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  • Arrests include drug, firearm violations

    Staff Reports

    Drug and firearm violations were among the recent arrests in the City of Galax.

    Brittany Lee Farmer, 26, of Galax, was arrested on Aug. 6 by Officer Jeremiah Foutch and charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

    Farmer was arrested after a traffic stop conducted by Foutch, according to a police report. His observations during the stop resulted in a search of the vehicle.

    Farmer was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending her appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Grayson welcomes new county administrator

    INDEPENDENCE — The July 13 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors was a transitional one, as the board and county staff publicly welcomed William “Bill” Shepley to his position as the new county administrator.

    Shepley began his new position on July 10.

    He will fill the position previously held by Jonathan Sweet, who resigned Jan. 15 to accept a position as Pulaski’s county administrator.

  • State police complete investigation of deputy's fatal crash

    HILLSVILLE — There will be no charges brought against the other driver in the two-vehicle crash that led to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Curtis Bartlett’s death in March, according to local officials.

    Bartlett was responding to join a fellow deputy and a Virginia State Trooper in pursuit of a suspect when the crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on March 9. Bartlett had not yet reached the pursuit when he collided with a tractor-trailer making a left turn onto U.S. 58 from the Interstate 77 Exit 14 ramp in Hillsville.

  • Comic con returns this weekend

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — Khan-Con — the Twin Counties’ convention dedicated to comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming — returns for a third year this Saturday.

    The family-friendly event has something for the whole family, with appearances by local comic book creators; comic, collectible and toy vendors; artists; games and game demonstrations; an original art auction: raffle drawing; characters in costume and more.

    The convention is also a fundraiser for Jack Sullivan, a little boy battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

  • Second man arrested in false shooting report

    Staff Report

    A second man has been charged in connection with a false report of a shooting last week in Carroll County.

    Jordan Lee Eller, 27, was arrested on Aug. 4, according to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner. Eller is charged with possession of a Schedule II drug and knowingly obstructing a law enforcement officer in the performance of their duties.

  • Two charged with attempted arson

    Staff Reports

    CANA — Two men are in custody, charged with attempting to burn an occupied house in Cana.

    On July 30 at approximately 12:33 am, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a possible arson of a residence located on Holland Drive in Cana, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Grayson charges man with sexual abuse

    A man has been arrested on charges involving child sexual abuse, in an ongoing investigation.

    According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, investigators responded July 20 to complaints of child sexual abuse, made against Adam Lee Haga, 44.

    Investigator Mico Davis interviewed Haga on July 26. The suspect was arrested and charged with forcible sodomy, a felony in Virginia, and taken before the magistrate for a bond hearing, Vaughan said.

  • Bridges honor officers lost in line of duty

    HILLSVILLE — Families of two Carroll County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty gathered Aug. 3 at bridges now dedicated to their loved ones’ memories.

    Emery Mabry was a deputy killed in the 1970s after pulling over a car, while Sheriff Lewis Webb died over a century ago in one of the county’s most infamous incidents.

    Though removed in time, those losses still weigh on the officers’ families, and line-of-duty deaths are a freshly painful topic due to the tragic loss of a Carroll deputy in March.

  • Woman charged in son's death

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A Fries woman now faces charges after an investigation into the death of her son earlier this year.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies responded to a call on April 30 at 286 Adder Lane in Fries, in reference to a child being struck by a vehicle.

    “Upon their arrival, the officers discovered that Tanisha Ann Lineberry, 24, ran over her three-year-old son, Jaylen Lineberry, while moving her car in the driveway,” according to a news release from Vaughan.

  • Wired Road, Microsoft look at ways to provide rural broadband

    A recent announcement from Microsoft about a new effort to bring broadband internet to rural Americans closely mirrors local initiatives to provide more internet coverage in the Twin Counties.