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Public Safety

  • 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

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  • 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.”

  • TCRH alters visitation policy due to flu risk

    Twin County Regional Hospital is taking precautions through its visitation policy to minimize the spread of flu-like illnesses.
    Temporary visitation guidelines are effective immediately and will remain in effect until the peak flu season passes.
    Visitors younger than age 18 are restricted from visiting the hospital, including the intensive care unit and mother-baby unit, because those patients and infants, as well as visitors who are minors, are more vulnerable to illnesses.

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  • Couple's death investigated

    HILLSVILLE ― The Carroll County Sheriff's Office began an investigation after finding an elderly couple dead in their apartment on Dec. 12, but autopsies attributed the deaths to natural causes.

    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said finding two people deceased at the same time was unusual, but the state medical examiner found no signs of trauma or any other evidence of foul play.

    When Carroll County deputies responded to a home at Quail Ridge Court last Wednesday to check on the welfare of an individual there, they found both residents of the home deceased.

  • Two charged in tire theft

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of four tires from Independence Tire on Dec. 3.
    Cpl. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department said the department received a call reporting the theft about 3 p.m.
    Adams said employees reportedly saw a man and woman remove four tires from a storage trailer.

  • Walmart larceny suspect arrested

    Galax police say they have charged one half of a duo that allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart stores in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
    On Sept. 29, two people left the Galax Walmart with $4,000 in stolen merchandise, according to a police report. A security camera photo shows the two subjects leaving through the garden center with a cart overflowing with stolen electronics.
    The Galax Police Department sent the photo to law enforcement agencies around the region seeking information, and discovered the pair was wanted for similar crimes in three states.

  • Galax police warn of check scam

    If you've won a real prize, you will never have to pay a fee to claim it, police say.