County Sheriff’s Office
The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office
had a busy year in 2012 answering 4,388 calls for service,
6,439 warrants served (1,179 criminal and 5,260 civil). The department recorded 129 felony charges in
Investigations alone. Drug arrests were
at up again this year with 215 charges on 55 defendants. Larceny and burglary charges came to a
combined total of 84.
Sheriff’s Office Drug Sniffing K-9
Gauge completed 297 searches last year, which included Independence Middle
School, Grayson County High School and the CATE Center.
The department investigated 176
traffic accidents, issued 346 traffic summons and issued 97 warnings. There
were 17 DUI arrests made and 10 charges placed on felons in possession of
firearms. Twenty-eight search warrants were also executed. The department
recovered 10 stolen vehicles.
The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office
has also referred a number of cases to 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 and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Grayson County Investigators
requested the Virginia State Police to administer 9 polygraphs. Grayson deputies served 83 Emergency
Protective Orders in cases involving domestic violence. One of the most time
consuming assignments deputies completed in 2012 was the service of 105
Emergency Custody Orders with 48 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 check the security
of every business in the county every night – 23,549 closed business checks
were conducted and 20 open buildings were found
564 motorists were assisted
185 incidents where deputies
assisted fire departments and rescue squads
The Sheriff’s Office provided
escorts to 44 funerals
Deputies performed additional
patrols in areas of the county where citizens have identified a special need –
a total of 2,099 requested patrols were completed in 2012
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 2 Sergeants and 2 Corporals.
There are 4 investigators, 5 dispatchers, 3 courtroom security officers, and 2
civil officers. One civil clerk and one administrative secretary are also
employed at the Sheriff’s office. The department has a drug detecting canine,
Gage. All sworn personnel and dispatchers are first responders, trained in CPR
and first aid and NIMS (National Incident Management System)
certification. Two personnel, including
the Sheriff; have completed advanced crime scene investigation training at the
Virginia Forensic Science Academy in Richmond.
Chief Deputy Tim Sawyer – Performs
mostly administrative functions at the sheriff’s office. Supervisor for the Patrol Division,
coordinates training for the staff and keeps deputies supplied with uniforms
and equipment, and manages the fleet of vehicles. Sawyer is also a certified instructor in
firearms, radar, driving, and active shooter situations. He is also the Commander of the Sheriff’s
Emergency Response Team (SERT), and also assigned to the US Marshall’s Fugitive
Task Force. Sawyer was awarded 2010
Officer of the Year by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Karen Smith Administrative Assistant
– Performs office related duties, is a certified dispatcher, and coordinates
the TRIAD program for Senior Citizens.
Lieutenant Darren Barrett-
Supervises the Civil Division and Courtroom Security Operations. Lt. Barrett also serves civil papers on a
Corporal Gene Bowers – Serves Civil
papers on a daily basis and transports prisoners from other jurisdictions,
including out of state prisoners to Grayson County Courts.
Sergeant Charles Kinzer, and
Deputies Dana Littlefield and Stacy Osborne are part-time personnel who provide
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 David Ashby – Supervises
the Criminal Investigations Division.
Ashby is also a Forensic Science Academy graduate and is responsible for
processing all major crime scenes. Lt.
Ashby is also responsible for all evidence handling and submissions to the
forensics laboratory in Roanoke. Lt.
Ashby is also assigned to the Twin County Drug Task Force.
Sergeant Doug Carner – Supervises
the School Resource Officers. He
compiles grants, works sexual assault and white collar crimes, and performs
general investigations as well. Carner
is a General Instructor at the Southwest Criminal Justice Training Academy.
Carner is a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and is assigned to Southern
Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Investigator Todd Perkins- Performs
general investigations. 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 at the Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice
Investigator Adam Horton – Drug
Enforcement, SERT Team and K-9 Handler, Field Training Officer, Twin County
Drug Task Force, and assigned to the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force
Sergeant Gary Hash – Patrol B Team
Supervisor, DARE Certified Instructor, and dispatch certified
Corporal Jeff Merilic - Supervisor,
SERT Team and Firearms Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor, and Hunter Safety
Instructor, Master Deputy
Sergeant Arnold Peters – Patrol A
Team Supervisor, SERT Team, Field Training Officer, and General Instructor
Corporal Alan Graham – Patrol -
General Instructor and SERT Team
Deputy Cody McGrady – Patrol Deputy
Deputy Eric Testerman- Patrol, SERT
Team and K-9 Handler for Gage
Deputy Doug Waller – Patrol Deputy,
Field Training Officer, General Instructor
Deputy Stefan Killon – Patrol Deputy
Deputy Travis Jefferson – Patrol
Deputy Bradley Brown- Patrol,
General Instructor - Awarded 2010 Officer of the Year by the Galax Elks Lodge
Deputy Jason Carico – Patrol Deputy
Deputy Rhonda Halsey – School
Resource Officer, DARE, Crime Prevention, Sexual Assault Investigations,
Hostage Negotiator and Master Deputy.
Deputy Bobby Jones – School Resource
Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, DARE Instructor, Hunter Safety
Deputy Kevin Watson – School
Deputy Jim Winterburn – Reserve
Deputy Jordan Johnson – Reserve
Dennis Eller – Communications
Supervisor, General Instructor
Brenda Hawkins – Dispatcher
Ron Hoffman – Dispatcher
Brad Chambers – Dispatcher, General
Tim Wall – Dispatcher, Radio
Justin Wooten – Part-time Dispatcher