Public Safety

  • CCHS locked down Thursday after texted threat

    HILLSVILLE — Authorities locked down Carroll County High School after a male student not in the facility at the time Tweeted and texted a threat of violence against another student on Thursday, according to authorities.
    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner confirmed that a 17-year-old male has been charged with electronically communicating a threat.
    Authorities did not identify the student involved, because he is a juvenile.

  • Police seek ambulance hit-and-run suspect

    Miguel Ortega Rodrigues, 23, of Sutherland Road in Galax, allegedly fled the scene after crashing into a Galax-Grayson EMS ambulance, said Galax Police Captain James Cox.
    The Galax Police Department is searching for Rodrigues, and plans to charge him with hit-and-run, driving on a suspended license and failing to obey a stop sign.

  • Disturbance leads to arrests, capture of fugitive

    HILLSVILLE — One Dugspur resident and three people from Hillsville were charged when town police went to investigate an April 16 domestic disturbance.
    Hillsville police report that Terry Jean Walls, 39, of Dugspur and William Brent Walls, 21, of Hillsville each were charged with one count of assault and battery.
    Brianna Lashei Floyd, 21, of Hillsville was charged with two counts of assault and battery, police say.
    Justin Lee Quesenberry, 26, of Hillsville was arrested on a fugitive warrant from South Carolina.

  • Allen injured in work-related accident

    LAMBSBURG — The owner/operator of a Fancy Gap garage remained in a North Carolina hospital Tuesday after a work-related accident Monday at Love's Truck Stop.

    Emergency officials said that Victor Allen was attempting to tow a recreational vehicle when it rolled off and struck and injured him.

  • Raid of market turns up illegal synthetic marijuana


  • Fugitive faces 21 local charges

    HILLSVILLE — A 34-year-old Hillsville man faces felony charges as the result of a forgery investigation by the Hillsville and Galax police departments.
    Hillsville Police Department’s Sgt. James Alderman and Sgt. Alan Gravley arrested Scott Eric Jarels on April 19.

  • Galax to take back old prescription drugs

    The Galax Police Department will sponsor Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Galax Police Department.
    The department will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
    The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
    The Galax Police Department is located at 353 North Main Street.

  • Federal fugitive arrested in Galax


  • Tractor-trailer plows through yards after collision

    HILLSVILLE — A 1999 Kenworth tractor-trailer went through several yards and ended up overturned on Beaver Dam Road after another motorist turned in front of the rig at Red Hill General Store on Friday morning.
    The incident happened at about 11:19 a.m. when Stephanie Dalton, 26, of Hillsville, driving a 2002 Chevy Geo Tracker, turned left into the store lot and into the path of the tractor-trailer, driven by Thomas Dull Jr., according to a Virginia State Police report by Trooper Matt Cochran.

  • Sheriffs push for meth ingredient registry

    RICHMOND — In response to the growing methamphetamine problem in Virginia, the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, backed by Virginia’s law enforcement officers, pharmacists and other supporters, called on the General Assembly this year to pass Senate Bill 14.
    This bill was aimed at curbing the production of methamphetamine by electronically monitoring the sales of nonprescription drugs, like pseudoephedrine, used to manufacture the illegal stimulant.