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Public Safety

  • Grayson uses new technology to train deputies

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted Use of Force Training with the latest technology called a Use of Force Simulator.  
    The simulator was purchased with grant funds through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and is administered by the Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in Bristol, Va.  
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan serves on the academy’s executive board.

  • Sheriff’s Office hosts crime prevention meetings

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office will host community meetings throughout the county in observation of Crime Prevention Month.  
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan will present the community with the latest crime trends.  
    He will also be available to answer any questions or address any concerns the citizens may have.
    Meetings will be held on the following dates at the specified locations:
    • Oct. 18 – Whitetop Community Center – 7-8 p.m.

  • Marijuana plant, moonshine seized in Alleghany

    SPARTA, N.C. – An Alleghany County father and son have been arrested and charged after members of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department discovered two marijuana plants growing in a garden at their residence.
    Alleghany Deputy Sheriff Nick Hawks said Gerald William Porcaro Sr., 45, and his son, Gerald William Porcaro Jr., 19, were charged with manufacturing marijuana and trafficking marijuana. Both were expected to be freed on bond Monday. Their address was listed as U.S. Hwy. 221, Piney Creek.

  • Grayson urges citizens to prepare for emergencies

    Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared September as National Preparedness Month, a time set aside to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.
    Preparing for emergencies is something that every citizen should consider, the proclamation states, and the Grayson County Board of Supervisors heartily endorsed the measure during a meeting Sept. 9.

  • Police warn senior citizens of scammers

    Senior citizens living in the western end of Grayson County are being alerted to flim-flammers working in their area.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said that two men traveling in a white van recently stopped at homes in the Mouth of Wilson area.
    They told homeowners that they wanted to cut some land brush and put flags in their yards.
    Hash said one elderly woman paid $3,500 to get her driveway topped.

  • 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.