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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Severe weather headed for Twin Counties

    2:05 p.m. — Galax and Grayson County are under a severe thunderstorm watch. A large storm cell is heading into the Twin Counties from the northwest.

    See the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE site for maps and information.

  • Grayson deputy recovering after shooting

     

  • No, there isn't a serial killer in your house

    HILLSVILLE — Calls about a serial killer on the loose, supposedly coming from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, are hoaxes, says Investigator Kevin Kemp.
    The investigator notes that the sheriff’s department has received two reports of residents getting such phone calls.
    The caller claims that they are from the sheriff’s department and says that there’s a serial killer in the house and the resident needs to hide immediately, Kemp said.

  • Suspects sought in assault case

    Galax police are asking for help locating two suspects in an assault case.
    According to a police report, on June 3 around 10 p.m., a Galax man was walking south on Main Street close to NAPA Auto Parts.
    A white male — described as 6 feet tall and slender, with a mustache and a lip ring — walked up to him and asked if the victim had a lighter. He then pushed the victim.
    When the victim started to fight back, a second person hit him from behind. There is no description for the second suspect.

  • Third burglary suspect arrested

    HILLSVILLE — Police say they’ve arrested a third person in connection with a string of burglaries at businesses and residences in Hillsville, according to Chief Steve Williams.
    On June 2, police charged Ashley Nicole Threatt, 19, of Hillsville with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a news release from the Hillsville Police Department.

  • Carroll deputies investigate Woodlawn death

    UPDATE - Police now characterize the death of a 54-year-old Woodlawn man as stemming from a farm accident, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner Thursday.

    A search began for Claude Gardner after family members reported him missing Tuesday. The search was called off after midnight due to bad weather to resume Wednesday.

    But family members found Gardner's body in a creek on his farm on Woodlawn Road at about 7 a.m. before the searchers returned.

  • VDOT begins interstate safety patrols

    Safety service patrols have returned to Interstate 77 in Carroll County, freeing up Virginia State Police to focus on enforcement matters.
    A truck monitors traffic on Interstate 77 from the North Carolina state line to Exit 14 at Hillsville seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in order to “reduce roadside surprises and delays for motorists,” according to the Virginia Department of Transportation news release.

  • Police solve drug and burglary cases all at once

     HILLSVILLE — Police solved two different cases at once Friday when they served warrants at Westview Terrace Apartments, according to a Tuesday news release from the Hillsville Police Department. 

    Officers went to the apartment seeking three individuals for distribution of marijuana and spotted "a large amount of stolen property" while looking around there, police Chief Steve Williams said.