Public Safety

  • Fire damages home


  • Missing teen found, 22-year-old faces charges

    HILLSVILLE — A missing 15-year-old and a 22-year-old male wanted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor had not made a run for the border after all, as police found them still in Galax early Wednesday morning.
    Authorities had been searching for Desiree Travers since her family reported she had run away April 19, thinking she might be in the company of Carlos Enrique Reyna, 22, of Galax.

  • Galax firefighter treated for injury

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the Ivy Wood Apartments on West Stuart Drive on April 19.
    Approximately 28 firefighters and five trucks responded to the scene that evening, where they remained for two hours, Hankley said.
    On arrival, the department found a heavy fire coming from the upstairs bedroom of a two-story duplex apartment owned by Dr. James Williams and occupied by Tom Simms, according to Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Motorcycle driver charged after chase and crash

    UPDATED 4/25/13:

  • Drug suspect is "most wanted"

    UPDATE - Sheriff's office officials say that James Grimes has been arrested.

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County authorities consider a 32-year-old man one of their "most wanted."

    James Richard Grimes, no address given, is wanted on a drug charge of possession of schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance, according to information from the Carroll Sheriff's Office.

  • Arrest Reports 4/22/13

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

  • Charges pending in driveway sealing scam

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office advises that a white male and two white females, driving a white pickup and red dump truck have been approaching elderly citizens about paving driveways.
    According to police, the two women quote a price for the work to be completed and stay in the residence talking to the individual while the man completes the work. Upon completion of the work, they demand a higher payment saying that the price quoted was per foot of pavement and more was required than initially quoted.

  • Beware of fraud emails from fake Boston charities

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reminds the public to be wary of possible fraudulent charitable solicitations since the Boston Marathon explosions.
    “Individuals need to be aware of emerging fraud online associated with the explosions and how to take necessary precautions when using email and social networking websites,” the department said.

  • FBI, border patrol join search for missing teen

     UPDATE 4/23/13 — Local authorities have pulled in the FBI and border patrols in their search for a missing 15-year-old teen.

    Family members of Desiree Travers believe that she ran away from home April 19 with 22-year-old Carlos Enrique Reyna, a Hispanic male.

  • Police to take back prescription drugs

    On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Galax Police Department will join with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
    In Grayson, citizens should bring medications for disposal to their local fire and rescue department.