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Public Safety

  • DEA warns of synthetic drug danger

    Effective Nov. 15, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made three synthetic phenethylamines illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years.
    “These drugs are marketed online and through illicit channels as illicit hallucinogens such as LSD,” said a news release from the DEA, shared by Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan. “They have been encountered as powders, liquid solutions, soaked onto blotter paper and laced on edible items.”

  • 'Ransomware' virus targeting businesses

    The Better Business Bureau is warning businesses and consumers of a new computer threat that steals information, encrypts the data, and then charges $300 in ransom for recovery of the files.
    The ransomware is called CryptoLocker, and is the latest attempt by scammers to hold consumer’s and businesses’ computer information hostage in order to make a quick buck.

  • Beware of bears this fall

    The Galax Police Department has issued a safety advisory after hearing multiple reports of bear sightings in the city during the fall season.
    Police received another report the afternoon of Oct. 25, after a citizen spotted a black bear prowling around First Citizens Bank on Cranberry Road in Galax. Further sightings pinpointed the animal heading in the direction of Walmart minutes later.

  • Suspect wanted for forgery

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is looking for a suspect wanted for 11 counts of felony forgery and uttering.

    Police describe suspect Brandon David Viers as 5' 10" tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

    He is believed to be in the Pulaski or Dublin area.

    Contact Investigator Alan Gravley with any information at (276) 728-2251.

  • 'Tater hole' site of another crash

    HILLSVILLE — The infamous “Tater Hole” in the Laurel section of Carroll County on Interstate 77 had yet another wreck over the weekend, according to the Virginia State Police.
    The incident occurred Saturday at 2:50 a.m. and involved a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer heading north at the 22.4 mile marker, according to a report from Trooper Matt Cochran.
    The tractor-trailer overturned at the steep embankment after it apparently tried to take the sharp curve too fast and fell over against the guardrail.

  • Grant pays for new police vehicles

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for police vehicles.
    The $25,000 grant required a local match of $8,400, for a total of $33,400, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Man faces child porn charges

    FRIES — A Fries man has been arrested in connection with an undercover Internet operation involving child pornography.
    According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, on June 12, 2012, Grayson Investigator D.B. Carner, a member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC) Task Force, conducted an investigation that revealed a computer in Fries was offering to participate in the distribution of known or suspected files of child pornography through public peer-to-peer file sharing programs on the internet.  

  • Reward growing in animal abuse case

    As of Monday afternoon, a reward stood at $700 for information leading to the conviction of a suspect in an animal cruelty case.
    According to the Twin County Humane Society, there has been an outpouring of support online from people pledging money to a reward fund, after The Gazette published a story about a cat named Tiger who was abused.

  • Galax trucker dies in fiery Tenn. crash

    FAIRVIEW, Tenn. — A 75-year-old commercial truck driver from Galax died in a Nov. 1 crash on Interstate 40 near the 176 mile marker in Dickson County, according to media reports in Tennessee.

  • Police say cat was duct-taped, burned by cigarette

    UPDATE: