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Public Safety

  • Thursday carjacking suspect sought

    HILLSVILLE — Authorities on Friday continued their search for the suspect from a Thursday afternoon hit and run and abduction that happened in Carroll County, according to Virginia State Police.
    Troopers have identified Joseph Beuford Lee Mabe as the suspect who got involved in a motor vehicle accident in the Oak Grove section of Carroll, according to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser.

  • Wrong-way driver on I-77 causes wreck

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police charged a 34-year-old Galax woman Monday after she entered Interstate 77 going the wrong way and caused a crash.
    Merleen Sanchez was driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima at approximately 2:35 a.m. near the 8.8 mile marker, going south in the northbound lanes, according to a report by Trooper Matt Cochran.
    The Maxima struck head-on a 2002 Hyundai Elantra driven by Muhammad Tahir of Charlotte, N.C.
    The report listed one injury as a result and $9,000 worth of damage to each of the vehicles.

  • Moped driver injured in wreck

    A Galax woman was charged with reckless driving and defective equipment on Monday afternoon, following a vehicle accident involving personal injury to a moped driver.

  • Grant will pay for school security upgrades

    INDEPENDENCE — Last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to improve safety and security for students and teachers in 459 Virginia schools and regional education programs, including Grayson County
    The school division was awarded a $50,536 grant to be used at five schools.
    The grants will pay for security equipment, including video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and communications systems providing direct links between schools and law enforcement agencies.

  • Victim resists robbery attempt

    HILLSVILLE — A 33-year-old Cana man allegedly demanded a ride from a Pizza Hut patron on Labor Day and, when she refused, police say he tried to steal her purse.
    The unidentified victim resisted and got assistance to turn her alleged assailant, Daniel Eric Brame, over to Hillsville police officers, according to Chief Greg Bolen.
    The incident occurred at about 10 p.m. on Sept. 2, when Brame allegedly approached the victim and asked her to drive him somewhere.

  • City defends reduction in speed limits

    In light of community backlash against the recent introduction and enforcement of new speed limits in Galax, city officials are publicly standing by the changes.
    City Manager Keith Barker explained the reasons behind the decision to alter several speed limits in the area, including a reduced speed from 45 to 35 mph to the East Stuart Drive stretch and a reduction from 35 to 25 mph on West Stuart Drive.

  • Arrest Reports 9/4/13

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

  • Three Carroll men charged with race-related assault

    HILLSVILLE — Alleged ongoing harassment led to charges of race-related assault being placed against three Carroll County men after an Aug. 30 incident, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Deputies first became aware of a disturbance at approximately 11 p.m., when a Training Center Road resident called 911 and spoke to sheriff’s office dispatcher Neil Anderson, a Carroll Sheriff’s Office news release says.

  • Speed limit petition quickly gains signatures

    Galax citizens are working together to express their frustrations over the recent change in speed limits throughout the city.
    Posts about an online petition have been circling on social media. The petition asks the city to reverse the speed limit changes on portions of U.S. 58 that were recently lowered to 35 mph from 45 mph. Other streets in the city, like West Stuart Drive, were lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph.
    The petition was created last Wednesday, and by Friday afternoon it had already reached 156 signatures.

  • Town makes flea market safety plans

    HILLSVILLE — Police and emergency officials have plans in place to help safeguard the hundreds of thousands people expected to attend the Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market this weekend.
    These efforts spearheaded by the Hillsville Police Department and Carroll County rescue squads have been designed to decrease response times and address the flea market’s greatest health risks, such as injuries through overheating, overexertion and falling.