• Grayson grand jury indicts 22

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, which met at the Grayson County Courthouse last Friday, returned indictments against 22 suspects on a variety of charges.
    The indictments included:

  • New plea date set for Gilliam

    INDEPENDENCE - A new hearing was set in Grayson County Circuit Court on Thursday for John Ford Gilliam of Woodlawn, who is charged in the July 14, 2018 malicious shooting of a Fries man.

  • Alleghany makes arrests in B&E

    By Larry Chambers

    SPARTA, N.C. – Quick action by deputies from the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department recently foiled an alleged breaking and entering in progress.
    Sheriff Bryan Maines said that deputies received information at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 2 that a breaking and entering was in progress at 88 Dewitt Road in the Glade Valley community.

  • Snow enters guilty plea

    INDEPENDENCE — Jessica Kincaid Snow, a former teacher for the Galax City Public Schools system, will serve six months after submitting a guilty plea to five charges involving inappropriate relationships with two minor students.
    Snow, 33, appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court for a hearing last Thursday.

  • Fantazier enters guilty plea

    An Independence man pleaded guilty in Grayson County Circuit Court on Thursday to charges involving the soliciting of a minor through the use of public internet access at the local library.
    James Michael Fantazier was charged in September, 2017 with possession of child pornography and the use of communications systems to solicit a minor. The chid pornography charge was amended to state that the minor was less than 18 years of age, rather than less than 15 years of age, before Fantazier submitted his plea.

  • State receives $11.5M settlement from Wells Fargo

    Virginia will receive $11.5 million as its share of a settlement by Wells Fargo Bank to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws.
    Anyone who feels they were victims of the bank’s improper business practices will be able to seek restitution.

  • Court dates set for intoxication charges

    Court dates are pending in two localities regarding public intoxication charges against former director of Grayson County Social Services, Anthony Isom.
    Isom was charged in March and April of this year with a DUI and other alcohol-related offenses in Galax, Grayson County and Smyth County. According to earlier police reports, Isom was charged with public intoxication in Grayson County on March 19, after being found walking along Skyline Highway.

  • Galax man sentenced for sex crimes

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release Monday morning that Adam Lee Haga, 44, of Galax, was sentenced in Grayson County Circuit Court for sex crimes against children.
    According to the news release, Haga appeared before the Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 11, for allegations that he had molested children.
    “Investigator, Mico Davis began investigating Haga in July of 2017, when he responded to complaints that Haga had sexually abused two girls from his Galax neighborhood,” the release read.

  • Pastor charged with molesting young girl

    ELK CREEK — A 76-year-old pastor from Grayson County has been charged in West Virginia with molesting a girl while visiting that area.
    Daniel Houston Shafer of Elk Creek was held without bond in the New River Valley Regional Jail after Virginia State Police served a warrant from West Virginia on Nov. 29, charging him with first-degree sexual abuse. Shafer was reportedly arrested after a funeral he was officiating in Wytheville.

  • Sparta suspects face drug charges


    SPARTA, N.C. – Five Sparta residents were recently arrested on 17 drug and other charges.
    The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department was joined in the investigation by the U.S. Marshall’s Service and the N.C. Department of Public Safety Probation and Parole.