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Public Safety

  • Ambulance driver charged in crash

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll Fire and Rescue driver received a ticket for failing to yield in a Sunday evening accident on U.S. 221, according to a report by a Hillsville police officer.
    The two-vehicle wreck occurred March 17 at about 8:30 p.m. on 221 at the entrance to the fire-rescue station, when ambulance driver Brian Schlabach, 29, attempted to turn onto the road with lights and sirens on while responding to an emergency call, according to a report by Officer Ricky Hayes.

  • Armed robbery suspects sought

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Department is seeking two suspects in an armed robbery at a Galax residence, in which prescription drugs and cas were stolen.

    According to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Grayson County deputies responded to a call the afternoon of March 8 to 135 Mockingbird Lane in the Oldtown community to a possible armed robbery.

     

    The suspects had left the area prior to the deputies' arrival.

  • One fugitive caught, one still sought

     

  • Medicare card replacement scam targets Va. seniors

    Numerous seniors have contacted the Better Business Bureau in Western Virginia to report suspicious phone calls claiming to be from Medicare, according to a BBB alert issued last week.
    The consumers were told they needed to provide their banking information in order to replace expiring Medicare cards. The BBB is alerting seniors that this is a scam.

  • 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