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Public Safety

  • Police warn of fake $100 bills

    Marion police are investigating a series of counterfeit $100 bills that were passed at businesses there on Aug. 5.
    The fake bills pass traditional “pen marker” tests, but are counterfeit, according to a news release from the town.
    A suspect car being sought by police is red or maroon with no front tag. It has chrome door handles, sunroof and is possibly missing paint on top.

  • Cops seize meth, pot, gun and moonshine

     

  • Drug task force busts Cana meth lab

    CANA — The Twin County Drug Task Force issued a search warrant at 53 Amazing Grace Lane in Cana last Thursday morning, as part of an investigation of methamphetamine manufacturing.
    Authorities in clinical-looking white coveralls and breathing masks spread out meth-making items and ingredients on a tarp in front of the home, under the shade of a tree on the warm and sunny summer day.
    Charged as a part of the investigation were father and son Roger Jessup Hiatt, 46, and Roger Ernest Hiatt, 25, who lived at the address.

  • 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