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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • 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.