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Public Safety

  • Police say suspect was caught in the act

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man has been charged with breaking and entering following an incident that occurred Oct. 21.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said deputies responded to an alleged residential burglary in progress at 269 Beaver Dam Road in Independence about 5:30 p.m. that evening.
    Upon arrival, Deputy Eric Testerman and Sgt. Arnold Peters found a lock that had been broken off of the garage door.

  • Traffic stop turns up pot worth $24,000

    Suspect held without bond after five pounds of marijuana found hidden inside trunk.

  • Charge filed in I-77 fatality

    Virginia State Police have charged a truck driver with involuntary manslaughter for actions that allegedly lead to the death of a Hillsville man on Oct. 30.
    According to a state police report, Donald Ray Alexander, 44, of Houston, Texas, was driving north on Interstate 77 in Wythe County when he used a crossover that was for authorized vehicles only. He was trying to cross over to the southbound lanes in his flatbed tractor-trailer.

  • Hillsville man killed in Wythe County crash

    WYTHEVILLE — A 56-year-old Hillsville man was pronounced dead at the scene of a Tuesday accident involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 77 in Wythe County.

    A Virginia State Police report identified the victim as John Schrader.

    Schrader, driving a 2012 Chevy Sonic, had been driving south on I-77 at the 44 mile marker at about 6:49 p.m.

  • Parkway issues travel advisory

    Blue Ridge Parkway officials are asking motorists to avoid traveling the parkway at least through Wednesday, especially on sections in Virginia affected by Hurricane Sandy.

    Parkway officials are concerned that a large number of trees may come down as a result of further winds.

  • Suspicious fire destroys business

    The old Stevens Creek school building was destroyed by a fire that was reported shortly before midnight on Oct. 28.

    The Fries and Galax volunteer fire departments battled the blaze, located on Pine Ridge Lane off Stevens Creek Road, for several hours before it was brought under control.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said arson investigators with the Virginia State Police were due on the scene Monday to begin their investigation. He termed the fire “suspicious.”

  • Ice cream recalled due to allergen

    A recall has been issued for Kay’s Classic vanilla bean ice cream sold by Food City and Super Dollar stores in Virginia.
    Manufacturer Schoep’s Ice Cream Company of Madison, Wis., alerted customers that because of a packaging error, the ice cream contains an undeclared allergen.
    The recall was initiated upon discovery that certain containers of Kay’s vanilla bean ice cream contained Kay’s Butter Pecan Ice Cream.

  • Woodlawn woman passes away after early Oct. wreck

    UPDATE — An 80-year-old Woodlawn woman involved in a two-vehicle collision Oct. 3 has died.

    Ila Faye Payne passed away Oct. 27 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to an obituary from Vaughan Guynn Funeral Home.

  • 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.