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Courts

  • Mother sentenced in child’s death

    INDEPENDENCE — Fries resident Tanisha Ann Lineberry, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2017 death of her 3-year-old son, Jaylen Lineberry, received a suspended sentence of seven years in the Virginia Department of Corrections after pleading no contest in Grayson County Circuit Court last Thursday.
    Represented by attorney J. Tompkins, Lineberry entered the courtroom backed by members of her family members the morning of Oct. 11.
    Lineberry also faced a charge of child abuse resulting in serious injury.

  • Lowgap men face murder charges

    LOWGAP, N.C. — A father and son face murder charges after a woman’s body was found in Surry County last week.
    Jimmie Calvin Anderson, 71, and Jimmie Andrew Anderson, 30, both of 160 Timber Lane in Lowgap were charged with first-degree murder on Saturday, according to Surry Sheriff Jimmy Combs.
    The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of her family. 

  • Keepers found guilty

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A jury has recommended that Natalie Keepers serve 40 years in prison for her role in planning the death of a Blacksburg teen, whose body was found near Grayson County in 2016.
    Keepers, 21, of Laurel, Md., was convicted Sept. 20 of being an accessory to first-degree murder before the fact, at the end of a four-day trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

  • Four arrested for string of Grayson burglaries

    TROUTDALE — Four suspects have been arrested and charged in a string of burglaries in the Grayson County area.
    According to a news release shared last week from the Grayson County Sheriff’s office, Investigator Travis Jefferson was following up on several reported burglaries in the area earlier this summer; when the investigation led him to 2207 Flatridge Road in Troutdale.

  • Ex-teacher indicted on three more charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted a former music teacher at Galax High School and Galax Middle School on three additional charges in connection with the investigation of alleged inappropriate relationships with two minors.
    The grand jury first met July 27 and handed down seven indictments against Jessica Leigh Kincaid Snow, 33, of Fries.

  • Suspect flees drug search

    ELK CREEK — An Elk Creek man faces two charges in connection with the distribution of illegal drugs and noncompliance with officers, after attempting to flee from the scene of an investigation.
    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, William Eugene Armstrong Jr., 38, of Elk Creek, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and obstruction of justice on July 23.

  • Mother to enter plea to child’s death

    INDEPENDENCE — Tanisha Ann Lineberry has been scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court, for charges she received in the 2017 death of her young son.
    According to court documents, Lineberry faces two charges: involuntary manslaughter and abuse of a child resulting in serious injury. She is set to enter a plea on Oct. 11.
    Her plea hearing was rescheduled from its original date, Aug. 23.

  • Kyle sentenced for child abuse

    INDEPENDENCE — A Fries man, charged last year in connection with a child abuse case, pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Grayson County Circuit Court on Thursday.
    Court records confirmed that Xavier Tyquane Kyle of Fries, pleaded guilty to abuse of a child, resulting in serious injury — a Class 4 felony. The charge brought Kyle a sentence of three years and six months in prison, with all but four months suspended. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation, with probation to begin upon sentencing.

  • Lawsuit addresses opioid crisis

    The City of Galax and Giles County have initiated legal action against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids.

  • Keepers pleads guilty to concealing body

    CHRISTIANSBURG — At a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 14, Natalie Keepers pleaded guilty to concealing the body of a teen near Galax, after the girl was killed by David Eisenhauer in 2016.
    Keepers, 21, of Laurel, Md., will still stand trial in September for a charge of being an accessory to murder before the fact. She could face up to five years in prison on the concealment conviction, pending a pre-sentence report.