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Fugitive faces 21 local charges

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HILLSVILLE — A 34-year-old Hillsville man faces felony charges as the result of a forgery investigation by the Hillsville and Galax police departments.
Hillsville Police Department’s Sgt. James Alderman and Sgt. Alan Gravley arrested Scott Eric Jarels on April 19.
The arresting officers served three warrants from the Galax investigation and Alderman obtained 18 additional warrants against Jarels, including six each for forgery, uttering and obtaining money by false pretenses, as well as a charge of driving while suspended, according to a news release from Hillsville police.
The officers also found that Jarels is a fugitive from Michigan, where he is wanted for similar pursuits, police say.
Jarels is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail on $10,000 bond and a probation violation from Carroll County Circuit Court.