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Public Safety

  • Police sergeant on leave after DUI arrest

    Galax Police Sgt. Earl Johnson, 51, who has worked at the department for 25 years, was charged with driving under the influence and refusal of a blood or breath test on Saturday morning.
    According to Police Chief Rick Clark, Johnson was arrested by Officer Carry Woods of the Galax Police Department, who originally stopped the vehicle Johnson was operating for reckless driving on East Grayson Street.
    The stop was made at 4:01 a.m.
    Clark said Johnson was not on duty and was not operating a city-owned vehicle at the time of his arrest.

  • Fire's cause still undetermined

     

  • Fries fire under investigation

     

  • Grayson man charged with arson

     

  • Deputy sniffs out 5 pounds of pot

     

  • Law aims to help abuse victims

     

  • Sheriff's office reports busy week

    Officers with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department made several arrests involving drugs, firearms and traffic violations recently, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
    On Jan. 30, Deputy Travis Jefferson conducted a traffic stop on the Grayson County side of the City of Galax. A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine.
    Amber Sexton, 24, of 966 Coleman Lane in Galax, was charged with possession of meth. A passenger in the car was charged with underage possession of alcohol.

  • Suspects paint the town in Cana

    CANA — Three Mount Airy, N.C., residents face multiple charges after shooting up parts of Cana with paintballs on Monday evening.
    The Carroll Sheriff's Office received multiple reports of a vehicle driving through neighborhood streets and shooting at houses at about 9:52 p.m.
    Responding to the vicinity of Plantation and Mainline roads, deputies pulled over a van that matched the description of the suspect vehicle, according to information from the police report.
    Searching the vehicle, deputies recovered paintball guns, paintballs and air canisters.

  • E-911 Commission hires new coordinator

    The Twin County E-911 Regional Commission on Tuesday announced the appointment of Jolena Young as the new E-911 Regional Coordinator.
    Young will succeed Eddie Hines, who is retiring April 30. Hines has been with the commission since 2002.
    The new coordinator will begin working part-time in March and move into the position full-time in April.
    Young is a native and resident of Carroll County and has worked for Nortel, Quintiles Inc., Glaxco Wellcome Inc, and Price Waterhouse LLP. She has held various positions in audit, finance and information systems.

  • Carrico pushes for prison funding

    RICHMOND — Still hoping to bring some jobs to Grayson at the county's still-unoccupied state prison, Del. Bill Carrico is trying to find the funding to begin operations there.
    "I introduced a budget amendment for $25 million to cover the operational cost of the prison," the Republican from Fries told The Gazette on the phone from Richmond last week.