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Public Safety

  • First responders reflect on deadly I-77 crash

    HILLSVILLE — More than 100 police, fire, medics, tow truck operators and road crews responded to the scene of the mass collision that killed three and injured around 30 more people unfortunate enough to be on fog-bound Interstate 77 on Easter Sunday afternoon.
    The incident hadn’t claimed any more lives as of press time on Wednesday, according to emergency officials.

  • Man charged with larceny, forgery in Galax

    Police say suspect was trying to break into cars and pass forged checks.

  • VDOT planning I-77 safety improvements

    SALEM — Safety on Interstate 77 at Fancy Gap has been an ongoing issue for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
    Highway officials in 2012 revealed proposed safety improvements to the dangerous stretch of road in Carroll County. The I-77 safety project includes installing variable speed limit signs, more electronic message boards,  "pan-tilt-zoom" cameras and more road weather information systems.

  • Saturday I-77 crash also resulted in fatality

    A single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 on Saturday also lead to a fatality, according to Virginia State Police Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    This crash occurred at about 3:15 p.m. at the 3 milemarker in the northbound lanes, when driver Jeffrey D. Stewart, 66, of Worthington, Ohio, apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
    The 2010 Chevy Malibu went off the road to the right and struck a rock embankment and overturned several times, the trooper said. This ejected a backseat passenger.

  • Students unharmed in bus incident

    No students were injured after a school bus slipped off the edge of the road in the Laurel section of Carroll Tuesday morning.
    In the brief time before another bus arrived, Hillsville Fire Department members put the kids in the fire trucks to be out of the morning chill.

  • Shelter closed to prevent spread of parvovirus

    The Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter will be closed through April 8 due to a suspected case of parvovirus at the shelter, according to a news release from City Manager Keith Barker.


    Some puppies began showing symptoms of parvovirus after spending a couple of days at the shelter, Barker told the Gazette. The contagious disease is fatal to dogs.

    
They were taken to a local veterinarian, where they tested negative for parvo. However, they still had all of the symptoms.
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  • Trial by Fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The room was dark and full of smoke, so seeing was next to impossible.
    The injured firefighter lay helpless underneath the rubble that had fallen from the ceiling during a search of the room.
    All the firefighter could do was scream to the rest of the crew for help. They arrived quickly, and pushed away the fallen debris.
    “Are you alright?” asked one of the firefighter's brothers as the rest gathered around, preparing to carry them out if necessary.

  • Hillsville shelters Easter crash victims

    HILLSVILLE — About 23 people caught in the massive Easter Sunday wreck on Interstate 77 used the Grover King VFW Post 1115 as a way station on their journey to get their lives back on track.
    Many travelers on the interstate near Fancy Gap had their Easter plans disrupted after the dense fog set in.
    While these adults and children, along with three dogs, were caught up in the crashes, they were also bystanders for much of the day.

  • Multiple fatalities reported in massive I-77 crash

    Fog in Fancy Gap set the stage for the sprawling Easter Sunday wrecks on Interstate 77 that killed three people, injured 30 and involved 96 vehicles, Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser said. The victims were all from out of state.
    In all, a cadre of state troopers from the Twin Counties and Wythe and Pulaski counties worked 18 accidents that snared 96 vehicles in the incident that began at approximately 1:15 p.m. on March 31.

  • Computer repair calls are a scam, BBB says

    ROANOKE — “This is me moving your mouse.”
    Sure enough, a Dublin consumer’s computer mouse cursor began to move across the screen on its own.
    Someone had taken control of her computer. Unfortunately, minutes later they would have control of her bank account, as well.
    Multiple consumers have told the Better Business Bureau in Western Virginia that they have been contacted by an overseas computer repair company offering virus protection and claiming to work for Microsoft.