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Halifax pair convicted of theft of animals

Two county residents were convicted last Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court of one misdemeanor charge each for the theft of animals from another.

The court convicted 36-year-old South Boston resident Melissa Ann Newcomb and 40-year-old Halifax resident Jacqueline Carol Smith of misdemeanor petty larceny for the theft of an animal belonging to Edward Andrews. 

The commonwealth moved to nol pros an additional felony charge against each of the defendants for theft of an animal belonging to another.

The court sentenced each defendant to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on their good behavior for 12 months, and it ordered each of them to pay $300 restitution, beginning with $100 in April and continuing with monthly payments thereafter.

The court additionally ordered Newcomb and Smith to have no contact with their victims.


Other court cases

 Shawn Woodrow Stewart, 40, of South Boston had two charges against him nol prossed last Monday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Charges nol prossed included a misdemeanor for damaging a phone line to prevent another from summoning law enforcement and a felony for assault and battery of a family member.

 Jeffrey Franklin Davis, 39, of South Boston had a charge against him for contributing to the delinquency of a minor dismissed last Monday.

Davis pleaded guilty to the charge in January 2010, and the court found evidence sufficient to convict, but it withheld its finding of guilt and continued the case 24 months.

The court ordered Davis to perform 50 hours of community service, undergo substance abuse and parenting classes and to have no contact with his victim, with the stipulation that if those conditions were met, the charge would be dismissed.

 Alva Oren Myers II, 45, of Halifax had a charge against him for felony perjury dismissed last Monday during a bench trial.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charge when arraigned before the trial.