Public Safety

  • Seized property pays for crimefighting

    When police officers in Virginia get new equipment, weapons or body armor, they often have criminals to thank.
    The way Virginia law works, convicted felons are paying for the fight against crime.
    Virginia law enforcement has been empowered to use money and items seized in drug busts for local police funding since the late 1980s, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Grayson uses GPS to track deputies

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department has installed a new system designed to improve the efficiency and safety of officers.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the department received a $106,000 Attorney General’s grant from the drug forfeiture fund, and part of the grant was used to purchase software for the Mobile Data Information System.

  • BBB warns of credit card scam

    The Better Business Bureau alerts the public to a debit card phone scam that has been making its way across the country.
    Residents in four states have reported being contacted via phone calls and text messages from someone claiming to represent their bank asking for personal information.
    The phone call features an automated voice claiming that the consumer’s debit card has been deactivated and to press 1 to reactivate. Then the voice asks for the debit card number.

  • Smith sought for assault, escape


  • Two charged with Galax burglary


    Two men are being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail on burglary and larceny charges from a May 3 incident, according to a Galax Police Department report.
    Police responded to a residence in Galax and took a report of a burglary and larceny from a home.
    Donald Gray Fulton, 18, of Mount Airy, N.C.,  and Shawnterian Travon Sales, 19, of Galax were arrested May 11 after an investigation by officers Drew Burnett and Drew Bobbitt.

  • Police charge 4 with drug violations

    Four people were arrested and charged with methamphetamine-related drug violations on May 7, according to a Galax Police Department report.

  • Suspect escapes custody in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities apprehended a Galax man after he allegedly fled from state police custody on Wednesday afternoon.
    According to reports from Virginia State Police, Trooper D.B. Suthers had Daniel Lee Lineberry, 35, of 268 Crackers Neck Road in Galax, at the Carroll County Magistrate’s office for processing on May 7.
    “I had picked him up for a probation violation, state and federal, and he was wanted on direct indictment on drug charges involving Schedule III narcotics in Grayson County,” Suthers told The Gazette.

  • Stoneman found in residence near Joy Ranch Rd.

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities have apprehended 32-year-old Cheston Stoneman, who had been sought in connection with the malicious wounding of a Wythe County deputy last month.

  • Suspect leads deputy on chase in Whitetop

    WHITETOP – A Whitetop man was arrested April 17, but not before a lengthy foot chase that ended with him being apprehended in a creek.

  • Stoneman sought after Wythe deputy's injury

    WYTHEVILLE — Authorities are searching for a 32-year-old Hillsville man accused of cutting a Wythe County deputy on Sunday while fleeing on foot, according to Wythe Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan.
    Authorities identified the suspect as Cheston Stoneman.