Public Safety

  • GGEMS earns top state honor

    Galax-Grayson EMS (GGEMS) was one of only six agencies in the state, and the only one in Southwest Virginia, to receive recognition as an Agency of Excellence this year by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.
    The agency received this award at the Virginia EMS Symposium in Norfolk on Nov. 14.
    “I’m very proud,” said GGEMS Chief Ron Passmore. “It was a team effort. I’m very proud that we all pulled it together.”

  • Federal funds will help Grayson fight drugs

    Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax have been named High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas by a federal agency, but local law enforcement isn’t taking that designation as a negative.
    While the name carries a certain stigma, it’s something they’ve been actively seeking.
    The designation, granted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), enables each county and the city to receive federal resources to improve drug control efforts and coordinate between federal, state and local law enforcement.

  • Sheriff’s office requests assistance locating fugitives

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has advised that citizens should be on the lookout for suspicious individuals going door to door attempting to solicit work.
    The notice comes on the heels of a recent news release from Martinsburg, W.V., where the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is requesting assistance from the public in locating fugitives Saul Williams of Inwood, W.V., Early Nicholson III of Gerrardstown, W.V., William Nicholson of Gerrardstown, W.V., and Albert Stanley of Martinsburg, W.V.

  • Fire Prevention 101

    The Independence Volunteer Fire Department visited Independence Elementary School on Oct. 7 for a discussion with students about fire safety.
    Elementary students were given a brief lecture about the importance of installing smoke detectors in every room of the house, especially the bedrooms. Fire Captain Matthew Adams told the students that batteries should be checked for smoke detectors twice a year.

  • Sheriff's office looks into break-ins

    ELK CREEK – Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan is seeking information concerning a rash of break-ins that have occurred in the Elk Creek community in recent weeks.

    Vaughan said Monday in a news release that investigators have determined that the unknown suspect or suspects have gained entry into unoccupied homes through unlocked doors and windows. The occupants were gone only for a short period of time when items were removed from their residences.

    There have also been several thefts of unsecured ATV’s reported in the area.

  • Sheriff reports on June activities

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department answered 691 calls for service during June, according to a report provided to the board of supervisors.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said deputies issued 27 traffic citations and five warnings, conducted 327 investigations, served 95 criminal warrants and served 706 civil papers.

    Vaughan said deputies conducted 1,363 closed business checks, 330 open business checks and 180 church checks; conducted 195 directive patrols and assisted first response/rescue squads 11 times.

  • Local man, dog undergo rabies treatment

    The Mount Rogers Health District has reported that a 67-year-old Independence man and a dog are receiving treatment for rabies after exposure to a rabid fox June 6.

  • Search results in two arrests

    GALAX - On Friday, June 27, members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 2511 Beech Grove Lane Galax that revealed stolen motorcycles, go-carts, and ATVs.

  • Woman injured in motorcyle accident

    MAX MEADOWS - Virginia State Police responded to the scene of a motorcycle accident that resulted in one injury and the fatality of a 60-year old Max Meadows man last Wednesday.

  • Pit bull injures 7-year-old

    A seven-year-old Independence boy was injured last Tuesday when he was attacked by a pit bull.

    Grayson County Animal Control Officer Jeremy Moss said the boy was playing in his grandmother’s yard on Big Oak Drive when the dog broke free from inside a nearby residence and attacked the boy.