Public Safety

  • Police captain training with FBI

    QUANTICO — Galax Police Capt. James Cox is attending the FBI National Academy for 10 weeks of specialized law enforcement training.
    He is the first Galax officer to ever attend the academy, and, according to Chief Rick Clark, one of only two who were chosen from the state of Virginia to attend this session.

  • Accidental shooting of prison guard investigated

    RICHMOND — A Virginia Department of Corrections officer employed at the River North Correctional Center in Grayson County suffered an injury after what’s been characterized as an accidental discharge of a firearm in Richmond on Jan. 9.

  • Scammers claiming to be from IRS

    The Internal Revenue Service is reporting a phone scam that is telling taxpayers they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.
    If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

  • Family of five loses home to fire

    HILLSVILLE — A Monday evening fire has driven a family out of their home at 6070 Poplar Camp Road, according to emergency and Red Cross officials.
    Hillsville Fire Department members received a call at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 to the home of the Rotenizer family at U.S. 52 and Beasley Hill with flames showing, and firefighters responded with six trucks and 30 volunteers.

  • Law would raise penalty for roadside officer deaths

    RICHMOND — The family of fallen Trooper Andrew Fox want the General Assembly to strengthen the penalty in cases where emergency, police and other kinds of “Samaritan” workers are injured and killed on Virginia highways.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.

  • More troopers could patrol I-77

    RICHMOND  — The District 40 Senator has made a budget proposal to the General Assembly about a way to prevent more multi-vehicle pileups from happening on a dangerous stretch of Interstate 77 in Carroll County — add more troopers in the area.

  • Woman charged with endangering 4-year-old

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies have charged a 40-year-old Gladesboro woman with felony child endangerment after a Jan. 2 call to a Crooked Oak Road home, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Jan. 10 road conditions deceptively dangerous

    Deputies responded to a slew of wrecks in Grayson County on Friday following a bout of rain that froze into patches of black ice on the roads.
    According to a report from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, troopers were busy all morning responding to wrecks — some involving up to five cars at a time.
    “On Davis Knob Road, we had four vehicles involved in separate accidents. Most of them had slid off of the road, struck embankments and fences,” he said.  Deputies assisted Virginia State Trooper J.N. Sowers.

  • Crash results in injury for driver

    Grayson County troopers and Baywood Rescue responded to the scene of a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 58 on Jan. 9, which resulted in one patient being flown out with serious injuries.
    According to a statement from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, the accident took place at Diamond’s Produce on 58 at 8 a.m. last Thursday. Angela Marie Baldwin, 40, of Independence, was driving a 1991 Buick when she pulled out from a private drive into oncoming traffic.

  • Hospital working to slow spread of flu virus

    Twin County Regional Hospital has temporary visitation guidelines in place to minimize the spread of flu.
    Visitors will be limited to those who are at least age 18.
    Those who are younger should not visit the hospital including, the intensive care unit and the mother-baby unit, because those patients and infants, as well as visitors who are minors, are more vulnerable to illnesses increasing their risk for complications.