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Public Safety

  • Police: suspect took gold, fled to Hawaii

    HILLSVILLE — A small-time criminal cracks a safe, steals gold bars and runs off to a tropical island, becoming a fugitive from justice.
    It sounds like the plot of a pirate movie or an Elmore Leonard crime novel, but that’s what local police say are the details of a 2012 burglary.
    Two Carroll County deputies recently made a trip to Hilo, Hawaii, to bring back a 28-year-old suspect in the Dec. 27 grand larceny of a large amount of cash, collectible coins and small gold bars from a Hillsville residence.

  • Choate faces firearms charges

     

  • Driver injured in March 8 crash

    WOODLAWN — A two-vehicle accident on Drew Ridge Road lead to serious injuries for one of the drivers on March 8, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    The accident occurred at about 7:45 a.m., about two-tenths of a mile south of U.S. 58, when Richard Kilby Hall, 55, of Woodlawn drifted into the opposite lane, according to Trooper K.D. Blackburn.
    The 1994 Ford F150 struck a 2004 Toyota Celica, driven by Samantha Leath of Woodlawn.
    Leath was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries, according to the report.

  • Arrest Reports 3/11/13

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

  • Fugitive sought in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man they characterize as a potentially dangerous fugitive. On March 7, the department issued an alert for Randy Lee Anders, warning that the “subject is possibly armed with a shotgun and a knife and has made threats toward law enforcement.”

  • Alliance advocates drones for police use

    In 2011, four deputies in Buchanan County were gunned down in a wooded area where spotting the sniper was difficult from the ground.
    Every day, police enter situations where they rely on their line of sight to spot danger. Some law enforcement agencies are seeing the need for an “eye in the sky” to watch over officers.
    Drone aircraft — also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) — are poised to move from military to civilian use soon.

  • Galax man charged with arson

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax police arrested Doyal Ray Blankenship Jr., 52, of Galax on Tuesday and charged him with arson after firefighters fought a blaze at a home in West Galax that morning.
    Blankenship was charged after the Galax Fire Department received a call to a structure fire on Waugh Drive, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Stolen car recovered quickly

     

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

    WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

    HEAVY WET SNOW OVERNIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

    LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK EAST THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY AND MERGE WITH A LOW THAT WILL DEVELOP IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS AND TRACK TO THE MID ATLANTIC COAST BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

    ALLEGHANY NC-GILES-WYTHE-PULASKI-MONTGOMERY-CARROLL-FLOYD-CRAIG-ROANOKE-FRANKLIN-MONROE-

  • Man charged in hit-and-run crash in Galax