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Courts

  • Sweet jailed pending hearing

    A 67-year-old Galax man is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin after he was convicted in June of two counts of aggravated sexual battery involving a child.
    A jury of eight women and four men found Freddie Lee Sweet guilty and recommended a sentence of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine on one charge and seven years in prison and a $30,000 fine on the second charge.

  • Sentencing postponed for Sweet

    The sentencing hearing for Fred Lee Sweet has been delayed until Sept. 16.
    Sweet, 67, of Galax, was found guilty in June in Grayson County Circuit Court of two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
    According to a news release, Judge Berg Sergent of Pennington Gap of the 13th Judicial Circuit, the judge designated by the Virginia Supreme Court to hear the case, considered a defense motion to reschedule the sentencing hearing for Sweet.

  • Trash fee prompts lawsuit

    An Elk Creek landowner who also is an attorney is suing Grayson County, saying that officials arbitrarily denied her trash fee appeal and that the county is not allowed to charge a fee for a service it does not provide.
    Amelia Bland Waller of Elk Creek filed the suit in Grayson County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
    Named in the suit are the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet, Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith, Public Works Director Jonathan Luper and Treasurer Junior Young.

  • Court unseals indictments

    Three indictments that were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on July 23 have been unsealed.
    Stanley D. Brewer, 46, of Fries, was indicted on five charges.
    They include: conspiracy to sell, give or distribute a schedule III controlled substance (HYDRODONE); sale, give or distribution of a schedule III controlled substance (HYDRODONE); two counts for the sale, gift or distribution of marijuana; conspiracy to sell, give or distribute marijuana.

  • Former deputy indicted

    A former Grayson County deputy sheriff was indicted on 14 sex-related charges last Friday by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

  • Couple gets three years in prison for identity theft

    ROANOKE – An Elk Creek couple, who admitted to stealing the identity of an elderly man for whom they provided in-home care for the purpose of using the information to commit bank fraud, were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke Monday.
    Robbie Kevin Poole, 50, and his wife, Kathryn Rebecca Poole, 58, each pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.