County Sheriff’s Office
Grayson County Deputies had a busy
year in 2014, responding to 5,669 calls for service, and served 6,253 warrants (1,145
criminal and 5,108 civil). Deputies and
investigators combined for 93 drug arrests. Larceny and burglary charges came
to a combined total of 54.
Sheriff’s Office Drug Sniffing K-9 Gauge
completed 42 searches last year, which included checks at Independence Middle
School, Grayson County High School and the CATE Center.
The department investigated or
assisted with 171 traffic accidents, issued 346 traffic summons and issued 51
warnings. There were 39 DUI arrests made and 6 charges placed on felons in
possession of firearms. Thirty-six search warrants were also executed. The
department recovered 5 stolen vehicles.
The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office
has also seen a dramatic increase with the number of cases that were adopted by
Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. The
department has referred cases to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, The
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, The United States Secret
Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The Virginia Department of
Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Grayson County Investigators
requested the Virginia State Police to administer 5 polygraphs. Grayson deputies served 132 Emergency
Protective Orders in cases involving domestic violence. One of the most time-consuming
assignments deputies completed in 2014 was the service of 75 Emergency Custody
Orders with 28 cases resulting in Temporary Detention Orders (TDO’s). When a
mental evaluation is completed and a TDO is issued, deputies must transport
patients to St. Albans Psychiatric Hospital in Radford or Southwestern Mental
Health in Marion. The average time spent
on a TDO is 8 to 10 hours.
Courtesy and non-emergency services
Patrol deputies make an effort to check
the security of every business in the county each day. 22,220 closed business checks were conducted
and 36 open buildings were found. Deputies
assisted 452 stranded motorists which included, jump-starts, lock-outs, and
changing spare tires.
Fire departments and rescue squads
were assisted by patrol deputies in 250 incidents. The Sheriff’s Office provided traffic
direction and escort services for 39 funerals.
Deputies performed additional patrols in areas of the county where
citizens have identified a special need.
A total of 2,742 requested patrols were completed in 2014.
Sheriff Richard Vaughan is one of
few shared sheriffs in Virginia. In
addition to law enforcement responsibilities for the entire county, and
providing deputies for court security, a shared sheriff is also responsible for
the service of civil process for Grayson County and the Grayson County portion
of the City of Galax.
The Grayson County Sheriff’s office
is comprised of 11 patrol officers, including a Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants and 2
Corporals. There are 3 investigators, one Crime Prevention Specialist, 5
dispatchers, 3 courtroom security officers, and one civil officer. One civil
clerk and one administrative secretary are also employed at the Sheriff’s
office. The department has a drug detecting canine, Gauge. All sworn personnel
and dispatchers are first responders, trained in CPR and first aid and have a National
Incident Management System (NIMS) certification. Two personnel, including the Sheriff, have
completed advanced Crime Scene Investigation training at the Virginia Department
of Forensic Science Academy in Richmond.
Funding available from a Department
of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) grant, allowed the Sheriff’s Office to
transfer Sergeant Carner from Investigations into a full-time Crime Prevention
Officer position. Carner obtained his
certification as a Crime Prevention Specialist from DCJS and oversees the
programs that help us to take a more proactive approach to crime in our
communities. He presents safety information
to newly licensed drivers, coordinates community watch groups, and conducts
security assessments for banks, businesses, and homeowners.
Due to the increasing threats to our children’s safety, the
School Resource Officer program was expanded in order to provide an SRO to
every school in the county. In addition
to providing an armed deterrent to crimes against our most valuable resource,
SRO’s teach a wide variety of law-related courses. These courses include Drug Abuse Resistance
Education (D.A.R.E.), Virginia Rules, and Eddie Eagle. SRO’s partner with the students to save lives
through YOVASO (Youth Of Virginia Speak Out about traffic safety). SRO’s partnered with the school
administration in order to prevent truancy.
They have hosted ten Child ID events where parents have the opportunity
to compile critical information about their child into an easy to access and
easy to store format. SRO’s host Child Safety
Seat events where they inspect for proper installation and provide traffic safety
information to parents. Additionally,
SRO’s have made contact with students 2,949 times this year. These contacts range from counseling a
juvenile about issues such as bullying to intervening in cases of abuse or
Chief Deputy David Ashby
– Performs mostly administrative functions at the sheriff’s office. He coordinates training for the staff, keeps
deputies supplied with uniforms and equipment, and manages the fleet of vehicles. Chief Ashby is also a Forensic Science
Academy graduate, Hostage Negotiator, and a General Instructor.
