http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Menu theft among recent Galax arrests http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/menu-theft-among-recent-galax-arrests <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2016-09-27_at_1.46.30_pm.png" alt="Photos were not available for all suspects" title="Photos were not available for all suspects" align="left" hspace="6" width="232" height="85" /><p> <strong>Staff Reports</strong></p> <p> Like restaurant menus, arrest reports contain familiar items you see time and time again. Drug arrests and parole violations are the staples, like meatloaf and mashed potatoes.</p> <p> But once in a while, a charge stands out, like an unexpected daily special.</p> <p> Among the typical crimes Galax police investigated recently was one that was distinctly different. An arrest report released by the department says that, on Aug. 19, police were called to Bogeys Restaurant to investigate the theft of 96 menus from the business.</p> Virginia facing state trooper shortage http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/virginia-facing-state-trooper-shortage <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/virginia-state-police_logo_16.jpg" alt="Troopers “have been asked to do more with less for too long,” wrote the state police commander in a memo to employees." title="Troopers “have been asked to do more with less for too long,” wrote the state police commander in a memo to employees." align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> <strong>Landmark News Service</strong></p> <p> Poor salaries and an unsustainable workload are prompting a surge of troopers to leave the Virginia State Police this year while applications continue to decrease, the agency&rsquo;s commander wrote to employees.</p> <p> The details in a Sept. 16 memo from Col. W. Steven Flaherty to his department come as the state is facing a $1.5 billion shortfall in its two-year budget and the governor is looking for cuts from executive branch agencies.</p> Spice up your weekend with Hillsville Chili Shootout http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/spice-your-weekend-hillsville-chili-shootout <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chilishootout_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="74" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &ndash; Fall has officially arrived and one of the season&rsquo;s traditional comfort foods will be in abundance in Hillsville this Saturday, at the second annual Historic Hillsville&rsquo;s Chili Shootout.</p> <p> The Friends of Hillsville event will include competitions for chili, salsa, cornbread and the popular backyard game of cornhole.</p> Lead found in Fries water http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/lead-found-fries-water <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/water_faucet_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> <strong>Staff Report</strong></p> <p> FRIES ― The Town of Fries alerted residents this month that a recent test of the water system found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes and buildings.</p> <p> Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger.</p> <p> According to a news release from the town, lead was detected in water samples collected during a routine sampling in 2015 and again during special sampling in July.</p> Carroll grand jury issues 103 indictments http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carroll-grand-jury-issues-103-indictments <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gavel_2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="97" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &ndash; A Carroll County grand jury met on Sept. 19 and returned a total of 103 indictments against 64 individuals.</p> <p> Included in those indictments were five charges against Jason Andrew Broderick, 34, of Adrian, Mich. Broderick was involved in a police chase in Hillsville on April 10 that resulted in the total loss of a Hillsville police vehicle.</p> Police car rammed, injured officer shoots at driver http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/police-car-rammed-injured-officer-shoots-driver <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ccsocar.jpg" alt="Cpl. Seth Greer’s vehicle was hit head-on by a suspect who was driving a car stolen from Galax. Greer was injured, but able to fire at the suspect." title="Cpl. Seth Greer’s vehicle was hit head-on by a suspect who was driving a car stolen from Galax. Greer was injured, but able to fire at the suspect." align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> According to police reports, an Austinville man stole two cars; led officers on two chases, both ending in crashes, last Wednesday and Friday; rammed a Carroll deputy&rsquo;s police car head-on and attempted to hit other officers; and fought with Wythe police when they attempted to arrest him.</p> <p> He is charged with several offenses, including attempted murder of a police officer.</p> <p> The Carroll officer, who was injured when his car was struck, shot at the driver as he sped away from the scene.</p> Floyd rallies past Devils http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/floyd-rallies-past-devils <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fccassell_0.jpg" alt="Grayson County’s Crue Cassell (30) stops Floyd County runningback Presley Yates for no gain on the Buffaloes’ first offensive series Friday." title="Grayson County’s Crue Cassell (30) stops Floyd County runningback Presley Yates for no gain on the Buffaloes’ first offensive series Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">FLOYD &ndash;&ndash; Having allowed a total of 97 points in its previous two outings, Grayson County was but a few minutes away from taking a 7-0 lead into the half Friday night against the team with the best won-lost record to date on its schedule. But Floyd County managed a touchdown just before the half and added scores late in each the third and fourth quarters to pull away for a 21-7 nondistrict win over the Blue Devils.</span></p> Motorist transported for treatment http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/motorist-transported-treatment <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/delhartroadwreck925.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> Staff Reports</p> <p> A single-vehicle accident on Delhart Road in Baywood at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday left the driver with apparent non-life-threatening injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp.</p> <p> A 1997 Ford Escort, driven by Sabrina B. Gaddy, 18, of Galax, was traveling Delhart towards Pipers Gap Road when she entered a curve on the road and tried to apply her brakes, said Delp. Her brakes did not respond correctly, and she crossed the middle of the road to the left side, striking a tree.</p>