Public Safety

  • Fugitive faces 21 local charges

    HILLSVILLE — A 34-year-old Hillsville man faces felony charges as the result of a forgery investigation by the Hillsville and Galax police departments.
    Hillsville Police Department’s Sgt. James Alderman and Sgt. Alan Gravley arrested Scott Eric Jarels on April 19.

  • Galax to take back old prescription drugs

    The Galax Police Department will sponsor Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Galax Police Department.
    The department will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
    The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
    The Galax Police Department is located at 353 North Main Street.

  • Federal fugitive arrested in Galax


  • Tractor-trailer plows through yards after collision

    HILLSVILLE — A 1999 Kenworth tractor-trailer went through several yards and ended up overturned on Beaver Dam Road after another motorist turned in front of the rig at Red Hill General Store on Friday morning.
    The incident happened at about 11:19 a.m. when Stephanie Dalton, 26, of Hillsville, driving a 2002 Chevy Geo Tracker, turned left into the store lot and into the path of the tractor-trailer, driven by Thomas Dull Jr., according to a Virginia State Police report by Trooper Matt Cochran.

  • Sheriffs push for meth ingredient registry

    RICHMOND — In response to the growing methamphetamine problem in Virginia, the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, backed by Virginia’s law enforcement officers, pharmacists and other supporters, called on the General Assembly this year to pass Senate Bill 14.
    This bill was aimed at curbing the production of methamphetamine by electronically monitoring the sales of nonprescription drugs, like pseudoephedrine, used to manufacture the illegal stimulant.

  • Carroll man victim of fatal shooting in N.C.


  • Galax launches text message crime reporting

    Witnessed a crime?
    Noticed something that doesn’t seem right?
    Know something about a crime?
    Now, you can text it right to the police.
    Getting bullied and afraid to say something? Fight back with your fingers by sending a text.
    The Galax Police Department has launched the national tip411 anonymous text program to add more eyes and ears on the street to help create a safer community, according to a press release.

  • Scammers' new tactic: threatening to call police

    HILLSVILLE — Scammers are getting even more aggressive, invoking law enforcement if an intended victim doesn’t pay out money to get a valuable prize, according to Carroll Sheriff’s Investigator Kevin Kemp.
    “The problem is they’re getting more involved with their threats,” the investigator explained. “They’re trying to say that the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will come and arrest you if you don’t pay your bill.”

  • E-911 dispatchers called to serve


  • Fries man killed in moped accident

    A 70-year-old Fries man on a moped, entering Virginia 94 traffic, pulled out in front of another vehicle Monday, causing a fatal accident, according to Virginia State Police.

    The report by Trooper C.W. Keesling identified the man as James Allen Lineberry of 340 Quarry Road.