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Public Safety

  • Stoneman found in residence near Joy Ranch Rd.

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities have apprehended 32-year-old Cheston Stoneman, who had been sought in connection with the malicious wounding of a Wythe County deputy last month.

  • Suspect leads deputy on chase in Whitetop

    WHITETOP – A Whitetop man was arrested April 17, but not before a lengthy foot chase that ended with him being apprehended in a creek.

  • Stoneman sought after Wythe deputy's injury

    WYTHEVILLE — Authorities are searching for a 32-year-old Hillsville man accused of cutting a Wythe County deputy on Sunday while fleeing on foot, according to Wythe Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan.
    Authorities identified the suspect as Cheston Stoneman.

  • Driver dozes off, clips pole on Edmonds Road

     

  • U.S. Cellular break-in suspects sought

    The Galax Police Department is on the lookout for two men in connection with a recent break-in at U.S. Cellular.
    On April 3 at 8 a.m., police responded to a report of a broken door glass at U.S. Cellular store at 1136 E. Stuart Drive.
    According to a police report shared with The Gazette by Capt. James Cox, two men broke in to the store at 7 a.m. by breaking through the front door glass, and removed an undisclosed amount of merchandise from the building.

  • I-77 motorcyclist critical after crash

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police said that a Bluefield man injured in a Friday morning motorcycle wreck on Interstate 77 was in critical condition.
    A helicopter flew Darren Wayne Coe, 45, to Roanoke for treatment after the incident near mile marker 19 at about 10:30 a.m.
    When southbound traffic slowed in front of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Coe could not stop, according to a report by Trooper C.M. Delp.
    The motorcycle struck the back of a 2004 van, driven by Donald Goetz of Edinboro, Pa.

  • Wind overturns tractor-trailers on I-77

    LAMBSBURG — Two state vehicles were struck and damaged after gusts estimated  at more than 100 mph also knocked over two tractor-trailers Tuesday, according to Virginia State Police reports.
    State police and Virginia Department of Transportation officials responded shortly after 3 p.m. when the first incident happened at the familiar spot near the 3 mile marker in the northbound lanes, according to First Sgt. Mike Musser.

  • Police receive report of cane-wielding woman

    Galax police were called to Food City in Galax on April 14, on a report of an elderly woman hitting cars in the parking lot with her cane and yelling at them.
    A later police report confirmed that the situation was a verbal altercation between a man’s girlfriend and his ex-wife.
    “She didn’t strike any cars with a cane, but [she] did roll a buggy into the other woman’s vehicle,” said Capt. James Cox of the Galax Police Department. “Apparently, she was flinging the cane around, but didn’t hit anything.”

  • E-911 dispatchers honored during Public Safety Telecommunications Week

    April 13-19 is National Public Safety Telecommunication Week, held each year to celebrate and honor the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community.

  • Three injured in 4-vehicle crash

    INDEPENDENCE — Three Grayson County residents were injured and a juvenile has been charged with reckless driving in a four-vehicle accident that occurred just west of Independence on April 9 around 4:30 p.m.