Public Safety

  • Burning ban lifted in Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a motion last Thursday during their December meeting, to ratify and then discontinue the county’s burning ban, which has been in effect since late November.
    The ban was placed in response to significant fire hazard conditions throughout the county. Rainfall had not blanketed the county in weeks, resulting in extremely dry conditions.

  • Abduction, robbery suspect captured

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday that the second suspect in an armed robbery and abduction has been located.

  • State, locals address opioid addiction crisis

    Landmark News Service
    and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND – The state health commissioner has declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency.
    The declaration comes in response to the growing number of overdoses attributed use of opioid painkillers, and evidence that Carfentanil, a highly dangerous synthetic opioid used to sedate large animals such as elephants, has made its way its way into Virginia.

  • County declares emergency burning ban

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County last week declared a local emergency, issuing a burning ban that will remain in place until further notice.
    In a news release from the County Administration Office, the emergency ban was declared in response to significant fire hazard conditions throughout the county.
    “This ban is the result of extremely dry conditions, with no rainfall predicted for weeks,” the release said.

  • Sheriffs’ Association seeks deputy, staff pay raises

    The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is requesting that the General Assembly and governor address the salary disparity that exists in sheriffs’ offices across the Commonwealth, according to a press release from the association’s website.

  • Wreck on Peaks Mountain Road results in unknown injuries, authorities say

    A single-vehicle motorcycle wreck on Peaks Mountain Road left the driver with unknown injuries, according to the Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.
    A 2000 Harley-Davidson driven by James Paul Leprad Jr., 56, of Galax, was traveling on Peaks Mountain Road when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer, Delp said. Leprad was flung from the bike and landed beside the road next to a barbed-wire fence.
    He was transported by Baywood Rescue with unknown injuries, said Delp.

  • Passenger flees scene of wreck

    One passenger fled the scene of a single-vehicle accident last week on Delhart Road and two others were transported for treatment of minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.
    A 2008 Ford Edge driven by Sandra Villegas, 38, of Sparta, N.C., was traveling south on Delhart in Grayson County when Villegas’s daughter, Sandra Mendez, 19, of Raleigh, N.C., who was in the front passenger seat, allegedly reached over and yanked the steering wheel, causing the Ford to leave the road and crash into an embankment on the right shoulder.

  • Independence Fire Department receives $180,000 grant

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD) will receive $180,381 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.
    According to a news release from the offices of U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va), the IVFD was one of several fire departments in the Commonwealth that received funding from the AFG program. Awards for all departments from the grant together totaled $693,533.

  • Brandished post during road rage incident spurs lockdowns

    INDEPENDENCE — A road rage incident in Independence on Wednesday morning prompted a lockdown of several schools in the Grayson County Public School system and the Nautilus plant, after a man reportedly brandished what appeared to be a firearm during an argument with a tractor-trailer driver.
    According to Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, officers received a call at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday regarding a “road rage” incident between Edward C. Foster, 32, of Canada, and Timothy C. Vaughan, 19, of Fries.

  • Road rage incident in Independence prompts school lockdown

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County schools are on a lockdown this morning as a precaution, after a “road rage” incident in Independence that involved the brandishing of a weapon.
    According to Independence Police Chief James Wagoner and the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, police are in pursuit of suspects driving a teal four-door Toyota with Virginia license number AER4532. The occupants are described as three white males.