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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Two killed in massive I-77 crash

    FANCY GAP  — Photos taken by the Virginia State Police, of vehicles crumpled and wedged together on fog-bound Interstate 77, told the story of Tuesday's massive pileup in Carroll County near the North Carolina border.

    One hazy picture of the scene shows what looks like a GMC Suburban with West Virginia plates on top of a silver car and a white SUV next to a tractor-trailer. A door, possibly of the white SUV with a gaping hole in the side, lays on the ground next to highway markings.

  • Fugitive sought after escaping police

     A Galax man escaped a foot chase Nov. 4 on Glendale Road in Galax.

    According to officers from the Galax Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff's Department and the Virginia State Police, Mark Houston Newman, 43, had been banned from Harmony Village Apartments on Glendale Road.

    Newman was spotted on Harmony Village property about 2:30 p.m. by a Galax police officer and Newman took off running. Officers gave chase, but he got away from them. 

  • Suspect to be charged in robbery

      HILLSVILLE — Authorities believe they have found the armed subject that jumped the pharmacy counter and demanded drugs from the CVS Pharmacy in Hillsville in January.

    After months of investigation, the Hillsville Police Department announced Monday that there is a suspect in the Jan. 2 armed robbery of an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs.

  • Missing man turns up safe

     HILLSVILLE — Plans to search for a missing man by air were grounded when the subject turned up at a residence in Laurel Fork on Wednesday.

    After about two days since Tom Funderburke of Misty Pine Lane went missing, Carroll officials had planned to use a helicopter to recheck part of the county for the 82-year-old Laurel Fork resident, Sheriff Warren Manning said.

    The flyover was delayed by poor visibility and, in the meantime, Funderburke showed up at a home on Little Valley Road just before noon.

  • Deer blamed for fatal crash

     HILLSVILLE — A motorcyclist who encountered deer on U.S. 52 in Hillsville crashed Saturday while trying to avoid them.

    Injuries that resulted led to the death of the passenger on the motorcycle, identified as Kimberly Wang, 47, of Virginia Beach, according to information from the Hillsville Police Department.

    The wreck occurred at around 6 p.m. when a 2005 Harley Davidson, operated by Howard Rolzmacher, 57, also of Virginia Beach, headed northbound on 52, came across the deer near the town limits.

  • W.Va. men charged with break-ins

     HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies have sought warrants charging three Gallagher, W.Va., men with breaking and entering at Crowders quarry in Laurel, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Deputies have charged Luke Harley McBrayer, 30, with breaking and entering from an incident in January, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Shannon Goad followed up on leads gathered since then.

    These leads took the investigation to Bland County and to West Virginia.

  • Australian driver confused by road rules

    HILLSVILLE — A tourist from Australia caused a Sunday accident on U.S. 221 that injured four when he drove on the wrong side of the road, according to a Virginia State Police report.

    Lewis Clarkson Puls from Queensland, Australia, had been driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway and then wanted to get to Pulaski by Virginia 100, according to investigating Trooper J.D. Delp. He missed the turn from U.S. 221.

  • Two injured, one killed, in motorcycle wrecks

     After three motorcycle crashes — one resulting in death — at a paving site on Interstate 77 in Carroll County, Virginia State Police are warning motorists to use caution at near the 9 and 10 mile markers in the northbound lanes.

    Three serious accidents have occurred in the construction zone since Oct. 15, within a mile of each other, noted Sgt. S.E. Lowe, state police spokesman. 

    "We had three crashes in three days, almost in the same vicinity, where this paving operation is going on," he said.