Public Safety

  • Deported man faces drug, gun charges

    INDEPENDENCE — A drivers’ license check point on March 3 led to the capture of man who had already been deported, Virginia State Police say.
    The man was found with concealed weapons and drugs.
    Police have issued multiple charges against Marco Antonio Lopez-Martinez, 26, who had an Independence address, said Trooper Jessie Tilson. “He’s been deported once and made his way back” into the U.S.

  • Falling tree kills motorist

    HILLSVILLE — A tree fell onto a vehicle Monday near the intersection of Virginia 100 and Beaver Dam Road, killing the driver of the vehicle.
    Hillsville Police Department investigated the incident that resulted in the death of Adam Lee Ashton, 34, of Hillsville.
    At roughly 4 p.m., Ashton was driving a 1999 Ford Escort south bound on Virginia 100, when a large white pine broke off in the wind and fell into the road, according to Police Chief Steve Williams.
    Ashton and another vehicle following his saw the tree falling and tried to stop, but the Escort slid 75 to 100 feet.

  • Juvenile charged with arson

    After further investigation of a fire that damaged a house on Haystack Road in the Baywood community, a 15-year-old juvenile has been charged with arson.
    Police said Jacob Smith, 15, was held as a “person of interest” after the Feb. 16 fire at the home where he lived with his parents, Ben and Marissa Smith.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan did not release the name of the juvenile, or indicate if Smith is the 15-year-old charged.

  • A busy weekend for Hillsville police


  • Man charged with arson in Grayson


  • Meth lab busted in Troutdale


  • Charges filed in missing Carroll child case


  • Marshals catch carjacking suspect

    HILLSVILLE ― U.S. Marshals caught up with a 23-year-old Woodlawn man, who was wounded in an attempt to steal a car in Hillsville Jan. 9, after he was released from the hospital but not turned over to police custody.
    Richard Austin Williams was found at his cousin's house in Smyrna, Dela., last Thursday, according to Hillsville police. Williams was shot when, after taking a test drive of a Chevrolet Impala in Hillsville, he allegedly attempted to steal the car.
    The car owner and his brother struggled with Williams, police said, and the brother shot Williams.

  • Police dog's nose knows difference between coffee and pot

    William E. Flippen, 39, who listed addresses in Galax and Statesville, N.C., was arrested on Feb. 19 after a traffic stop  on a felony drug charge.
    Sgt. Shawny Jones of the Galax Police Department had stopped a vehicle operated by Flippen for exceeding the posted speed limit.
    Observations by Jones during the traffic stop caused him to request the assistance of Officer Jacob Vaughan and his police canine, Dunja.  

  • Man charged with attempted robbery of Shoney's

    HILLSVILLE — A Rochester, Minn., man was arrested Wednesday evening after an attempted robbery at the Shoney's restaurant near Interstate 77's Exit 14 in Hillsville.

    According to a Hillsville Police Department report, a 911 call was received at approximately 5:44 p.m. reporting a robbery in progress at Shoney's. Town police and Carroll County Sheriff's Department officers were dispatched to the scene.