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Public Safety

  • Trial by Fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The room was dark and full of smoke, so seeing was next to impossible.
    The injured firefighter lay helpless underneath the rubble that had fallen from the ceiling during a search of the room.
    All the firefighter could do was scream to the rest of the crew for help. They arrived quickly, and pushed away the fallen debris.
    “Are you alright?” asked one of the firefighter's brothers as the rest gathered around, preparing to carry them out if necessary.

  • Hillsville shelters Easter crash victims

    HILLSVILLE — About 23 people caught in the massive Easter Sunday wreck on Interstate 77 used the Grover King VFW Post 1115 as a way station on their journey to get their lives back on track.
    Many travelers on the interstate near Fancy Gap had their Easter plans disrupted after the dense fog set in.
    While these adults and children, along with three dogs, were caught up in the crashes, they were also bystanders for much of the day.

  • Multiple fatalities reported in massive I-77 crash

    Fog in Fancy Gap set the stage for the sprawling Easter Sunday wrecks on Interstate 77 that killed three people, injured 30 and involved 96 vehicles, Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser said. The victims were all from out of state.
    In all, a cadre of state troopers from the Twin Counties and Wythe and Pulaski counties worked 18 accidents that snared 96 vehicles in the incident that began at approximately 1:15 p.m. on March 31.

  • Computer repair calls are a scam, BBB says

    ROANOKE — “This is me moving your mouse.”
    Sure enough, a Dublin consumer’s computer mouse cursor began to move across the screen on its own.
    Someone had taken control of her computer. Unfortunately, minutes later they would have control of her bank account, as well.
    Multiple consumers have told the Better Business Bureau in Western Virginia that they have been contacted by an overseas computer repair company offering virus protection and claiming to work for Microsoft.

  • Arrest Reports 3/29/13

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

  • Drug task force seizes meth, pot... and go-cart

    A Baywood man charged in a drug distribution investigation had several items seized when police raided his home — including his go-cart.
    On March 22, members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Twin County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the home of Randy Eugene Osborne at 3170 Old Baywood Road near Galax.

  • Fries woman avoids scam, warns others

    FRIES — When Joan Hammond received a call saying she had won $1.5 million in a Las Vegas lottery, at first she was thrilled.
    Then, when the caller gave her some suspicious directions to claim the prize, reality set in.
    Hammond began investigating the “prize” and discovered she was the victim of a scam.
    She and the Better Business Bureau are working to inform the public about the scam, which also uses the BBB’s name without permission.
    Hammond shared her story so that “hopefully no one falls into their trap.”

  • Police chief back at work after threat charge

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Police Chief James Wagoner has been returned to active duty after a brief administrative suspension that followed charges of communicating a threat to an investigator with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Wagoner was suspended after Virginia State Police served him with a warrant on March 18, charging the chief with “use of profane, threatening or indecent language over public airways or by other methods.” The charge is a class 1 misdemeanor.

  • Akers charged for methadone possession

     

  • Galax woman faces drug, child abuse charges

    Shadaleigh Jean Davis, 23, of Galax faces multiple charges from a March 15 arrest, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    On the offense date, Galax Police responded to a Galax residence along with representatives from the Galax Department of Social Services, to investigate alleged child endangerment, Clark said.
    A search of the residence found narcotics (methamphetamine), paraphernalia and U.S. currency. These findings were seized by the officers on the scene.