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Courts

  • Grand jury opens sealed indictments

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    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
    Staff

    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.

  • Sealed indictments opened in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – Indictments against nine suspects were recently unsealed in Grayson County Circuit Court.
    A grand jury met April 27 and indicted several suspects on drug and other charges. Some of the indictments were sealed until the suspects were arrested.
    Jennifer Alice Andrews of Jefferson, N.C., was indicted on seven charges, including: theft of property with intent to sell; possession of a firearm within 10 years after having been convicted of a felony; two counts of statutory burglary; two counts of grand larceny; and grand larceny of a firearm.

  • Preliminary hearing set for Fries shooting suspect

    John Ford Gilliam, charged in a shooting near Fenders Curve in Grayson County July 14, has a preliminary hearing scheduled in Grayson County General District Court on Sept. 24.
    Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn, was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, after officers say he was involved in a confrontation that resulted in a man being shot in the arm.

  • Circuit Court Clerk receives positive audit

    INDEPENDENCE — The office of the Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk was recently commended following an audit of activity between April 1, 2017 through March 31.
    According to an official letter from the Auditor of Public Accounts, no issues involving internal control and the office’s operations were found during the audit.

  • Eisenhauer to serve 50 years for murder

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    BLACKSBURG — David Eisenhauer will serve 50 years in prison for the 2016 abduction and murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg and concealing her body.
    The case had local connections — Eisenhauer has family in the Galax area, and Lovell’s body was hidden in a spot on Route 89 in Surry County, N.C., just south of the city.
    Eisenhauer, 20, was sentenced by Judge James Turk in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on June 26, at the end of a one-day hearing.

  • Mailbox vandals charged in Grayson

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that two arrests have been made in an investigation of multiple reports of mailbox vandalism throughout the county.
    In the early morning hours of May 14, deputies arrested suspects Ethan Jackson, 18, of Independence; and Dustin Testerman, 18, of Fries. Both were charged with vandalizing mailboxes in Grayson County.
    According to the sheriff’s office, several residents have been reporting damaged mailboxes in recent months.

  • Indictments unsealed in Grayson

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against eight suspects were recently unsealed in Grayson County.
    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted the suspects on April 27 and sealed the indictments until each suspect was arrested.

    The list includes:
    Jason Lee Bourne, Fries – four charges for the sale, gift or distribution of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).