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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Stabbing suspect found in Wythe

    HILLSVILLE — A traffic stop in Wythe County on Feb. 10 led to deputies locating a 29-year-old Carroll County man who was wanted for malicious wounding.
    Raymond Rosier allegedly stabbed another individual in the parking lot of the Hickory Hills Shopping Center Jan. 31.
    Wythe County deputies “recognized him, ran some checks and found him — that’s good for us,” said Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen.

  • Officer Bobbitt watching over GES

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    As Galax Elementary students flooded the hallways of the school on the way to their respective classrooms, a protective figure stood amongst them, keeping a safe watch.
    The school’s new student resource officer Fred Bobbitt offered friendly greetings to the students as they walked by, receiving toothy smiles and emphatic waves in return.
    “I’m willing to bet that you’ve gotten more hugs this week than you’ve ever had,” laughed Principal Brian Stuart.

  • Woodlawn man faces drug, firearm charges

    Galax police charged Matthew Shane Crouse, 22, of Woodlawn on Feb. 6 with violations of the Drug Control Act and weapons violations, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Carroll schools want to step up security measures

    HILLSVILLE — County officials have mentioned concerns about safety in Carroll Public Schools in the wake of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., so what new measures are under consideration?
    School leaders have requested $4.45 million under the capital improvement project line item from the Carroll County supervisors for fiscal year 2013-2014.
    Most of that, if budgeted, would get earmarked for the replacing the aging heating and air conditioning system at Carroll County High School.