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Public Safety

  • Martin injured in motorcycle crash Friday

    A long-time educator and Republican candidate for Carroll supervisor received several broken bones in a motorcycle crash last Friday.Authorities with the Wythe County Sheriff's Office were first on the scene to the accident on Wysor Highway in Barren Springs that left Ralph J. "Bob" Martin injured.
    Police received a 911 call on the accident at 11:18 p.m.The report says that Martin's 1996 Kawasaki ran off the road to the right, then came back onto the road and flipped.

  • Carroll emergency services 'Olympics' to be held Saturday

     HILLSVILLE — The public has a chance to see the Carroll County Emergency Service agencies at work during the Fire/EMS Olympics on Saturday.

    The first-ever competition among volunteers will take place at the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 in Hillsville, beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Spill pollutes New River

    The Mount Rogers Health District is advising citizens and visitors to avoid areas of New River following an accidental spill of about 40,000 gallons of manure into Eagle Bottom Creek on Monday.
    Eagle Bottom Creek in Grayson County is a tributary of the New River.

  • Carroll plans for the worst

     

  • Rabies alert issued

    Carroll County has had two confirmed cases of rabies during the past week.

    The Carroll County Health Department investigated a May 22 report of a possible rabid fox in the north end of Hillsville.

  • Galax man charged in crowbar assault

     

  • Pets can die in hot cars

    At just 72 degrees, the temperature inside a car can rise to more than 100 degrees in a short amount of time, making it dangerous to leave pets in vehicles, warned Galax Animal Control Officer Veronica Bryant.
    “As warm weather approaches, I want to make people aware of the dangers of leaving pets in cars, because it can get hot very quickly,” she said. “Some aren’t aware that dogs can get heat stroke like we do.”
    Bryant averages about 15 to 25 calls per year on animals that are in danger due to being left in parked cars.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

    Two Henry County residents were arrested in Galax and charged with possession of narcotics.
    Galax Police Sgt. Mark Burnett observed a vehicle occupied by Eric Dwayne Wright, 20, and Tynanhry Tremaine Watkins, 30, both of Axton, parked in suspicious a location, according to a police report. His observations and investigation revealed that the vehicle was improperly registered.

  • Galax seeks bilingual police officer

    The City of Galax is seeking a grant to hire a bilingual police officer to better serve the Hispanic population in Galax.
    The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) awards grants to economically disadvantaged communities.
    If awarded, the COPS grant would fund the position for three years at a total of $135,993 for salary and benefits. This is an entry-level position that would also pay to put a candidate through the police academy.

  • Teens are suspects in Galax burglaries

    A string of burglaries which began last weekend ended May 12 with the arrest of two juveniles, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    Since May 7, the Galax Police Department had investigated six reports of medical offices being forcibly entered and cash taken.
    According to a police report, an officer on patrol discovered an office in Doctor’s Park had been entered shortly after midnight on the morning of May 12. A second office had been tampered with, but entry was not made.