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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Trio charged with obtaining drugs illegally

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax police arrested three Tazewell men on April 3 at Twin County Regional Hospital, after an attempt to illegally procure controlled substances from the emergency department, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    Police responded to the emergency department after an alert employee suspected that someone seeking services was using a false name and personal identifiers, Clark said.

  • Surprise snowstorm leads to 67 wrecks

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Local police officers were busy on the roads during the surprise snow storm that shocked the Twin Counties last Thursday afternoon.
    No one saw it coming, not even meteorologists, and no one was prepared to drive on the slick, slushy roads on April 4.
    According to every forecast, the worst everyone was expecting was a little rain, maybe some sleet.

  • Lawsuit filed in 2011 wreck on 77

     

    HILLSVILLE — A lawsuit filed in Carroll Circuit Court seeks $3.5 million in damages from the Virginia Department of Transportation, related to a March 2011 wreck blamed on high winds on Interstate 77.

  • Despite warnings, drivers didn't slow down in fog

    HILLSVILLE — Ramesh Sangheni said he and his family are lucky.
    The local hotel owner was driving south on Interstate 77 on Easter Sunday with his family when they were involved in a massive chain-reaction pileup of 97 vehicles that closed the highway for hours.
    His car was damaged but no one was hurt.
    “I thought I was going to die,” he said on Monday.

  • 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.