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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Drug suspects nabbed during seatbelt check

    Two Galax men were arrested on drug charges Friday when stopped during a “Click It or Ticket” selective enforcement in the city.
    According to Police Chief Rick Clark, Officer Drew Burnett stopped a vehicle operated by Lee Michael Brinegar, 59, of Galax for a traffic infraction.
    “Officer Burnett’s observations led to the discovery of methamphetamine packaged for sale and drug paraphernalia,” Clark said.

  • Sex solicitation ad leads to arrest

    An ad posted by a man offering to pay for sex got a Galax man arrested when the person who answered his call turned out to be working undercover.
    Galax police were contacted May 16 by a concerned citizen who saw an ad posted by someone offering to pay for sex.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said a female Galax police employee made contact with the suspect, who agreed to meet her.
    Officers arrested Steven Shane Patrick, 40, of Galax and charged him with soliciting prostitution and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

  • VDOT plans improved safety measures for I-77 in Carroll

     

  • UPDATED: Armed robbery suspects sought

    Galax police continue investigating an armed robbery that occurred May 17 at Tienda Hispana La Estrella on Hanes Road.
    Witnesses said two men entered the store just after 9 p.m. and demanded cash. One displayed a black semi-automatic handgun. The pair fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
    The Galax Police Department have released a possible vehicle description: a black Dodge Charger with nice wheels, black tinted windows and West Virginia license plates.