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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Arrest Reports 8/28/13

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

  • Flea market will bring thousands to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Tens of thousands of people will head to Hillsville over Labor Day weekend to experience flea market shopping heaven, creating the potential of traffic hell for others.
    The Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market will open for business Friday at 7 a.m. and wrap up Monday at 5 p.m.
    While Hillsville does its best to accommodate crowds estimated at more than half a million in the past, the Virginia Department of Transportation has issued its annual statement, warning those who might not want to be ensnared in the shopping bonanza to steer clear.

  • Arrest Reports 8/26/13

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

  • No charges in trooper wreck

    A Virginia state trooper who was involved in a rear-end collision that occurred on Elk Creek Parkway near Independence on Aug. 5, will not face traffic charges.
    First Sgt. Mike Musser said State Police Sgt. Scott Todd conducted the investigation and will charge Trooper Jessie Tilson administratively.

  • Security upgrades continue as classes resume in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – The first bells of the school year rang last week in Grayson County as students returning to the division were greeted by numerous improvements in security measures.
    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant provided the school board with an update on summer projects during the board’s regular meeting earlier this month, which included upgrades to the safety and security, technology and pay raises for faculty.

  • Arrest Reports 8/21/13

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

  • Woman finds intruder in apartment

     

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

     

    Joshua Lee Crockett, 31, of Galax was arrested and received several charges following a traffic stop on Aug. 2.
    Crockett was stopped by Officer Andrew Burnett for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    After a series of field tests, Crockett was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and felony possession of a schedule II substance.
    Crockett is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail, and was to appear in the Galax General District Court.

  • Three charged with marijuana possession

    Galax officers arrested and charged two men and a woman for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute on Aug. 13, after an investigation of another crime led to police suspicion.