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Courts

  • Galax man convicted of mall arson

    WYTHEVILLE — A Galax man has been convicted of arson for setting a fire that destroyed the abandoned Fort Chiswell Outlet Mall in April 2018.

    Logan Scott Parks, 19, is one of three people from the Twin Counties charged in the incident, along with Anthony Jerome Sawyers, 26, of Woodlawn and Breanna Faith Hodge, 18, of Galax.

    Parks pleaded no contest to the felony arson charge at a hearing Jan. 16 in Wythe County Circuit Court and was convicted. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

  • Former teacher sentenced to six months

    INDEPENDENCE — Jessica Kincaid Snow, a former teacher for the Galax City Public Schools system, will serve six months after submitting a guilty plea to five charges involving inappropriate relationships with two minor students.

    Snow, 33, appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court for a hearing on Thursday.

  • Man pleads guilty to using library internet to solicit minor

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man pleaded guilty in Grayson County Circuit Court on Jan. 3 to charges involving the soliciting of a minor through the use of public internet access at the local library.

    James Michael Fantazier was charged in September 2017 with possession of child pornography and the use of communications systems to solicit a minor. The child pornography charge was amended to state that the minor was less than 18 years of age, rather than less than 15 years of age, before Fantazier submitted his plea.

  • Trial date set for Dunford

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Steven Shawn Dunford, who is facing several charges in the alleged abduction and rape of a minor, is scheduled for a two-day jury trial in Grayson County Circuit Court on Feb. 14-15.

    Dunford was indicted by a grand jury in April 2018 for two counts of forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and the rape and abduction of a female minor child under the age of 13.

    A pre-trial motions hearing will be held prior to Dunford’s jury trial on Jan. 17.

  • Public Record for 1-9-2019

    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 August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public Record for 1-2-2019

    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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

    Allen Byrd Stephenson, 54, and Betty Jane Delp, 56, both of Independence.

  • Public Record for 12-26, 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 August in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Public Record from 12-26-2018

    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 August in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Va. to receive $11.5M from Wells Fargo settlement

    Staff Report

    Virginia will receive $11.5 million as its share of a settlement by Wells Fargo Bank to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws.

    Anyone who feels they were victims of the bank’s improper business practices will be able to seek restitution.

  • Court dates set for former social services director

    Staff Report

    Court dates are pending in two localities regarding public intoxication charges against former director of Grayson County Social Services, Anthony Isom.

    Isom was charged in March and April with DUI and other alcohol-related offenses in Galax, Grayson County and Smyth County.

    According to police reports, Isom was charged with public intoxication in Grayson County on March 19, after being found walking along Skyline Highway.