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Courts

  • Father, son face federal drug indictments

    A father and son from Grayson County and two other suspects have been indicted by a Federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on drug, weapons and other charges.
    Lorne Sidney Anders, his son, Arlin James Anders, Michael Leon Cooper and Ricardo “Ricky” Lopez-Zuniga were indicted when the grand jury met on Nov. 2.
    Eleven different counts were returned by the grand jury including:

  • Grayson indictments unsealed

    Additional Grayson County grand jury indictments have been unsealed and suspects arrested.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    The grand jury met Oct. 22 and returned the following indictments:
    • Thomas Ray Archer of Galax – abuse or child neglect.
    • Cynthia Ann Hyder of Independence – attempted grand larceny of a firearm.
    • Cody William Rutherford of Fries – possession of a schedule II controlled substance (METH).

  • Judge hears Grayson, Oracle motions

    The Grayson County Board of Zoning Appeals and Zoning Administrator Lisa Barker have been dropped as defendants in a lawsuit which alleges that the Board of Supervisors denied a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center because of religious beliefs.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    A Galax man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday on seven charges, including allegedly breaking into the home of Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.

  • Probation revoked for Ennice, N.C. woman

    An Ennice, N.C., woman was sentenced to serve five years in prison after her probation was revoked in Grayson County Circuit Court.
    Elizabeth Renea Pack, 33, was convicted Nov. 10, 2006 of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and uttering a forged check on Sept. 21, 2007. She was sentenced to serve consecutive terms of two years and six months in prison on each of the two charges. The prison sentences were suspended and she was put on probation for five years.
    Pack appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 1 before Judge Brett Geisler.

  • Police arrest Independence man for alleged firearms thefts

    An Independence man faces five charges after an investigation by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Investigator Todd Perkins and Sgt. Doug Carner arrested Brandon Keith Martin, 27, of 2400 Elliott Place, at his residence without incident.
    Four alleged stolen firearms were recovered.

  • 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.