Public Safety

  • Galax schools honor crossing guards

    Three crossing guards were honored last Thursday for keeping school children safe while they board buses or find their parents in carpool lanes every afternoon.
    Feb. 12 was recognized as National Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, but the celebration was postponed due to inclement weather.

  • Tennessee man charged with invading Ivanhoe home

    UPDATED 2/25/14:

    HILLSVILLE — Charges have been placed against a father and son from Tennessee after an armed home invasion in the Ivanhoe section of Carroll early Saturday morning, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at about 12:04 a.m. Saturday, saying that the armed men had broken into a residence in the 8000 block of Ivanhoe Road and threatened to kill a mother and two children, according to a news release from the sheriff.

  • Microsoft scam calls are back

    A computer repair scam is once again hitting Western Virginia consumers (and their hard drives) in a scheme to steal money and personal information.
    Multiple consumers have told the BBB in Western VA that they have been contacted by a computer technician claiming to work for Microsoft or a similar-sounding computer company.
    Consumers are then told that their computer either has operating problems, viruses, or other issues that need immediate attention.

  • Police identify shooting victims

    UPDATED Feb. 20, 2014, 5 p.m.:

  • Suspects charged with Carroll burglaries

    HILLSVILLE — Two Carroll County residents have been charged with committing a string of residential burglaries in the Wards Gap section, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Two charged in Wards Gap burglaries

    HILLSVILLE — Two Carroll County residents have been charged with committing a string of residential burglaries in the Wards Gap section, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Authorities identify the suspects as Terry Conway Guynn, 37, and Krystal Darlene Poole, 40, in a Monday news release.

  • Police cite 567 for texting behind wheel

    RICHMOND — Troopers enforcing the texting-while-driving ban on Virginia highways cited 567 motorists in the six months from July to December 2013, according to a Virginia State Police news release.
    One year ago, the Virginia General Assembly moved this kind of distracted driving into a “primary offense” tier for law enforcement, meaning that a suspicion of texting is enough to get a motorist pulled over in a traffic stop.

  • Woman dies in moped crash

    A Sunday wreck involving a moped on Hebron Road led to the death of the operator, according to Virginia State Police.
    A report of the incident came in at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, when a caller told authorities that there was a person and a scooter in a ditch on Hebron Road, near a private road named Ponder Drive.
    Trooper S.E. Kinney responded on found the 2008 Zhejiag Wildfire moped and the driver, Mary E. Keller, 51, of Galax.

  • Vets treat Parvo virus outbreak

    Since the beginning of January, veterinarians across the Twin Counties have seen a disturbing number of dogs develop symptoms of Parvo, an extremely contagious and sometimes fatal illness.
    After seeing several cases of Parvo crop up in recent weeks, they are warning the community to protect their four-legged family members by keeping them up to date on vaccinations, and learning what signs to watch out for in case further medical attention is needed.

  • Galax receives $80,000 law enforcement grant

    Grant funding projects remained a steady topic of conversation during Galax City Council’s Jan. 13 meeting.
    A glance at the city’s packed agenda for the evening included a grant announcement from the Galax Police Department, and a grants update from City Grants Administrator Brenda Marrah.
    Police Chief Rick Clark said his department received a state Department of Criminal  Justices Services grant totaling $80,000.