Local News

  • Bills would have addressed distracted driving

    Landmark News Service and Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Heather Munsterman of Manassas had her dream job as a police officer taken from her three years ago during a traffic stop when she was hit by a car going 40 mph.

    A student walking to get gas after running out on the way home from work was hit by a car going 60 mph.

    A mother and her baby were hit in a crosswalk. The baby died.

    Each of the drivers was distracted by a phone.

    Each quick glance at the device altered those Virginians’ lives.

  • Town could lower speed limit near trail

    INDEPENDENCE — With the construction of Grayson County’s new recreation trail in place, and the presence of nearby businesses, Independence is looking into a resolution to potentially lower the speed limit on the eastern side of town.

    During the Feb. 14 meeting of the Independence Town Council, Police Chief James Wagoner addressed the issue, saying, “With the new bike trail and walking trail being so close to the road, and the speed limit at 45-55 miles per hour, that scares me a little bit.”

  • Tractor-trailer overturns at Exit 1 on I-77

    LAMBSBURG — A Michigan truck driver caused a massive traffic jam Monday at Love’s Truck Stop, off Exit 1 northbound on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.

    Virginia State Trooper Duane Blackburn said the accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 27 when a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer was turning into Love’s. It flipped over on its right side, falling against a guardrail and partially blocking the driveway.

  • Grayson County schools close early for incoming storm

    A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Grayson County until 5 p.m. today, Wednesday.
    As a precaution, Grayson County Public Schools will close at 11 a.m.
    Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said that the closing time will allow bus drivers to transport students home, and return home safely themselves before a storm hits. News reports predict that the weather will impact the Grayson County area around 1 p.m.

  • 12 Ways Virginia's 2017 General Assembly Session Will Change Your Life

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Nearly 1,800 laws were passed during the 2017 General Assembly that wrapped Feb. 25.

    Many deal with industry minutiae (the number of menhaden fish allowed to be caught in a year) or super-narrow provisions (allowing retired conservation officers to carry concealed handguns without permits).

    But others could affect many of us in our daily lives when they take effect July 1. Here are a dozen.

    Left lane fines

  • Motions seek to bar photos of victim, dog description

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Circuit Court heard two motions last week in the case of John Terry Underwood, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 15-month-old child.

    On Feb. 23, Brandon Boyles, defense attorney for Underwood, presented two motions to Circuit Court Judge H. Lee Harrell: to not allow references to the breed of the dog (a pit bull) involved in the attack and to restrict the showing of gruesome crime scene photos of the child to members of the jury.

  • Police pursuit neared 100 mph

    Staff Report

    Fearing for the safety of officers and motorists, police ended their high-speed pursuit of a man who allegedly fled from a traffic stop in Galax last Friday night.

    David Alexander Musick, 29, of Galax, was arrested the following day, Feb. 25, at 8:55 p.m. by Officer Terry Woods of the Galax Police Department and charged with felony continuing to drive when commanded to stop by law enforcement, misdemeanor third offense driving a motor vehicle with a revoked or suspended license and misdemeanor reckless driving.

  • Pickup hits mailboxes, flips over on U.S. 58

    WOODLAWN — A single-vehicle accident in the Faddis Hill section of U.S. 58 at around 1 p.m. on Feb. 17 resulted in private property damage and a charge of reckless driving, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

    A 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by Daniel V. Lineberry, 73, of Galax, was headed west on 58 when it ran off the road on the right, striking four mailboxes and a rock wall before overturning.

  • Woman injured in house fire

    A house fire early Sunday morning in Galax left one person with injuries, according to Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers.

    On Feb. 26 at 1:53 a.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to Jason Heights for a structure fire. “Dispatch reported that a female with burn injuries had run to a neighbors’ house seeking help, reporting that her house was on fire,” said Ayers.

  • Nofsinger to serve 60 years

    ABINGDON – Three mothers and a grandmother testified Feb. 28 in federal court about how Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. had adversely affected the lives of young girls through sexual contact and making pornographic videos of them.

    All four wept, sometimes to the point of near incoherence while speaking; and all four described Nofsinger as a “monster.”

    They spoke with deep grief about the rifts visited upon their families and the ongoing, possibly permanent, inability to trust others and feel safe anymore.