Karen Smith Administrative Assistant – Performs office related duties,
is a certified dispatcher, and coordinates the TRIAD program for Senior
Lieutenant Darren Barrett- Supervises the Civil Division and Courtroom Security
Operations. Lt. Barrett also serves
civil papers on a daily basis.
Deputy Joshua Catron – Provides courtroom security, civil paper service, and
transports prisoners from other jurisdictions, including out of state prisoners
to Grayson County Courts.
Sergeant Charles Kinzer - Courtroom Security
Susan Dolinger – Civil Clerk responsible for logging in all court issued
criminal and civil papers, and greets the pubic as they enter the office.
Lieutenant Todd Perkins – Supervises the Criminal Investigations Division. Lt. Perkins is also responsible for all
evidence handling and submissions to the forensics laboratory in Roanoke. Lt. Perkins in an Intermediate Level
Emergency Medical Technician and was honored with the 2010 Regional award for
Outstanding EMT. He is also a General
Instructor and is deputized with the US Marshals Service, serves on the
Virginia Search and Rescue Council
Sergeant Doug Carner – Certified Crime Prevention Specialist and supervisor of the
School Resource Division. He conducts
security assessments, coordinates community watch groups, compiles grants, and
assists the investigations division as needed.
Carner is a Hostage Negotiator, General Instructor, and is assigned to
the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
Investigator Adam Horton – Narcotics Investigator, sworn with the Drug Enforcement
Agency (DEA), Specialized Entry and Response Team (SERT) member, and Field
Training Officer. He is a member of the Twin County Drug Task Force, and is
deputized with the US Marshals Service.
Investigator Bradley Brown- Awarded 2010 Officer of the Year by the Galax Elks Lodge,
General Instructor, SERT Team member and Narcotics Investigator, sworn officer
with the DEA, full time task force officer with ATF, and member of the Twin
County Drug Task Force
Lieutenant Gary Hash – Patrol Division Supervisor, Certified Dispatcher and
D.A.R.E. Instructor, and is also a General Instructor.
Sergeant Jeff Merilic – Supervisor Patrol Team A, SERT Team member, General
Instructor, Firearms Instructor and maintains a Master Deputy status
Sergeant Alan Graham – Supervisor Patrol Team B, General Instructor, Firearms
Instructor and SERT Team member
Corporal Doug Waller -Supervisor, General Instructor and Field Training Officer
Corporal Travis Jefferson – Supervisor, General Instructor
Deputy Cody McGrady – Patrol Deputy
Deputy Eric Testerman - Patrol, SERT Team and K-9 Handler for Gauge, and Field
Deputy Jason Carico – Patrol Deputy
Jim Winterburn –Patrol Deputy
Jordan Johnson – Patrol Deputy
Corporal Rhonda Halsey – School Resource Officer, D.A.R.E., Sexual
Assault Investigator, Hostage Negotiator, General Instructor and Master Deputy
Deputy Bobby Jones – School Resource Officer, D.A.R.E, Emergency
Deputy Kevin Watson – School Resource Officer
Brian Cline - School Resource Officer
Mico Davis –School Resource Officer
Brandon Phillips – Patrol Deputy
Brad Hawks – Patrol Deputy
Chase Thomas – Court Security
Dennis Eller – Communications Supervisor and General Instructor
Brenda Hawkins – Dispatcher
Ron Hoffman – Dispatcher
Brad Chambers – Dispatcher and General Instructor
Wooten – Part-time Dispatcher
Jones – Part-time Dispatcher
Kirby – Part-time Dispatcher
Grant funds awarded for FY14-15
JAG LE Block Grant
Duty gear for one
officer (including vest)
DCJS - CPO
DCJS – SRO
DCJS – SRO
DUI overtime (road
checks) new radar units, breath test kits and training
Triad grant for Senior
Total Awarded funds
Grayson County Sheriff’s Office – Drug Asset Forfeiture Funds
Total Received in 2014: