Public Safety

  • Winds cause damage to Coon Ridge

    HILLSVILLE — High winds caused damage to around nine homes, two with significant damage, in an area around the Coon Ridge Road-U.S. 52 intersection early Friday morning.

    Hillsville Fire Department, Carroll Fire Rescue, Carroll Sheriff's Department and Virginia State Police members responded to the scene after wind gusts damaged several roofs and porches on the homes over about a quarter mile area at 3 a.m., according to Trooper Chuck Campbell. The same winds damaged some outbuildings and caused a tree to fall across U.S. 52 near Hanging Tree Road.

  • 'Most wanted' caught by U.S. Marshals


    GREENSBORO, N.C. ― A man who had been declared a "most wanted" subject by the Carroll County law enforcement was caught April 10 in a joint U.S. Marshals Service and Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office operation.

  • Scammer poses as worker for political campaign

    FRIES — A Fries woman has reported a potential phone scam that involves a caller who says they are from the Republican National Committee.
    The woman, who asked that her name not be published, reports that she received a call last week from someone claiming to be from the RNC. “They went through a long spiel about getting more Republican-held seats in Congress, and needing a donation,” she said.
    The caller asked if he could put her down for a $65 donation.

  • Fire destroys Carroll County home — UPDATED

    An April 10 fire destroyed a doublewide home at  Mitchells Crossroads in Carroll County. Hillsville Fire Department volunteers received a call at 11:39 a.m. to 1421 Mitchell’s Crossroads, a home owned by Steven Montgomery.

    They received assistance at the scene from the Barren Springs Fire Department.

    The fire burned through most of the exterior walls, doing major damage to the structure.

    The cause of the fire has not been confirmed, but Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler said it might be electrical in nature.

  • Water tank collapses at Vaughan-Bassett plant in Galax

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax shut down operations on Wednesday, after a water tank outside of the factory collapsed, causing structural damages and injuring an employee.
    Employee Johnny Bunn was reportedly near the tank when it collapsed, and was washed down the bank and into Chestnut Creek by the sudden flow of water from the structure.

  • Illegal whiskey distillery discovered

    AUSTINVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office issued felony warrants on April 4 for the illegal manufacture of untaxed whiskey, and arrested a 42-year-old Austinville man.
    Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that Carroll deputies and agents from Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested David Wayne Alley of 6732 Poplar Camp Road after a search of his residence turned up an operational illegal distillery.

  • Arrest Reports 4/10/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • Trio charged with obtaining drugs illegally

    Galax police arrested three Tazewell men on April 3 at Twin County Regional Hospital, after an attempt to illegally procure controlled substances from the emergency department, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    Police responded to the emergency department after an alert employee suspected that someone seeking services was using a false name and personal identifiers, Clark said.

  • Surprise snowstorm leads to 67 wrecks


    Local police officers were busy on the roads during the surprise snow storm that shocked the Twin Counties last Thursday afternoon.
    No one saw it coming, not even meteorologists, and no one was prepared to drive on the slick, slushy roads on April 4.
    According to every forecast, the worst everyone was expecting was a little rain, maybe some sleet.

  • Lawsuit filed in 2011 wreck on 77


    HILLSVILLE — A lawsuit filed in Carroll Circuit Court seeks $3.5 million in damages from the Virginia Department of Transportation, related to a March 2011 wreck blamed on high winds on Interstate 77.