• DSS director charged with DUI, public intoxication

    A Grayson County Department of Social Services employee is facing multiple charges, following two incidents last month involving charges of intoxication.
    Anthony Glenn Isom, 31, of Marion, was charged by Grayson and Marion officers in the incidents.
    Isom serves as the director of the Grayson County Department of Social Services.

  • More face prison time for drug trafficking

    ABINGDON — Eight more people convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder  investigation have been sentenced in federal court, after pleading guilty to  being part of a methamphetamine distribution network.
    Operation Rolling Thunder was a joint local, state and federal investigation that sought to dismantle a major drug trafficking organization. Federal prosecutors said large quantities of meth were being transported from Greensboro, N.C., to be distributed in Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County in Virginia and in Surry County, N.C.

  • Anonymous tip leads to drug bust

    By Larry Chambers

    SPARTA, N.C. – An anonymous tip has led to the arrest of a Sparta man on drug charges.
    According to a press release, Maines received the tip of suspicious activity on March 17 at a residence off Frasier Road in Sparta.
    Deputy Heath Williams and Officer Joe Francis responded to the call.
    Maines said on arrival, Williams smelled an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the residence. Deputies made contact with the tenants and received consent to search the residence.

  • Three suspects charged in Alleghany drug bust

    By Larry Chambers

    SPARTA, N.C. – A routine traffic stop led to drug and other charges against three suspects in Alleghany County.
    Alleghany Sheriff Bryan Maines said deputies conducted the traffic stop in Laurel Springs which led to a large seizure of illegal narcotics and weapons.
    Maines said in a news release that Deputy Darrell Rector was observing traffic while parked at the Laurel Springs Fire Department.

  • Hit and run death nets 30-year sentence

    Story reprinted with permission

    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.

  • Sentences continue in ‘Rolling Thunder’ case

    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 sentenced to life in prison for murder conviction

    By Larry Chambers

    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. I’m sorry for killing her and wounding David Patton,” Davis said.

  • Eisenhauer sentencing delayed

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A judge has granted a defense motion to postpone a sentencing hearing for David Eisenhauer, found guilty earlier this month of murdering 13-year-old Nicole Lovell.
    Eisenhauer, who is from Maryland but listed Galax as his home address to claim in-state tuition, pleaded no contest to killing the teen in 2016 and hiding her body in Surry County, N.C., just south of the Grayson County line. He could face life in prison for those crimes, plus abduction.

  • Eight sentenced on drug conspiracy charges

    ABINGDON — Defendants from this area have received sentences, 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.

  • Rose sentenced in Ogle’s apartment burglary

    INDEPENDENCE — 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.