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Public Safety

  • DNA helps solve 2-year-old larceny case

    INDEPENDENCE — It took more than two years and a lot of investigative work, but the Independence Police Department finally made an arrest in a larceny case that occurred June 24, 2008.
    Cpl. Matthew Adams said DNA evidence led to the arrest of Harold Dean Payne, 54, of Denver, N.C.
    Payne is charged with two counts of damaging private property and two counts of grand larceny.

  • Dog rescued from rock ledge

    The Carroll County Sheriffs Department received a call from a man who had been raccoon hunting with his dogs the night of Jan. 28, and one of them had gotten stuck on a rock ledge near Byllesby Dam.

    Contact was made with the Virginia Park Service, but the agency did not have the resources due to the distance and height of the dog’s location.  

  • 'Herbal incense' ban makes headway

    RICHMOND — Legislation is advancing in the General Assembly to outlaw a type of synthetic marijuana that resulted in an overdose in Grayson County last year.

    A bill on the issue sailed through a Virginia Senate committee last week without a dissenting vote.
    Also known as herbal incense, “spice” or K2, the synthetic marijuana consists of chemically treated plants that produce a high when smoked.

  • Hillsville town hall vandalized

    HILLSVILLE — Officials have consulted their videotape to see if anybody recognizes the individual who vandalized Hillsville Town Hall early Saturday morning.
    At about 3;21 a.m. Saturday, a man went into an unlocked door on the north side of town hall, according to Town Manager Larry South. This area is left unlocked because it houses various brochures for visitor information and contains the night deposit box for bill payment.
    The subject threw some of the brochures around and broke some glass on the rack.

  • Man charged with malicious wounding

    CANA — A woman was hospitalized for an eye injury after a report of a domestic dispute at 863 Pauls Creek Road last Thursday.
    Deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office responded at about 2:20 p.m. after the report of a verbal confrontation at that address, according to First Sgt. Pat Harner. The two participants were identified as Patricia Hill and Robert Jones.
    The verbal argument is said to have turned violent when one of them picked up a golf club.
    Deputies charged Jones, 71, with malicious wounding.

  • Eyes on the road

     

  • Deer dropping onto highway

    HILLSVILLE — Deer jumping over the side of the Howlett Street bridge, possibly fleeing from traffic, have been plummeting to their death right onto the U.S. 58 bypass below, according to Hillsville Police Chief Steve Williams.
    The 60-foot fall is fatal to the deer, and Williams also worries what could happen to the people in vehicles that happen to be below Howlett Street.
    "I believe this makes a total of eight deer that have jumped to their death from that bridge," he said in his written report to Hillsville Town Council last Monday.

  • Woman charged with vehicle break-ins

    A Galax woman has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering of several vehicles in the Fairview community.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Samantha Cox, 22, of Wisteria Lane, was arrested Jan. 11 after the sheriff's department received several reports of damaged vehicles after the alleged attempted theft of vehicles in the Fairview area.
    Fairview Baptist Church reported $1,000 damage to two Dodge vans after ignition switches were damaged.

  • Red Cross: blood supply running low

    Three blood collection drives are planned in the Twin Counties during February, as the American Red Cross experiences mounting effects of severe winter weather that caused the lowest January blood supply in a decade.
    Severe weather throughout much of the eastern half of the U.S. has caused cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross, including more than 600 in the Appalachian region.

  • House panel puts brakes on highway safety bills

    RICHMOND — It appears Virginia drivers are unlikely to face new restrictions this year on their behavior behind the wheel.
    A batch of highway safety bills — dealing with seat belts, cell phones, open alcohol containers, texting, and smoking with children present — were rejected Thursday by a House subcommittee, meaning they are unlikely to advance in this year's General Assembly.