Highland County Sheriff’s Office reports


Sheriff Donnie Barrera reports for the week of July 3-9 the Highland County Sheriff’s Office received 313 911 calls, answered 189 requests for service, dispatched 148 fire and EMS runs, took 37 offense reports and investigated seven traffic crashes.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call at 1:36 a.m. on July 4 from a Sinking Spring residence where a male had been assaulted by his brother. Deputies and EMS personnel were dispatched to the South Main Street home and located the victim laying in the yard with multiple facial injuries. The assailant, Austin B. Croghan, was arrested for domestic violence and assault.

At 5:56 p.m. on July 7 a citizen on Horseshoe Road called the sheriff’s office to report a firearm stolen from his residence. A deputy responded to the scene and an offense report was taken.

On July 8 at 1:07 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a residence in the 12000 block of North Shore Drive after receiving a call from a subject whose garage had been broken into. Among the items stolen were a lawn mower, weedeater, chain saw, wood working tools, an ATV and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. An offense report was taken at the scene and evidence was collected.

Deputies were dispatched to South Main Street in Lynchburg on July 8 after two males attempted to steal a vehicle. The owner called the sheriff’s office at 5:47 a.m. after witnessing the suspects inside the vehicle. A deputy arriving on the scene located the suspects fleeing the area on foot and was able to apprehend both after a short foot pursuit. They were transported to the Highland County Justice Center where the investigation continues as both are suspected of additional thefts in the area.