Public Safety

  • 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.