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Public Safety

  • New K9 cop joins force

    HILLSVILLE — While the Carroll law enforcement officers have each other’s backs, Deputy David Walls has such a loyal partner, they’re together practically all the time.
    Pike, an 18-month-old, mostly black German shepherd from Holland, recently went through two weeks of intensive training with Walls as the newest addition to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office forces.

  • Fatality victim not found for hours

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    A Grayson County woman was killed April 11 in a single-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Virginia House Lane and U.S. 58, about three miles east of Independence.

  • High winds damage Coon Ridge homes

     

    HILLSVILLE — High winds caused damage to around nine homes, two with significant damage, in an area around the Coon Ridge Road-U.S. 52 intersection early Friday morning.

  • Winds cause damage to Coon Ridge

    HILLSVILLE — High winds caused damage to around nine homes, two with significant damage, in an area around the Coon Ridge Road-U.S. 52 intersection early Friday morning.

    Hillsville Fire Department, Carroll Fire Rescue, Carroll Sheriff's Department and Virginia State Police members responded to the scene after wind gusts damaged several roofs and porches on the homes over about a quarter mile area at 3 a.m., according to Trooper Chuck Campbell. The same winds damaged some outbuildings and caused a tree to fall across U.S. 52 near Hanging Tree Road.

  • 'Most wanted' caught by U.S. Marshals

     

    GREENSBORO, N.C. ― A man who had been declared a "most wanted" subject by the Carroll County law enforcement was caught April 10 in a joint U.S. Marshals Service and Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office operation.

  • Scammer poses as worker for political campaign

    FRIES — A Fries woman has reported a potential phone scam that involves a caller who says they are from the Republican National Committee.
    The woman, who asked that her name not be published, reports that she received a call last week from someone claiming to be from the RNC. “They went through a long spiel about getting more Republican-held seats in Congress, and needing a donation,” she said.
    The caller asked if he could put her down for a $65 donation.

  • Fire destroys Carroll County home — UPDATED

    An April 10 fire destroyed a doublewide home at  Mitchells Crossroads in Carroll County. Hillsville Fire Department volunteers received a call at 11:39 a.m. to 1421 Mitchell’s Crossroads, a home owned by Steven Montgomery.

    They received assistance at the scene from the Barren Springs Fire Department.

    The fire burned through most of the exterior walls, doing major damage to the structure.

    The cause of the fire has not been confirmed, but Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler said it might be electrical in nature.

  • Water tank collapses at Vaughan-Bassett plant in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax shut down operations on Wednesday, after a water tank outside of the factory collapsed, causing structural damages and injuring an employee.
    Employee Johnny Bunn was reportedly near the tank when it collapsed, and was washed down the bank and into Chestnut Creek by the sudden flow of water from the structure.

  • Illegal whiskey distillery discovered

    AUSTINVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office issued felony warrants on April 4 for the illegal manufacture of untaxed whiskey, and arrested a 42-year-old Austinville man.
    Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that Carroll deputies and agents from Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested David Wayne Alley of 6732 Poplar Camp Road after a search of his residence turned up an operational illegal distillery.

  • Arrest Reports 4/10/13

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