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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Woman escapes custody, quickly recaptured

    HILLSVILLE — After word that a probation violation would result in an appearance before the magistrate, a 24-year-old Woodlawn woman tried to flee the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.

  • DEA warns of synthetic drug danger

    Effective Nov. 15, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made three synthetic phenethylamines illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years.
    “These drugs are marketed online and through illicit channels as illicit hallucinogens such as LSD,” said a news release from the DEA, shared by Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan. “They have been encountered as powders, liquid solutions, soaked onto blotter paper and laced on edible items.”

  • 'Ransomware' virus targeting businesses

    The Better Business Bureau is warning businesses and consumers of a new computer threat that steals information, encrypts the data, and then charges $300 in ransom for recovery of the files.
    The ransomware is called CryptoLocker, and is the latest attempt by scammers to hold consumer’s and businesses’ computer information hostage in order to make a quick buck.

  • Beware of bears this fall

    The Galax Police Department has issued a safety advisory after hearing multiple reports of bear sightings in the city during the fall season.
    Police received another report the afternoon of Oct. 25, after a citizen spotted a black bear prowling around First Citizens Bank on Cranberry Road in Galax. Further sightings pinpointed the animal heading in the direction of Walmart minutes later.

  • Suspect wanted for forgery

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is looking for a suspect wanted for 11 counts of felony forgery and uttering.

    Police describe suspect Brandon David Viers as 5' 10" tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

    He is believed to be in the Pulaski or Dublin area.

    Contact Investigator Alan Gravley with any information at (276) 728-2251.