Public Safety

  • Grayson County garbage truck burns

    HILLSVILLE — Emergency responders quickly extinguished a vehicle fire in a Grayson County garbage truck just before 11 a.m. Thursday.

    The Grayson employees pulled over the truck on east bound U.S. 58 after other vehicles on the road started honking at them after the fire started showing in the compactor area in back.

    Hillsville Fire Department and Carroll Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene to put out the flames.

    The employees made it out of the vehicle and said they were fine afterwards. They weren't sure what caused the fire.

  • Passenger dies after motorcycle hits deer

    UPDATED 9/26/11:

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officials are reporting a 49-year-old Southwest Virginia man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Hillsville on Sept. 22.

  • New scam targets credit card users

    Those in the financial community are warning customers of a new credit card scam.
    Lynn Funk, a registered advisor with Lincoln Financial Securities Corp. in Galax, said she’s heard reports of this scam in the Midwest and it is quickly spreading.
    “This one is pretty slick since they provide you with all the information, except the one piece they want,” she said. “Note that the callers do not ask for your card number — they already have it.”

  • Shipwrecked on interstate


  • Suspect in pot-growing operation turns himself in

    An Asheville, N.C., man has been arrested in connection with an indoor marijuana operation found last month on Pine Branch Road in the Flat Ridge community of Grayson County.
    Richard Welsh recently turned himself in at the Grayson Sheriff’s Department.
    Arrangements were made for Welsh to surrender. He later was freed on a $100,000 secured bond with a trial date set for Dec. 19 in Grayson General District Court.

  • Ohio couple charged with pawn shop break in

    HILLSVILLE — Town police say an Ohio couple was caught in the act of breaking into Gardner's Pawn Shop early Saturday morning, leading to multiple charges against the husband.

    Town officers responded to Gardner's Pawn at about 1:07 a.m., according to a news release from the Hillsville Police Department. Officer Brandon Quesenberry along with Carroll Deputy David Walls took up positions at the rear of the building.

  • Trail assault investigation continues


  • Driver leads police on chase


  • Hillsville battles trailer fire

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville firefighters responded to a trailer fire at 8177 Coulson Church Road, near Pine Grove Road, at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

    A neighbor saw a problem and called E911. No one was at the home in the trailer with a built-on extension when the fire broke out, emergency officials say.

    When they arrived on scene they found flames coming out of the broken out bedroom windows of the home, said Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler.

  • Suspect briefly slips out of police custody


    INDEPENDENCE — A Fredericksburg man faces several charges, including felony escape, following an incident in Independence on Sunday.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash said the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a suspicious person sitting in a car on the parking lot of Grayson Inn and Suites.
    Deputy Alan Graham and Sgt. Arnold Peters were dispatched to the scene, where they found the man in a 2010 Hyundai reported stolen in Spotsylvania County.