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Public Safety

  • Carroll wrecks result in injuries

    Virginia State Police troopers investigated three wrecks with injuries in Carroll County from May 12 and 13.
    The first happened last Sunday at 10 a.m. on Timberline Road at the intersection with Virginia 885, according to a report by Trooper R.B. Phipps.
    Ashley Nicole Moretz, 22, of Galax, driving a 2003 Dodge Neon, was exceeding the posted speed limit at the time, police said.
    A 1994 Buick Regal, driven by Margie Sizemore, 82, of Galax, attempted to pull out of 885 when it was struck by the Neon.
    Phipps charged Moretz with reckless driving.

  • Drug bust snares meth and crack, guns and cash

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County authorities and Drug Enforcement Administration agents continue an investigation that has so far yielded a large quantity of methamphetamine, cocaine and crack cocaine, as well as guns and cash, according to information from Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Total value of the drugs seized tops $111,000.

  • Arrest Reports 5/15/13

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

  • Police say vehicles stolen, wrecked and returned

     

  • Arrest Reports 5/13/13

    Those pictured have been charged but not convicted, and should be considered innocent until resolved by the court.

  • Deputies rescue woman lost in woods

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies assisted a 72-year-old woman who got lost in the woods near 579 Volunteer Road on May 7 at about 10:30 p.m., according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Deputies had received a report from concerned neighbors about the woman, who had gone for a walk without her cell phone or a flashlight about 2.5 hours before.
    Corporals Barry Lineberry and David Walls and Deputy Cody Edwards responded to the scene.

  • Police look into suspicious fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    A May 8 fire in Carroll County is under investigation.
    The Galax Fire Department responded to a call at 400 Potrock Road after midnight last Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to find an outbuilding completely destroyed by the flames.
    The outbuilding appeared to be abandoned, along with the trailer that sat in front of the building, according to firefighter Chris Hennis.

  • Police warn of fake $20 bills

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Galax Police Department is warning the public about reports of counterfeit $20 bills received by several local businesses.
    A local bank reported seeing several of these counterfeit bills turned in by local merchants, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox. The merchants, he said, are unaware that the money they are turning in to the bank is counterfeit.

  • Program saves prisoners' lives, county's money

    INDEPENDENCE – Three years ago, Grayson County took the chance on a new alternative sentencing program that very few localities had tried. Today, the Day Report Center has provided the county a net savings of $149,000 and rising.
    Supervisors Chairman Mike Maynard remembers when a representative from Giles County came and spoke to Grayson officials about a Day Report Program, designed to keep non-violent offenders out of jail and help rehabilitate them into productive citizens.

  • Arrest Reports 5/6/13

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