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Public Safety

  • Galax seeks bilingual police officer

    The City of Galax is seeking a grant to hire a bilingual police officer to better serve the Hispanic population in Galax.
    The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) awards grants to economically disadvantaged communities.
    If awarded, the COPS grant would fund the position for three years at a total of $135,993 for salary and benefits. This is an entry-level position that would also pay to put a candidate through the police academy.

  • Teens are suspects in Galax burglaries

    A string of burglaries which began last weekend ended May 12 with the arrest of two juveniles, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    Since May 7, the Galax Police Department had investigated six reports of medical offices being forcibly entered and cash taken.
    According to a police report, an officer on patrol discovered an office in Doctor’s Park had been entered shortly after midnight on the morning of May 12. A second office had been tampered with, but entry was not made.

  • Galax man arrested after high-speed chase

    A vehicle that failed to stop for police led Galax officers on a pursuit into Grayson County on U.S. 58 at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
    The incident occurred on May 11 around 7 p.m., according to a police report.
    Galax Police Sgt. Mark Burnett attempted to stop a vehicle on East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 in the city. He reported the vehicle was being driven in a reckless manner.
    Officers discontinued the pursuit as rain began to fall west of the city.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug charges

    Ernest Charles Dickens, 28, of Breezy Road in Woodlawn was arrested May 12 and charged with possession of methamphetamine and prescription drugs, after Galax Police Officer Darin Alley stopped Dickens’ vehicle.
    According to a police report, Dickens was stopped for driving with defective equipment.  Upon checking the registration of the vehicle, Alley discovered that the car’s license tags were improperly registered.

  • Three charged with break-in at B&B Produce

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies have charged three people after an investigation of a break-in at B&B Produce in Cana, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
    Investigators studied security camera photos from the store, identifying one of the suspects, a news release says.
    This led to charges of felony breaking and entering and grand larceny against Joshua Harold, 22, of Ararat; Christopher Lee King, 31, also of Ararat; and Tabitha McMillian, 33, of Westfield, N.C.
    Investigator Shannon Goad identified Harold from the photos.

  • 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.