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Public Safety

  • Fatal parkway crash under investigation

    FANCY GAP — National Park Service rangers continue to investigate a possible cause in a fatal wreck Sept. 25 near the 192 mile marker of the Blue Ridge Parkway, involving a 70-year-old Ararat man.
    The incident occurred at about 10:15 a.m., when Bobby Ray Caviness was driving a vehicle north on the parkway, not far from the Willis Gap area at the Carroll and Patrick county line, according to Ranger Bobby Miller.
    At that time, Caviness’ vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 33-foot recreational vehicle, almost head on.

  • Break-in investigation leads to drug charges

    HILLSVILLE — A 54-year-old Hillsville man called town police to investigate a break-in at his home, but now faces several charges himself after officers found illegal drugs and alcohol during their time at the residence.
    Police responded to the home of Michael Andrew Reece on Sept. 16 on the initial report, according to Chief Greg Bolen.

  • Two seriously injured in motorcycle crash

    The Galax Police Department and the Virginia Sate Police accident reconstruction team on Monday were still investigating an automobile accident that occurred on Reserve Boulevard/U.S. 58 in Galax on Sunday.
    Officers confirmed in a news release that the accident caused life-threatening injuries to a motorcycle driver and his passenger.

  • Big boom in restroom not a bomb

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Fear of a possible bomb threat at Vaughan Bassett Furniture Plant #2 was defused by police on Tuesday, after officers were notified of an explosion in a restroom inside the factory.
    According to Galax Police Captain James Cox, officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 7:57 a.m. When they arrived, the officers observed damage inside of a restroom that appeared to have been caused by some kind of explosion.
    Damage was structural and no one at the plant was hurt by the explosion, Cox confirmed.

  • No injuries in school bus wreck

    Virginia State Police responded to an accident involving a Carroll County school bus on Tuesday morning.
    State Trooper Shane Kinney responded to the call on Pipers Gap Road, just west of Mallory Road near the Lil’ Country Store. According to Kinney, the school bus was approaching a stop to pick up children when a Chevrolet pickup truck operated by Charles Alderman, 44, of Galax, slid across the center line and struck the bus. “He was approaching the bus and was preparing to stop when he slid across the center line,” he said.

  • Juveniles injured in car crash

    WOODLAWN — Virginia State Police, Carroll County deputies and rescue agencies assisted at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Sept. 20 involving three juveniles.
    According to State Trooper Charlie Delp, the youths were traveling on Coulson Church Road in a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country Cruiser, en route to a church meeting, when the driver took a curve too fast and lost control of the vehicle. “He overcorrected, came across the highway, went over the embankment on the left side of the highway and struck several trees,” Delp said.

  • Arrest Reports 9/25/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • Suspects stole $3,900 worth of iPads

    Two suspects are being sought by the Galax Police Department in connection with the alleged theft of several electronic items from the Walmart store in Galax on Sunday afternoon.

  • DMV warns of scam

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles warns the public to be wary of companies that call with offers of cheaper insurance rates based on information from your DMV record.
    DMV does not sell insurance, solicit the sale of insurance, or release driver information for marketing purposes.
    “A few of our customers have called us to let us know they have received automated messages from insurance companies saying they are entitled to a lower insurance rate based on information from their DMV records,’” said DMV spokesperson Sunni Brown.

  • Three juveniles charged in Galax

    Galax police referred three youths to the Juvenile Court Service Unit on Sept. 14, following a burglary at a property that belongs to Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in the city.
    An automated fire alarm was received by the Galax Police Department that day, according to Police Chief Rick Clark. Responding officers, along with members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, discovered that someone had entered the property and activated fire hoses, which caused the alarm to go off.