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Public Safety

  • Tractor-trailer wreck slows interstate traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Traffic had to slow down on Interstate 77 near the 12 mile marker Wednesday after 4 p.m. after a tractor-trailer overturned on an embankment there.Virginia State Police troopers responded to the scene of the a tractor pulling a double box trailer rig going off the south bound lanes to the right, up an incline and overturned.
    Trooper K.D. Blackburn identified the driver of the 2003 Mack as James Halbert Smith Jr., 53, of Iron Station, N.C.The trooper said that the driver made the statement that he lost control of the tractor-trailer in the rain.

  • Immigration, drugs are top concerns

    Galax community leaders, educators, non-profit and city department representatives rallied together on June 30 to gain insight from U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy, who prosecutes cases in the western district of Virginia for the U.S. District Court.
    Citizens wanted to address some of the area’s leading issues and needs — drugs, immigration concerns, poverty, hunger and abuse.

  • Sheriff presents annual report

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan recently released a summary report for the sheriff’s office for 2010-2011.
    In addition to deputies responding to 3,934 calls for service, the sheriff’s office had a busy year with 6,753 warrants served (1,040 criminal and 5,713 civil).
    The department recorded 160 felony charges in investigations alone.
    Drug arrests remained on the rise with, 161 charges stemming from 71 offenders.  
    Larceny and burglary charges came to a combined total of 113.

  • Truck driver injured in I-77 crash

    HILLSVILLE — A 48-year-old commercial truck driver from Liberty, N.C., was injured in a one-vehicle accident at Interstate 77's mile marker 11 at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

    The report by Virginia State Police Trooper J.R. Alderman said that driver Scott Wayne Stremmel, operating a 2007 Peterbilt for Carolina Tank Lines, ran off the road to the left.

    The rig continued through the median and then through the guardrail and down an embankment before coming to a stop.

  • Hillsville man faces 8 charges

    HILLSVILLE — A Thursday fight at a Main Street apartment led to eight charges against a 20-year-old Hillsville man, according to authorities.
    Authorities say the arrest of Terrence Wheeler Kade came after town officers received a call of a fight in progress.
    Officer Alan Gravley arrived on the scene first and saw a subject coming out of the apartment building where the call for help originated from, according to a news release from Hillsville Police Department.

  • Hillsville man charged in Roanoke bank robbery

     

  • Traffic stop turns up drugs

    HILLSVILLE — A bad motorcycle maneuver led to illegal drug charges against a 38-year-old Galax man last Saturday, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
    A Carroll Deputy Mark Dickerson saw a motorcycle on Glendale Road near Gladeville Elementary School being operated in a reckless manner on June 18 at about 10:30 p.m.
    After stopping the motorcycle, the deputy searched the operator, David Andrew Dalton of 45 Hasson Lane, and discovered drugs, the sheriff said in a news release.

  • Drug charges arise from vehicle stop

     HILLSVILLE — A 47-year-old woman faces illegal drug charges after a Carroll deputy found methamphetamine in a traffic stop June 16, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

  • U.S. 58 — not interstate — is Carroll's most dangerous road

     

  • Galax police arrest man wanted by immigration