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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Arrest Reports 7/22/13

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

  • Deputies searching for alleged embezzler

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies are searching for a 39-year-old man wanted for embezzlement.

    Authorities name the suspect as Myron Doyle Sharp, no address given.

    Sharp is suspected of taking property he had borrowed from a Glen Davis and selling it on July 15. 

  • Suspect leads Grayson police on chase

    A Grayson County woman wanted on parole violation and drug-related warrants was arrested last Friday after a foot chase, according to police.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said his office received information that Loretta Parsons, 36, of 270 Sugar Shack Road, was at her residence and deputies were dispatched to serve papers.
    Vaughan said there were three capias orders to take Parsons into custody and a show cause summons on file against her in Grayson County, and two capias orders issued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

  • River North prison security level set

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correctional Facility in Independence is a lock to be a Security Level 4 prison when it is fully operational, according to Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) officials.
    According to the DOC website, a Security Level 4 facility contains inmates with long-term, single, multiple and life-plus sentences. Inmates in these facilities must show no disruptive behavior for at least the past 24 months prior to be considered for a transfer to any less secure facility.
    Level 4 is not considered maximum security.

  • Arrest Reports 7/15/13

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

  • Arrest Reports 7/12/13

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

  • Items stolen from travelers' cars at Exit 14

    HILLSVILLE ― Town police are seeking help from citizens to solve a break-in and theft from two travelers’ vehicles parked at Shoney's at Interstate 77's Exit 14 on July 5.
    During a day marked by high Fourth of July holiday week traffic, someone broke a window in two different vehicles from New York and took several items of electronic equipment from inside, according to Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen.

  • State changes crash reporting policy

    RICHMOND — Citing tens of thousands of requests from parties involved in vehicle crashes, attorneys and insurance companies, the Virginia State Police announced July 2 it has turned over releasing all accident reports to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, according to a news release.
    A change made by the General Assembly has led to the DMV becoming the “sole source for distribution of FR300P accident reports completed by state law enforcement agencies in Virginia” through the DMV website, according to Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the state police.

  • Ohio man killed in U.S. 58 wreck

    HILLSVILLE — An Auburn Township, Ohio, man died in a head-on crash Sunday at 6 p.m. on U.S. 58, just east of the Snake Creek bridge.
    Virginia State Police identified the man as 62-year-old Mark C. Brostek, according to a report by Trooper Dean Horton.
    Both the Laurel Fork and Hillsville fire departments were called to the scene to help with extrication of patients from the GMC Sierra driven by Brostek and the other vehicle involved, a Ford Econoline van driven by James A. Martin, 43, of Columbus, Ohio.