Public Safety

  • Fire department thanks citizen for help in snowstorm

    HILLSVILLE — When emergency responders fought knee-deep snow to reach a cardiac patient in Hillsville during last month’s winter storm, a citizen not only saved the day for paramedics and firefighters, but also might have saved the patient’s life.
    Mike Musser, assistant chief of the Hillsville Fire Department, wrote to The Gazette last week to recognize Orba Semones for his assistance on the call.
    He said firefighters “had an occasion to witness something quite extraordinary” in Semones’ kindness.

  • Two arrested on drug, weapon charges

    Galax Police have arrested two men on drug and weapon charges this week.

  • I-77 safety upgrades approved

    RICHMOND — Virginia officials hope to save lives on fog-prone Interstate 77 in Carroll through the Active Traffic and Safety Management System project, now fully-funded and scheduled to begin in spring, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday.

  • Jail guard charged with selling drugs

    ROANOKE — Virginia State Police have charged a 38-year-old Hillsville man with distribution of a controlled substance from his home, according to federal records from U.S. District Court in Roanoke.
    Documents allege that the state police used a confidential informant to make a controlled buy of “T-Cyp” from Victor Lee Billings at the suspect’s residence at 3350 Little Vine Road on two occasions last October.

  • Three facing drug charges in Galax

    The Galax Police Department advised that three individuals are facing drug charges after three separate and unrelated incidents.

  • State will not pay for more I-77 troopers in Carroll

    RICHMOND — The General Assembly will not fund a budget amendment that would have put more Virginia State Police troopers on patrol in Carroll County to improve safety on Interstate 77.

  • Galax schools honor crossing guards

    Three crossing guards were honored last Thursday for keeping school children safe while they board buses or find their parents in carpool lanes every afternoon.
    Feb. 12 was recognized as National Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, but the celebration was postponed due to inclement weather.

  • Tennessee man charged with invading Ivanhoe home

    UPDATED 2/25/14:

    HILLSVILLE — Charges have been placed against a father and son from Tennessee after an armed home invasion in the Ivanhoe section of Carroll early Saturday morning, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at about 12:04 a.m. Saturday, saying that the armed men had broken into a residence in the 8000 block of Ivanhoe Road and threatened to kill a mother and two children, according to a news release from the sheriff.

  • Microsoft scam calls are back

    A computer repair scam is once again hitting Western Virginia consumers (and their hard drives) in a scheme to steal money and personal information.
    Multiple consumers have told the BBB in Western VA that they have been contacted by a computer technician claiming to work for Microsoft or a similar-sounding computer company.
    Consumers are then told that their computer either has operating problems, viruses, or other issues that need immediate attention.

  • Police identify shooting victims

    UPDATED Feb. 20, 2014, 5 p.m.: