Public Safety

  • Grayson attorneys warn of debt collector scam

    Several members of the Grayson‑Galax Bar Association have reported that several clients have contacted their offices about a potential scam.
    By pretending to be debt collectors, callers have threatened to have clients arrested unless they immediately make a payment toward an alleged bad check.
    Many of the calls included calls to family members, claiming to be attempting to collect a debt owed by the client, said bar president Roger Brooks.

  • Carroll road closed by rock slide


    A portion of Virginia 765 (Sutphintown Road) in Carroll County is closed to through traffic near the intersection with Virginia (Panther Creek Road) due to a rock slide.
    The Virginia Department of Transportation said Thursday that motorists should seek alternate routes.

  • Two drivers seriously injured

     HILLSVILLE — Two drivers received serious injuries in a Thursday morning head on collision on U.S. 58 on the Snake Creek Bridge.

    Preliminary information from the Virginia State Police report by Trooper K.D. Blackburn said the accident happened when a George W. Cox, 85, of Laurel Fork, crossed the center line at the bridge.

  • Police called to schools in Independence, Galax


  • Glendale project will affect Galax traffic


  • Weather causes a variety of problems


  • Two face federal charges

    ROANOKE — Two Twin County men face federal charges of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, a schedule II drug.
    In separate grand jury indictments, Elijah Lee Bond, 24, and Thomas Glen Harmon, 44, were charged in February in federal court in Roanoke, according to records the U.S District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
    Bond was named in a five-count indictment on Feb. 17 that included conspiracy to distribute 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine and four counts of distribution of meth.

  • Police seek suspect in stolen car case

    Updated 10:30 a.m. — Police want to locate a 31-year-old Charleston, S.C., man suspected of crashing a stolen car while being chased, and then fleeing on foot early Friday.
    Sherrard Gathers, a black male thought to have some connection with Galax, stands 6-foot, one-inch tall and weights 200 pounds, said Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser. The man was last seen wearing a black coat, dark jeans and a black ball cap.

  • U.S. Marshals apprehend man in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — U.S. Marshals issued warrants against a Hillsville man Feb. 24 for violation of a federal conviction of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, according to federal court records.
    Cooperating with local officers, the federal marshals picked up Jason Deboard Stone, 30, at a convenience store in Hillsville. No address was listed for Stone.

  • Bomb threat investigated

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County High School was searched Monday morning for a possible bomb, but nothing was found.
    Cpl. Mathew Adams of the Independence Police Department said a school maintenance man found the bomb threat written on a bathroom wall.
    Members of the Independence Police Department and Grayson County Sheriff’s Department conducted the search.
    Officers remind anyone that making a bomb threat is a serious crime and anyone caught making a threat will face charges.