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  • Police raid alleged puppy mill

    WOODLAWN — Virginia State Police conducted a search last Thursday at 4207 Coulson Church Road after receiving a report of dogs living in "substandard conditions" there, according to Sgt. Mike Conroy.

    As a result, authorities seized 63 dogs from the property, owned by David Winesett.

    No charges have been filed and the investigation continues, Conroy told The Gazette on Friday.

    Investigators filed a search warrant in Carroll courts in order to check on conditions of an outbuilding where the dogs were kept.

  • Others charged in macing incident

    A man and woman charged with assault in the alleged macing of five Republican campaign workers last month have filed charges of their own.

    According to court documents, Daniel Cason Meinecke, 29, and Cara Annis Hindman, 26, have filed misdemeanor assault charges against Galax Republican Party Chairman Mike Stevens and another man at the scene that day, David Matthews, respectively.

    In court documents, Meinecke says that, “during a heated conversation about stolen political yard signs, Michael Stevens grabbed me by my sweatshirt and chest.”

  • Burke convicted of double homicide

    HILLSVILLE — Clinton Eric Burke was convicted by a jury in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday for two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Dustin Bond and George Adam Fulton last November at Fulton’s residence in Fancy Gap.

  • Carroll sues Amerlink

    HILLSVILLE — Three years after AmerLink announced the coming of a manufacturing plant and hundreds of jobs to Carroll, the log home company finds itself the target of a lawsuit filed by the county on Wednesday.

    At the outset of Wednesday’s Carroll Board of Supervisors’ meeting, Chairman Sam Dickson read a statement announcing that the county was suing AmerLink for breach of contract.

  • Hillsville PD moves to new home

    HILLSVILLE — From a proverbial back alley, the Hillsville Police Department has now moved to a place with a commanding presence on Main Street.

    The police department went from a cramped and cluttered space on Mill Street to a stately, brick two-story headquarters near the town's biggest crossroads — Main Street and Stuart Drive.

    Police Chief Steve Williams noted the new facility at 130 N. Main St. has all the positive features that the former lacked.

  • Hammer faces new charges

    INDEPENDENCE — Frederick Hammer returned to Grayson County General Circuit Court on Oct. 31 to answer to two additional charges of capital murder while committing a robbery.

    A grand jury, meeting in session Oct. 24, returned the two charges in the deaths of Frederick Hudler, 44, and a farm worker, John Steven Miller Jr., 25, both who lived in West Jefferson, N.C.

    Hammer now faces a total of 16 charges in connection with the shooting deaths of three men on a Christmas tree farm in Mouth of Wilson on Jan. 24.

  • Parsons donates building to city

    When the City of Galax purchased a property behind the Citgo gas station on Oldtown Street in downtown Galax earlier this year, its intent was to construct a visitors' center.

    But since the vacant Parson's building — located across from the Galax Municipal Building on East Grayson Street — is being turned over to the city today, Monday, it is reconsidering the location.

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on Oct. 25 on five sex charges that allegedly occurred in the early 1990s.

    Donnie Ray Anders, 36, was indicted for aggravated sexual battery, two counts of object sexual penetration, sodomy by force and sodomy of a child under the age of 13.

    The offenses allegedly occurred between Jan. 1, 1990 and Dec. 31, 1991.

    Other indictments included:

    • Toby Joe Barley, possession of a schedule I drug.

    • Christopher Aaron Blevins, embezzlement.

  • Art school bids lower than expected

    With an architect’s estimate of $800,000 to transform the old First National Bank in downtown Galax into Chestnut Creek School of the Arts by next summer, City of Galax officials were pleased that the lowest construction bid they received — from South End Construction Inc. of Roanoke — totaled $661,509.

    City Manager Keith Holland said, after opening the bids on Oct. 30, that the city received interest and bids from nine construction companies.

  • Elk Creek voters pick Sutherland for board

    INDEPENDENCE — Citizens of the Elk Creek District in Grayson County picked Democrat Brenda Sutherland as their new supervisor through a special election on Tuesday, beating two opponents.

    Sutherland received 47.5 percent of the vote, ahead of independent Fred Weatherman with 35 percent and Republican Emil Butler with 17.4 percent.

    “I am excited about serving the wonderful folks from the Elk Creek District and Grayson County as a whole,” Sutherland told The Gazette on Wednesday.