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Public Safety

  • Wildfire warning issued

    Dry weather and sweltering temperatures have created an atmosphere throughout much of Virginia that may increase the likelihood of wildfires igniting, Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement Wednesday.
    The humid conditions and summer thunderstorms that often mark this season in the state have been largely absent this year. As a result, there's more brown brush on the ground that can easily spark.

  • Man charged with drug possession

    Christopher S. Dunagan, 20, of Hiwassee was arrested by Galax Police Capt. James Cox after a traffic stop on July 1, according to the Galax Police Department. 
    Dunagan was stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence after a citizen complaint. Subsequent to his arrest for driving under the influence of drugs, Cox obtained warrants charging him with possession with intent to distribute a variety of drugs — morphine, hydromorphine, Suboxone,  Klonopin and Xanax.

  • Car overturns in creek, injuring four

    HILLSVILLE — A single-vehicle wreck on Silverleaf Road in Carroll last Thursday left four people injured.
    Two of the people injured were flown out to hospitals in Roanoke and Winston-Salem, N.C., after the Hillsville Fire Department responded to free the victims from the 1993 Ford Taurus station wagon that overturned into a creek, according to a Virginia State Police report.

  • Fries woman, juveniles charged with break-in

    FRIES — Brandi Nicole Vaughan, 20, of Eagle Bottom Road in Fries, and two juveniles have been charged in connection with breaking and entering and grand larceny of cigarettes at Coleman’s Store in Fries, according to a press release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
    Grayson deputies and investigators responded to the call on June 19 at 2:25 a.m. after a citizen observed damage to a window on the front of the store and reported it to the sheriff’s office.

  • Carroll ESB member resigns

    HILLSVILLE — Citing poor emergency billing practices that burden the taxpayers, a member of the Carroll Emergency Services Advisory Board has resigned.
    Debby Brady Goad turned in her letter of resignation at last Thursday's advisory board meeting.
    In her time on the board, which included a term as chairwoman, Goad continually stressed the importance of making the “soft billing” for emergency medical services — billing insurance carriers, not patients — as efficient as possible for volunteer rescue and Carroll EMS.

  • Program targets criminal aliens

    RICHMOND — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that its Secure Communities initiative now has been activated in every county in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    This biometric information-sharing strategy enables ICE to identify any alien booked into local law enforcement’s custody for a crime. This is part of ICE’s strategy to improve and modernize the identification of criminal aliens and their removal from the United States.

  • Traffic pattern on U.S. 58 bypass to change again

    HILLSVILLE — Work on the new Hillsville Bypass in Carroll County will require another traffic change on U.S. 58 this week, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.  
    The tentative date for the change is Wednesday, but it could be adjusted depending on weather.
    Message boards will be in place on 58 to advise motorists of the upcoming traffic change that will affect the eastern end of the bypass project.

  • Trooper Cochran honored for bravery

    RICHMOND — A Galax state trooper has received the highest award given out by the Virginia State Police for his response to the Briarleigh Court apartments fire Jan. 9.