Public Safety

  • Police look into suspicious fire

    A May 8 fire in Carroll County is under investigation.
    The Galax Fire Department responded to a call at 400 Potrock Road after midnight last Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to find an outbuilding completely destroyed by the flames.
    The outbuilding appeared to be abandoned, along with the trailer that sat in front of the building, according to firefighter Chris Hennis.

  • Police warn of fake $20 bills

    The Galax Police Department is warning the public about reports of counterfeit $20 bills received by several local businesses.
    A local bank reported seeing several of these counterfeit bills turned in by local merchants, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox. The merchants, he said, are unaware that the money they are turning in to the bank is counterfeit.

  • Program saves prisoners' lives, county's money

    INDEPENDENCE – Three years ago, Grayson County took the chance on a new alternative sentencing program that very few localities had tried. Today, the Day Report Center has provided the county a net savings of $149,000 and rising.
    Supervisors Chairman Mike Maynard remembers when a representative from Giles County came and spoke to Grayson officials about a Day Report Program, designed to keep non-violent offenders out of jail and help rehabilitate them into productive citizens.

  • Arrest Reports 5/6/13

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

  • Anders in stable condition after being shot by deputies

    UPDATE 5/7/13:

    Randy Lee Anders is now in stable condition, according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan. Charges are still pending the outcome of a Virginia State Police investigation of the shooting.


  • Fugitive in critical condition after being shot by deputies

    INDEPENDENCE — Police say that Randy Lee Anders had threatened to harm law enforcement officers if they tried to apprehend him, and vowed that “he would not be taken alive.”
    On Monday night, as Grayson County Sheriff’s Department deputies closed in on Anders while he hid in a basement room, police say the man drew a gun and appeared ready to back up that threat.

  • Thursday chase yields 10 charges so far

    HILLSVILLE - A Mount Airy, N.C., man faces two felony charges and eight traffic offenses after running from police in both Carroll County and in Surry County, N.C., Thursday.

    At about 1 p.m. Carroll Sgt. Bobby Lyons was traveling south bound U.S. 52 near the old tavern and observed a white BMW traveling north bound at a high rate of speed, according to Sheriff J.B Gardner. Lyons turned on the car, activated his emergency equipment and the BMW increased his speed in an effort to pull away.

  • Armed robbery suspects arrested

    Two suspects wanted by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department have been arrested in Washington County.
    The suspects, Adam Franklin Ashby, 40, of Mockingbird Lane in Galax; and Alma K. Prescott, 29, of Radford; were wanted in connection with the alleged armed robbery at a residence in the Oldtown community near Galax.

  • Deputies shoot armed fugitive in Grayson

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Dept. released the following information on Monday night's incident: "On April 29, at approximately 5:51 p.m., the Grayson County Sheriff's Office received information that a known fugitive by the name of Randy Lee Anders, 32, of 2264 Grassy Creek Road was seen walking on Grassy Creek Road, near Mouth of Wilson. Two on-duty deputies, along with two off-duty deputies responded to the area to search for Anders because of previous threats that Anders had allegedly made against law enforcement.

  • Family expected to offer reward in missing person case


    HILLSVILLE — Investigators trying to find a Fries woman missing since April 15 are expected to announce a reward from the family in the case on Tuesday.

    Family members of Desia Rae George intend to inform the news media about the reward at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, according to Investigator Donnie Spangler.