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Public Safety

  • Police say couple used fake money orders to pay for motel stay

    HILLSVILLE —  A Woodlawn couple faces multiple charges after allegedly paying for a motel stay with counterfeit U.S. Postal Service money orders, according to information from the Hillsville Police Department.
    Police charged Heath Harold Spalding, 37, and Sherri Nicole Spalding, 39, with two counts each of felony defrauding motels for more than $200 in September, according to court information.

  • Police seize marijuana, $125,000 in cash

    CHARLOTTESVILLE — An Independence man has been arrested on drug charges and more than $125,000 in cash and other items have been seized by law enforcement officers.
    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, Virginia State Police narcotics agents contacted the sheriff’s office on Oct. 1 in reference to an Independence resident who was arrested by the Charlottesville Police Department for alleged possession of more than three pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

  • Fire drives Cana family out of home

     

    CANA — A family in Cana woke up to a home full of smoke early Tuesday morning and managed to escape the flames, according to emergency officials.

    The Cana Fire Department received a call to a house fire at the family home of Wayne McMillian on Duck Lane near Bear Trail, shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, Chief Richard Sowers reports. 

  • Woman seriously hurt in crash, charges pending

    WOODLAWN — An 80-year-old Woodlawn woman went through several hours of surgery for serious injuries stemming from a two-vehicle wreck that occurred last Wednesday.
    A Virginia State Police report by Trooper C.M. Delp says that Ila Faye Payne, driving a 2000 Chevy Cavalier, attempted to pull out from Breezy Ridge Road and go west on U.S. 58. at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 3.
    The Cavalier was struck by a Buick driven by Patrick Joseph Kelly Sr. of Fancy Gap.

  • Local man lost $11,000 in scam

    Police in Hillsville and Independence report new scams targeting local residents.
    The "American Dreams" contest scam already has cost one man $11,000. Other scams involve phone calls from a fake sweepstakes and a bogus "envelope-stuffing" job.
    The Independence Police Department has issued a warning to area residents to beware of a scam that cost an Independence man $11,000.

  • Siblings charged with Cana jewelry theft

    HILLSVILLE — A Winston-Salem, N.C., man who allegedly broke into a home in Cana on Dec. 16, 2011, and evaded capture for about nine months now faces charges through joint police work by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Winston-Salem, Police Department.
    The Carroll Sheriff’s Office received a report from an Ollie McCreary on U.S. 52 near Flower Gap Road in Cana that she had returned home on that day and discovered an African-American man in her house, according to Investigator Kevin Kemp.

  • Hillsville woman passes away after wreck

     

  • 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.