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Public Safety

  • Two injured after paint truck loses brakes

    WHITETOP — Two Virginia Department of Transportation workers were injured Monday after their truck lost its brakes and overturned.
    State Trooper Jessie Tilson said Harold Dalton, 59, of Ivanhoe, was operating a truck painting lines on Virginia 600 in Whitetop when the truck lost its brakes.

  • Police probe baby's death

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a 1-month, 18-day-old baby who died last Friday.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said 911 dispatchers received a call at 10:57 a.m. about a baby that was unresponsive.
    Two members of the sheriff’s department, Deputy Rhonda Halsey and Investigator Todd Perkins, arrived at the mobile home at 4834 Old Bridle Creek Road a short time later. A family member was performing CPR and Halsey took over.

  • New cameras can recognize, analyze license plates

    INDEPENDENCE —  The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is using a recently acquired new technology that allows officers to automatically read license plates and compare them to wanted vehicle databases.
    The ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) was paid for with a state Homeland Security grant.

  • Gold carts stolen, damaged

    Three juveniles from Alleghany County, N.C., face charges after three golf carts were damaged at Longview Golf Course last week.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the sheriff’s office received a call last Tuesday from golf course personnel, located off U.S. 58 near Baywood, reporting three golf carts missing.
    Vaughan said the carts were later found in a wooded area, all damaged. He said flashlights had also been taped to one of the carts.

  • EMS could ask for help from localities

    Even though Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Service has been self-supporting for the past five years, Director Ron Passmore came before Galax City Council on Monday to make members aware that it could need the city's financial support once again.

  • Rabid animals reported in Galax, Carroll

    A rabid raccoon that bit a dog at a home on Kenbrook Drive Sunday is the first case for the city this year, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.
    Two separate incidents in which infected foxes attacked humans have been reported in Carroll County.

  • Man faces drug charges

    Dow William Owens, 26, of Haysi, was arrested July 9 and charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, according to a Galax Police Department report.
    Owens was charged by Police Officer Darren Alley, who was conducting a routine traffic stop. Alley's observations led to a search of the vehicle, which resulted in Owens being charged.
    Owens was sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Galax man charged with burglary

    Marshall Marceaux, 26, of Galax was arrested and charged with burglary of a home in Galax on July 8.
    Galax police were called to the home of Doug and Mary Ellen Vaught on Friday after they discovered that their home had been broken into.
    The victims reported prescription medicine and jewelry had been taken.
    Galax Police Officer Bill Shaffner and Detective J.B. Greer charged Marceaux with the offense.
    He was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Stolen car recovered using OnStar

    A Fries woman was arrested in Galax and charged with stealing a vehicle July 7, after it was located through the On-Star system.
    Heather Metchele Clontz, 20, was arrested by Galax Police Capt. James Cox and charged with knowingly possessing stolen property. The vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet, had been reported stolen in Smyth County last Wednesday.

  • Two charged with credit card theft

    Two people have been arrested for credit card theft after a victim reported her purse was stolen from the Crossroads Institute last Tuesday, according to the Galax Police Department.
    Galax Police responded to the complaint and, using information from the victim’s online credit card statement, identified suspects who had used the cards at Shoe Department, Walmart and Ciro’s, obtaining more than $800 in merchandise.
    Neisha Jane Keith, 21, and Christopher Richard Walls, 22, both of Galax, were arrested.