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Courts

  • Davis indicted by Grand Jury

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man was indicted on four charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday stemming from a shooting that occurred last March.
    Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis was indicted on charges of kill and murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony – subsequent offense.

  • Smyth judge hears evidence in hit-and-run case

    By JASMINE DENT FRANKS of the WYTHEVILLE ENTERPRISE
    Story reprinted with permission

    SMYTH COUNTY — A Smyth County judge heard evidence in January against a Wythe County man, charged in the August hit-and-run slaying of his ex-girlfriend and the malicious wounding of her companion.
    The hit-and-run incident left 35 year-old Heather Michelle Clontz dead and 28 year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • Shooting suspect indicted on more charges

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Eight more indictments, which were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27, have been unsealed against Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis.
    Previously, Davis was indicted on charges of kill and murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony – subsequent offense.

  • Grand jury releases more sealed indictments

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Several more sealed indictments have been opened after being handed down by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27 in Independence. The sealed indictments involved 17 charges against nine suspects.
    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

  • Trial in Lovell murder case delayed

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A trial for David Eisenhauer, 19, a former Virginia Tech student charged with first-degree murder, has been postponed, according to local media reports.
    Eisenhauer also is charged with abduction and hiding a body in the death of 13-year-old Blacksburg resident Nicole Lovell, whose body was found near Galax in January 2016.

  • Christiansburg man pleads guilty to soliciting child for sex on Facebook

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Circuit Court was recently prepared to hear the case against James Norwood Crowder, 42, of Christiansburg, when the defendant waived his right to trial and pleaded guilty to proposing sex with a child.  

  • Suspect in car chase indicted

    INDEPENDENCE — Four sealed indictments were opened against Travis Dale Coulson, 38, of Galax, in connection with a chase that occurred Jan. 3.
    He was indicted for aggravated malicious wounding (William Gurley IV); two counts of felonious damage to property; and elude police, disregard command to stop.
    According to an earlier report, the crash involved Coulson chasing a car and then allegedly forcing it off the road. It went off a bank and plowed into the back of a house.

  • Judge hears motions in Underwood case

    INDEPENDENCE — Two motions were heard in Grayson County Circuit Court last Thursday for John Terry Underwood, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 15 month-old child.
    On Thursday morning, Brandon Boyles, defense attorney for Underwood, presented two motions to Circuit Court Judge H. Lee Harrell: the first, to not allow references to the breed of the dog involved in the attack; and the second, to restrict the showing of gruesome crime scene photos of the child to members of the jury.

  • Rugby man charged with arson found not guilty

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County man was found not guilty of arson during a bench trial held Feb. 2 in Grayson County Circuit Court.
    Michael Paul Roark, 45, of Rugby, was charged with arson and attempting to obtain money by false pretenses, following a fire that occurred at 1559 Shippeys Branch Road in Mouth of Wilson on Dec. 31, 2013.
    He was convicted of the felony obtaining money charge.

  • Nofsinger to serve 60 years

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    ABINGDON – Three mothers and a grandmother testified Feb. 28 in federal court about how Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. had adversely affected the lives of young girls through sexual contact and making pornographic videos of them.
    All four wept, sometimes to the point of near incoherence while speaking; and all four described Nofsinger as a “monster.”