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  • Former rescue captain gets second chance

    Copyright 2017, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    WYTHEVILLE — Instead of getting a conviction last week, Dustin Seaver Hazlewood of Galax walked out of court with a second chance.

    The 28-year-old former captain of the Wythe County Rescue Squad pleaded guilty to two felony charges, but a judge didn’t find him guilty — opting for an alternative plan that will require Hazlewood to complete community service and regularly appear in court for reviews of his progress.

  • State auditors praise Grayson Circuit Court

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk’s office recently received positive results from a completed audit of the county’s court system, which confirm that no deficiencies were found in the system from the January 2016 through March 31.

    Susan Herrington, Grayson clerk of the circuit court, recently shared two pieces of correspondence regarding the completion of the audit.

  • Poll shows Northam beating Gillespie in November

    Landmark News Service

    Democrat Ralph Northam has the early lead over Republican Ed Gillespie for Virginia’s fall gubernatorial election, according to a voter poll released last week.

    Most voters also indicated they’re feeling optimistic about their personal finances and the state.

    Northam was favored by 47 percent and Gillespie 39 percent in the telephone survey by Quinnipiac University taken in the days following the June 13 primaries.

  • Carroll deputy injured in U.S. 52 crash

    FANCY GAP – The Virginia State Police are investigating a crash that involved an on-duty Carroll County deputy and a Willis man.

    The accident happened late Monday night in Fancy Gap.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller of the Virginia State Police, authorities are investigating the two-vehicle crash, which happened on U.S. 52 in the Fancy Gap area of Carroll County.

    Senior Trooper S.M. Cochran was called to the scene at 11:50 p.m. on July 3.

  • Weevils enlisted to control growth of aggressive weeds

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently relocated hundreds of tiny weevils to a site in Grayson County, where an aggressive form of weed known as the “Mile-a-Minute” weed has been spotted.

    According to a news release from the agriculture department, the “Mile-a-Minute” weed is an extremely aggressive, barbed weed that quickly covers and chokes out other plants, shrubs and even trees as it grows. The pest’s name comes from its very rapid growth of up to six inches per day.

  • Architects make changes to GES plan

    Some changes have been made to the design of the Galax Elementary School expansion project.

    Yancey Powers of the WM2A architectural firm gave a brief update to members of the Galax School Board at their June 13 meeting.

    The firm’s designs encompass the renovation, extension and modernization of the existing school building.

  • Body found in store's restroom

    The body of an adult male was found in the men’s room of the Galax CVS store on Sunday, according to police.

    The Galax Police Department responded at 2:21 p.m. on July 2 after an employee found the body, according to Chief Rick Clark.

    The man was not a resident of the Twin Counties, said Clark, who declined to further identify him or discuss the circumstances of his death.

    Clark said no foul play is suspected, and the deceased’s family has been notified.

  • Arrests involve machete attack, stolen cars

    Recent arrests in Galax include a suspect charged with attacking a victim with a machete, while another case involved stolen vehicles.

    Galax police were dispatched to a reported assault at a residence on East Stuart Drive on July 1 shortly after noon.

    According to a police report, responding officers discovered a victim who had been assaulted with a machete. The victim was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

  • New law allows online renewal of expired car registration

    Staff Report

    Vehicle owners with expired Virginia registrations can soon renew online and the online receipt will serve as proof of renewal until auto decals arrive.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will offer this new convenience for customers as a result of 2017 legislation that became effective July 1.

    In the past, only customers who renewed their vehicle registration online prior to expiration could print a receipt to serve as proof that the holder had extended the registration period.

  • Search warrant reveals homicide details

    A search warrant for a motel room in Galax reveals more details of a homicide that occurred there on June 22.

    Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, of Roanoke, was found with multiple stab wounds on the floor of Room 11 of the Galax Motel when police responded at 10:27 p.m. Attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful, and Clayton was declared dead at 10:51 p.m.

    Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 39, also of Roanoke, was arrested on the scene and charged with first-degree murder.