Public Safety

  • Man drowns in New River near Fries


    FRIES – A North Carolina man drowned in the New River near Fries on Saturday during a family floating trip.
    According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a call at 6:20 p.m. of a possible drowning on the New River on July 23. The incident occurred just above the low water bridge in Fries.

  • Scams grow like weeds in spring, BBB warns

    As bright springtime flowers bloom, so do new dark, weed-like scams. Scammers will be going door-to-door with plans to rip off local residents for services from discounted food deliveries to repairing weather damaged shingles. The Better Business Bureau serving Metro Washington DC and Eastern PA (BBB) advises consumers that now is the time to be on your guard.

    Door-to-Door Meat Selling Scams:

  • U.S. 58 wreck results in minor injuries

    A two-vehicle crash at approximately 8:40 a.m. April 26 at the intersection of Bee Line Drive and U.S. 58 left one overturned and minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.
    Anna Lee Zyss Hill, 56, of Fries, driving a 1996 Ford Ranger, was pulling off of Bee Line Drive onto 58 eastbound when she struck a 2006 Honda Pilot, driven by Susan Lee Whitaker, 33 of Fancy Gap. Whitaker’s vehicle flipped over onto its side and then rolled over onto its top.

  • Law reinforcement

    INDEPENDENCE — During an evening shift in June 2012, Sgt. Doug Waller — at that time a deputy — and fellow deputy Kevin Watson of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office answered a domestic disturbance call, at a residence Waller had visited multiple times in the past.

  • Local attacks renew debate over pit bulls

    Recent pit bull attacks in the Twin Counties and elsewhere have sparked a fierce debate about whether the fault lies in the dogs’ owners or in a genetic predisposition to violence.
    In January, 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers died after she was attacked by a dog while in the care of babysitters. The dog’s owner said he was awakened by screams to find his pit bull/rottweiler mix, E.J., with the child’s head in its mouth. The owner was bitten in the face while trying to intervene in the attack.

  • Sheriff’s Office moves to new building


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office moved to their new location at the Grayson County Grubb Public Safety Building in Independence last Wednesday.

  • Victim in double shooting dies; suspect caught

    Staff Reports

    A man wanted for shooting two people in Grayson County on Sunday morning was caught later that night in North Carolina, after wrecking his car during a police chase.

    One of the shooting victims, Karen Cates, died.

  • Double shooting in Fairview; suspect at large


    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double shooting in Fairview, which occurred Sunday morning.

    Authorities have not released the names of anyone shot, or their conditions.

    Law enforcement has identified the shooting suspect as Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, 52, of Fries Road in Galax.

  • Threat under investigation at Grayson Courthouse

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, and specialist investigators responded to the Grayson County Courthouse on Wednesday, when the Circuit Court Clerk’s office received a threatening letter that also contained an unknown substance.
    According to a press release from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Grayson County Courthouse at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Sheriff’s Office releases annual report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office recently released their 2015 annual report.
    According to the report, shared with The Declaration by Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies responded to 7,258 calls for service, served 5,822 warrants (1,080 criminal and 4,742 civil), and recorded 94 felony charges. Investigators placed 98 charges on drug offenders, and recorded a total of 39 larceny and burglary charges.