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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • 'Click It or Ticket' begins May 21

    The 2012 national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off Monday to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.
    The Galax Police Department is joining with other state and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country to strongly enforce all traffic laws, especially seat belt laws, around the clock.
    While Virginia’s seat belt use rate increased slightly to 81.8 percent — up from 80.5 percent in 2010 — there is still much work to be done.  

  • Twin Counties targeted by phone scammers

    HILLSVILLE — Caller ID can come in handy when trying to protect yourself from the latest phone scam.
    Carroll Sheriff’s Investigator Kevin Kemp recently used a number collected by a citizen targeted by a scammer to check up on the latest attempt to defraud people of their money.
    The investigator received five reports in 24 hours of a man with a Jamaican accent who is calling Carroll County residents and saying they have won $950,000 and a new Mercedes-Benz from the Publisher’s Sweepstakes.

  • Survey work on I-77 to impact Carroll traffic

    Lane closures will be in effect on Interstate 77 in Carroll County during May 16-30 due to daytime survey work on northbound and southbound lanes.

    Lane closures may be in place at various locations on weekdays between mile markers 0 and 8.

  • Two arrested for break-ins

    Two people have been arrested and charged with a series of offenses that occurred on May 8 in Galax.
    Shortly before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Officer Chris Hines of the Galax Police Department was dispatched to Poplar Street to investigate the suspicious conduct of two individuals.
    According to a police report, Hines observed a male and female acting unusual. During a field interview, Hines' observations led to the discovery of suspected narcotics and what he believed to be stolen property.