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Public Safety

  • Reward offered for suspicous fire info

    FRIES — The owner of a building that burned down in October is offering a reward for information about the suspicious fire.
    The Virginia State Police and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the fire that occurred shortly before midnight on Oct. 28. The fire totally destroyed the old Stevens Creek School building at 205 Pine Ridge Lane in Fries. The damage was estimated at $100,000.

  • Drugs, guns cash seized in traffic stop

    WHITETOP — Grayson County deputies recently arrested Christopher Allen Riffey, 34, of Abingdon on several drug charges.

  • Police arrest suspect in bank robbery

    A traffic stop in Galax resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for bank robbery in Puerto Rico.
    According to a Galax Police Department report, Officer Drew Burnett conducted a traffic stop at 12:48 p.m. on Nov. 30 on East Stuart Drive at Woodview Drive.
    During the stop, a passenger in that vehicle, Bruno Feliz Rivas, 31, of Allen Lane in Galax, was checked through the National Crime Information Center computer system.

  • DEA warns of extortion scam

    The Drug Enforcement Administration continues to warn the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel.
    “This criminal activity continues to occur, despite significant public attention to the illicit scheme,” the agency said in a press release last week.
    DEA offices nationwide regularly receive telephone calls from concerned citizens who are the victims of this extortion effort.

  • Chase leads to multiple charges

    Oliver C. King, 18, of Mount Airy, N.C., faces multiple charges after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop on Nov. 21, according to a police report.
    King was pulled over on Jefferson Street for a traffic violation by Officer Drew Burnett.
    King reportedly fled the scene as Burnett was returning to his patrol car.

  • 'Kidnapping' hoax led to international investigation

    UPDATED 12/3/12:

  • Volunteer police force approved

    HILLSVILLE — Adoption of a state statute on volunteer police officers allows Carroll County to proceed with its auxiliary deputy program.
    Carroll supervisors at their Nov. 15 meeting held a public hearing on adopting a section of state code in order to proceed with the volunteer force, a topic that has been discussed since September.

  • Live ammo makes fighting vehicle fire dangerous

    HILLSVILLE ― Firefighters had to keep their distance from a vehicle fire at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening.
    The Ford Explorer had live ammunition inside.
    The vehicle’s driver pulled off Interstate 77’s Exit 14 and into the parking lot at Hickory Hills Shopping Center when he smelled smoke coming from the Explorer, according to Andy Utt, a lieutenant with the Hillsville Fire Department.
    The driver saw that fire and smoke was concentrated in the center of the dash. Therefore, the fire was thought to be electrical in origin.

  • Galax vehicle break-ins investigated

    The Galax Police Department is investigating reports of several vehicles that were entered Sunday night in the West Galax area — including one belonging to a police officer.
    According to Chief Rick Clark, small items such as GPS units, game systems and hand-held electronics have been taken, along with cash and some items of clothing.
    There were 28 incidents reported as of Tuesday afternoon, Clark said. None of the vehicles were locked.

  • Facebook friends help nab suspect

    The Galax Police Department credits social networking and help from citizens for finding the suspect in a purse snatching last week.