Public Safety

  • Galax woman killed in I-77 crash

    A 59-year-old Galax woman died Wednesday in a traffic accident on Interstate 77 in Bland County.

    According to Virginia State Police, Patricia Ann Austin (who also went by the last name Blankenship) of Tower Road in the city was killed when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer.

  • Suspect shoots self when stopped by police

    DOBSON, N.C. — A North Carolina man suspected of stealing a firearm in Carroll County fatally shot himself on Dec. 16 after he was approached by officers.
    According to information from the Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Department, Anthony Lee Watson, 27, of Dobson, N.C., shot himself in the head with a handgun after officers followed a car he was riding in. The officers were attempting to arrest him on the Carroll County gun larceny warrant and charges in Surry County and Mount Airy, N.C., that included possession of stolen property.

  • Jewelry stolen from Fancy Gap home

    Police in Carroll County are searching for a suspect after someone broke in to a Cana home on Friday morning and took several jewelry pieces.
    This happened at the home of Ollie McCreary, located at 1281 Fancy Gap Highway.
    According to police, when McCreary returned home from breakfast, she saw someone inside of her home. The suspect fled when she entered the house.
    Donnie Spangler of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said the breaking and entering case is still under investigation.

  • Gun used in Crouse shooting obtained legally


  • Three hunters charged

    Three hunters have been charged in connection with an alleged deer spotlighting incident that occurred in the Flat Ridge community of Grayson County on Nov. 25.
    Spotlighting — using lights to hunt deer at night — is illegal in Virginia.
    Virginia Conservation Police Officer Jason Harris charged the following:
    • Roy McKinley Payne of Galax, charged with spotlighting deer, no hunting license, no big game stamp

  • Man charged with burglaries


  • Laurel Fork battles fire


    LAUREL FORK — Members of the Laurel Fork, Hillsville and Meadows of Dan fire departments responded to reports of heavy smoke and fire coming from a residence on U.S. 58, west of Dugspur Road, at about 7:18 Friday morning.

    Calls about the heavy smoke came into Twin County E-911 from the rental home at 13889 Danville Pike and from a neighbor, said emergency officials. While there were people in the house at the time, they got out safely.

  • Man charged with taking Carroll teen to Illinois

    HILLSVILLE — A 15-year-old Carroll County youth reported missing Nov. 19 was found safe in Illinois.
    Family members reported that Courtney West was last seen at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 19 behind Woodlawn School.
    Carroll County Sheriff’s Office personnel entered her missing persons information for distribution to police departments across the country, according to Investigator Shannon Goad.

  • Opticom system gets green light in Galax

    The Opticom system — devices on traffic signals that change lights to clear the way and make intersections safer for emergency traffic — have been installed at all intersections along East Stuart Drive in Galax, from the Main Street to Walmart.
    Two preempting devices have also been installed at the Webster and Washington intersections on Main Street. Three more will be installed at Center, Grayson and Oldtown streets in January.

  • Secret Service honors local officer