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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Two injured in crash on Virginia 89

     

    Two people were injured Wednesday night in a head-on crash on Route 89, about five miles south of Galax.

    A Roberts Evergreens truck and a car were involved in the crash.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene to extricate a woman from her vehicle.

    Two people were flown to Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment of undetermined injuries.

    No other details were available.

  • Authorities investigate hunter's shooting

    A Thanksgiving day hunting mishap left a Carroll County man with an injured hand and leg.
    Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officers on Monday continued investigating the Nov. 25, incident that happened on Gambetta Road, says Lt. Rex Hill.
    Authorities say that Larry Lundy, 59, who lives on Gambetta, was sitting in a camouflaged "chair blind" in a field near Woods Path Road about 8:45 a.m.
    Lundy was wearing blaze orange at the time, but that didn't show up outside of the blind.

  • Head-on collision injures 5

    HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old man who had reportedly taken a large amount of pills Sunday evening allegedly caused a vehicle accident on U.S. 52 that injured five.
    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office received a report from a Hillsville woman who said she had been choked and pushed by Tim Dunford at about 7 p.m., according to information from authorities.
    The caller also reported that Dunford had taken a large amount of Klonopin pills and left the scene in a green truck, according to information from the sheriff's office.

  • Police seize drugs, guns and cash

    FRIES — A Fries couple is being held without bond after a search of their home turned up drugs.
    On Nov. 24, members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Twin County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence of David Andrew Dalton, 37, and Amy Moore Dalton, 36, of Carnation Lane.  Investigators seized $1,013 in cash, two grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a shotgun, a handgun, a Dodge truck and an ATV.  

  • VDOT plowing ahead with changes

    State highway officials plan to improve interstate snow removal in Southwest Virginia this winter by changing contractors and increasing incident supervision, aided by GPS tracking devices that pinpoint the location of plows.

    Earlier this year, the Virginia Department of Transportation fired its previous interstate maintenance contractor, Infrastructure Corporation of America, for what VDOT called snow-related lapses along Interstate 81 and several other major roads.

  • Suspicious fire near Fries under investigation

     FRIES — The Grayson County Sheriff's Department is investigating a suspicious fire that gutted a vacant mobile home near Fries on the evening of Nov. 12.

    Fries Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene at 210 Bainbridge Rd, near Providence School, around 4:20 p.m. after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the home.

    Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Stuart, who was in the vicinity, was first on scene. Upon arrival, Stuart noticed "heavy, black smoke about three feet off the floor," but no visible flames.