• Grayson court unseals grand jury charges


    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against eight suspects were recently unsealed in Grayson County.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted the suspects on April 27 and sealed the indictments until each suspect was arrested.

    The list includes:

    • Jason Lee Bourne, Fries – four charges for the sale, gift or distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance (meth).

  • Carroll, Galax asked to join opioid lawsuit

    A law firm is offering to represent Virginia localities as part of a targeted lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies who manufacture opioids.

    The Wagstaff & Cartmell law firm of Kansas is appearing before multiple regional city and town councils, offering to represent them. Recently, they visited meetings of Galax City Council and the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    Del. Jeff Campbell, who represents Carroll and Galax in the Virginia General Assembly, brought the proposal to the meetings. Campbell is also an attorney.

  • Trial delayed in deputy fatality case

    HILLSVILLE — A jury trial has been delayed for a man charged in connection with the death of a Carroll County deputy in 2017.

    Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department in March 2017 when Deputy Curtis Bartlett answered fellow officers’ calls for help. He was on his way to join the pursuit when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at the Interstate 77-U.S 58 intersection.

    Bartlett died at the scene.

  • Bowman to serve 25 years for meth trafficking

    ABINGDON — A Carroll County man convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

    Timothy Bowman, 46, of Cana, pleaded guilty last year to two charges related to his involvement in a methamphetamine distribution network. He was sentenced at a hearing April 24 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

  • Court News from 4/25/2018

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

  • Man indicted for soliciting minor for sex


    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury handed down indictments against 17 suspects for drug violations and other charges, including a man who allegedly solicited a minor through social media using public internet access at the county library.

    The grand jury, which met April 27, also handed down several sealed indictments. They will be unsealed once the suspects are arrested.

  • 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.