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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Pedestrian hit on U.S. 58 in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax police are investigating an accident involving a pedestrian that occurred on West Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 on Monday afternoon, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    Galax police and Galax-Grayson EMS responded to a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle approximately 250 feet west of the intersection of Stuart Drive and Armory Road.
    Terry Hammersley, 39, of Galax, was struck by a vehicle operated by Norma Anauo, who was traveling west on Stuart Drive, Clark said.

  • Man arrested on larceny and drug warrants

    Willis man faces charges in Carroll, Floyd and Montgomery counties.

  • Ambulance driver charged in crash

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll Fire and Rescue driver received a ticket for failing to yield in a Sunday evening accident on U.S. 221, according to a report by a Hillsville police officer.
    The two-vehicle wreck occurred March 17 at about 8:30 p.m. on 221 at the entrance to the fire-rescue station, when ambulance driver Brian Schlabach, 29, attempted to turn onto the road with lights and sirens on while responding to an emergency call, according to a report by Officer Ricky Hayes.

  • Armed robbery suspects sought

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Department is seeking two suspects in an armed robbery at a Galax residence, in which prescription drugs and cas were stolen.

    According to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Grayson County deputies responded to a call the afternoon of March 8 to 135 Mockingbird Lane in the Oldtown community to a possible armed robbery.

     

    The suspects had left the area prior to the deputies' arrival.

  • One fugitive caught, one still sought

     

  • Medicare card replacement scam targets Va. seniors

    Numerous seniors have contacted the Better Business Bureau in Western Virginia to report suspicious phone calls claiming to be from Medicare, according to a BBB alert issued last week.
    The consumers were told they needed to provide their banking information in order to replace expiring Medicare cards. The BBB is alerting seniors that this is a scam.

  • Carroll fatality's cause unknown

    Virginia State Police responded to a single-car accident that resulted in a fatality near the intersection of Virginia 94 and Byllesby Road in Carroll County on March 12, according to Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    The accident resulted in an injury and one fatality, Vaughan said.
    Driver Tammy Lyn Richardson was reportedly traveling south on Virginia 94 near the intersection of Byllesby when she suddenly ran off of the road. Her husband, Steven Lee Richardson, was a passenger.