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Public Safety

  • Police finding small meth labs more often

    Southwest Virginia police are finding methamphetamine labs at the fastest pace in five years as makers of the illegal stimulant switch from complicated laboratories to soda bottle mixes of supermarket ingredients.

  • Child porn charges filed

    HILLSVILLE — Police say they have arrested and charged a 20-year-old Hillsville man with possession of child pornography, according to a news release issued Sept. 22.
    David Michael Deskins, indicted Sept. 20 by the Carroll grand jury, has been accused of 11 counts of possession of child porn, according to information from the Hillsville Police Department. He is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

  • EMERGENCY DRILL TODAY

    The Galax Police Department, Grayson County Sheriff's Office, Galax-Grayson EMS and Twin County Regional Hospital will conduct a full-scale emergency operations drill today, Wednesday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

    The drill will simulate a school disaster in Galax.

    Traffic delays may be expected in the area of Galax Elementary School.

  • Driver hits house, dies at scene

    TROUTDALE —A Grayson County man died in an accident on Virginia 16 near Troutdale on Sept. 16.
    State Trooper Jerry Sowers said James Stuart Handy, 64, had just left a doctor's office in Troutdale when the accident occurred at 4:05 p.m.
    Sowers said a 1995 Chevy pickup truck driven by Handy was traveling south on 16, about a mile from the doctor's office, when it ran off the right side of the highway and plowed into a residence. No one was inside the house.

  • Traffic deaths down in Va.

    Traffic deaths have declined this year across the state, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
    From Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 481 people were killed this year, compared to 490 during the same time last year, according to a news release from the agency.
    This year, 159 of the deaths have happened on primary roads while 62 occurred on interstates, the agency reported.

  • Explosion rocks Galax furniture plant

     

    An explosion that started in the dust collection system at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture on Tuesday morning damaged a storage trailer used for sawdust, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.
    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department stayed on scene for three hours while it tracked down the fire in two silos.
    Most employees were sent home for the day, but the factory was running back to normal on Wednesday. Some Vaughan-Bassett Furniture employees worked to clean out the silos through the night.

  • Stolen truck recovered in N.C.

    INDEPENDENCE — A pickup truck stolen from Lightning Lube on U.S. 58, just outside Independence, has been recovered in a parking lot in Greensboro, N.C.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said the 1987 Mazda, owned by Lightning Lube, was taken some time between 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and when the business was opened Aug. 29.
    The pickup was reported stolen and a Greensboro police officer spotted it.
    Hash said no arrests had been made in the case and the investigation is continuing.

  • Police warn of scam in Western Grayson

    Police are warning senior citizens living in the western end of Grayson County about flim-flammers working in their area.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said a man and woman traveling in a white van recently stopped at homes in the Mouth of Wilson area.
    They told homeowners that they wanted to cut some brush and put flags in their yards.
    Hash said one elderly woman paid $3,500 to get her driveway topped.

  • Grayson teacher charged

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County High School teacher faces three charges following an investigation by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash said Robert Pope, 37, of Elk Creek, had been charged with indecent liberties (a class 6 felony), misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor buying tobacco for a minor.

  • Labor Day travel likely to increase

    The number of Virginians who will travel this Labor Day holiday is projected to increase 8.8 percent from 2009, AAA Mid-Atlantic said this week.
    Travel growth in the state is expected to lag slightly behind the rest of the country, which will see a nearly 10 percent jump in travel during the long weekend of Thursday-Monday. AAA measures residents who travel at least 50 miles from home.
    In Virginia, AAA anticipates about 929,350 people will take a trip, compared with 853,857 last year.