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Public Safety

  • Flea market will bring thousands to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Tens of thousands of people will head to Hillsville over Labor Day weekend to experience flea market shopping heaven, creating the potential of traffic hell for others.
    The Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market will open for business Friday at 7 a.m. and wrap up Monday at 5 p.m.
    While Hillsville does its best to accommodate crowds estimated at more than half a million in the past, the Virginia Department of Transportation has issued its annual statement, warning those who might not want to be ensnared in the shopping bonanza to steer clear.

  • Arrest Reports 8/26/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • No charges in trooper wreck

    A Virginia state trooper who was involved in a rear-end collision that occurred on Elk Creek Parkway near Independence on Aug. 5, will not face traffic charges.
    First Sgt. Mike Musser said State Police Sgt. Scott Todd conducted the investigation and will charge Trooper Jessie Tilson administratively.

  • Security upgrades continue as classes resume in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – The first bells of the school year rang last week in Grayson County as students returning to the division were greeted by numerous improvements in security measures.
    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant provided the school board with an update on summer projects during the board’s regular meeting earlier this month, which included upgrades to the safety and security, technology and pay raises for faculty.

  • Arrest Reports 8/21/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • Woman finds intruder in apartment

     

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

     

    Joshua Lee Crockett, 31, of Galax was arrested and received several charges following a traffic stop on Aug. 2.
    Crockett was stopped by Officer Andrew Burnett for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    After a series of field tests, Crockett was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and felony possession of a schedule II substance.
    Crockett is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail, and was to appear in the Galax General District Court.

  • Three charged with marijuana possession

    Galax officers arrested and charged two men and a woman for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute on Aug. 13, after an investigation of another crime led to police suspicion.

  • Citizens make plea for Grayson resource officers

    INDEPENDENCE – Despite the pleas of citizens, the Grayson County School Board chose to take no action at its Aug. 12 meeting on a pending grant that would provide two additional School Resource Officers to the division this year.
    Last month, the Grayson Board of Supervisors approved a funding plan to pay 20 percent of the local match of the salary and benefits to add the SRO positions to both Grayson Highlands and Independence Middle schools.

  • Police: suspect left trail of destruction in his wake

    Dustin Lee Alley, 23, of Woodlawn was arrested on Saturday and received charges in two localities after he allegedly stole a truck, wrecked it outside the Galax city limits and instigated a carjacking in an attempt to escape police, a report said.
    Galax police were notified on Aug. 10 that a 2000 Dodge Dakota had been stolen from Blue Ridge Tobacco in Galax. Garnett Alan Price of Galax, the owner of the vehicle, was inside the shop conducting business when the incident occurred, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.