Public Safety

  • Speeder caught with lots of pot

    HILLSVILLE — An Oct. 5 traffic stop on Interstate 77 for speeding led to the discovery of more than five pounds of marijuana in the suspect vehicle, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

    Sgt. Bobby Lyons pulled over a vehicle that had been traveling at 78 miles per hour near the 20.5 mile marker, authorities said. 

  • Galax PD to create Hispanic outreach

    A $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will allow the Galax Police Department to hire a bilingual police officer and create an outreach to the Hispanic population in Galax.
    This Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) grant will provide funding for an entry-level position, including salary and benefits and training, if needed, of a newly-hired, or rehired, full-time officer position. The Galax Police Department will be required to fund the position for 12 months in the fourth year.

  • Galax intersection reopens Wednesday


     Galax motorists are advised that the intersection of Glendale Road and Stuart Drive near Subway in Galax will re-open Wednesday. 

    The intersection has been closed for several months for construction and improvements. A new traffic pattern allowing two-way traffic will be in effect, Galax police said. 

  • Man charged with breaking into school

    HILLSVILLE — Authorities have charged a 22-year-old man with a break-in at Carroll County Intermediate School around 4:09 a.m. Saturday, according to information from school resource officer Buck Cox.
    A school custodian checking on the school found glass broken out of a back door and found items strewn in the floor on the inside. He called for Cox to investigate.

  • Grayson County garbage truck burns

    HILLSVILLE — Emergency responders quickly extinguished a vehicle fire in a Grayson County garbage truck just before 11 a.m. Thursday.

    The Grayson employees pulled over the truck on east bound U.S. 58 after other vehicles on the road started honking at them after the fire started showing in the compactor area in back.

    Hillsville Fire Department and Carroll Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene to put out the flames.

    The employees made it out of the vehicle and said they were fine afterwards. They weren't sure what caused the fire.

  • Passenger dies after motorcycle hits deer

    UPDATED 9/26/11:

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officials are reporting a 49-year-old Southwest Virginia man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Hillsville on Sept. 22.

  • New scam targets credit card users

    Those in the financial community are warning customers of a new credit card scam.
    Lynn Funk, a registered advisor with Lincoln Financial Securities Corp. in Galax, said she’s heard reports of this scam in the Midwest and it is quickly spreading.
    “This one is pretty slick since they provide you with all the information, except the one piece they want,” she said. “Note that the callers do not ask for your card number — they already have it.”

  • Shipwrecked on interstate


  • Suspect in pot-growing operation turns himself in

    An Asheville, N.C., man has been arrested in connection with an indoor marijuana operation found last month on Pine Branch Road in the Flat Ridge community of Grayson County.
    Richard Welsh recently turned himself in at the Grayson Sheriff’s Department.
    Arrangements were made for Welsh to surrender. He later was freed on a $100,000 secured bond with a trial date set for Dec. 19 in Grayson General District Court.

  • Ohio couple charged with pawn shop break in

    HILLSVILLE — Town police say an Ohio couple was caught in the act of breaking into Gardner's Pawn Shop early Saturday morning, leading to multiple charges against the husband.

    Town officers responded to Gardner's Pawn at about 1:07 a.m., according to a news release from the Hillsville Police Department. Officer Brandon Quesenberry along with Carroll Deputy David Walls took up positions at the rear of the building.