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Public Safety

  • Carroll fatality's cause unknown

    Virginia State Police responded to a single-car accident that resulted in a fatality near the intersection of Virginia 94 and Byllesby Road in Carroll County on March 12, according to Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    The accident resulted in an injury and one fatality, Vaughan said.
    Driver Tammy Lyn Richardson was reportedly traveling south on Virginia 94 near the intersection of Byllesby when she suddenly ran off of the road. Her husband, Steven Lee Richardson, was a passenger.

  • Arrest Reports 3/15/13

    The Gazette lists names of those found guilty of crimes in its regular Court News feature. Our staff also tracks those listed in the Arrest Reports feature, and will report any suspects who are found not guilty or have their charges dismissed.

  • Don't fall for loan modification scam, BBB warns

    Several consumers in Western Virginia have been contacted by loan modification companies offering services in direct violation of Federal Trade Commission regulations, according to an alert from the Better Business Bureau.
    While there are many reputable mortgage relief companies, these particular companies have requested advance fees and have violated several FTC rules.

  • Arrest Reports 3/13/13

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

  • 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.