• A Mount Airy resident was charged with assault, inflicting serious injury, after allegedly hitting another man with a claw hammer Saturday, according to city police department reports. Thomas Boyd McMillian, 43, of 3002 Wards Gap Road, was located at Thruway Shopping Center on U.S. 52 by police responding to a fight call there. Bobby Dean Huff Jr., a Holly Avenue resident, had been struck several times with the hammer, causing severe lacerations. McMillian was arrested on the felony assault violation after a brief investigation, and released under a $10,000 secured bond. He is facing a Nov. 13 appearance in Surry District Court.
• A second person has been charged in connection with a recent crime at the city government public services center that involved thousands of dollars in tools and supplies being stolen. Randy Lane Magaraci Jr., 24, of 105 Chads Way, is accused of three felonies in the incident that was discovered on Sept. 17 at the East Pine Street facility. They include breaking and entering, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking and entering. Magaraci also is facing a misdemeanor larceny violation.
Both the building and a vehicle were entered, with various tools and supplies valued at $3,066 stolen, including copper items. Warrants in the case were issued on Sept. 25 against Magaraci, who was arrested Wednesday after being encountered by police during an investigation on Rockford Street near Haymore Street, with additional details regarding that encounter not listed. He was held in the Surry County Jail under an $11,000 secured bond and is to appear in District Court on Nov. 6. Christopher Dennis Moore, 28, of 227 Rockford St., previously was charged in the case and also is scheduled to be in court that day.
• Sarah Evelyn Hill, 28, of 2694 Old Pipers Gap Road, Cana, Va., was charged last week with being a fugitive from justice. Hill was encountered Wednesday during a traffic stop on U.S. 52 near Galax Trail by police who discovered an active warrant out for her from Hillsville, Va., on an unspecified matter. She also was cited for having no insurance and failing to register a vehicle with the DMV. Hill was released on a written promise to appear in Surry District Court.
• A debit card has been reported stolen from a residence on Thomas Lane, where it was taken by an unknown party. The victim of the crime, which police learned of Wednesday, is Freddie Poindexter Stanley of Wonderland Way in Dobson.