Public Safety

  • Driver charged in fatal motorcycle wreck

    HILLSVILLE — Investigators have found that an Aug. 17 Interstate 77 accident, which resulted in the death of a 53-year-old Portsmouth motorcyclist, arose from his 2009 Yamaha being in a blind spot.
    Robert Terrell Hensley had been traveling north near the 2 mile marker in the center lane when a white van driven by Joe Cook moved to the right due to mechanical problems, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    That caused the motorcycle to strike an International tractor-trailer being operated by a Mario Garcia.

  • Charges pending in I-77 motorcycle fatality

    LAMBSBURG — Charges are pending in the Aug. 17 van-vs.-motorcycle crash on Interstate 77 that left a 53-year-old Portsmouth man dead.
    Virginia State Police Trooper John Delp reported that victim Robert Terrell Hensely was northbound near I-77’s 1.8 mile marker in the center lane when the incident occurred. That’s when a 1998 Chrysler van, operated by Joe Cook of Woodlawn, changed lanes from the left to the center, the report said. That caused the motorcycle to strike an International tractor-trailer being operated by a Mario Garcia.

  • Fire claims life of Carroll educator


    UPDATED 8/23/11:

  • Fries man injured, another killed in crash

    WYTHEVILLE — A 58-year-old Ivanhoe man was killed and a 64-year-old Fries man was injured in a head-on collision on Ivanhoe Road Friday at 11:17 a.m.

    Virginia State Police Trooper C.O. Brown identified the driver who was killed as Richard Jefferson Jr., who was driving a Suzuki SX4 hatchback at the time.

    That vehicle was struck by a 2000 Ford Excursion, driven by James Douglas Underwood. The trooper reported that the Ford went across the line and into oncoming traffic.

  • Hillsville, Galax respond to Airport Road fire

     UPDATE — Verlin Dean Hall of Woodlawn was charged Thursday with arson of a residence, 

  • UPDATED — Motorcyclist dies in Interstate 77 accident

    UPDATED 8/21/11:

  • Man charged in bus wreck

    INDEPENDENCE — No injuries were reported Aug. 11 after a pickup truck rear-ended a stopped Grayson County school bus.
    Cpl. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department said the bus was stopped in traffic in front of the school board office on Main Street at 7:58 a.m. when the accident happened.

  • UPDATED: Rabies confirmed in raccoon attack

    A raccoon that attacked a 17-month-old boy and his father in the Country Club Lane area on Aug. 11 tested positive for rabies over the weekend, the first case this year for Galax, said Kristina Webb, an environmental health specialist at the city’s health department.
    The child and his father have received their second of six sets of treatments. Both were treated for rabies the day of the attack at the emergency room at Twin County Regional Hospital, while they awaited lab results.

  • Police warn of rabid animals

  • Expect traffic changes on 58 bypass in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Two traffic changes are in the works for the US. 58 Hillsville bypass project.

    Drivers are reminded to pay particular attention to signs and be alert to changing traffic patterns when travelling on U.S. 58 around Hillsville.