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Public Safety

  • Two people exposed to rabies in Grayson

    The Mount Rogers Health District reports there have been six confirmed cases of rabies in the Twin County area this year, through Sept. 28.

    That includes an incident last week, in which two Grayson County residents were exposed to a single rabid stray cat.

    The cat was captured, tested for rabies and the Grayson County Health Department received lab confirmation of rabies Sept. 23, according to a statement from the health district.

  • Rabies cases reported in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Mount Rogers Health District reports that two local residents are receiving treatment for rabies following exposure to a rabid cat.

    The Grayson County Health Department received lab confirmation of rabies Sept. 23, according to a statement from the health district.

    Grayson County Animal Control has been notified that there are other cats in this stray population, and residents of the area are being contacted to determine whether anyone else was exposed.

  • Police warn of 'distraction burglars'

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three recent distraction thefts, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The sheriff is requesting citizens to be on the lookout for two white males and one white female in a light blue or silver four-door sedan with a Georgia license plate.

  • Missing Tenn. woman last seen in Fries

    UPDATE 9/22:

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan reported on Sept. 22 that Peggy McMickle was found with family members in Fries last week by Grayson deputies. "Everything was fine," Vaughan said.
     

    ORIGINAL STORY:

    FRIES — A Bristol TV news report says a woman missing from East Tennessee was last seen in Fries.

    WCYB reports that Peggy McMickle has not been heard from since Sept. 12.

    McMickle reportedly has family in Fries and in New Mexico.

  • IRS phone scam reported in region

    The Better Business Bureau alerts Virginia residents that a phone scam involving con artists pretending to be IRS agents is hitting Roanoke and surrounding areas.

    The BBB Serving Western Virginia has received dozens of phone calls this week from consumers who received these fraudulent calls.

    IRS impersonators are calling and demanding that consumers pay taxes they don’t actually owe and are told to send the funds via a prepaid card or wire transfer.

  • Prisoner recaptured after escape attempt

    HILLSVILLE - A Hillsville man received additional charges after fleeing police custody while being served a warrant at the Carroll County Governmental Complex on Aug. 8.

    Arless Lynn Dalton Jr., 34, was being served a warrant for a felony shoplifting charge on Friday, when he ducked under a garage door at the sheriff’s office in an attempt to flee from custody, according to Hillsville Interim Chief Wesley Yonce.

  • Police searching for suspect who held man at gunpoint

    UPDATED 8/7/14: The Grayson County Sheriff's Office reports that Anderson is now in custody. We'll have more details when they are available.

    ORIGINAL STORY:

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday was searching for John David Anderson, 43, of Independence, who is charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, abduction and brandishing a firearm.

  • Galax man charged with four burglaries

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged in connection with four burglaries that occurred in the city.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Dustin Michael Farmer, 19, is alleged to have broken in to Campbell’s Optometry on Glendale Road on July 18, 21 and 22. Farmer is also charged with the July 23 burglary of V&M Recycling on Clover Street.

  • Two charged with stealing electronics

    A Wytheville couple was arrested and charged with the theft of electronic equipment at the Galax Walmart on July 16.

    Thanks to numerous tips received after the Galax Police Department shared security camera photos on its Facebook page, Jessica Lynn Sexton, 21, and Joseph Smith IV, 23, were charged with grand larceny and petit larceny by Galax Senior Police Officer John Reavis.

    A police report said tips identifying the suspects were received within the first 30 minutes of the post.

  • Grayson investigates break-ins

    ELK CREEK – Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan is seeking information concerning a rash of break-ins that have occurred in the Elk Creek community in recent weeks.

    Vaughan said Monday in a news release that investigators have determined that the unknown suspect or suspects have gained entry into unoccupied homes through unlocked doors and windows. The occupants were gone only for a short period of time when items were removed from their residences.

    There have also been several thefts of unsecured ATV’s reported in the area.