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Public Safety

  • 10 injured in wreck

    HILLSVILLE — Ten people, six of them children, had injuries as the result of an Aug. 5 multiple-vehicle accident at U.S. 58 west of Airport Road.
    Seven of the injured were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital after the incident involving four vehicles, according to First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police.
    None of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening.
    It happened when Debra Smith of Galax, driving a 1993 Chevy van rear-ended a 1991 Ford Explorer driven by Mitzee Mangan of Hillsville.

  • 4 arrested on drug charges

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department arrested three individuals last week during its annual marijuana eradication. 

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said a National Guard helicopter was used in the air search for marijuana plants and Virginia State Police assisted ground crews.
    Cole Allan Beynon, 49, of Troutdale, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Infant in critical condition

    HILLSVILLE — A man has been charged with felony child neglect and malicious wounding after an investigation by the Hillsville Police Department regarding a report of a 24-day-old infant having been seriously injured while in the father's care, according to a press release issued Monday.
    William Ray Bobbitt, 22, of Cox Street in Hillsville, was charged after officers questioned witnesses and executed a search warrant at a residence in town.

  • Driver charged with felony hit-and-run

    HILLSVILLE — An alleged hit-and-run driver on Interstate 77 faces felony charges after striking a tractor-trailer near the 11 mile marker and leaving the scene Sunday.
    Virginia State Police Trooper Bryan Phipps was able to get the at-fault driver — identified as Tommy Mack Small, 57, of North Augusta, S.C. — to pull off onto Exit 8.

  • Driverless vehicle wreaks havoc

    A car without a driver struck two vehicles after its driver left it unattended.
    The incident occurred July 22 around noon, in the westbound lanes of East Stuart Drive between Country Club Lane and Woodview Drive, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.
    A 1997 Plymouth Breeze operated by Ronald G. Witt, 39, of Pulaski, became disabled and the driver parked the car against a guardrail and left on foot.

  • Police seize 144 pot plants

     

  • UPDATED: Bank inside Walmart robbed

    UPDATED 8:30 P.M. THURSDAY:

    Galax police have released some more details about the suspect in the robbery of Woodforest National Bank in Galax's Walmart on Wednesday around 2 p.m.

  • Cana man charged with break-ins

    A 29-year-old Cana man has been charged in connection with several daytime break-ins that occurred in the Fancy Gap and Cana sections of Carroll County, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
    Robert Lee Adkins of Dalton Drive was charged with two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, one count of breaking and entering in the nighttime, three counts of grand larceny and one count of possessing firearms while being a convicted felon, according to a sheriff's department press release on Friday.

  • Two charged with thefts from vehicles

    Two Galax men have been arrested and charged with four counts of grand larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle.
    Rhyan Lee Isom and David W. Rodriguez, both age 18, were charged on July 22 with breaking in to four cars parked in residences' driveways. All the vehicles were left unlocked, with valuables in plain sight, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    The suspects took $3,000 worth of items — most of which have been recovered. The items stolen included cash, credit cards and electronic devices.

  • Charges pending against driver

    Juanita Burnette of Galax was traveling east on Stuart Drive on July 22 when she came upon a work zone maintained by American Electric Power, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    She tried to merge into the left lane and struck Mary Smith of Hillsville, also traveling east.

    After she hit Smith’s vehicle, she hit an AEP truck and her vehicle overturned.

    Charges are pending against Burnette.