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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • State police facing shortage

    The arrival of a new year is typically seen as a time of positive change, but as 2011 dawns, state police officials are braced for what they see as a bad situation about to get worse, even in Southwest Virginia.
    On Jan. 1, their sworn ranks of 262 uniformed personnel are scheduled to shrink by another 13 across the state because of retirements. That drop comes at a time when officials say their numbers are already too lean.

  • Galax police armor up

    The steel gray Lenco armored vehicle that rolled through Galax on Wednesday for the first time will be housed by the Galax Police Department and used within the region as an incident response vehicle.
    The Galax Police Department received a $251,792 grant from the Department of Criminal Justice Services Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program to buy the vehicle to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threats.