County Sheriff’s Office
In addition to deputies responding
to 5,696 calls for service, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office had a busy year
in 2013 with 5,618 warrants served (1,018 criminal and 4,600
civil). The department recorded 294
felony charges in Investigations alone.
Drug arrests were at 123 with a total of 63 charges. Larceny and burglary charges came to a
combined total of 55.
Sheriff’s Office Drug Sniffing K-9
completed 199 searches last year, which included Independence Middle School,
Grayson County High School and the CATE Center.
The department investigated or
assisted with 166 traffic accidents, issued 320 traffic summons and issued 92
warnings. There were 18 DUI arrests made and 18 charges placed on felons in
possession of firearms. Thirty-one search warrants were also executed. The
department recovered 17 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 7 polygraphs. Grayson deputies served 80 Emergency
Protective Orders in cases involving domestic violence. One of the most time-consuming
assignments deputies completed in 2013 was the service of 64 Emergency Custody
Orders with 41 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 6 to 8 hours.
Courtesy and non-emergency services
Patrol deputies make an effort to check
the security of every business in the county nightly. 22,263 closed business checks were conducted
and 27 open buildings were found. Deputies
assisted 471 stranded motorists which included jump-starts, lock-outs, and
changing spare tires. Fire departments
and rescue squads were assisted by patrol deputies in 168 incidents.
The Sheriff’s Office provided traffic
direction and escort services for 43 funerals.
Deputies performed additional
patrols in areas of the county where citizens have identified a special need –
a total of 2,421 requested patrols were completed in 2013.
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 programs
that help us 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.
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.
Sergeant Charles Kinzer - Courtroom Security.
Joshua Catron – 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.
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 and
is a General Instructor and SERT Team member.
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.
instructor, Sexual Assault Investigator, Hostage Negotiator, General Instructor
and Master Deputy.
Deputy Bobby Jones – School Resource Officer, Emergency Medical
Deputy Kevin Watson – School Resource Officer
Brian Cline - School Resource Officer.
Mico Davis –School Resource Officer
Brandon Phillips – Patrol Deputy
Brad Hawks – Patrol Deputy
Catron – Court Security
Hawks – Reserve Deputy
Dennis Eller – Communications Supervisor and General Instructor.
Brenda Hawkins – Dispatcher
Ron Hoffman – Dispatcher
Brad Chambers – Dispatcher and General Instructor.
Tim Wall – Dispatcher
Wooten – Part-time Dispatcher
Jones – Part-time Dispatcher
Grant funds awarded for FY13-14
JAG LE Block Grant
Duty gear for one officer
DCJS - CPO
Crime Prevention Officer
DCJS – SRO
School Resource Officer
DCJS – SRO
School Resource Officer
DUI overtime (road checks) new
radar units, breath test kits and training
Attorney General Funds
2 – 4WD vehicles,
communications and mobile devices,
guns and equipment