Public Safety

  • BBB warns of credit card scam

    The Better Business Bureau alerts the public to a debit card phone scam that has been making its way across the country.
    Residents in four states have reported being contacted via phone calls and text messages from someone claiming to represent their bank asking for personal information.
    The phone call features an automated voice claiming that the consumer’s debit card has been deactivated and to press 1 to reactivate. Then the voice asks for the debit card number.

  • Smith sought for assault, escape


  • Two charged with Galax burglary


    Two men are being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail on burglary and larceny charges from a May 3 incident, according to a Galax Police Department report.
    Police responded to a residence in Galax and took a report of a burglary and larceny from a home.
    Donald Gray Fulton, 18, of Mount Airy, N.C.,  and Shawnterian Travon Sales, 19, of Galax were arrested May 11 after an investigation by officers Drew Burnett and Drew Bobbitt.

  • Police charge 4 with drug violations

    Four people were arrested and charged with methamphetamine-related drug violations on May 7, according to a Galax Police Department report.

  • Suspect escapes custody in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities apprehended a Galax man after he allegedly fled from state police custody on Wednesday afternoon.
    According to reports from Virginia State Police, Trooper D.B. Suthers had Daniel Lee Lineberry, 35, of 268 Crackers Neck Road in Galax, at the Carroll County Magistrate’s office for processing on May 7.
    “I had picked him up for a probation violation, state and federal, and he was wanted on direct indictment on drug charges involving Schedule III narcotics in Grayson County,” Suthers told The Gazette.

  • Stoneman found in residence near Joy Ranch Rd.

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities have apprehended 32-year-old Cheston Stoneman, who had been sought in connection with the malicious wounding of a Wythe County deputy last month.

  • Suspect leads deputy on chase in Whitetop

    WHITETOP – A Whitetop man was arrested April 17, but not before a lengthy foot chase that ended with him being apprehended in a creek.

  • Stoneman sought after Wythe deputy's injury

    WYTHEVILLE — Authorities are searching for a 32-year-old Hillsville man accused of cutting a Wythe County deputy on Sunday while fleeing on foot, according to Wythe Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan.
    Authorities identified the suspect as Cheston Stoneman.

  • Driver dozes off, clips pole on Edmonds Road


  • U.S. Cellular break-in suspects sought

    The Galax Police Department is on the lookout for two men in connection with a recent break-in at U.S. Cellular.
    On April 3 at 8 a.m., police responded to a report of a broken door glass at U.S. Cellular store at 1136 E. Stuart Drive.
    According to a police report shared with The Gazette by Capt. James Cox, two men broke in to the store at 7 a.m. by breaking through the front door glass, and removed an undisclosed amount of merchandise from the building.