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Public Safety

  • 15 vehicles involved in series of I-77 crashes

    Local rescue squads, fire departments and police aided Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad after a series of accidents on Interstate 77 last Saturday.
    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, a total of 15 vehicles, two of them tractor trailers, were involved in seven separate accidents, said a representative of Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad.
    “From what we could determine, the cause was a tractor trailer that lost control, ran off the roadway and overturned,” said First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police.

  • Carroll man arrested after deputy smells pot

    HILLSVILLE — A 40-year-old Carroll County man faces drug charges after a deputy smelled the odor of marijuana smoke coming from a Comanche Lane home last Wednesday, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Sgt. Bobby Lyons had responded to the home at 94 Comanche Lane to serve a felony arrest warrant on the owner, the sheriff explained in a press release.

  • Tragedy raises issue of guns in schools

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued an executive order to establish a task force to review school and campus safety conditions in response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
    The governor also has come under some fire for saying he would be open to a discussion about allowing school employees to be armed.
    Meanwhile, Republicans in the state legislature and a Democratic candidate for governor are both calling for more school resource officers, and one U.S. Senator from Virginia is pushing for more gun control laws.

  • Hunting accident said to be fatal

    RICHMOND — Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officials have released the name of the 50-year-old Fancy Gap man killed in a hunting accident on Tuesday.

    Sansford Ray Semones was mistaken for a deer and shot by accident at 375 Willis Gap Road on private property, according to a report by Conservation Police Officer George Shupe. He was not wearing blaze orange.

  • Armed robbery suspect arrested — twice

    Police arrested an armed robbery suspect twice for the same crime this week, after the sheriff’s department was unable to get felony warrants placed against him the first time.
    Hunter Wayne Dixon, 18, of Grammar Lane in Galax, is now in custody again, and charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony, for allegedly pulling a gun on a teenager in a Dec. 31 incident.

  • Tractor trailer causes multiple wrecks on I-77

    Local rescue squads, fire departments and police aided Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad after a series of accidents on Interstate 77 last Saturday.
    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, a total of 15 vehicles, two of them tractor trailers, were involved in seven separate accidents, said a representative of Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad.
    "From what we could determine, the cause was a tractor trailer that lost control, ran off the roadway and overturned," said First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police.

  • Electric bill scam targets Hispanic community

    The Galax Police Department has received reports of a scam targeting the Hispanic community.
    According to a police report, several Spanish-speaking citizens have reported receiving phone calls from subjects stating that their AEP electricity bill is overdue.
    “They are asking citizens to go to Walmart and purchase a prepaid card and call them back with the information to pay their electric bill,” the report said. “This is a scam. Always pay utility bills as you would any other time.”

  • Firearms sales spike after school shooting

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Virginia has seen a significant increase in gun sales following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut on Dec. 14.
    In fact, the Virginia State Police received 4,166 criminal background check requests for gun sales a day after the shooting, which is said to be the highest volume that the agency has received since background checks were implemented in 1989.

  • Schools see heightened police presence Monday

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and CHRISTOPHER BROOKE

     Staff 

     

  • Police warn of Medicare scam

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County investigators have issued a warning about a phone scam involving Social Security information.
    Five citizens have been called by individuals identifying themselves as being with the Social Security Administration, said Kevin Kemp of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. “They are asking these [potential victims] to verify their name, phone number and checking account number.”