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Public Safety

  • Man charged after assault investigation

    HILLSVILLE — Police charged a 40-year-old Hillsville man Sunday after a sexual battery investigation, according to Chief Greg Bolen.

  • Pennsylvania man charged with assault, kidnapping

    HILLSVILLE — A 40-year-old man from Vandergrift, Pa., faces charges of kidnapping and assault from an Aug. 1 domestic dispute at Best Western, according to Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen.
    First Sgt. Robby Martin and officers Billy Anauo and Josh
    Edwards responded to a report of a domestic dispute at about 2 a.m., the chief said. Authorities also received a call from a female who reported she was being held against her will in her motel room.
    Upon the officers' arrival at the Best Western, they found a boyfriend and girlfriend in the room.

  • Thousands of fiddlin' fans will pack park Sunday morning

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 78th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 10.
    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

  • State warns of property scam

    The Virginia Department of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program is warning consumers of a new scam targeting potential owners of unclaimed property.
    According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, a fraudulent e-mail is circulating in parts of the country, claiming to be from a non-existent NAUPA regional auditor, Alexis James.
    The message promises a large sum of money is waiting to be claimed from a deceased relative and can be claimed in exchange for detailed personal information.

  • National Night Out events planned for Aug. 6

    Galax and Independence will both hold National Night Out Against Crime events on Aug. 6.
    National Night Out, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is a community-police awareness event that takes place in areas all over the United States. It is always held the first Tuesday of August.
    The events are organized by local police departments, non-profit organizations and volunteer departments. The goal is to increase awareness of police programs in the community, including drug prevention, neighborhood watches, and other crime prevention efforts.

  • Changes make difference for town police

    HILLSVILLE — With many of his desired changes carried out at the Hillsville Police Department, the chief wants to bring the bike patrol out of storage.
    In his six months on duty, Chief Greg Bolen has made progress on his departmental restructuring plan, with enhanced community patrols, a Facebook page for better communications, more training for officers and more attention to inventory and maintenance.
    It’s all a part of continuing to improve the department for the benefit of citizens.

  • More charges filed against suspect who ran from police

    HILLSVILLE — A follow-up investigation of a man who allegedly fled on foot from police after a routine traffic stop on U.S. 58 has led to four new charges being filed, including one felony.
    Ronald Lee Davis, 49, of Woodlawn fled across the four-lane on July 22 , risking bodily injury from traffic, after town Investigator Alan Gravley pulled over the 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage for improper registration.

  • Grayson resource officers' fates in question

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department received a grant from the Criminal Justice Services Board in June to add full-time school resource officers (SRO) to both Grayson Highlands School and Independence Middle School, but discussion at the last Grayson County School Board meeting could change that.
    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to fund the two SRO positions in a meeting June 27, but the grant requires Grayson to provide local effort funding, which would increase each year until it fully funded the positions on its own.

  • Police say suspect took off after traffic stop

    HILLSVILLE — Confronted with a Monday afternoon traffic stop on U.S. 58 by a Hillsville police officer for nothing more significant than improper registration, a 49-year-old Woodlawn man decided to jackrabbit from the scene.
    Investigator Alan Gravley reported that he saw an improperly registered red 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Ronald Lee Davis and pulled it over at about 2:45 p.m. near Gardners Mill Road, according to an Hillsville Police Department news release.

  • Updated: Firefighters battle blaze at Webb Furniture

    Galax firefighters responded to an incident at the Webb Furniture plant on Jackson Street about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when a press there caught on fire.
    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department sought mutual aid from Hillsville and Independence fire departments after the reports of a machine burning came in at the chip board plant, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.