Public Safety

  • Taskforce makes drug-related arrest


  • Traffic stop leads to drug charges

    A Galax man was arrested on drug charges on March 6, according to a police department report.
    Garnett Alan Price, 60, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett after a traffic stop. Price was charged with reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I/II narcotic, possession of a Schedule III narcotic and possession of a Schedule IV narcotic.
    Price was released on bond pending his appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Hillsville police chase down suspect to serve warrant


  • N.C. driver killed in Carroll crash

    HILLSVILLE — A single-vehicle crash Sunday on Greenberry Road led to the death of a 37-year-old Winston-Salem, N.C., man, according to the Virginia State Police.
    Trooper J.R. Alderman responded to Greenberry Road, a little more than a half-mile north of Horton Road in Carroll County, after a 6:45 p.m. report of a crash involving a 2001 Cadillac, according to the report.
    The incident occurred when the vehicle was traveling north on Greenberry when it ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and a tree and overturned.

  • Drivers injured in Danville Pike wreck

    LAUREL FORK — Volunteers from both Laurel Fork and Hillsville fire departments responded to free those hurt in a two-vehicle crash at 11327 Danville Pike that occurred at 7:15 a.m. Monday.

  • Officer warns of dangerous dogs in city

    Animal Control officer Veronica Bryant is warning the Galax community about a recent problem of dogs running loose in the city.
    Opening the door to let the dog outside, even if it’s just for a few minutes to use the bathroom, could result in more than an owner’s typical fears of the dog getting lost or killed in a car accident.

  • Fire department thanks citizen for help in snowstorm

    HILLSVILLE — When emergency responders fought knee-deep snow to reach a cardiac patient in Hillsville during last month’s winter storm, a citizen not only saved the day for paramedics and firefighters, but also might have saved the patient’s life.
    Mike Musser, assistant chief of the Hillsville Fire Department, wrote to The Gazette last week to recognize Orba Semones for his assistance on the call.
    He said firefighters “had an occasion to witness something quite extraordinary” in Semones’ kindness.

  • Two arrested on drug, weapon charges

    Galax Police have arrested two men on drug and weapon charges this week.

  • I-77 safety upgrades approved

    RICHMOND — Virginia officials hope to save lives on fog-prone Interstate 77 in Carroll through the Active Traffic and Safety Management System project, now fully-funded and scheduled to begin in spring, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday.

  • Jail guard charged with selling drugs

    ROANOKE — Virginia State Police have charged a 38-year-old Hillsville man with distribution of a controlled substance from his home, according to federal records from U.S. District Court in Roanoke.
    Documents allege that the state police used a confidential informant to make a controlled buy of “T-Cyp” from Victor Lee Billings at the suspect’s residence at 3350 Little Vine Road on two occasions last October.