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Public Safety

  • Scammers pose as legitimate businesses

    Thieves continue to use the Internet, mail and phone service to steal millions from unsuspecting victims across the Western Virginia region and the nation.
    The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia urges consumers to recognize the most common tactics used by crooks to scam money.
    Most thieves masquerade as legitimate businesses and ask consumers to send money via such hard-to-trace methods as Western Union, MoneyGram or Green Dot MoneyPaks.

  • Volunteer force could aid police

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner could form a reserve force of volunteer law enforcement officers to help out, pending proper insurance coverage.
    Gardner sought permission from the Carroll Board of Supervisors for a volunteer law enforcement initiative at their Sept. 10 meeting.
    The supervisors gave the effort their go-ahead with no additional comments. The approval is contingent on the availability of insurance.
    This would benefit both Carroll County and certain individuals that have their law enforcement certifications, Gardner said.

  • Missing man found

    UPDATE — Joseph Ray Jones has been found as of Wednesday, and the authorities have called off the alert.

  • Man runs from police, meth found after arrest

    A Galax man ran from Grayson County deputies when they tried to serve a felony warrant, and was charged with drug possession after his arrest.
    On Aug. 25, at 10 p.m., Grayson County Deputy Brad Brown and Reserve Deputy Jim Winterburn were patrolling the Fairview area near the intersection of Edmonds Road and Skyline Highway, according to a press release from Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Bath salts, 'incense' abuse on the rise

    New drugs are harder to test for than marijuana, meth or cocaine.

  • Deadly curve to be straightened

    NCDOT will remove the infamous "Snowbird Curve" on Route 89 south of Galax, the scene of multiple crashes. The work will cause delays for more than a year.

  • Local woman killed in Pulaski crash

    Speed was a factor in a Virginia 100 accident in Pulaski County that left a 26-year-old Hillsville woman dead on Sept. 15, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Man injured after crashing twice Saturday

    HILLSVILLE — A Woodlawn man needed medical care after crashing twice within minutes on Snake Creek Road on Saturday at around 2 p.m., according to a report from the Virginia State Police.
    Trooper R.B. Phipps investigated the incident and found that Ethan Funk was driving a 1989 Chevy Corsica on Snake Creek Road westbound towards Hillsville.
    At about 2:05 p.m., the vehicle ran off the road in the 4000 block of Snake Creek Road and struck a parked vehicle belonging to Daniel Richardson, according to the police report.

  • Paintings stolen from student art show

    HILLSVILLE — Theft of museum pieces worldwide lags only behind the drug trade and gun running in illegal activities, amounting to hundreds of thousands of incidents and a source of funding for major crime syndicates, according to the FBI.
    Local investigators can now add a June art theft from the Carroll County Governmental Center to that total, after two pieces of original artwork made by talented public school students mysteriously disappeared, according to educators.

  • Street to go from signals to stop signs