Public Safety

  • Galax police recording citizen interactions

    Is more surveillance better or worse where the police are concerned?

    There is a popular trend of people recording video of officers, but what if it goes both ways?

    It’s a relevant question, as the Galax Police Department has recently acquired cameras that record video and audio of interactions with the public. The devices are worn by officers on duty.

  • Boy attacked by pit bull


    INDEPENDENCE — A 7-year-old Independence boy was injured June 17 when he was attacked by a pit bull.
    Grayson County Animal Control Officer Jeremy Moss said the boy was playing in his grandmother’s yard on Big Oak Drive when the dog broke free from inside a nearby residence and attacked the boy.
    Moss said the dog’s owner, Gwendolyn Hash of Independence, pulled her dog off the boy.

  • Police searching for hit-and-run suspect

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run accident that happened on Main Street last Friday.
    The department was called to the scene at 10 p.m. on June 13, after a witness saw a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by an unknown suspect crash into a Chevrolet Tahoe that was parked in front of a residence on South Main Street.
    “The suspect hit the vehicle so hard, that he basically knocked [the Tahoe] onto the sidewalk,” said Police Chief Greg Bolen.

  • Police say felon tried to sell gun on Facebook

    A posting in a local yard sale page led to the arrest of Kevin Leonardo Mittman, 33, of Galax on June 10.

    Galax Police Department Sgt. Shawny Jones received information that Mittman had posted an ad on a Facebook yard sale page, offering a firearm for sale. As a convicted felon, Mittman is prohibited from owning a gun.

    Police made arrangements to meet with Mittman to complete the transaction for the gun. Mittman was taken into custody and a firearm seized.

  • Supervisor wants piece of police fund

    HILLSVILLE — In hopes of finding a solution to Carroll County’s budget problems, Supervisor At-Large Sam Dixon suggested that they look into the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department funds for extra  money.
    Although he received opposition from the other members of the board at the June 9 meeting, Dixon believed that taking 15 percent of the sheriff’s department’s fines and forfeitures would be a good way to balance out the budget without further burdening the taxpayers.

  • Home destroyed by Memorial Day fire

    Firefighters responded to a home at 2813 Beamer’s Knob Road in Fancy Gap on May 23 during Memorial Day Weekend.

    The house was fully engulfed by the time the fire departments arrived on scene, according to Carroll County Emergency Services Director Mike Mock.

    Carroll County Fire & Rescue and the Hillsville Fire Department worked together at the scene to douse the flames.

    No further information about the fire was available on press time Wednesday.

  • Seized property pays for crimefighting

    When police officers in Virginia get new equipment, weapons or body armor, they often have criminals to thank.
    The way Virginia law works, convicted felons are paying for the fight against crime.
    Virginia law enforcement has been empowered to use money and items seized in drug busts for local police funding since the late 1980s, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Grayson uses GPS to track deputies

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department has installed a new system designed to improve the efficiency and safety of officers.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the department received a $106,000 Attorney General’s grant from the drug forfeiture fund, and part of the grant was used to purchase software for the Mobile Data Information System.

  • BBB warns of credit card scam

    The Better Business Bureau alerts the public to a debit card phone scam that has been making its way across the country.
    Residents in four states have reported being contacted via phone calls and text messages from someone claiming to represent their bank asking for personal information.
    The phone call features an automated voice claiming that the consumer’s debit card has been deactivated and to press 1 to reactivate. Then the voice asks for the debit card number.

  • Smith sought for assault, escape