en To protect serve and mentor <img src="" alt="Grayson County School Resource officers meet at the high school " title="Grayson County School Resource officers meet at the high school " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Davis sentenced to life in prison for murder conviction <img src="" alt="Greyling Davis" title="Greyling Davis" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Larry Chambers<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; Greyling Dwayne &ldquo;Beany&rdquo; Davis, convicted of murder and five other charges by a Grayson County jury in January, apologized in court on Thursday during his sentencing hearing<br /> Davis, 65, said before he was sentenced that &ldquo;there isn&rsquo;t much I can say.&rdquo;<br /> &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t mean to kill her. I&rsquo;m sorry for killing her and wounding David Patton,&rdquo; Davis said.<br /> Sentences continue in ‘Rolling Thunder’ case <img src="" alt="Brian Patrick Graff" title="Brian Patrick Graff" align="left" hspace="6" width="49" height="85" /><p> ABINGDON &mdash; An Independence man arrested during the Operation Rolling Thunder&nbsp; 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.<br /> 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.<br /> Three suspects charged in Alleghany drug bust <img src="" alt="Alleghany officers, from left, Sgt. Craig Williams and deputies Darrell Rector and Cody Chamberlain." title="Alleghany officers, from left, Sgt. Craig Williams and deputies Darrell Rector and Cody Chamberlain." align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Larry Chambers<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> SPARTA, N.C. &ndash; A routine traffic stop led to drug and other charges against three suspects in Alleghany County.<br /> Alleghany Sheriff Bryan Maines said deputies conducted the traffic stop in Laurel Springs which led to a large seizure of illegal narcotics and weapons.<br /> Maines said in a news release that Deputy Darrell Rector was observing traffic while parked at the Laurel Springs Fire Department.<br /> Hit and run death nets 30-year sentence <img src="" alt="John Randolph Lewis" title="John Randolph Lewis" align="left" hspace="6" width="50" height="85" /><p> <strong>By JASMINE DENT FRANKS of the WYTHEVILLE ENTERPRISE<br /> Story reprinted with permission</strong><br /> <br /> 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.<br /> 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.<br /> Alexander nominated for LifeChanger award <img src="" alt="Principal John Alexander" title="Principal John Alexander" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> FRIES &mdash; Fries School Principal John Alexander has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.<br /> Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States, &ldquo;who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.&rdquo;<br /> Alexander was nominated by an anonymous colleague, according to a news release.<br /> Eight sentenced on drug conspiracy charges <img src="" alt="Defendants sentenced in Operation Rolling Thunder " title="Defendants sentenced in Operation Rolling Thunder " align="left" hspace="6" width="100" height="85" /><p> ABINGDON &mdash; Defendants from this area have received sentences, resulting from a federal investigation into a local methamphetamine distribution network.<br /> The charges resulted from a joint federal, state and local investigation called Operation Rolling Thunder.<br /> 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.<br /> Rose sentenced in Ogle’s apartment burglary <img src="" alt="David Christopher Rose" title="David Christopher Rose" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; David Christopher Rose was sentenced in Grayson County Circuit Court last Thursday, after being found guilty of grand larceny, burglary (in the nighttime), and violation of a protective order last month.<br />