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Public Safety

  • Storm has at least one Carroll victim already

    HILLSVILLE — Even in the quiet before the storm Hurricane Sandy struck, the winds blew over a tractor-trailer on Interstate 77 Monday morning, according to local authorities.

    Not a lot of information was immediately available, but Virginia State Police First. Sgt. Mike Musser described it as being like a usual wind-related accident at the 3 mile marker in the Lambsburg area.

    The place has a history of empty tractor-trailers falling victim to the wind in that spot.

  • Road deaths and injuries down over past five years

    In 2007, the number of people who died on Virginia roads surpassed 1,000 for the first time in nearly two decades.
    That grim toll marked a turning point. Traffic fatalities statewide have exceeded 800 only one year since.
    Safety advocates point to a multitude of changes and trends in explaining the drop. Among them: stricter licensing for young drivers, anti-DUI laws, educational and law enforcement campaigns, increased seat belt use, safer roads and better vehicles.

  • Public hearing set on volunteer force idea

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials will seek public comment on the idea of setting up a volunteer force to work with the sheriff’s office.
    The hearing will be at the board of supervisors’ November meeting.
    The supervisors initially approval the concept at their September meeting.
    Sheriff J.B. Gardner explained that the force would consist of veteran officers who have retired or those who have graduated from the police academy but haven’t found a job.

  • Police, family organizing search for missing man

    FRIES — Family members of Samuel Joseph Sheehi are asking for community assistance in finding the missing Fries man.
    The family is working with Twin County law enforcement to find Sheehi, who has been missing for two weeks.
    Family members say 32-year-old Sheehi was last seen Oct. 10.
    He is about six feet tall and weighs 180 pounds, with a medium build, blue eyes, and buzz cut blond hair. He wears oversized clothing and has several tattoos.

  • Scam involves sweepstakes, debit cards

    INDEPENDENCE — A legitimate contest or sweepstakes will never ask a winner to pay money in advance to get their prize, cautions Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
    A local woman almost fell for such a scam, but a family member and the sheriff intervened before any money was lost.
    The Grayson Sheriff’s Office is warning of a scam involving a sweepstakes award and pre-paid debit cards from Walmart.

  • Meth lab clean-up ordinance approved

    HILLSVILLE — At least one person in Carroll County feels good about a new ordinance that calls for methamphetamine makers to clean up their drug labs after conviction.
    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors held a required public hearing on the idea, already approved by places like Galax, at the Oct. 9 meeting.
    When Supervisors’ Chairman Sam Dickson saw that no citizens signed up to speak, he asked Sheriff J.B. Gardner if he wanted to say anything.

  • Traffic stop turns up drugs

    Kevin H. Frazier, 28, of Galax was arrested and charged with drug possession on Oct. 18, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    Frazier was charged after a routine traffic stop, according to the report. Police Officer Chris Hines suspected that Frazier’s vehicle was improperly registered.

  • Sizemore charged with break-ins

    Police recovered guns and jewelry allegedly stolen by the suspect.

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies have charged a 24-year-old Woodlawn man with multiple counts of breaking and entering and grand larceny.
    Cody Lee Sizemore is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail after an investigation by Donnie Spangler of the Carroll Sheriff’s Office.
    The larcenies of jewelry and firearms occurred from June to September. Spangler said that the sheriff’s office received a tip that Sizemore was involved.

  • 25 animals seized from Galax home

    Galax woman faces 25 counts of animal cruelty after cats, chickens and rabbits seized.

  • Drug bust a $10,000 boost for ag classes

    An illegal Grayson County marijuana operation has forfeited around $10,000 of its equipment to local agriculture classes.
    Authorities zeroed in an on what they called the “largest indoor marijuana operation in Grayson history” last year after the suspects stole electricity to grow their crops.
    The complaint filed by Appalachian Power Co. led to law enforcement going to the address and discovering that the stolen power was being used to run the operation.