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Courts

  • 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.

  • Indictments unsealed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – Indictments against eight suspects have been unsealed in Grayson County.
    The suspects were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on January 26 and the indictments sealed until arrests were made.
    Chad William Bourne, 27, who listed his address as River North Correctional Center in Independence, was indicted for a prisoner tampering within correctional unit.
    Other indictments included:

  • Traffic stop in Galax nabs homicide suspect

    Staff Report

    GALAX — A recent routine stop for a traffic violation in Galax resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for a 2017 homicide in Mexico.
    On Feb. 17, Officer Tyler Houk stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Stuart Drive, shortly after 9:50 p.m., according to a Galax Police Department report.
    The operator could not produce a valid Virginia operator’s license, the report said. After a check of the Virginia DMV data base, police determined that Joel Miguel Miguel, 38, was driving on a suspended license.

  • Galax man faces multiple charges

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged with multiple violations by Sgt. Chris Hines.
    Bradley Lee Phillips, 39, of Galax, was observed operating a vehicle obstructing a street, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.
    When Hines approached, Phillips exited the vehicle and became physically agitated, the report said. Phillips was found to be in possession of a firearm, methamphetamine and marijuana.

  • Eisenhauer found guilty of murder

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    and BRIAN FUNK
    Staff

    CHRISTIANSBURG ­— David Edmond Eisenhauer was found guilty of the murder of Nicole Lovell, abduction and concealing her body, after he pleaded no contest to all three charges in  Montgomery County Circuit Court on Feb. 9.
    The plea came in the wake of the prosecution’s attempt the day before to submit chat conversations recovered from his phone as evidence, and after prosecutors presented a mounting pile of evidence and DNA analysis linking Eisenhauer to Lovell.

  • Arson charge dismissed in Ogle’s Fire case

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose, charged in connection with the 2017 apartment fire at the former Frogs Ogle’s Deli in Independence, was found guilty of grand larceny, statutory burglary (in the nighttime), and violation of a protective order in Grayson County Circuit Court last Friday; while other charges, including a charge of arson, were dismissed by the judge.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 24

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met Jan. 26 and handed down indictments against 24 suspects on drug violations, burglary and other charges.
    Among those indicted were two men charged in December 2017 with breaking and entering at different locations in Grayson County and Independence.

  • Connell to serve 15 years for child’s death

    INDEPENDENCE — Terra Lynn Connell, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 3-year-old girl, has been sentenced on multiple convictions after submitting a plea in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 3, 2017.
    Connell was sentenced on Jan. 26. According to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, felony child endangerment and maintaining a dangerous dog.