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Public Safety

  • Big event, but relatively uneventful

    Tens of thousands of musicians and fans of bluegrass and old-time music were in Galax last week, most packed into the confines of Felts Park, but police report that the crowd at the 75th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention was relatively peaceful.

  • Officer's hunch about car leads to suspect

    An officer's hunch and some thorough police work led police to a suspect in the Aug. 4  robbery of Woodforest National Bank inside of Walmart in Galax.
    Debra Lynn Graveley, 54, was arrested without incident Saturday at her home in Ivanhoe.

  • AG: Police can investigate immigration status in Virginia

    Much like their counterparts in Arizona, Virginia police can investigate the immigration status of people they detain or arrest, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a recent legal opinion.
    This ruling could be of particular interest to police in the Twin Counties, which has a large Hispanic population.
    According to Weldon Cooper at the University of Virginia, Galax has the third-highest Hispanic population (per capita) in Virginia, close to 16 percent.

  • Galax Police report busy week

    At least four people were arrested through Thursday during the week of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.
    Aug. 7, Miranda Mario Cruz, 32, of Woodlawn was arrested by Galax Police Officer Jason Hawks and charged with DUI, reckless driving and possession of a firearm by an undocumented alien.

  • McDonnell: give State Police immigration authority

    Some members of the Virginia State Police could enforce immigration laws and play a role in the deportation of illegal aliens if federal officials grant a request for that authority from Gov. Bob McDonnell.
    McDonnell announced last Thursday that he has formally asked the Department of Homeland Security for a 287(g) agreement, named for a section of federal law that permits some immigration powers to be given to state and local police departments.

  • 10 injured in wreck

    HILLSVILLE — Ten people, six of them children, had injuries as the result of an Aug. 5 multiple-vehicle accident at U.S. 58 west of Airport Road.
    Seven of the injured were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital after the incident involving four vehicles, according to First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police.
    None of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening.
    It happened when Debra Smith of Galax, driving a 1993 Chevy van rear-ended a 1991 Ford Explorer driven by Mitzee Mangan of Hillsville.

  • 4 arrested on drug charges

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department arrested three individuals last week during its annual marijuana eradication. 

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said a National Guard helicopter was used in the air search for marijuana plants and Virginia State Police assisted ground crews.
    Cole Allan Beynon, 49, of Troutdale, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Infant in critical condition

    HILLSVILLE — A man has been charged with felony child neglect and malicious wounding after an investigation by the Hillsville Police Department regarding a report of a 24-day-old infant having been seriously injured while in the father's care, according to a press release issued Monday.
    William Ray Bobbitt, 22, of Cox Street in Hillsville, was charged after officers questioned witnesses and executed a search warrant at a residence in town.

  • Driver charged with felony hit-and-run

    HILLSVILLE — An alleged hit-and-run driver on Interstate 77 faces felony charges after striking a tractor-trailer near the 11 mile marker and leaving the scene Sunday.
    Virginia State Police Trooper Bryan Phipps was able to get the at-fault driver — identified as Tommy Mack Small, 57, of North Augusta, S.C. — to pull off onto Exit 8.

  • Driverless vehicle wreaks havoc

    A car without a driver struck two vehicles after its driver left it unattended.
    The incident occurred July 22 around noon, in the westbound lanes of East Stuart Drive between Country Club Lane and Woodview Drive, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.
    A 1997 Plymouth Breeze operated by Ronald G. Witt, 39, of Pulaski, became disabled and the driver parked the car against a guardrail and left on foot.