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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Shooting victim to undergo facial surgery

    INDEPENDENCE — A man shot in the face remains hospitalized after being critically injured in a Sept. 27 incident in Independence.
    Kenneth Eugene Group II, 47, of Hilltop Drive was shot with a .38 caliber pistol while sitting in a car at his residence. Police said Group was shot through the window glass.
    Group was taken to Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment.

  • Driver leads police on chase

    A man, who was allegedly driving recklessly on South Main Street in Galax, led police on a chase into Alleghany County, N.C., on Monday afternoon.

    After crashing on Glade Valley Road, at the intersection of Barrett Road, in Alleghany County, Jonathan Scott Eggert, 25, of Grandview Drive, Sparta, N.C., was arrested and will be charged in Virginia with DUI, reckless driving, eluding police, leaving the scene of the accident and property damage for striking a stop sign at U.S. 58 and West Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • Public Safety Academy starts Oct. 19

    Have your ever wondered what it takes to become a police officer, a firefighter or an EMT-Paramedic?
    If you've ever wondered why they do the things they do or what’s required to work in the public safety profession, the Galax Police Department is offering an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and find those answers.

  • Worst Case Scenario

    An armed, angry man fires shots at the office workers at the Galax Elementary School and takes a hostage before barricading himself in the library with 20 students.
    The casualties mount as the man drags the hostage, a volunteering parent, looking for his wife throughout Galax Elementary School...