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Courts

  • 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.

  • Davis found guilty of murder in double shooting

    INDEPENDENCE — Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis will serve a sentence of life in prison after being found guilty in the 2016 double shooting that killed Karen Cates and wounded David Patton.

    The jury deliberated for two hours on the evening of Jan. 19 before returning guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, two counts of abduction, one count of malicious shooting, one count of malicious firing of a weapon in an occupied dwelling and one count of violating a protective order.

  • Suspects face drug charges in Alleghany

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – Two suspects have been arrested on 30 charges in Alleghany County following a several-month undercover drug operation conducted by detectives from the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department and agents from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).
    Alleghany Sheriff Bryan Maines said his detectives and the SBI agents were working in an undercover capacity to purchase methamphetamine (meth) from Jose Alvarado Rosiles and Tammy Lynn Bumgarner in the Glade Valley community.

  • Domestic violence call leads to drug charges in Sparta

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – A domestic violence call at an Alleghany residence led to officers finding methamphetamines and a meth smoking pipe.
    According to Alleghany Sheriff Bryan Maines, the sheriff’s office received a telephone call about 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 28, 2017 at a home on Osborne Road, reporting domestic violence.
    Sgt. Craig Williams and Deputy Heath Williams responded to the scene and found Robert and Angela Bumgarner at the residence.

  • Men charged in third B&E in Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects recently charged with breaking and entering in different locations in the Grayson County area, have been linked to another break-in reported in the town of Independence.

  • Thornton plea continued until February

    INDEPENDENCE — A scheduled plea hearing in a case against Wyndom Taylor Thornton of Galax was continued last Thursday in Grayson County Circuit Court, at the request of Thornton’s attorney.
    Thornton was scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in court last Thursday, for charges related to a burglary in Independence earlier this year. Jonathon Venzie, who is representing Thornton, requested a new court date to give him more time to prepare.

  • Man charged with indecent exposure in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man has been charged with multiple sexual offenses, after allegedly exposing himself in front of four juveniles in the parking lot near Subway in Independence earlier this month.
    According to a report from the Independence Police Department and data obtained from New River Valley Regional Jail’s website, Justin Andrew Roten, 36, of Galax, has been charged with three counts of indecent exposure, and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

  • Suspects plead to drug charges in U.S. District Court

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    ABINGDON  – Following a federal investigation, 21 defendants have entered guilty pleas related to the distribution of methamphetamine and firearms possession in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina.
    U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle said Tuesday that Operation Rolling Thunder — an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and local law enforcement — has resulted in the dismantling of a meth trafficking organization in the region.

  • Grand Jury sealed indictments opened

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against eight suspects have been opened and arrests made in Grayson County.
    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met Oct. 27 and handed down the indictments for drug and other charges.
    Indictments included:
    • Sena Allene Hash, 35, whose address was listed as the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin (NRVRJ), was indicted for possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).

  • Thornton scheduled for plea hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax Man is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court this month, on multiple charges related to a burglary in Independence earlier this year.
    According to Circuit Court records, Wyndom Taylor Thornton will submit a plea to charges of entering a structure to commit larceny, assault and battery or other felony, grand larceny greater than or equal to a $200 value, larceny with intent to distribute (more than a $200 value), and two charges of distribution of a Schedule II drug (second offense) on Dec. 21.