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Public Safety

  • Rabies cases reported in Mount Rogers Health District

    Grayson County doesn’t have any reported rabies cases in 2010, but surrounding counties do, according to the Mount Rogers Health District, which serves Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington and Wythe counties and the cities of Bristol and Galax.
    Health officials said they want to remind the public that rabies is an ever-present threat in the area and that everyone should be careful to protect the community by getting legally-required rabies vaccinations for their pets.

  • Galax police report busy week

    GALAX – The Galax Police Department has been busy in recent days with drug and other arrests.
    Chief Rick Clark said in a press release that Brittany Eller, 24, of Atkins, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine on Aug. 9. She was charged following a traffic stop by Police Officer Jody Poole. Clark said Poole’s observations led to the discovery of the alleged methamphetamine.

  • Suspected bank robber arrested

    GALAX – An Ivanhoe woman has been charged with the robbery of the Woodforest National Bank that occurred inside Walmart in Galax on Aug. 4.
    Chief Rick Clark said Debra Lynn Gravely, 54, was arrested last Saturday afternoon at her home without incident by Detectives Robbie Isom and J.B. Greer with assistance from the Wythe County Sheriff’s Department.
    Clark said the arrest came with the assistance of a Wytheville Police Department police officer who developed an investigative lead that resulted in Isom and Greer traveling to Wythe County.

  • Grayson Sheriff's Department files drug charges

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department arrested three individuals last week during its annual marijuana eradication.  
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said a National Guard helicopter was used in the air search for marijuana plants and the Virginia State Police assisted ground crews.
    Cole Allan Beynon, 49, of Troutdale, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Police charge men with vehicle tampering

    GALAX -- Two Galax men have been arrested and charged with tampering with a motor vehicle.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said Rhyan Lee Isom, 18, and David W. Rodriguez, 18, were charged by Galax Police Officer Mark Burnett following an investigation.
    The crimes were reported to Galax police on July 22 and allegedly occurred in West Galax.
    Burnett had conducted a field interview on the two suspects in the areas of the crimes prior to the police department receiving any reports.

  • Prison opening still on hold

    As construction at a state prison entrance near Independence delays traffic, plans to actually open the facility may be stopped indefinitely.
    According to information from the Virginia Department of Corrections, there are no plans to open the facility for two years — at least.

  • Grant pays for license plate cameras

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, using funds from  a State Homeland Security grant, recently acquired new technology that allows an officer to automatically read license plates.  
    The system is called ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition).  It allows officers to automatically read license plates and compare them to wanted vehicle databases.  

  • Police seize drugs during traffic stop

    GALAX – A traffic stop by Galax Police Capt. James Cox led to drug and other charges against a Hiwassee man.
    Chief Rick Clark said Christopher S. Dunagan, 20, was arrested by Cox on July 1.  Dunagan was stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence after a citizen complaint.

  • Rabid raccoon bites dog

    GALAX -- A spokesperson for Galax City Manager Keith Barker advised last week that the Galax animal control officer had verified that a raccoon that bit a dog on Kenbrook Drive was infected with rabies.
    The city reminds pet owners to make sure that their pet’s rabies shots are current. Also wild animals that are acting abnormally or look abnormal should be reported to the Galax Police Department.