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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Six injured in ambulance crash

    Police say that a Laurel Rescue Squad ambulance struck another vehicle at the Cranberry Road stoplight in Galax last Friday night, injuring six and heavily damaging the rescue squad vehicle.

    The Carroll Sheriff's Office received a call at 10:28 p.m. of a gunshot wound on Knob Hill Lane in the Laurel section, according to Chief Deputy Glenn Nester. Deputies responded and believe the gunshot was self-inflicted.

  • Citizens say sewer solution still stinks

     HILLSVILLE — A chemical agent introduced into the Woodlawn sewer system may have increased the smells blanketing the neighborhood, one resident told the Carroll Public Service Authority on Oct. 12.

    Aquit has been added to the brand-new system at pump stations in an attempt to lessen a rotten egg odor coming out, PSA officials have reported, and Robin Whittington said at the regular October meeting that he can tell a difference.

    "What you put in there... I can smell it, so that's getting out of the system, too," he said.

  • ALERT: Expect traffic delays during 5K run

    FROM THE GALAX POLICE DEPARTMENT:

    The Galax Autumn Days 5K run will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m.

    Traffic will be blocked at U.S. 58 and the New River Trail intersection, as well as Grayson Street and the Meadow Street (Truck Route) intersection. 

    Eastbound traffic may detour by traveling Main Street to Meadow Street (Truck Route) and turning back north on Meadow.

    Westbound traffic may detour by traveling Meadow Street to Main Street and turning north on Main.

  • Second suspect charged in shooting

    INDEPENDENCE — A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred in Independence on Sept. 27.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner said Robert Vernon Molesworth III, 30, of Hilltop Drive, is charged with possession of marijuana and malicious wounding accessory before the fact.

    Warren Scott Robbins, 36, of 236 Nichols Drive, Independence, was charged with malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the case. Molesworth's gun was allegedly used in the shooting. 

  • Suspect arrested in firearms theft

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man in connection with a break-in and theft at a vacation home.