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Public Safety

  • Troutdale man charged with arson

     

  • E-mails misleading about voter re-registration

    False information is circulating about a supposed requirement for inactive voters to re-register in Virginia.
    The State Board of Elections is aware of incorrect information circulating via mass e-mails, stating that voters who have not voted since the 2008 general election must re-register to vote 25 days prior to election day of Nov. 6 in order to eligible to vote.
    “There is absolutely no requirement to re-register in Virginia,” the board said in a news release.

  • Cana man charged with break-ins

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies and a Virginia State Police canine unit quickly located a suspect in an Orchard Gap breaking and entering Monday, leading to charges against a 37-year-old Cana man, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Deputies received a report at 8:22 a.m. from an unspecified property owner that someone had broken into his home while he was away, according to the deputies.

  • APCo requests workers in preparation for storm
  • AAA warns: hot cars kill

    As oppressive heat continues to envelop Virginia, motorists are reminded of the real dangers of leaving children, the elderly, pets or any living being that cannot help itself unattended in a car for any amount of time.
    “Think of your car just like your kitchen oven, where temperatures rise very quickly,” said Martha Mitchell Meade of the American Automobile Association.

  • Police call for tougher firearms background checks

    The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and other law enforcement organizations are seeking tougher background checks on firearms buyers.
    The association and the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence said they want to ensure that criminals already prohibited by law from possessing guns also are prevented from obtaining them.

  • UPDATED — More blasting planned for I-77 in Carroll

    UPDATED 7/18 WITH REVISED BLAST TIMES

  • Security video captures flower thief

    UPDATED 7/17: HILLSVILLE —The owners of Mountain Top Antique Mall captured security camera footage of a man stealing flower baskets hanging on their porch.
    And on Monday, thanks to the video, a suspect was captured by police.
    Ricky Gene Alexander, 58, of Woodlawn was charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor.

  • Scam alert: President Obama will not pay your bills

    The Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program is warning of a scam involving utility bills and an alleged federal government assistance program.
    There is no such utility payment assistance program.
    This scam has affected older residents in the Eastern Shore region of Virginia, and thousands of complaints are being reported nationally.

  • Trackers train to find the lost

    HILLSVILLE — A trainer with Project Lifesaver came to the Twin Counties to help Carroll and Grayson searchers stay sharp. By the end of the session, he had no concerns on that front.
    The program keeps tabs electronically on those with conditions like Alzheimer’s and autism that make them prone to wandering away from home.
    Paul Ballance, who serves with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, noted that Project Lifesaver has carried out 2,535 searches since its inception in 1999-2000 — every one of those searches with positive results.