” according to Galax Volunteer Fire Captain Mike Ayers.

    “Firefighters arrived to find a 20’ x 40’ single-story barn completely involved in fire,” said Ayers afterwards. He noted that the structure, in the middle of a field, had no people in it and the fire caused no injury.

    “The fire was quickly controlled,” noted Ayers. “However, the structure was a total loss.”