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Public Safety

  • I-77 motorcyclist critical after crash

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police said that a Bluefield man injured in a Friday morning motorcycle wreck on Interstate 77 was in critical condition.
    A helicopter flew Darren Wayne Coe, 45, to Roanoke for treatment after the incident near mile marker 19 at about 10:30 a.m.
    When southbound traffic slowed in front of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Coe could not stop, according to a report by Trooper C.M. Delp.
    The motorcycle struck the back of a 2004 van, driven by Donald Goetz of Edinboro, Pa.

  • Wind overturns tractor-trailers on I-77

    LAMBSBURG — Two state vehicles were struck and damaged after gusts estimated  at more than 100 mph also knocked over two tractor-trailers Tuesday, according to Virginia State Police reports.
    State police and Virginia Department of Transportation officials responded shortly after 3 p.m. when the first incident happened at the familiar spot near the 3 mile marker in the northbound lanes, according to First Sgt. Mike Musser.

  • Police receive report of cane-wielding woman

    Galax police were called to Food City in Galax on April 14, on a report of an elderly woman hitting cars in the parking lot with her cane and yelling at them.
    A later police report confirmed that the situation was a verbal altercation between a man’s girlfriend and his ex-wife.
    “She didn’t strike any cars with a cane, but [she] did roll a buggy into the other woman’s vehicle,” said Capt. James Cox of the Galax Police Department. “Apparently, she was flinging the cane around, but didn’t hit anything.”

  • E-911 dispatchers honored during Public Safety Telecommunications Week

    April 13-19 is National Public Safety Telecommunication Week, held each year to celebrate and honor the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community.

  • Three injured in 4-vehicle crash

    INDEPENDENCE — Three Grayson County residents were injured and a juvenile has been charged with reckless driving in a four-vehicle accident that occurred just west of Independence on April 9 around 4:30 p.m.

  • Jones facing drug charges after search

    A Galax man was arrested April 8 on an outstanding warrant concerning multiple drug charges.
    Dustin Jason Jones, 34, was arrested by Galax Police Officer Darren Alley at a business on E. Stuart Drive.
    Alley recognized jones as he exited a vehicle, and knew that a warrant was outstanding for Jones’ arrest, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    A search after his arrest turned up illegal narcotics, for which Jones was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule IV substance, Clark said.

  • Galax man charged with growing pot

    Ricky David Combs, 18, of Galax, was arrested April 13 and charged with manufacturing marijuana.
    Combs was charged after Galax police received a tip to visit his residence. After arriving at the residence, police discovered marijuana being grown and cultivated in a bedroom, according to a report from the police department.
    The arrest was made by officers Chris Hines and Darren Alley, the report said.
    Combs is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • Man killed, two injured in Parkway crash

     

  • Car strikes and injures Carroll man

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies received a report of a person who had been run over by a vehicle near the intersection of Mill Stone and Elkhorn roads last Wednesday around 4 p.m., leading to one arrest, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Howlett St. home destroyed; family safe

    HILLSVILLE — Reports of occupants possibly still at home Tuesday evening during a fire at 141 Howlett Street motivated police and Carroll Fire and Rescue personnel to enter the still-burning trailer, according to the Hillsville Fire Department.