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Courts

  • Grayson County grand jury indicts 20

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Twenty people were indicted for drug and other charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that convened last Friday.
    Several indictments were sealed and will be opened after the suspects have been arrested.

    Indictments included:
    • Johnny Lee Taylor – obtain money by fraud.
    • Tristan Gage Semones – attempted statutory burglary.

  • Traffic stop leads to multiple felony charges

    FRIES — An Ivanhoe man was charged with multiple felonies, following a traffic stop in the Providence area of Grayson County.
    Troy Alexander Stamper, III, 29, of Ivanhoe, has been arrested on charges of driving revoked (alcohol-related), possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana (second offense), and possession of a Schedule II drug.

  • Five suspects arrested in homicide case

    Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff Steve C. Hiatt has confirmed five arrests in connection with the discovery of a body on Watershed Road in Surry County on April 3.
    The kidnapping and homicide investigation has involved police in Grayson and Carroll counties, as well as Surry County and Alleghany County, N.C.
    A news release from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office on Friday confirmed that suspects charged in the death of  Rebecca Carlene Plitt, include:

  • Grayson County woman pleads guilty to health care fraud

    ABINGDON – A Troutdale woman, who worked as a Consumer Directed Services Facilitator (CDSF) to assist elderly and disabled Virginia Medicaid recipients, pleaded guilty last week in federal court to healthcare fraud, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced in a news release.
    Crystal Michelle Smith, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud. At sentencing, she faces up to ten years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine, according to the release.

  • Fries men sentenced for gun crime

    INDEPENDENCE — Two Fries men were sentenced in Grayson County Circuit Court this year, in a case related to stolen firearms from a Fries residence.
    On January 31, Eric Lawson appeared in Circuit Court and pled guilty to misdemeanor larceny. He received a 12 month suspended jail sentence and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim.

  • Gilliam sentenced in 2018 Fries shooting

    INDEPENDENCE — John Ford Gilliam of Woodlawn pleaded guilty to two amended charges, in the July 14, 2018 shooting of a Fries man, in Grayson County Circuit Court on Feb. 28.
    Thursday’s hearing was the second scheduled hearing for Gilliam’s plea; rescheduled from Thursday, Jan. 24. Gilliam was initially charged with two felonies: malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony (first offense). The charges were amended to unlawful wounding and reckless handling of a firearm (misdemeanor).

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 22

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    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
    Staff

    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.