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Courts

  • Drug strike force's next target is SWVA

    Federal officials this week announced criminal charges involving 60 defendants across 11 federal districts in four states — including 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals — for their alleged participation in the illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous narcotics and for health care fraud schemes.

  • Five suspects arrested in homicide case

    Staff Reports

    Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff Steve C. Hiatt has confirmed five arrests in connection with the discovery of a body on Watershed Road in Surry County on April 3.

    The kidnapping and homicide investigation has involved police in Grayson and Carroll counties, as well as Surry County and Alleghany County, N.C.

  • Drug company fraud indictment mentions Galax

    Capital News Service and Staff Reports

    ABINGDON — Indivior, formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, has been accused of engaging in an illicit nationwide scheme to increase prescriptions of Suboxone Film, a drug used in the treatment of opioid addiction.

    The company was criminally indicted in U.S. District Court in Abingdon after state Attorney General Mark Herring’s Medicaid Fraud Unit and federal authorities investigated Indivior and filed a separate civil lawsuit.

  • Palumbo convicted of lesser offense

    HILLSVILLE — A ruling of insufficient evidence and amended charges were the result of a hearing for a Hillsville man in the Carroll County General District Court.

    Owner of 508 Brews & Company and former owner of Tony’s Pizza, Aniello Palumbo, 46, of Hillsville, was arrested Feb. 18 by Sgt. Stephen Brady of the Hillsville Police Department after a criminal complaint was filed at the magistrate’s office against him, regarding an alleged incident of sexual battery.

  • Defendant pleads guilty in healthcare fraud case

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A Troutdale woman who assisted elderly and disabled Virginia Medicaid recipients has pleaded guilty in federal court to healthcare fraud, U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced in a news release.

    Crystal Michelle Smith, 50, worked as a consumer directed services facilitator (CDSF). She pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud. At sentencing, she faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine, according to the release.

  • Father, son sentenced for gun thefts

    INDEPENDENCE — A Fries father and son have been sentenced in Grayson County Circuit Court, in a case related to stolen firearms from a Fries residence.

    On Jan. 31, Eric Lawson appeared in circuit court and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny. He received a 12-month suspended jail sentence and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim.

  • Police seek 10 wanted subjects

    Staff Report

    The Hillsville Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office are seeking 10 people wanted on a variety of warrants, mostly probation violation and failure to appear in court.

    One wanted person, Sandra Osment, 28, of Ararat, is wanted for “multiple felonies,” police said. According to Carroll County Circuit Court, a grand jury indicted Osment for felony possession of a controlled substance in 2018.

    Others sought by police include:

    • Richard George, 37, probation violation

  • Turner retires after 26 years on bench

    HILLSVILLE - A ceremony was held March 22 to honor the career of Edward M. Turner III for his 26 years of dedicated service as presiding judge of the Carroll County General District Court.

    In remembrance of the positive impacts and attributes that Turner brought to the community during his tenure on the bench, courtroom officials and members of the Carroll County Bar Association called a special court session to show appreciation for the recently retired Turner in the very courtroom where he began practicing law in 1976.

  • Sentencing programs save lives, money

    Recent presentations during the March 11 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors affirmed the success of programs aimed at providing rehabilitation to addicts and offenders in the Twin Counties; while at the same time revealing the programs’ economic benefits.

    The Carroll County Day Reporting Program and Twin County Recovery Court are saving Carroll thousands of dollars that would otherwise be spent on paying for inmates to stay in the regional jail.

  • Caudill arrested after drug investigation

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man was arrested earlier this week on a direct indictment issued by the Carroll County Circuit Court, following months of investigation regarding the subject’s alleged involvement in illicit activities.

    Hillsville Chief of Police Shannon Goad reported that on March 26, Master Patrol Officer James Dalton and Sgt. Josh Edwards arrested by direct indictment Martin “Marty” Leo Caudill, 54, of Main Street in Hillsville, following the evidence from several months worth of investigations overseen by HPD Investigator Alan Gravely.