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Courts

  • 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:

  • Five sentenced for drug conspiracy

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON — Five local people were sentenced to prison last week, resulting from a federal investigation into a local methamphetamine distribution network.

    The charges resulted from a joint federal, state and local investigation called Operation Rolling Thunder.

    They were sentenced in the Western District of Virginia Federal Court in Abingdon, on charges of conspiracy to distribute meth. All pleaded guilty last year to the drug charges.