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  • Tractor-trailer crashes, explodes on I-77

    A driver was injured and traffic snarled on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Friday after a tractor-trailer ran wrecked and exploded.
    According to Virginia State Police, the accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. at mile marker 22 on I-77’s northbound lane near the Wythe County line.
    The report said the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control in the curve, most likely because his load shifted. The tractor-trailer went through a guard rail and down the embankment.
    It exploded and caught fire.

  • Wreck results in injuries, fuel spill

    LAUREL FORK — A driver was injured and more than 300 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday after a tractor-trailer plowed into a vehicle on U.S. 58 in Laurel Fork.
    According to a Virginia State Police report, 54-year-old Randy Bowman of Meadows of Dan had to be airlifted from the scene. Bowman was traveling west on 58 when he stopped his Ford F-150 pickup truck to turn in to the Laurel Fork Post Office.
    As Bowman turned, a tractor-trailer traveling behind his vehicle was not able to stop.

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  • Galax woman killed in I-77 crash

    A 59-year-old Galax woman died Wednesday in a traffic accident on Interstate 77 in Bland County.

    According to Virginia State Police, Patricia Ann Austin (who also went by the last name Blankenship) of Tower Road in the city was killed when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer.

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  • Suspect shoots self when stopped by police

    DOBSON, N.C. — A North Carolina man suspected of stealing a firearm in Carroll County fatally shot himself on Dec. 16 after he was approached by officers.
    According to information from the Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Department, Anthony Lee Watson, 27, of Dobson, N.C., shot himself in the head with a handgun after officers followed a car he was riding in. The officers were attempting to arrest him on the Carroll County gun larceny warrant and charges in Surry County and Mount Airy, N.C., that included possession of stolen property.

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  • Public record for 12/21/11 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 25-Sept. 9 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Floyd County hands Carroll girls their first loss, 58-47

     HILLSVILLE –– Floyd County rallied from a five-point halftime deficit behind the hot shooting of Krista Cox and dealt Carroll County its first loss of the season, 58-47, in a nondistrict game Friday.

    The Cavaliers had opened the season with six straight wins and led 30-25 at intermission, but Cox sank four 3-pointers in the second half as the Buffaloes (7-1) outscored Carroll County 33-17 over the final two quarters.

    Cox hit six 3-pointers in all and finished with a game-high 20 points. Maria Kuchenbuch scored 13 for Floyd County.