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Public Safety

  • Police foil bank robbery plot

    INDEPENDENCE — Police say they put the brakes on a plan to rob a Grayson National Bank branch last week.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that on Jan. 24, Grayson Investigator Todd Perkins received information from Smyth County Investigator Chip Shuler that individuals from Smyth County might be planning to rob the GNB branch in Troutdale.

  • Don't fall for tax refund scam

    A phone scam related to the new Virginia tax refund debit card has been reported by the Virginia Department of Taxation.
    The department has received reports of phone calls being made to individuals, telling them that their “Way2Go” prepaid MasterCard is “locked for security reasons.”
    The automated caller then tries to get the listener to divulge personal information.
    This is a phone scam. The department said it never makes automated calls and never solicits personal information in this manner.

  • Water rises and recedes quickly

    Parts of the Twin Counties saw water both rise quickly and then fall again Wednesday and Thursday after 24 hours worth of rain ceased, but levels in the New River are troubling Wythe County officials.

    Carroll County saw significant flooding of roads and homes, 25 families were evacuated from the Givens Street area of Galax and camprounds near the New River in Grayson County were under water.

  • Mink Motor Sales larceny suspect arrested

    Galax police arrested Billy Dean Caldwell, 54, of Galax, on Jan. 24 and charged him in connection with a burglary at Mink Motor Sales.

  • Salem men charged with GHS vandalism

    Matthew Robert Mays, 19, and Seth Alexander Criner, 19, both of Salem, were arrested by Galax police on Jan. 20 and charged with vandalism that caused approximately $3,000 worth of damage to buildings and vehicles at the Galax High School, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    A school employee discovered evidence of vandalism at the school the day prior to the arrests and reported it to the Galax Police Department.
    The following day, police officers Terry Woods and Trevor Jefferson arrested Mays and Criner.

  • Medicare scammers targeting Virginians

    RICHMOND — Virginians are warned to protect their personal identity information following a spate of bogus calls to Medicare beneficiaries across the commonwealth in which callers threaten to terminate coverage or cut off Social Security checks if recipients refuse to provide requested information.

  • Man charged with Macado's robbery

    Galax police arrested Anthony Gregg McLaurin, 18, of Galax, on Jan. 17 after an incident at Macado's that evening.
    According to a police report, Sgt. Mark Burnett and Officer Kevin Hall responded to a burglar alarm at Macado's restaurant at 10 p.m. When they reached the building, they caught sight of a man fleeing from the restaurant on foot.
    After a three-block pursuit, they arrested McLaurin and charged him with burglary and destruction of property.
    McLaurin was released and is scheduled to appear in the Galax General District Court.

  • Galax to add elementary resource officer

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Members of the Galax City Council unanimously approved a plan for a part-time resource officer at Galax Elementary School at their meeting on Jan. 14.
    The proposal was presented by Police Chief Rick Clark, who expressed his desire to increase school security to better protect the children of the community.
    “I see an opportunity to enhance the security [at the elementary school],” said Clark.

  • Carroll resident dies after crash in Dublin

    UPDATED 1/24/13:

    DUBLIN — An 84-year-old Hillsville woman has died after a Monday crash on Route 100 in Pulaski County, according to the Dublin Police Department.
    Police say that Velma Bowman Horton, driving a 2001 Buick, pulled into the path of a 1999 Dodge truck, driven by Charles Lucas of Radford. The accident happened at the intersection of Route 100 and Fourth Street at about 4:15 p.m. Monday.

  • NC 89 curve improvement work underway

    The North Carolina Route 89 curve improvement project near North Carolina 18 between Low Gap and the Virginia state line is underway.
    The road will be reduced to one lane for most of the project, so motorists should be prepared for some delays depending on the traffic volume.
    Traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers and a pilot vehicle that will lead motorists through the work zone between the flagging stations, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said. Temporary traffic signals may be used at a later date if needed.