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Courts

  • 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.

  • Alleghany woman charged with arson

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – A Sparta woman is behind bars, charged with arson and other charges in connection with two fires that occurred recently on Highway 93 in the Piney Creek community.
Jennifer Lynn Williams, 28, was arrested Jan. 16 on 11 charges, including two counts of arson.

  • Keepers trial delayed until September

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    CHRISTIANSBURG — The trial of Natalie Keepers, tentatively scheduled to start in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Feb. 5, has been moved to Sept. 17.
    Keepers is charged with being an accessory to murder before the fact and concealing a body in the 2016 death of Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg. Lovell’s body was found off Route 89 in Surry County, N.C., seven miles south of Galax and a little over a mile outside Grayson County.

  • DNA, fingerprint evidence filed in Lovell murder case

    CHRISTIANSBURG ­­— Fingerprint and DNA evidence is revealing more links between a murder victim and two suspects in her death.
    Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg was killed in January 2016 and her body was found a few days later near Galax.
    Evidence filed with the Montgomery County Circuit Court shows Lovell’s blood on tools, cleaning supplies, boots and other evidence. The fingerprints of the two suspects also appear on several items, according to court documents.