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Public Safety

  • Family of five loses home to fire

    HILLSVILLE — A Monday evening fire has driven a family out of their home at 6070 Poplar Camp Road, according to emergency and Red Cross officials.
    Hillsville Fire Department members received a call at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 to the home of the Rotenizer family at U.S. 52 and Beasley Hill with flames showing, and firefighters responded with six trucks and 30 volunteers.

  • Law would raise penalty for roadside officer deaths

    RICHMOND — The family of fallen Trooper Andrew Fox want the General Assembly to strengthen the penalty in cases where emergency, police and other kinds of “Samaritan” workers are injured and killed on Virginia highways.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.

  • More troopers could patrol I-77

    RICHMOND  — The District 40 Senator has made a budget proposal to the General Assembly about a way to prevent more multi-vehicle pileups from happening on a dangerous stretch of Interstate 77 in Carroll County — add more troopers in the area.

  • Woman charged with endangering 4-year-old

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies have charged a 40-year-old Gladesboro woman with felony child endangerment after a Jan. 2 call to a Crooked Oak Road home, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Jan. 10 road conditions deceptively dangerous

    Deputies responded to a slew of wrecks in Grayson County on Friday following a bout of rain that froze into patches of black ice on the roads.
    According to a report from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, troopers were busy all morning responding to wrecks — some involving up to five cars at a time.
    “On Davis Knob Road, we had four vehicles involved in separate accidents. Most of them had slid off of the road, struck embankments and fences,” he said.  Deputies assisted Virginia State Trooper J.N. Sowers.

  • Crash results in injury for driver

    Grayson County troopers and Baywood Rescue responded to the scene of a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 58 on Jan. 9, which resulted in one patient being flown out with serious injuries.
    According to a statement from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, the accident took place at Diamond’s Produce on 58 at 8 a.m. last Thursday. Angela Marie Baldwin, 40, of Independence, was driving a 1991 Buick when she pulled out from a private drive into oncoming traffic.

  • Hospital working to slow spread of flu virus

    Twin County Regional Hospital has temporary visitation guidelines in place to minimize the spread of flu.
    Visitors will be limited to those who are at least age 18.
    Those who are younger should not visit the hospital including, the intensive care unit and the mother-baby unit, because those patients and infants, as well as visitors who are minors, are more vulnerable to illnesses increasing their risk for complications.

  • Emergency call leads to drug charges

    Galax police have arrested a woman on drug charges after assisting Galax-Grayson EMS with a drug overdose call.
    According to Police Chief Rick Clark, Kaylan Jane Arnold, 20, of Galax was charged with possession of methamphetamine and a Clonopin.
    The arrest took place after Officer Darrin Alley responded to a business on South Main Street in Galax to assist Galax-Grayson EMS with a reported drug overdose.

  • Sheriff's office warns of fake charities

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has received a report of a possible fake charity attempting to raise funds for local police departments.
    Sgt. D.B. Carner, crime prevention specialist for the sheriff’s department, researched the phone number of the caller and learned that it was an unregistered cell phone number from Mountain City, Tenn. In fact, the number was associated with more than 60 reports of fake charities involving disabled veterans, breast cancer research, child abuse prevention, police and fire departments.

  • DUI suspect faces felony charges

    The Galax Police Department arrested a man on Christmas Day and charged him with a number of traffic offenses, including driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and two counts of felony hit and run, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.