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Public Safety

  • Federal fugitive arrested in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A fugitive wanted in West Palm Beach, Fla., was apprehended in Independence on Dec. 13.
    According to a news release, more than a dozen officers from Grayson, Carroll and Wythe counties assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Service with apprehending a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last Friday.

  • Truckers find dangerous route in Grayson

    GPS routing has led many tractor-trailer drivers into tight situations and caused numerous accidents on Grayson County’s winding secondary roads, and that number always rises during the holiday season with a drastic increase in Christmas tree delivery traffic.
    Comers Rock Road (Route 658) in particular sees some of the most truck accidents this time of year, and two of its residents have started a petition to raise awareness about the problem.

  • Two facing drug charges after police respond to disturbance

    A man and woman were arrested on Dec. 7 on drug-related charges, following an investigation of a residence in Galax.
    According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, officers were called to the residence of Venus Inez Dyer, 41, of Galax to investigate a domestic disturbance. After further investigation, Sgt. Shawny Jones charged Dyer with possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule II substance (methamphetamine).

  • Surry man found dead on Parkway

    FANCY GAP — Exposure appears be a possible cause of a death for a Surry County, N.C., man found near milemarker 202 of the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
    Carroll Deputy Cody Edwards responded along with a parkway ranger to the scene of a single-vehicle accident on Dec. 7 at about 10:47 a.m., according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    The ranger ran a license check on the gold SUV at that location and found it was registered to Grover Cleveland Davis, 76, who had been reported missing since Dec. 5.

  • Gun goes off in car, child not harmed

    HILLSVILLE — A 34-year-old Hillsville woman faces charges, one a felony, involving an incident with a loaded rifle going off in the back of a vehicle, according to Hillsville police.
    It happened Dec. 1 when Joanna Reagan Gardner stopped at the Gulf station on South Main Street after picking up an unidentified juvenile to play with her children, according to Police Chief Greg Bolen.

  • Grand larceny case may lead to other charges

    HILLSVILLE — Solving the grand larceny of a 1993 Ford Fiesta might also lead to other crimes being resolved, according to the Hillsville police chief.

  • Alcohol a factor in moped wreck

    HILLSVILLE — Alcohol played a part in a wreck and injury involving a moped on East Grayson Street on Nov. 29 at about 4 p.m., according to a police report.
    Hillsville Police Department Officer Billy Anauo responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash and found Timothy Glenn Freeman, 47, injured at the scene.
    Freeman told the officer that he applied his brakes and started skidding. Freeman lost control and flipped the moped onto its side.

  • Vehicle crashes after police chase on I-77

    HILLSVILLE — Police have charged a driver who crashed at the 22 mile marker on Interstate 77 at approximately 3 p.m. Monday after a chase, according to law enforcement officials at the scene.
    The green Hyundai Tiburon with North Carolina plates was traveling at a high rate of speed when picked up on radar by Carroll Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bobby Lyons.

  • One killed, one injured in Saturday night crash

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police say that speed was a factor in a Saturday night crash that killed the 20-year-old driver and seriously injured the passenger.

  • Man charged after incident at Hillsville restaurant

    HILLSVILLE — An apparently intoxicated customer drew the attention of workers at McDonald’s first and then police, which lead to several felony charges last Thursday against a 31-year-old Sparta, N.C., man.
    Workers at the Interstate 77 Exit 14 area fast food restaurant notified the Hillsville Police Department of a man and a woman who appeared to be intoxicated, according to a news release.