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Public Safety

  • Sheriff's office warns of fake charities

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has received a report of a possible fake charity attempting to raise funds for local police departments.
    Sgt. D.B. Carner, crime prevention specialist for the sheriff’s department, researched the phone number of the caller and learned that it was an unregistered cell phone number from Mountain City, Tenn. In fact, the number was associated with more than 60 reports of fake charities involving disabled veterans, breast cancer research, child abuse prevention, police and fire departments.

  • DUI suspect faces felony charges

    The Galax Police Department arrested a man on Christmas Day and charged him with a number of traffic offenses, including driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and two counts of felony hit and run, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Presents pinched by a thieving 'Grinch'

    CANA — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help from the community to find and arrest a burglary suspect who allegedly broke into a Cana home and stole presents from under the tree on Christmas Eve.

  • Criminals fund police with $33M grant

    RICHMOND — Sheriffs’ offices, police departments, Virginia State Police and other law enforcement agencies in Virginia joined Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in Richmond on Dec. 18 as he distributed $33 million taken from criminals and repurposed to fund requests for new equipment and training.
    Locally, the Galax and Independence police departments and Grayson County Sheriff’s Office will benefit from the grant money, along with state troopers. Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said his department had not received any funds from the program.

  • Driver who hit power pole charged with DUI

    Galax police arrested a Galax man on Sunday on several charges after they were called to an accident in The Gazette parking lot where a vehicle had struck a light pole.

    According to Police Chief Rick Clark, police were notified of the accident at 11:17 p.m. They arrived to find that David Thomas Singelton Jr., 24, of Galax had struck the pole with his vehicle.

    There were no injuries as a result of the accident, Clark confirmed.

  • Federal fugitive arrested in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A fugitive wanted in West Palm Beach, Fla., was apprehended in Independence on Dec. 13.
    According to a news release, more than a dozen officers from Grayson, Carroll and Wythe counties assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Service with apprehending a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last Friday.

  • Truckers find dangerous route in Grayson

    GPS routing has led many tractor-trailer drivers into tight situations and caused numerous accidents on Grayson County’s winding secondary roads, and that number always rises during the holiday season with a drastic increase in Christmas tree delivery traffic.
    Comers Rock Road (Route 658) in particular sees some of the most truck accidents this time of year, and two of its residents have started a petition to raise awareness about the problem.

  • Two facing drug charges after police respond to disturbance

    A man and woman were arrested on Dec. 7 on drug-related charges, following an investigation of a residence in Galax.
    According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, officers were called to the residence of Venus Inez Dyer, 41, of Galax to investigate a domestic disturbance. After further investigation, Sgt. Shawny Jones charged Dyer with possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule II substance (methamphetamine).

  • Surry man found dead on Parkway

    FANCY GAP — Exposure appears be a possible cause of a death for a Surry County, N.C., man found near milemarker 202 of the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
    Carroll Deputy Cody Edwards responded along with a parkway ranger to the scene of a single-vehicle accident on Dec. 7 at about 10:47 a.m., according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    The ranger ran a license check on the gold SUV at that location and found it was registered to Grover Cleveland Davis, 76, who had been reported missing since Dec. 5.

  • Gun goes off in car, child not harmed

    HILLSVILLE — A 34-year-old Hillsville woman faces charges, one a felony, involving an incident with a loaded rifle going off in the back of a vehicle, according to Hillsville police.
    It happened Dec. 1 when Joanna Reagan Gardner stopped at the Gulf station on South Main Street after picking up an unidentified juvenile to play with her children, according to Police Chief Greg Bolen.