• Ex-teacher indicted on three more charges


    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.

  • Grand jury opens sealed indictments

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Several sealed indictments have been opened in Grayson County and the suspects arrested.
    The grand jury met July 27 and returned the indictments charging the suspects with animal fighting, firearm, drug and other offenses.
    Nora Ann Wright, 40, of Troutdale – possession of stolen property and felony child abuse or neglect.

  • Nester sentenced to 25 years in ‘Rolling Thunder’ case

    ABINGDON — A North Carolina man convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
    Prosecutors said Grandy Nester, 33, of Pilot Mountain, N.C., was part of a methamphetamine distribution network. He pleaded guilty in 2017 possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine.
    At a hearing June 14 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Nester was sentenced to 24 years and six months in federal prison.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 14

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – An Independence man has been indicted on rape and three other charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.
    The grand jury met July 27 and returned indictments against 14 suspects on drug and other charges.
    William Michael Fritze, 22, was indicted on four charges, including rape, strangling another causing injury, abduction and malicious wounding.

    Other indictments handed down included:

  • Former Galax teacher indicted

    Former Galax Middle School teacher, Jessica Kincaid Snow, 33, of Fries, was arrested Friday and charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a minor, according to a press release issued by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    She was released on a $20,000 bond.  
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that his office began investigating the case when Snow and the minor were found parked at a boat landing in Grayson County by a nightshift deputy on April 1.