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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Two injured in Feb. 19 wreck

    Two Independence women were injured, one seriously, in a Feb. 19 accident on Virginia Route 274 near Virginia 94, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. when 36-year-old Joy Hawks lost control of a 2002 Chevy Cavalier, went off the road to the right and struck a tree, according to a report by Trooper C.W. Keesling.
    Both Hawks and a passenger, Destina Upchurch, were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment.
    Hawks was transferred to another hospital by helicopter.
    Charges are pending.

  • Driver escapes injury in single-vehicle crash

     

  • Concealed weapon requests on the rise

    The general trend of applications for concealed handgun permits has been increasing for years in Carroll and Grayson counties, with large spikes from 2011 to 2012 and on track to be even higher in 2013.
    Grayson expects a 300 percent increase in requests over last year, while Carroll is on track to have triple the requests of 2005.
    While the sudden spike in 2013 has occurred after the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., there’s evidently more to the story given the general increase over the last few years.

  • School security measures pass Senate panel

    RICHMOND – A Virginia legislative committee has advanced three bills intended to improve school safety.
    The bills were recommended by a task force appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell in response to the December mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
    The bills endorsed Feb. 11 by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee include:

  • Bomb threat determined to be hoax

    INDEPENDENCE ― A bomb threat at Grayson County High School on Feb. 12 turned out to be a hoax.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said he received a call around noon that day from Grayson school administrator Steve Cornett in reference to a bomb threat found written on a bathroom wall at GCHS.

  • Suspect charged with malicious wounding

    HILLSVILLE — A man has been charged with malicious wounding after a fist fight broke out at Larrowe Apartments on Farmers Market Road late Wednesday afternoon, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Carroll County Sheriff Department deputies responded to the scene after a report came in at about 4 p.m. that a man was bloody and unresponsive on the floor of one of the apartments.
    Deputy Barry Lineberry charged Harley D. Phillips with malicious wounding, the sheriff  said.

  • Search turns up blood trail, other evidence in homicide case

    HILLSVILLE — A suspect in a Feb. 8 shooting death might have moved the body, but search warrants show that Carroll County law enforcement found a lot of evidence left behind during their investigation of the crime scene.
    Jesse James Owens, 30, of Woodlawn stands accused of first-degree murder and related charges in the death of 45-year-old Delphie Jane Willey.

  • Suspect arrested, stolen items recovered

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man is charged in connection with a break-in and theft of several items from a Troutdale home.
    Grayson County Sheriff’s Department reports that, on Jan. 25, Brandon McClure of 1967 Honey Grove Road in Troutdale reported a residential break-in. McClure reported that several firearms, ammunition, collector knives and an underwater digital camera were stolen.