Public Safety

  • Laurel Fork fights fire

    LAUREL FORK — Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at 8062 Dugspur Road Aug. 26 at about 6:19 a.m.

    Laurel Fork Fire Department volunteers found smoke coming out of the eaves of the home, owned by Mark Bolt, according to information from the fire department. Firefighters made entry and knocked down the fire in the living room.

    Some of the fire got up into the attic.

  • E-911 works to improve emergency dispatching

    HILLSVILLE — In a 12-month period, Twin County E-911 dispatchers received 25,000 calls, which turned into 44,000 dispatches for emergency responders and Galax police, according to Jolena Young.
    The regional 911 director shared information about the dispatching service with the Carroll Board of Supervisors at its August meeting.

  • Flea market will cause heavy traffic


  • Driver charged in fatal motorcycle wreck

    HILLSVILLE — Investigators have found that an Aug. 17 Interstate 77 accident, which resulted in the death of a 53-year-old Portsmouth motorcyclist, arose from his 2009 Yamaha being in a blind spot.
    Robert Terrell Hensley had been traveling north near the 2 mile marker in the center lane when a white van driven by Joe Cook moved to the right due to mechanical problems, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    That caused the motorcycle to strike an International tractor-trailer being operated by a Mario Garcia.

  • Charges pending in I-77 motorcycle fatality

    LAMBSBURG — Charges are pending in the Aug. 17 van-vs.-motorcycle crash on Interstate 77 that left a 53-year-old Portsmouth man dead.
    Virginia State Police Trooper John Delp reported that victim Robert Terrell Hensely was northbound near I-77’s 1.8 mile marker in the center lane when the incident occurred. That’s when a 1998 Chrysler van, operated by Joe Cook of Woodlawn, changed lanes from the left to the center, the report said. That caused the motorcycle to strike an International tractor-trailer being operated by a Mario Garcia.

  • Fire claims life of Carroll educator


    UPDATED 8/23/11:

  • Fries man injured, another killed in crash

    WYTHEVILLE — A 58-year-old Ivanhoe man was killed and a 64-year-old Fries man was injured in a head-on collision on Ivanhoe Road Friday at 11:17 a.m.

    Virginia State Police Trooper C.O. Brown identified the driver who was killed as Richard Jefferson Jr., who was driving a Suzuki SX4 hatchback at the time.

    That vehicle was struck by a 2000 Ford Excursion, driven by James Douglas Underwood. The trooper reported that the Ford went across the line and into oncoming traffic.

  • Hillsville, Galax respond to Airport Road fire

     UPDATE — Verlin Dean Hall of Woodlawn was charged Thursday with arson of a residence, 

  • UPDATED — Motorcyclist dies in Interstate 77 accident

    UPDATED 8/21/11:

  • Man charged in bus wreck

    INDEPENDENCE — No injuries were reported Aug. 11 after a pickup truck rear-ended a stopped Grayson County school bus.
    Cpl. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department said the bus was stopped in traffic in front of the school board office on Main Street at 7:58 a.m. when the accident happened.