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Public Safety

  • Businesses taking chance with law

    While Twin County authorities wait for clearer legislation from the General Assembly on Internet sweepstakes cafes, at least one prosecutor in Tidewater has moved ahead with legal action against business proprietors.
    Vague language from a previous Virginia General Assembly action inadvertently created a loophole for Internet sweepstakes businesses after they fled a crackdown in North Carolina, legislators and local officials agree.

  • Legal Or Not? Gaming machine laws are vague

    As local authorities deal with the sometimes vague laws involving Internet sweepstakes cafes, police in other Virginia localities have taken more definitive action.
    And in North Carolina, authorities are dealing with the often confusing repercussions of a state ban on certain types of gaming machines.
    Earlier this month, a special grand jury in Virginia Beach indicted the owners or operators of 10 Internet sweepstakes cafes on criminal charges of illegal gambling.

  • Couple accused of killing N.C. man

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. — An Alleghany County Sheriff's Office investigation into an Oct. 26 murder in Ennice has led to charges being placed against a Cana, Va., couple and a Surry County man.
    James Bradley Upchurch, 41, and wife Rebecca Jane Wright Upchurch, 39, of Cana and Wayne Thomas Lawson Jr., 39, of Surry County have been charged after the seven-week investigation that involved multiple law enforcement agencies from two states, according to a news release from Alleghany County authorities.

  • Cana couple charged with murder

    SPARTA, N.C. — An Alleghany County Sheriff's Office investigation into an Oct. 26 murder in Ennice has led to charges being placed against a Cana, Va., couple and a Surry County man.

  • Injured driver remains in hospital, charges pending

     

  • Burglar arrested when he tried to reclaim lost phone

    Not only did a burglar leave behind his cell phone when stealing wrapped Christmas presents from a home in Carroll County, he also showed up to reclaim his phone from police.
    Chase Kiran Altice, 34, of Vinton, is being held without bond in connection with the break-in.
    The burglar, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said, dropped his cell phone in a bedroom in the house. Deputies called the Vinton man's family, saying his phone had been found in Carroll. Could he come by and pick it up?

  • Fugitive sought in Carroll

    A 36-year-old Fries man whom U.S. Marshals searched for Friday and Saturday in western Carroll County remained at large on Monday.
    The U.S. District Court in Greensboro issued a warrant for Jonathan Reed Stiltner's arrest Dec. 1 after he failed to appear for sentencing before Judge William Osteen Jr., according to court records.
    Stiltner, described as being 5'9", 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, eluded the marshals Friday and Saturday, said Tommy Slemp, supervisor for the U.S. Marshals Abingdon office.

  • Officers rescue woman from flood waters

    Two Galax police officers helped to rescue a stranded motorist on Tuesday in rising waters on Creekview Drive, during heavy rains that dumped several inches of water on the area.
    Galax Police Department responded to a call of a woman stranded in her automobile on Creekview Drive at 6:26 a.m.
    Upon their arrival, responding officers observed a vehicle trapped by rising water. Officers Chris Hines and Andrew Burnett entered the flood waters up to their waist in 30-degree temperatures and rescued Lisa Frost of Galax from her vehicle.

  • Hunter says shooting was no accident

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The victim of a Thanksgiving Day shooting in Gambetta says a man with a rifle targeted him intentionally.
    Larry Lundy, speaking on the phone while recovering at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, told The Gazette he had set up his blind along the power lines to watch for deer passing through the open right of way on Nov. 25.
    Lundy wore blaze orange and his blind was open at the time.
    He watched a pickup go over a hill in the area and out of sight. Later Lundy saw a man walking over the hill.

  • Robber takes presents, leaves cell phone

    An alleged burglar made a bad call by leaving behind a key piece of evidence, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Department.
    Chase Kiran Altice, 34, of Vinton, has been charged in connection with a daytime break-in at a residence in the Laurel section of the county on Nov. 23.
    Police discovered that a cell phone found inside the home belonged to the accused.
    Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning said Altice's vehicle was spotted in the area at the time of the crime, as well.