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Waddle case certified to grand jury

A preliminary hearing for the suspect in the Oct. 26 breaking and entering of a South Boston home has ended in the charge being certified to a Halifax County Circuit Court grand jury, according to court records.

Michael Ryan Waddle, 34, of Dan River Church Road in South Boston appeared in Halifax County General District Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing.

General District Court Judge J. William Watson Jr. found evidence sufficient at the hearing to certify the felony charge to the grand jury. 

Waddle was initially arrested Oct. 28 on a charge of breaking and entering the Fenton Street home of Kimberly P. Hunt to commit assault and battery after authorities executed a search warrant at his residence.

South Boston Police Captain B. K. Lovelace said at the time authorities continued to investigate the alleged burglary and assault on a hound dog at the Fenton Street residence.

Due to the severe injuries the dog sustained, it had to be euthanized, according to Lovelace.

Waddle has not been charged in connection with the dog assault.

Waddle also had his probation revoked Monday after he was convicted of a violation of his pre-trial conditions but was released on bond after the hearing.


Other court cases

Javante Devon Jordan, 21, of South Boston pleaded guilty Monday to three charges in connection with breaking and entering a pool building at American Legion Post 8.

Jordan pleaded guilty to felony charges for breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny, arson of an unoccupied building and destruction of property.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, the commonwealth agreed to recommend no more than a five-year sentence for the defendant, with restitution to be determined at sentencing.

The court remanded Jordan to custody and ordered the defendant to be evaluated for the detention and diversion centers prior to sentencing set for the July court term.

 Michael Edward Tanksley, 42, of South Boston will spend an effective one year, six months and 90 days in prison, with the rest of his five-year, 90-day sentence suspended for offenses related to the theft of an antique bell from John Greenbacker Jr.

The court sentenced Tanksley to three years in prison, with all but one year suspended, for breaking and entering in order to commit larceny, and two years in prison, with all but six months suspended, for grand larceny.

The court also sentenced Tanksley to 90 days in jail, with no time suspended, for misdemeanor destruction of personal property.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Tanksley’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years, starting immediately, and it ordered him placed on probation for 18 months upon his release.

In addition, the court ordered the defendant to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol, undergo substance abuse counseling and treatment and pay $513.95 restitution within 12 months of his release. 

 Kimberly Shante Mills, 34, of South Boston pleaded guilty Monday to grand larceny from Walmart, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

Mills was remanded to custody to await sentencing set for the May court term. 

 Barry Lee Younger, 47, of Charlotte, N.C., had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed Monday upon full payment of restitution.