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  • Federal judge accepts Nofsinger's plea agreement

    ABINGDON — At a brief plea hearing on Wednesday afternoon in Western District of Virginia U.S. Court in Abingdon, Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child pornography.

    He faces between 15 and 90 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

    “The actions this defendant took were perverse and obscene and his punishment will be severe, but just,” said U.S. Attorney John Fishwick in a statement after the hearing.

  • Police: suspect assaulted officer after pursuit, crash

    A Dugspur man was arrested in Grayson County last week on multiple charges after he reportedly attempted to elude law enforcement on his motorcycle, crashed the vehicle and then fought with the officer.

  • Two special elections set for November

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Not only will Grayson County and Troutdale voters go to the polls on Nov. 8 to elect a president and 9th District congressman, but they will also have two special elections.

    One of the special elections is to fill the unexpired term of the late Tim “T.T.” Carico on the Grayson County School Board. Carico, the at-large member on the board, died July 6 of injuries he received in an ATV vehicle accident.

  • Carroll honors veteran on final ride home

    HILLSVILLE – After 63 years, a veteran of the U.S. Army returned home on Aug. 31, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Grover King VFW Post #1115 were on hand to serve as escort and to show their respect.

    According to Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the department was contacted by the North Carolina Patriot Guard to assist in the escort of the remains of Pvt. Virgil Adkins, who had been missing in action since 1953.

  • Court unseals Nofsinger search warrant

    A search warrant issued by the Galax Police Department in May contains a list of items apparently possessed by double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr.

    Among the array of items cataloged are a rubber clown mask, baby clothes, women’s underwear and red-stained men’s clothing.

  • Driver airlifted after Creekview wreck

    A single-vehicle accident on Creekview Road in Galax at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 resulted in the driver being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp.

    A white 2004 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Brannan Phillips, 22, of Hillsville, was headed westbound on Creekview Road in a white Ford F-150 pickup when he took a downhill curve at what appeared to have been a high rate of speed, Delp said.

  • Galax police report arrests

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, recent felony arrests included drug violations, child abuse, grand larceny, assault and shoplifting.

    • Maribel Carillio Munoz, 31, of Galax, was charged on Aug. 23 at 8:04 p.m. by Officer Silverio Gonzales on two counts of felony abuse and neglect of children with reckless disregard.

  • Mail truck flips in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― State police and the Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident involving three vehicles on Wilson Highway Aug. 30, which resulted in a mail truck flipping onto its top.

    According to a report from Trooper R.B. Phipps of Virginia State Police, the wreck occurred around 7:15 a.m., when a car traveling on Wilson Highway stopped to turn onto Hardin Road, and a mail truck came around the curve at a high speed. The driver of the mail truck locked the brakes trying to stop in time and overturned.

  • Whitetop tour plan takes bumpy road to approval

    INDEPENDENCE — An application for a special use permit to open a sightseeing attraction in the Mouth of Wilson community was recently approved by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.

  • Clinton leading Trump in Virginia poll

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, by 16 percentage points among likely Virginia voters, according to a poll by Roanoke College.

    The survey showed Clinton leading 48 to 32 percent, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson receiving 8 percent.

    “There is no silver lining in this dark cloud for Donald Trump,” Harry Wilson, director of the school’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, wrote in an analysis.