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Public Safety

  • Fugitive sought in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man they characterize as a potentially dangerous fugitive. On March 7, the department issued an alert for Randy Lee Anders, warning that the “subject is possibly armed with a shotgun and a knife and has made threats toward law enforcement.”

  • Alliance advocates drones for police use

    In 2011, four deputies in Buchanan County were gunned down in a wooded area where spotting the sniper was difficult from the ground.
    Every day, police enter situations where they rely on their line of sight to spot danger. Some law enforcement agencies are seeing the need for an “eye in the sky” to watch over officers.
    Drone aircraft — also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) — are poised to move from military to civilian use soon.

  • Galax man charged with arson

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax police arrested Doyal Ray Blankenship Jr., 52, of Galax on Tuesday and charged him with arson after firefighters fought a blaze at a home in West Galax that morning.
    Blankenship was charged after the Galax Fire Department received a call to a structure fire on Waugh Drive, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Stolen car recovered quickly

     

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

    WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

    HEAVY WET SNOW OVERNIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

    LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK EAST THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY AND MERGE WITH A LOW THAT WILL DEVELOP IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS AND TRACK TO THE MID ATLANTIC COAST BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

    ALLEGHANY NC-GILES-WYTHE-PULASKI-MONTGOMERY-CARROLL-FLOYD-CRAIG-ROANOKE-FRANKLIN-MONROE-

  • Man charged in hit-and-run crash in Galax

     

  • Deed letter is indeed a scam

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County residents who receive a supposed “deed processing notice” from a company called Property Transfer Service should throw it in the trash, says the circuit court clerk.
    Two citizens who received such a notice — one at the cost of $83  — brought the matter to the attention of Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Honeycutt, wondering if they actually owed any money.

  • Galax chief reports 2012 police activity

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Uniformed officers from the Galax Police Department filled the rows of chairs on the right side of the Galax City Council Chamber at Monday night’s meeting as Chief Rick Clark presented the department’s annual report for 2012.
    Clark reported to council members that some forms of crime (assault, burglary, fraud) were down last year, while others (narcotics, DUI arrests, alcohol-related crimes) were on the rise.

  • Galax police seeking help to solve vandalism

    The Galax Police Department is looking for information to help solve a vandalism at Galax Auto Sales. The incident is believed to have occurred either Saturday night, February 23 or early Sunday.
    If anyone has helpful information that could assist the department in solving this case, call 236-8101 or text "Galax" followed by the information to TIP411 (847411)

  • Arrest Reports 2/25/13

    The Gazette is partnering with the Grayson County Sheriff's Department to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged with offenses in the county.