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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Calls keep Galax firefighters busy during carnival

    The Galax Fire Department was busy last week, not only with its weeklong July 4 carnival, but also with various fire and emergency calls.  
    While in Felts Park, the department was called to the following incidents:
    • assisting Glade Creek Fire Department on July 1 at 1:30 p.m. with a vehicle accident and the landing of a medevac helicopter.
    • responding to a house fire at 303 Edgewood Drive in Galax, owned by James Rupert Fink Jr. and Denise Burnette, on July 2 at 3:30 p.m.

  • Wildfire warning issued

    Dry weather and sweltering temperatures have created an atmosphere throughout much of Virginia that may increase the likelihood of wildfires igniting, Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement Wednesday.
    The humid conditions and summer thunderstorms that often mark this season in the state have been largely absent this year. As a result, there's more brown brush on the ground that can easily spark.

  • Man charged with drug possession

    Christopher S. Dunagan, 20, of Hiwassee was arrested by Galax Police Capt. James Cox after a traffic stop on July 1, according to the Galax Police Department. 
    Dunagan was stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence after a citizen complaint. Subsequent to his arrest for driving under the influence of drugs, Cox obtained warrants charging him with possession with intent to distribute a variety of drugs — morphine, hydromorphine, Suboxone,  Klonopin and Xanax.

  • Car overturns in creek, injuring four

    HILLSVILLE — A single-vehicle wreck on Silverleaf Road in Carroll last Thursday left four people injured.
    Two of the people injured were flown out to hospitals in Roanoke and Winston-Salem, N.C., after the Hillsville Fire Department responded to free the victims from the 1993 Ford Taurus station wagon that overturned into a creek, according to a Virginia State Police report.

  • Fries woman, juveniles charged with break-in

    FRIES — Brandi Nicole Vaughan, 20, of Eagle Bottom Road in Fries, and two juveniles have been charged in connection with breaking and entering and grand larceny of cigarettes at Coleman’s Store in Fries, according to a press release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
    Grayson deputies and investigators responded to the call on June 19 at 2:25 a.m. after a citizen observed damage to a window on the front of the store and reported it to the sheriff’s office.

  • Carroll ESB member resigns

    HILLSVILLE — Citing poor emergency billing practices that burden the taxpayers, a member of the Carroll Emergency Services Advisory Board has resigned.
    Debby Brady Goad turned in her letter of resignation at last Thursday's advisory board meeting.
    In her time on the board, which included a term as chairwoman, Goad continually stressed the importance of making the “soft billing” for emergency medical services — billing insurance carriers, not patients — as efficient as possible for volunteer rescue and Carroll EMS.