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Courts

  • Grayson grand jury charges 14

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – An Independence man has been indicted on rape and three other charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    The grand jury met July 27 and returned indictments against 14 suspects on drug violations and other charges.

    William Michael Fritze, 22, was indicted on four charges, including rape, strangling another causing injury, abduction and malicious wounding.

    Other indictments handed down included:

    • Quantel James McCall: two counts of abduction.

  • New trial date set for drug conspiracy suspect

    ABINGDON — A trial date has been rescheduled for the only defendant who did not plead guilty to drug conspiracy, among the 24 people charged as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation.
    Lelana Long of Meadows of Dan had a jury trial set for this week in U.S. District Court in Abingdon; it has now been moved to Aug. 27-29.
    A judge granted the defense’s motion to delay the trial at a hearing July 12.

  • Shooting suspect to appear in court

    INDEPENDENCE — John Ford Gilliam, charged in a shooting near Fenders Curve near Fries on July 14, has a preliminary hearing scheduled in Grayson County General District Court on Sept. 24.

    Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn, was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, after officers say he was involved in a confrontation that resulted in a man being shot in the arm.

    According to court records, Gilliam was scheduled for a hearing to appoint an attorney July 17, but the hearing was continued.

  • Public Record from 7-18-2018

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

  • Grayson court commended by state

    INDEPENDENCE — The office of the Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk was recently commended following an audit of activity between April 1, 2017 through March 31.

    According to an official letter from the Auditor of Public Accounts, no issues involving internal control or the office’s operations were found during the audit.

  • Public Record from 7-11-2018

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

  • Public Record from 7-4-2018

    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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public Record from 6-27, 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Grayson County General District Court office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public Record from 6-20-2018

    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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in February in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Eisenhauer to serve 50 years for murder

    BLACKSBURG — David Eisenhauer will serve 50 years in prison for the 2016 abduction and murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg and concealing her body.

    The case had local connections — Eisenhauer has family in the Galax area, and Lovell's body was hidden in a spot on Route 89 in Surry County, N.C., just south of the city.

    Eisenhauer, 20, was sentenced by Judge James Turk in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on June 26, at the end of a one-day hearing.