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Public Safety

  • Local escapee found in N.C.

    INDEPENDENCE — A 36-year-old Galax man who escaped custody at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department last Monday has been apprehended in Statesville, N.C.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Sylvester Monroe Jackson came to the sheriff’s office after a warrant for domestic violence was sworn out against him.
    Vaughan said Jackson was appearing before a video magistrate and, when the magistrate said there would be no bond, Jackson allegedly ran from the building.

  • Car plows into store

    HILLSVILLE — Ruth Smith of Hillsville was at the wheel of a 1993 Ford Mustang when she hit the wrong pedal while pulling up to Guynn Hardware at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    There's evidence — a crushed downspout — at the scene on Main Street that the car scraped the building next door before smashing through the hardware store's plate glass window and breaking out several masonry blocks, according to the Hillsville Police Department.

  • Mount Airy man charged with break-in

    HILLSVILLE — A 25-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., man has been charged with a larceny in Sylvatus, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.
    Charged in connection with larceny of a camper and a break-in was Melvin Shane Clodfelter, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
    Sheriff's office personnel gathered information that resulted in the location of a piece of property owned by the victim, the sheriff said. That in turn led to Clodfelter's arrest.
    Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Shannon Goad obtained the information.

  • Rabies cases reported in Galax, Carroll

    The Mount Rogers Health District is reminding the public that rabies is an ever-present threat and that everyone should be careful to protect the community by getting rabies vaccinations for their pets.
    So far this year, 15 animals have tested positive for rabies in the district: one raccoon in Galax; three raccoons, one red fox, one gray fox, and one skunk in Carroll County; one raccoon in Bland County; one cow in Washington County; one cat and one bat in Wythe County; and two raccoons, one gray fox, and one skunk in Smyth County.

  • 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.