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Public Safety

  • Woman charged with vehicle break-ins

    A Galax woman has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering of several vehicles in the Fairview community.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Samantha Cox, 22, of Wisteria Lane, was arrested Jan. 11 after the sheriff's department received several reports of damaged vehicles after the alleged attempted theft of vehicles in the Fairview area.
    Fairview Baptist Church reported $1,000 damage to two Dodge vans after ignition switches were damaged.

  • Red Cross: blood supply running low

    Three blood collection drives are planned in the Twin Counties during February, as the American Red Cross experiences mounting effects of severe winter weather that caused the lowest January blood supply in a decade.
    Severe weather throughout much of the eastern half of the U.S. has caused cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross, including more than 600 in the Appalachian region.

  • House panel puts brakes on highway safety bills

    RICHMOND — It appears Virginia drivers are unlikely to face new restrictions this year on their behavior behind the wheel.
    A batch of highway safety bills — dealing with seat belts, cell phones, open alcohol containers, texting, and smoking with children present — were rejected Thursday by a House subcommittee, meaning they are unlikely to advance in this year's General Assembly.

  • Governor addresses sheriffs' funding concerns

    Virginia sheriffs applauded Gov. Bob McDonnell’s recent action to address the public safety shortfall in the state sheriffs’ budget by proposing an amendment to the General Assembly to provide an additional $6.5 million.
    Earlier this month, the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association was concerned that 376 deputy sheriffs would have to be laid off in the proposed budget.
    There was a $13.4 million shortfall in the year beginning July 1, 2011. McDonnell addressed the concern by submitting an amendment for $6.5 million.  

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  • Tasers donated to sheriff's department

    HILLSVILLE —  A high-voltage donation worth $30,000 has equipped the Carroll County Sheriff's Department's with 30 Tasers, says Sheriff Warren Manning.
    "It's just another tool that we have," the sheriff told The Gazette. "Whatever you think of it, it's a safety tool."
    Other law enforcement agencies in the Twin Counties already carry Tasers.

  • Hillsville woman, daughter injured in I-81 crash

    A two-vehicle crash caused injuries to a local woman and her daughter and resulted in a two-mile backup on Interstate 81 on Monday morning, Virginia State Police Sgt. Rob Carpentieri said.
    Sharon Shafer, 54, of Hillsville was driving a Ford Explorer in the northbound right lane and attempted to switch lanes, Carpentieri said. In the process, she struck a Hyundai Sonata in her blind spot, causing both to run off the road, overturn and strike an embankment near mile marker 109, Carpentieri said.

  • Grayson agrees to help regional EMS

    INDEPENDENCE — The sirens of Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Service will continue to sound in Grayson County after the board of supervisors voted to provide $20,000 to the regional ambulance service.
    Citing a significant lack of transport calls — from which the department makes the majority of its revenue — the EMS that serves both Grayson and Galax called upon both localities to provide funding during the 2010-11 fiscal year.

  • Traffic stops lead to six drug arrests

    Three recent traffic stops have resulted in the arrest of six individuals on drug charges in the City of Galax, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.
    Police Officer Jake Vaughan conducted a traffic stop on Poplar Knob Road on Jan. 10, and during a search of the vehicle, Vaughan discovered suspected narcotics.

  • A new sheriff in town

    FRIES—There will be a new sheriff in town on March 1 in the small town of Fries, after an agreement was met for the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to provide police coverage.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan presented the proposed agreement to the Grayson Board of Supervisors on Jan. 13 and explained that the Fries Town Council had already approved the contract.