Local News

  • Arrests include assault, larceny

    Staff Reports

    Recent arrests in Galax included assault, possession of burglary tools and larceny.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department:

    • Josiah Tanner Williams, 24, of Galax, was arrested on March 21 by Officer Chris Hines and charged with felony parole violation and misdemeanor assault and battery.

    • Jamie Allen Sharpe, 38, of Galax, was arrested on March 22 by Sgt. Shawny Jones and charged with felony assault on a family member (third or more offense).

  • Chaplains honor fallen deputy

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the family of a deputy who died in the line of duty received memorial plaques from the International Conference of Police Chaplains last week.

    The plaques honor Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett, 32, who was involved in a fatal crash during a pursuit in Carroll County on March 9.

  • Sign of Respect

    Retired Galax Parks & Recreation Director Dave Nelson received a special honor from the Galax City Council at Monday night’s meeting: the road from South Main Street into Felts Park and the recreation center’s parking lot was renamed “Dave Nelson Drive.”

    Nelson was given a replica of the street sign for himself, as well as others for his family members and friends.

  • Man unhappy with Carroll's I-77 enforcement

    HILLSVILLE – A Michigan man facing charges in Carroll County threatened to bring legal action against the county in connection with law enforcement actions when he spoke to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

    In his remarks, Keith Olson of Michigan alleged that the county is operating outside of the traditional framework for county government with its police enforcement efforts on Interstate 77.

  • Jury won't hear some of Keepers' statements

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG – Judge Robert Turk ruled on Monday that only parts of Natalie Keepers’ testimony will be admissible due to improper interrogation techniques by police.

    Only information gathered during the first three hours of day one, and all of the second day of the two-day interrogation, will be allowed in her two-week jury trial, currently scheduled to start Feb. 5, 2018.

  • Four charged with burglary in Galax

    Staff Report

    Four people were arrested and charged in connection with a burglary on March 28 in Galax

    The Galax Police Department was notified by an off-duty Virginia State Police Special Agent that he was responding to suspicious activity at a residence on Glendale Road in the city, according to a police report.

    “Sgt. Jacob Vaughan and Officer Chris Hines responded and discovered that entry had been gained into a home while the resident was away. The state police agent had detained the suspects,” the report said.

  • Grayson VFW post seeks new members

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County VFW Post #7726 is seeking new members to assist with continuing services for veterans and various community service projects throughout the area.

    The post is looking for membership growth with the VFW, as well as the VFW Auxiliary; and reminds the public that both older and younger members are needed, at any capacity they can serve.

  • BBB: hang up if caller asks ‘Can you hear me?’

    Staff Report

    The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an old scam with a new twist.

    The “Can You Hear Me?” scam has long been used to coerce businesses into purchasing office supplies and directory ads they never actually ordered, but now it’s targeting individual consumers, as well.

    In January, more than half of the reports to BBB Scam Tracker were about this one scam, the agency said in a news release.

  • Spikes end pursuit for N.C. suspect

    Staff Report

    Two individuals from Mount Airy, N.C. were arrested after a police chase in Carroll County on Sunday night. The man driving the vehicle faces multiple charges in both localities.

  • Bill lets women get 1 year of birth control

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND - The Virginia General Assembly has passed legislation allowing pharmacists to provide women a full year of birth control pills at once if prescribed by a doctor.

    HB 2267, sponsored by Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) and titled the Birth Control Access Act, has been sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe to be signed into law.

    Women’s rights activists praised the measure’s passage. Many insurance policies currently limit women to a 90-day supply of birth control pills.