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Courts

  • Carroll grand jury indicts 50

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury returned indictments against 50 individuals when it met on March 19.

    An indictment is not a conviction, but means the jury found sufficient evidence to advance the case to trial.

    Many of the charges involved possession of methamphetamine.

    Those indicted include:

    • Bryce Edward Absher, 35, of Sparta, N.C.; shoplifting (third offense);

    • Charly Faustino Adame, 28, of Woodlawn; possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine);

  • Former county administrator charged

    HILLSVILLE — Investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in a drug charge against William E. “Billy” Mitchell Jr., the county’s former administrator.

    An indictment returned by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury on March 19 formally charges Mitchell with felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute. Police said the investigation is ongoing and could result in additional charges, based on evidence acquired during the case.

  • Public record for 3/21/18 edition

    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 November of 2017, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Hit-and-run death nets 30-year sentence

    Copyright 2018, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — Convicted in the 2016 hit-and-run killing of 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz, a Wythe County man for the first time gave his version of the events that led up to the incident that ended her life.

    Until his sentencing hearing, the now-35-year-old John Randolph Lewis had remained silent during court proceedings. Ahead of his sentencing, Lewis, whose eyes were red and face blotchy, broke that silence.

  • 'Rolling Thunder' defendant sentenced in federal court

    ABINGDON — An Independence man arrested during the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation was sentenced last week in federal court for his part in a methamphetamine distribution network, and seven more co-defendants are set to be sentenced this week.

    Operation Rolling Thunder was a joint local, state and federal investigation. A total of 24 people were charged; 21 have pleaded guilty and three have not been convicted.

  • Davis will spend life in prison for murder

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, convicted of murder and five other charges by a Grayson County jury in January, apologized in court on Thursday during his sentencing hearing

    Davis, 65, said before he was sentenced that “there isn’t much I can say.”

    “I didn’t mean to kill her,” he said, referring to ex-girlfriend Karen Cates. “I’m sorry for killing her and wounding David Patton.”

  • Rose sentenced for burglary, protective order violation

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose was sentenced to serve two years in prison on March 8, after being found guilty of grand larceny, burglary and violation of a protective order last month.

    Rose was charged with other offenses, including arson, in April 2017 after police investigated a fire at an apartment above the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence. The apartment was rented by his estranged wife, Samantha Gray.

  • Meth found in popcorn box leads to arrest

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man faces 40 years in federal prison and up to a $5 million fine after probation officers found methamphetamine hidden inside a microwave popcorn box in his home.

    According to documents on file in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Keith Joseph Snyder, 37, was already on probation at the time for a previous federal drug trafficking conviction.

  • Three more sentenced for drug conspiracy

    ABINGDON ― Three more locals were sentenced to federal prison last week, resulting from Operation Rolling Thunder, a joint investigation into a local methamphetamine distribution network.

    The defendants were sentenced March 6 in the Western District of Virginia Federal Court in Abingdon, in proceedings held before Judge James P. Jones. All pleaded guilty last year to charges conspiracy to distribute meth.

    They include:

  • Public record for 3/7/18

    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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2017 in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed: