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Public Safety

  • Trooper honored for heroism

    ROANOKE — A Virginia State Police trooper who patrols the Twin Counties has been recognized with a Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police “Lifesaving Award” for his part in responding to a fiery Dec. 23, 2011, crash on Interstate 77.
    At about  2:40 a.m. that day, Trooper Charles “Chuck” H. Campbell Jr. responded to a single-vehicle crash in Carroll County at the area known as the “Tater Hole,” a notorious site of I-77 crashes.

  • Rabies case confirmed in Grayson

    A bobcat in the Elk Creek area of Grayson County was recently tested and confirmed to have rabies.
    This animal potentially could have had contact with local pets and livestock. Rabies is a deadly viral disease. Unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets with no known exposure to a potentially rabid animal should be vaccinated immediately.
    State law requires pet owners to keep their pets current on rabies vaccinations for animals ages four months or older. Residents should not approach or touch wild animals and should report any abnormal behavior involving wild animals.

  • Elledge charged with malicious wounding

     

  • Police search for missing teen

     

    Carroll County deputies are seeking information about a 16-year-old female missing since July 30. Sheriff J.B. Gardner says that Shelia Duncan, 16, hasn't been seen for two weeks after a meeting with a probation officer. There's a possibility that she has run away. The sheriff's office encourages anybody with information about her whereabouts call 728-4146.

  • Grayson honors deputies for bravery

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County deputies Doug Waller and Kevin Watson were honored during a joint ceremony on Aug. 9 by both the county supervisors and the sheriff for their heroic actions.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan opened the recognition by describing the events that unfolded on June 26 in the Fairview community, which resulted in Waller being shot.
    Vaughan said Waller and Watson were responding to a domestic dispute call on Skyline Highway at 10:43 that evening.

  • Police warn of fake $100 bills

    Marion police are investigating a series of counterfeit $100 bills that were passed at businesses there on Aug. 5.
    The fake bills pass traditional “pen marker” tests, but are counterfeit, according to a news release from the town.
    A suspect car being sought by police is red or maroon with no front tag. It has chrome door handles, sunroof and is possibly missing paint on top.

  • Cops seize meth, pot, gun and moonshine

     

  • Drug task force busts Cana meth lab

    CANA — The Twin County Drug Task Force issued a search warrant at 53 Amazing Grace Lane in Cana last Thursday morning, as part of an investigation of methamphetamine manufacturing.
    Authorities in clinical-looking white coveralls and breathing masks spread out meth-making items and ingredients on a tarp in front of the home, under the shade of a tree on the warm and sunny summer day.
    Charged as a part of the investigation were father and son Roger Jessup Hiatt, 46, and Roger Ernest Hiatt, 25, who lived at the address.

  • Troutdale man charged with arson

     

  • E-mails misleading about voter re-registration

    False information is circulating about a supposed requirement for inactive voters to re-register in Virginia.
    The State Board of Elections is aware of incorrect information circulating via mass e-mails, stating that voters who have not voted since the 2008 general election must re-register to vote 25 days prior to election day of Nov. 6 in order to eligible to vote.
    “There is absolutely no requirement to re-register in Virginia,” the board said in a news release.