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Drug roundup leads to over a dozen arrests in Surry Co.

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — A drug roundup being called “Manic Monday” led to the arrest of over a dozen people in Surry County Monday.

Surry County Sheriff’s deputies began rounding up 34 suspects who are charged with various drug offenses.

As of late Monday morning, 16 out of 34 people have been arrested. There is a total of 173 criminal drug violations.

This roundup is the result of several months of investigation and undercover purchases from each of the 34 suspects.

Narcotics Officers made undercover purchases of Methamphetamine, Cocaine Hydrochloride, Crack Cocaine, LSD and Marijuana.

Officers also made purchases of prescription medications such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxymorphone, Percocet, Vicodin, Klonopin and Alprazolam.

Officers are searching for the remaining suspects.

Two killed in motorcycle crash with tanker truck in Mount Airy

Credit: Keith Strange / Mount Airy News

Credit: Keith Strange / Mount Airy News

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Two people, including a retired Stokes County teacher, died Sunday after a motorcycle and petroleum tanker truck collided on U.S. 52 in Mount Airy.

Around 7:30 p.m., the truck pulled out of the parking lot at Cooke Trucking onto U.S. 52 north and into the path a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to the Highway Patrol.

Mount Airy-based NC Granite Corp. builds monument for Carolina Field of Honor

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — North Carolina Granite Corporation has something special to work with — 65 acres of stone that has become known as white Mount Airy granite.

Currently the company is working on a project that is pretty special.

They have built a 60-foot obelisk for the Carolina Field of Honor to remember veterans from across North Carolina and across the nation. Installation is scheduled for Wednesday.

Brad Jones reports.

DOT crews now working on secondary roads across the Triad

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sunshine and favorable conditions Friday will help N.C. Department of Transportation crews continue to clear roads in and around the Triad, including many secondary roads.

Interstates and primary roads are clear in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties. Crews will spend today and Saturday clearing secondary routes in these counties and treating any icy patches remaining on the roads.

All roads are expected to be plowed by Saturday evening.

In Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties, crews have cleared interstates and primary roads and are now working on secondary roads. Crews will continue clearing the division’s secondary routes over the weekend, with all roads expected to be cleared by late Sunday afternoon.

More: Secondary roads database on the NCDOT website

New Red Cross shelter to open in Surry County due to power outages

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Due to increased power outages in Surry County, a Red Cross shelter will open at the Franklin Community VFD in Mount Airy.

The shelter is located at 2136 Hwy. 89, Mt. Airy in Surry County.

The shelter will be open until there is no longer a need for it for people without power or stranded on highways around the area.

Stranded motorists should call 911 and request Surry County provide assistance with transportation or a tow back on the road. Any families without power should bring personal bedding, pillows, toiletries and life sustaining medications to the shelter.

If you have small children, infants or toddlers, bring necessary supplies such as diapers, wipes, bottles, powdered milk and baby food with you — the shelter suggests bringing enough to last 24 to 48 hours.

Town of Dobson declares State of Emergency, issues curfew on travel

DOBSON, N.C. — The Town of Dobson declared a State of Emergency and issued a curfew for vehicular transportation due to winter weather Wednesday evening.

According to town officials, “No person shall travel upon any street, alley, or roadway or upon any other public property, except by those in search of medical assistance, food or other commodity or service necessary to sustain the well-being of themselves or their families or some member thereof, by means of vehicular transportation.”

The curfew went into effect at 6 p.m.

According to the town, the following were exempted from the cerfew:

Missing woman’s body found in wooded area near Lowgap

LOWGAP, N.C. — Officials confirmed a woman’s body was found Saturday in a wooded area near Lowgap.

The body was identified as 56-year-old Ferdinanda Biar.

Biar was found by a neighbor along Appaloosa Trail, near the North Carolina/Virginia border.

Biar had been reported missing from her home on the evening of Feb. 5. The Surry County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was used at that time to conduct a search, but no one was found.

The cause of death has not been determined, but Sheriff Graham Atkinson says there are no obvious signs of foul play.

The body was sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy.