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Public Safety

  • Two charged in Wards Gap burglaries

    HILLSVILLE — Two Carroll County residents have been charged with committing a string of residential burglaries in the Wards Gap section, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Authorities identify the suspects as Terry Conway Guynn, 37, and Krystal Darlene Poole, 40, in a Monday news release.

  • Police cite 567 for texting behind wheel

    RICHMOND — Troopers enforcing the texting-while-driving ban on Virginia highways cited 567 motorists in the six months from July to December 2013, according to a Virginia State Police news release.
    One year ago, the Virginia General Assembly moved this kind of distracted driving into a “primary offense” tier for law enforcement, meaning that a suspicion of texting is enough to get a motorist pulled over in a traffic stop.

  • Woman dies in moped crash

    A Sunday wreck involving a moped on Hebron Road led to the death of the operator, according to Virginia State Police.
    A report of the incident came in at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, when a caller told authorities that there was a person and a scooter in a ditch on Hebron Road, near a private road named Ponder Drive.
    Trooper S.E. Kinney responded on found the 2008 Zhejiag Wildfire moped and the driver, Mary E. Keller, 51, of Galax.

  • Vets treat Parvo virus outbreak

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Since the beginning of January, veterinarians across the Twin Counties have seen a disturbing number of dogs develop symptoms of Parvo, an extremely contagious and sometimes fatal illness.
    After seeing several cases of Parvo crop up in recent weeks, they are warning the community to protect their four-legged family members by keeping them up to date on vaccinations, and learning what signs to watch out for in case further medical attention is needed.

  • Galax receives $80,000 law enforcement grant

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Grant funding projects remained a steady topic of conversation during Galax City Council’s Jan. 13 meeting.
    A glance at the city’s packed agenda for the evening included a grant announcement from the Galax Police Department, and a grants update from City Grants Administrator Brenda Marrah.
    Police Chief Rick Clark said his department received a state Department of Criminal  Justices Services grant totaling $80,000.

  • Police captain training with FBI

    QUANTICO — Galax Police Capt. James Cox is attending the FBI National Academy for 10 weeks of specialized law enforcement training.
    He is the first Galax officer to ever attend the academy, and, according to Chief Rick Clark, one of only two who were chosen from the state of Virginia to attend this session.

  • Accidental shooting of prison guard investigated

    RICHMOND — A Virginia Department of Corrections officer employed at the River North Correctional Center in Grayson County suffered an injury after what’s been characterized as an accidental discharge of a firearm in Richmond on Jan. 9.

  • Scammers claiming to be from IRS

    The Internal Revenue Service is reporting a phone scam that is telling taxpayers they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.
    If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

  • Family of five loses home to fire

    HILLSVILLE — A Monday evening fire has driven a family out of their home at 6070 Poplar Camp Road, according to emergency and Red Cross officials.
    Hillsville Fire Department members received a call at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 to the home of the Rotenizer family at U.S. 52 and Beasley Hill with flames showing, and firefighters responded with six trucks and 30 volunteers.

  • Law would raise penalty for roadside officer deaths

    RICHMOND — The family of fallen Trooper Andrew Fox want the General Assembly to strengthen the penalty in cases where emergency, police and other kinds of “Samaritan” workers are injured and killed on Virginia highways.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.