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  • 'Puppy mill' bills under review in Richmond

    RICHMOND — Carroll County officials predicted that legislative proposals would arise in the wake of a statewide probe into “puppy mills” by the Humane Society of the United States.

    And their predictions were right.

    The Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday began considering new requirements and enforcement measures as proposed by Del. Ward Armstrong.

    Animal advocates had taken secret video at commercial breeding operations in Virginia in 2007, and they pronounced the state had a puppy mill problem with more than 1,000 such operations.

  • Bank robbers sentenced

    ABINGDON — Two men charged in a bank robbery in Troutdale last June were sentenced in federal court on Jan. 4.

    Steven V. Bannister, 18, of Midwest City, Okla. and Nicholas E. Stallard, 36 — also of Midwest City and formerly of Galax — pleaded guilty to one count each of bank robbery Aug. 27, 2007 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

    Stallard also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to rob a bank.

    Stallard received a sentence of 151 months in jail, while Bannister received 33 months.

  • Double shooting wounds two in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies continued to investigate a double shooting in Hillsville Wednesday morning that left two with wounds to their legs.

    The incident took place at 71 Lily Lane at about 2:47 a.m. Wednesday, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Injured were Robin McCraw, 49, of the home and William Nathaniel Robinson, 17.

    Robinson was staying with McCraw, whom Manning said is Robinson’s aunt.

    Both Robinson and McCraw had a gunshot wound to the leg.

  • Missing man found in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE — A resident of Hilltop Home for Adults in Independence, previously reported missing, was found Wednesday night in town.

    Independence Police Officer Matthew Adams said the man, said to be in his 40s, left the home Wednesday evening.

    The Independence Police Department received the report of the missing man at 6:08 p.m.

    Adams set up a command post at the East Grayson National Bank branch, near the town limits. From there, he said, teams were directed where to go.

  • Stoots Mountain primed for development

    There’s a mountain full of residential development going on in northern Carroll County.

    Plans have been submitted to the county to turn more than 481 wooded acres around Stoots Mountain into three recreational subdivisions with more than 280 lots.

    Preliminary plats have been submitted to the county planning commission for the Stoots Mountain, Stoots Ridge and Stoots Valley subdivisions in the Austinville section, south of Wythe County.