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Public Safety

  • Grant pays for new police vehicles

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for police vehicles.
    The $25,000 grant required a local match of $8,400, for a total of $33,400, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Man faces child porn charges

    FRIES — A Fries man has been arrested in connection with an undercover Internet operation involving child pornography.
    According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, on June 12, 2012, Grayson Investigator D.B. Carner, a member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC) Task Force, conducted an investigation that revealed a computer in Fries was offering to participate in the distribution of known or suspected files of child pornography through public peer-to-peer file sharing programs on the internet.  

  • Reward growing in animal abuse case

    As of Monday afternoon, a reward stood at $700 for information leading to the conviction of a suspect in an animal cruelty case.
    According to the Twin County Humane Society, there has been an outpouring of support online from people pledging money to a reward fund, after The Gazette published a story about a cat named Tiger who was abused.

  • Galax trucker dies in fiery Tenn. crash

    FAIRVIEW, Tenn. — A 75-year-old commercial truck driver from Galax died in a Nov. 1 crash on Interstate 40 near the 176 mile marker in Dickson County, according to media reports in Tennessee.

  • Police say cat was duct-taped, burned by cigarette

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  • Picnic tables stolen from Hillsville VFW

    HILLSVILLE — Unknown individuals have helped themselves to picnic tables meant to serve the crowds at the Grover King VFW Post 1115.
    The tables served everything from family birthday parties to the Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market masses.
    VFW member Andrew Bowman used his regular “Veterans Corner” column this week to request that people be on the lookout for two missing 10-foot-long tables from Kitchen No. 1 on the grounds of the Hillsville post.

  • Hillsville man charged with grand larceny

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man faces charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny from places in Carroll County, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Expect delays on U.S. 58 in Carroll

    As part of the road construction project to widen a 8.2-mile section of Route 58 that passes through Patrick, Floyd and Carroll counties, a pipe will be installed beneath Route 58 in Carroll County at its intersection with Route 654 (Gladesboro Road).

    Weather permitting, starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, flaggers will be controlling traffic on Route 58 at the Route 654 intersection around the clock for approximately 48 hours until work is completed on Friday.

  • Baldwin wanted for assault

     HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Sheriff's Office has put out an alert for a 33-year-old man for felony assault.

    Information from the sheriff's office states that Justin Lee Baldwin was last seen in Florida but has ties to the Carroll area.

    Any one with information on location please contact Carroll County Sheriff's Office at (276) 728-4146 or

    (276) 236-5119.

  • Wreck results in major injuries

    FANCY GAP — Major injuries resulted from a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 52 when the driver blacked out while behind the wheel Wednesday morning, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    The 2000 Mustang, being driven by Sonya Bowman, 38, of Fancy Gap, went off the road to the right and struck a tree, about 2.5 miles south of Virginia 608, according to Trooper R.B. Phipps. The tree kept the vehicle from rolling down the sizable embankment there.
    Phipps took a statement from passenger Michael Kevin Payne about the driver blacking out.