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Public Safety

  • Galax drug investigation ongoing

    Two Galax men have been arrested and charged after investigators conducted searches at a local business and at least one residence on Monday, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

  • Galax man faces drug, traffic charges

    A Galax man was arrested and charged with multiple drug and traffic offenses after a vehicle pursuit on Sept. 14, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Grayson approves resource officers

    INDEPENDENCE – After months of discussions between the school board and county supervisors, Grayson County Public Schools will receive two new school resource officers for the current school year.
    County officials came to an agreement on how to pay for the new officers, after earlier funding discussions seemed to indicate the school board could not afford to pay the amount of local matching funds that the supervisors required.

  • Drug taskforce serves warrants in Galax

    Police tactical teams wearing body armor and brandishing automatic rifles took suspects into custody on Monday afternoon, as investigators searched a business and at least one residence in Galax.

    The tactical units from Galax and Carroll County were serving drug-related warrants on behalf of the Twin County Drug Taskforce, police on the scene reported.

  • Carjacking suspect caught in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A suspect in a Sept. 12 hit-and-run wreck and an abduction now faces additional charges after being caught Sunday, according to Virginia State Police.

  • Meth lab materials found in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Investigators believe that an unknown subject dumped the contents of a mobile methamphetamine lab in an alley behind Hillsville Town Hall on Thursday, according to Hillsville police.
    Police received a call from a town maintenance worker about some suspicious materials found in shrubs in an alley near a town parking lot on Mill Street, said Capt. James Alderman. The worker did not approach the items, but notified authorities.

  • Thursday carjacking suspect sought

    HILLSVILLE — Authorities on Friday continued their search for the suspect from a Thursday afternoon hit and run and abduction that happened in Carroll County, according to Virginia State Police.
    Troopers have identified Joseph Beuford Lee Mabe as the suspect who got involved in a motor vehicle accident in the Oak Grove section of Carroll, according to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser.

  • Wrong-way driver on I-77 causes wreck

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police charged a 34-year-old Galax woman Monday after she entered Interstate 77 going the wrong way and caused a crash.
    Merleen Sanchez was driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima at approximately 2:35 a.m. near the 8.8 mile marker, going south in the northbound lanes, according to a report by Trooper Matt Cochran.
    The Maxima struck head-on a 2002 Hyundai Elantra driven by Muhammad Tahir of Charlotte, N.C.
    The report listed one injury as a result and $9,000 worth of damage to each of the vehicles.

  • Moped driver injured in wreck

    A Galax woman was charged with reckless driving and defective equipment on Monday afternoon, following a vehicle accident involving personal injury to a moped driver.

  • Grant will pay for school security upgrades

    INDEPENDENCE — Last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to improve safety and security for students and teachers in 459 Virginia schools and regional education programs, including Grayson County
    The school division was awarded a $50,536 grant to be used at five schools.
    The grants will pay for security equipment, including video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and communications systems providing direct links between schools and law enforcement agencies.