• 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.

  • Mental evaluation delays trial

    INDEPENDENCE —David Christopher Rose, a Wythe County suspect charged in connection with an apartment fire above the former Frogs Ogle’s Deli in Independence, did not have a trial in Grayson County Circuit Court last month, as previously scheduled.
    According to Circuit Court records, Rose’s trial has been rescheduled, and a mental examination has been ordered. The court will reconvene to hear the results of the examination on Feb. 8, 2018.

  • Mental evaluation delays manslaughter trial

    INDEPENDENCE — The court date to set a trial for Tanisha Ann Lineberry, charged in the April 30 death of her young son, has been moved pending the results of a mental health evaluation.
    According to court records, a trial date for Lineberry will be set on Jan. 26, 2018.
    Lineberry was appointed legal counsel at a hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court on Aug. 17. She is charged with involuntary manslaughter and abuse of a child resulting in serious injury. Attorney J. Tompkins will represent Lineberry, according to the circuit court office.

  • Indictments unsealed in Grayson

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against five suspects were recently opened in Grayson County.
    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on Oct. 27 returned the indictments. Several of the indictments were sealed while others were opened.
    Richard Scott Anders Jr., 48, of Dublin, was indicted on nine charges for possession of child pornography, second or subsequent offense.

  • Fries man charged with child abuse

    FRIES — A Fries man was recently charged in connection with an ongoing investigation of child abuse by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.
    A news release from the sheriff’s office confirmed last Wednesday that Xavier Tyquane Kyle, 21, of Fries, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. He is scheduled for a hearing in Grayson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Nov. 28.
    According to the release, officers were summoned to Twin County Regional Hospital on Oct. 31, in reference to a report of suspected child abuse.

  • New date set in Eisenhauer trial

    CHRISTIANSBURG — David Eisenhauer’s trial for the first-degree murder of a Blacksburg teen will begin Feb. 5, after a judge set the new date on Monday.
    That’s the day already set aside for the beginning of co-defendant Natalie Keepers’ trial, but a new date for her has not been set.

  • Wythe man convicted of Smyth murder

    Story reprinted with permission

    SMYTH COUNTY — A Wythe County man awaits a sentencing hearing in Smyth County Circuit Court following his Alford plea earlier this month, to a second-degree murder charge in the death of his ex-girlfriend.
    Thirty-five year-old John Randolph Lewis was convicted in the hit-and-run attack that left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • Privett sentenced for sexual battery

    INDEPENDENCE — Dylan Michael Privett, charged with making inappropriate contact with a tenant at Grayson Manor Apartments earlier this year, was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery in Grayson County General District Court.
    According to the courts database, Privett was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with 11 months suspended on good behavior.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 25 people

    INDEPENDENCE – Twenty-five suspects accused of 39 drug violations and other charges were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.
    The grand jury that convened Oct. 27 also indicted 50 other suspects on charges that were sealed until arrest warrants can be served.
    Indictments included:
    • Christopher Ryan Alley, rape.
    • Richard Scott Anders Jr., possession of child pornography (second or subsequent offense).
    • Michael Joe Blankenship, carrying a concealed weapon (second offense).

  • Galax man pleads guilty to murders


    HILLSVILLE — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing an infant and her mother, after pleading guilty to charges of capital murder and first-degree murder.
    A plea agreement, accepted by prosecutors at the request of the victims’ family, removed the possibility of Nofsinger being sentenced to death.