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Courts

  • Repass pleads guilty to 50 charges

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A Wytheville man has pleaded guilty to 50 charges in Carroll County Circuit Court, many of them stemming from a May 2017 police chase.

    Among many other things, Eric Sean Repass, 45, was charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer, for shooting at a Carroll deputy during the chase.

    Repass’ pleas included 49 felonies and a misdemeanor, according to Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons.

  • Man convicted after two trials, facing third

    Staff Reports

    Eugene Scott Hampton, 43, of Galax, was found guilty of two sets of charges in two trials in Grayson County Circuit Court last month, and a third trial is pending.

    Hampton was a suspect in the break-in and theft of a firearm from Gardner’s Pawn Shop in downtown Galax in September 2017. He was arrested and charged with burglary on Sept. 20, 2017, by Det. J.B. Greer and Det. Robbie Isom of the Galax Police Department.

  • Teacher, coach charged with assault

    Staff Reports

    Kevin Renwick Frazier, 48, of Galax, a former instructor at Galax High School, has been charged with two separate cases of assault with two separate minor victims.

    The parents of the juveniles obtained warrants after an investigation by School Resource Officer Vickie Taylor of the Galax Police Department. Warrants were served by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office on March 16, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The offense dates were Dec. 4, 2017, and Dec. 16, 2017, in the City of Galax.

  • Huff pleads guilty to charges in fatal crash

    HILLSVILLE – Allegations regarding the remnants of a fatal traffic incident have moved forward in Carroll County Circuit Court; proceeding charges that were filed just over two years ago, following a deadly vehicle crash that resulted in a loss of life.

  • Court News from 4/18/18

    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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in December of 2017, in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Court News from 4/18/2018

    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 2017, in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Court News from 4/11/18

    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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in December of 2017, in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Two more sentenced for drug conspiracy

    ABINGDON — Two more people convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation have been sentenced in federal court, after pleading guilty to being part of a methamphetamine distribution network.

    The joint local, state and federal investigation sought to dismantle a major drug trafficking organization. Federal prosecutors said large quantities of meth were being transported from Greensboro, N.C., to be distributed in Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County in Virginia and in Surry County, N.C.

  • Woman charged with embezzling from local business

    Staff Report

    A Fries woman charged with embezzling from a Galax business has a trial scheduled for June.

    Patricia Diane Jones, 57, of Fries, was arrested on Dec. 21, 2017, on a direct indictment issued by a Carroll County grand jury that charged her with felony embezzlement from Creek Bottom Brewing.

    Jones formerly worked in Creek Bottom’s payroll department. The offense is alleged to have occurred between Aug. 1-Sept. 23, 2017.

    She is awaiting trial in the Carroll County Circuit Court on June 18.

  • Carico estate files $5M wrongful death suit

    INDEPENDENCE — The family of Timothy “T.T.” Carico has filed a $5 million civil claim against Minnesota-based ATV manufacturing company Polaris Industries; and Hilltop Cycle Inc., a Wythe County company that offers off-road vehicle repair services.