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Courts

  • Debating Keepers' role in killing

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Natalie Keepers did not intend for Nicole Lovell to die.

    Instead, she thought the plan to kill the Blacksburg teen was a fantasy, according to defense attorney John Robertson’s opening remarks Tuesday in Keepers’ trial.

    Keepers, 21, of Laurel, Md., is on trial this week in Montgomery County Circuit Court as an accessory to murder before the fact. Keepers pleaded guilty in August to helping conceal Lovell’s body near Galax, after the girl was stabbed to death by David Eisenhauer in January 2016.

  • Ex-teacher facing more charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted a former music teacher at Galax High School and Galax Middle School on three additional charges in connection with the investigation of alleged inappropriate relationships with two minors.

    The grand jury first met July 27 and handed down seven indictments against Jessica Leigh Kincaid Snow, 33, of Fries.

  • Public Record from 9-5-2018

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.

    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in May in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Mother to enter plea in child’s death

    INDEPENDENCE — Tanisha Ann Lineberry has been scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court, for charges she received in the 2017 death of her young son.

    According to court documents, Lineberry faces two charges: involuntary manslaughter and abuse of a child resulting in serious injury. She is set to enter a plea on Oct. 11.

    Her plea hearing was rescheduled from its original date, Aug. 23.

  • ‘Rolling Thunder’ defendant to serve 22 years

    ABINGDON — Only one of the 24 people charged as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation remains to have their day in court, following a sentencing hearing earlier this month.

    Sanson P. Rodriguez, 58, of Lexington, N.C., who pleaded guilty in April to drug conspiracy charges, will serve 22 years in federal prison. He was sentenced in federal court in Abingdon on Aug. 8.

  • Public Record from 8-29-2018

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.

    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in June in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public Record from 8-22-2018

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.

    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in December of 2016 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    John C. Jernigan to Samuel Michael Adams. A lot in the City of Galax. Gift.

  • Galax sues drug makers

    The City of Galax and Giles County have initiated legal action against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in allegedly creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids like OxyContin.

  • Kyle sentenced for child abuse

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Fries man, charged last year in connection with a child abuse case, pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Grayson County Circuit Court on Aug. 23.

    Court records confirmed that Xavier Tyquane Kyle, 21, pleaded guilty to abuse of a child, resulting in serious injury — a Class 4 felony. The charge brought Kyle a sentence of three years and six months in prison, with all but four months suspended. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation, with probation to begin upon sentencing.

  • Huff to serve 20 months for fatal crash

    HILLSVILLE – Amanda P. Huff of Hillsville will serve less than two years for charges related to a fatal vehicle crash nearly two years ago that took the life of a woman from Meadows of Dan.

    Huff, 28, was sentenced last week in Carroll County Circuit Court.