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Courts

  • Final defendant sentenced in 'Rolling Thunder' case

    ABINGDON – Lelana Long, 37, of Meadows of Dan, was sentenced last week to 10 years and one month in prison, bringing to an end Operation Rolling Thunder, a drug investigation that charged a total of 24 people in Virginia and North Carolina for their part in a methamphetamine distribution network.

    Long was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on a charge of methamphetamine trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen.

  • Public Record from 10-31-18

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    District Court

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

  • Pubic Record from 10-24-18

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

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    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Galax General District Court, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public Record from 10-17-18

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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in June in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Public Record from 10-10-18

    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 June in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Former teacher set to enter plea

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A former music teacher indicted on a number of charges in connection with alleged inappropriate relationships with minor students, has been scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court next year.

    According to court records, Jessica Kincaid Snow, 33, of Fries, will be seen in court on Jan. 17, 2019, at 9 a.m. Snow was previously scheduled for a trial to be set in her case on Oct. 26.

  • Jones receives suspended sentence for embezzling

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Patricia Diane Jones, 57, of Fries, pleaded guilty to embezzling from a Galax business in September and has been sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court.

    “She did not have any criminal record, so the judge sentenced her to probation,” said Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons.

    Jones received a 10-year sentence from Judge Brett Giesler, suspended on the conditions that she pay restitution, complete five years’ probation and be banned from all Creek Bottom properties.

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met in Independence last Friday and indicted 32 people on charges ranging from drug violations to embezzlement.

    The grand jury also indicted several people and sealed the charges until they can be arrested.

    Among those indicted was John Ford Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn, charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and malicious wounding.

  • ATV maker responds to wrongful death suit

    INDEPENDENCE ― Responses have been filed by Minnesota ATV manufacturing company Polaris Industries and off-road repair service company Hilltop Cycle Inc. in a $5 million civil lawsuit filed by the family of the late Timothy “T.T.” Carico.

  • Woodlawn man sentenced for sexual battery against child

    INDEPENDENCE — A Woodlawn man was recently sentenced in Grayson County Circuit Court for a sexual assault crime that was committed nearly a decade ago.
    A news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s office states that Jason Dennis Kegley, 44, of Woodlawn, was sentenced on Sept. 20. A jury found Kegley guilty of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13 in June.