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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Prisoner injured in holding cell fight

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County man who was making his first appearance last Monday in Grayson General District Court now faces another charge after he was allegedly involved in a fist fight with another prisoner.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Rodney Edward Black, was in a holding cell with other prisoners when he allegedly got into a fight with another prisoner. Vaughan did not identify the other prisoner, who was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax by the Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad and received stitches for a head wound.

  • Communities prepare hazardous weather response

    Better severe weather preparedness is on the radar for the Twin Counties, as Carroll, Grayson and Galax work to become "Storm Ready" communities.
    The three localities met with Phil Hysell, the National Weather Service's warning coordinating meteorologist from Blacksburg, on Dec. 28 to hear a presentation about the benefits of being Storm Ready.

  • Stoneman charged with series of crimes

    Cheston Lee Stoneman, 29, of Hillsville has been arrested and charged with a series of crimes that occurred as a result of a pursuit on Jan. 7.
    According to a police report, Galax Officer Chris Hines observed Stoneman driving a vehicle in the city and knew that Stoneman's privilege to drive was suspended. When Hines attempted to stop Stoneman, he fled east on Glendale Road into Carroll County, where he abandoned the vehicle he was driving.
    Stoneman was tracked by a Carroll deputy and his canine, along with Galax officers Jody Poole and Terry Woods.

  • Truck plows through side of store

     

  • Sheriffs oppose governor's budget proposal

    The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is opposing the governor's budget proposal, which calls for sheriffs and staff to pay 5 percent on their retirement, provided that the locality grants a 3 percent salary increase.  

  • Woman dies after car plunges down embankment

     

  • Opticom system gets green light

    A preemption device on traffic signals along Main Street, East Stuart Drive and Meadow Street in Galax would make intersections safer for police, fire engines, ambulances and other traffic when emergency personnel are responding.

    The fire department has tried unsuccessfully for years to land a grant for the Opticom system, but now a pool of leftover highway funds will finally allow Galax to put the equipment in place.
    Opticom is a traffic control system that provides a green light — or intersection right-of-way — to emergency vehicles.