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Public Safety

  • Driver charged with felony hit and run

    HILLSVILLE — A driver who left the scene of a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 52 has been charged with felony hit and run, according to town police.
    The accident occurred May 5 at about 5:30 p.m. in the construction zone on the bridge over the U.S. 58 bypass, when Nelson Ray Cox of Hillsville slowed down for a bump in the road, according to the accident report by Hillsville Officer Wes Yonce.
    Cox’s 2008 Nissan was hit in the rear by a 2011 Dodge pickup, driven by Dwayne Alderman.

  • Suspect attempts escape

    INDEPENDENCE — A man arrested on a trespassing charge is being held without bond after trying to escape from police custody.
    Kenneth Wayne Spencer, 43, of 581 Stewart Hollow Lane in Mouth of Wilson, faces several charges, according to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that on April 19 deputies responded to a home on Old Bridle Creek Drive after receiving a call about a suspicious person knocking on the front door.
    The property owner told the subject to leave several times.

  • Citizens cautioned about phone scam

    Citizens are being cautioned about a telephone scam requesting fundraising assistance for the Autism Society.  
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said county citizens have received telephone calls from someone claiming to be from the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation, asking if they would send fundraising letters to neighbors and friends. The caller requests that donations be sent to post office boxes in other states and that those donations be sent to the Autism Society, Vaughan stated.

  • Police warn of 'Autism Society' scam

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan today warned citizens of a telephone scam requesting fundraising assistance for the Autism Society.  
    Grayson County citizens have received telephone calls from someone claiming to be from the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation and asking if they would send fundraising letters to neighbors and friends, Vaughan reported Friday afternoon.
    The caller requests that donations be sent to post office boxes in other states and that those donations be sent to the Autism Society, Vaughan stated.



  • Three charged after high-speed chase

    INDEPENDENCE — Charges were placed against three suspects following a high-speed chase in Independence on April 22.
    Independence Police Officer Darren Barrett said he clocked a 1990 Chevrolet pickup traveling 65 mph in a 35 mph zone on East Independence Avenue. The vehicle that turned off U.S. 21 onto Peach Bottom Road.
    The chase ended about five miles later, when the vehicle pulled into a driveway.
    Barrett charged Brandon Wayne Poole of Independence with eluding police and reckless driving.

  • Local woman target of lottery scam

    INDEPENDENCE — On April 25, the security manager at Grayson National Bank reported one of her customers was a victim of a lottery scam.
    The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, attempted to cash a check for $4,800 at Grayson National Bank’s main branch, according to a press release from the Grayson Sheriff’s Office. GNB officials, suspicious of the checks validity, called the issuer of the check.
    When they discovered the check was a counterfeit, they called the sheriff’s office.

  • Galax man charged in computer scam

    Anthony Gonzalez, 45, of Virginia Street in Galax was arrested April 24 and charged with two misdemeanor counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one felony count of obtaining money by false pretenses.
    According to a Galax Police Department report, the arrest stemmed from an investigation by Senior Police Officer Bill Shaffner. The department received complaints from victims that Gonzalez solicited the sale of laptop computers between February and April, taking funds in advance. No computers were delivered to the victims.

  • Three charged in attack on Galax man

     

  • Independence businesses damaged in fire

     

  • Cox faces grand larceny charge

    HILLSVILLE — A 28-year-old Galax man has been charged with grand larceny from Pipers Gap on April 20, according to Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning.
    Brandon Scott Cox faces charges for allegedly taking a 2004 Jeep Wrangler. The Galax Police Department recovered the vehicle the same day it was taken.
    Cox fled on foot when he was approached by law enforcement, according to information from the sheriff’s office. He was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit by Galax officers.
    Other items, including tools, were missing from the vehicle, deputies say.