Yeah, you have a right to legally carry and gun...until you start scaring people. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received several calls this week about a man walking along the side of Rock Creek Road carrying a firearm. When a Deputy arrived, he found the man walking along Rock Creek Road near Stone Brewer Road. The man was carrying a 22-caliber rifle that looked like an AR-15. When questioned by the Deputy, the man explained that he was only walking and didn't mean any harm to anyone, and he wanted to know how long it would take law enforcement to arrive. The man, who had been listening to a scanner while walking, said he was just exercising his right to open carry. The Deputy explained that when his actions began to scare and terrorize the public then it was illegal. The man apologized, said he understood, and said he would be more thoughtful next time. The Deputy transported the man back to his home without incident.
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More fraud or possible fraud has been reported in Wilkes. According to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, a State Road resident called to report of on-line fraud attempting to steal money from their bank account using their debit card information. Scamwatch.gov says that: The last couple of decades have seen huge changes in how we do our banking and pay for goods and services. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of new technology to generate a number of potentially very costly scams. These scams aim to steal your account information and your money. Many of these scams can look and sound like the real thing, but there are ways of picking up on the warning signs so that you don't lose out. Phishing emails are fake emails usually pretending to be from banks or other financial institutions. They make up some reason for you to give your account details and then use these details to steal your money. Another possible scam is phony fraud alerts. Scammers pretend to be from your bank or financial institution and tell you that there is a problem with your account. They ask for your account details to protect your money, but then use these details to steal your money. Then there are the credit and debit card scams. These types of scams aim to steal your credit card details, either by taking the card itself or by tricking you into giving them the card’s details. Some things to remember to protect yourself is to: Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust; Always check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them. If you see a transaction you cannot explain, report it to your credit union or bank; and Keep your credit and ATM cards safe. Do not share your personal identity number with anyone. Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.
There have been several reports of lawn and garden tools and/or power tools in the past few weeks. The most recent is from the Purlear area. A property owner called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office to report the theft. This time the thief or thieves took a Stihl leaf blower and Stihl weed eater from the porch of the victim's house. No suspects were given with the report.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating two reports of vandalism: one involving paint and the other rocks. A resident on the Haymeadow Road returned home to find the side of his garage and the back of the house had been spray painted. Then a Mulberry Creek Road property owner called to report damage to his cars. It appears someone threw rocks at the victim's vehicles causing damages. No suspects were listed with either report; the Wilkes Sheriff's Dept is continuing to investigate.
US Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced that starting today, July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. USDA also has an online resource available to help dairy producers decide which level of coverage will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The enhanced Web tool, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily calculate their coverage needs. For more information regarding the Margin Protection Program or other FSA programs, contact the Wilkes County FSA office at 207 W Main Street, Room 108 or by phone at 336-838-3622 ext 2 or visit the USDA Web site at www.usda.gov.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will team with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies over the July 4 holiday weekend for the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” safety campaign. The annual multi-agency initiative works to ensure everyone can travel safely on the road and on the water during summer holidays. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 is subject to arrest. “Operating a car or boat while impaired increases your chances of being involved and possibly injured in an accident,” said Lt. Sam Craft with the Wildlife Commission. “If you are charged with operating a boat while impaired, you will have to appear before a judge. Penalties include a maximum $1,000 fine and possible jail time.” Personal watercraft are prohibited on state waters between sunset and sunrise. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/boating or call 919-707-0031.
Governor Pat McCrory announced this week that North Carolina will receive more than $23 million to expand Wi-Fi access to K-12 classrooms throughout the state, bringing the total funding for this initiative to nearly $40 million. The funding is part of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) E-rate program. The federal dollars will allow North Carolina to meet the changing need of technology by extending high performance Wi-Fi to over 20,000 classrooms in support of digital learning, benefiting over 375,000 students. North Carolina is already a national leader in extending broadband access to public schools. Every K – 12 school in the state is served by high-speed broadband, but only 44% of schools have Wi-Fi in the classroom. Funding from this initiative will allow North Carolina to extend next-generation wireless connections to every classroom and student, and make North Carolina an e-learning role model for the rest of the country.
The thief ran off when the victims came back home. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies were called to a breaking and entering in progress in Moravian Falls. When the Deputies arrived, the victim explained that they saw someone running from their residence when she, her husband, and children returned home. The suspect was last seen running from the yard and down into the woods. It appears the would-be thief did get inside the house through an unlocked back window; however, nothing was reported stolen. The investigation is continuing.
They took the dirt bike. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a 2013 Honda 100 dirt bike. The victim reported that the stolen bike is red and white with the number "1" in black stickers on each side. The motorcycle valued at 1500 dollars was stolen from a residence on Davis Memorial Church Road. No other property was stolen. Also, no suspects were listed with the report.
Local doctors and members of the community came together last week in North Wilkesboro for a public hearing regarding the recent declaration of intent to lease Wilkes Regional Medical Center. A committee of two hospital board members and two town board members have been working on the RFP or Request for Proposals. Back in February, the Commissioners of North Wilkesboro released information that they would be pursuing a lease agreement for Wilkes Regional and they have been working on an RFP or Request for Proposals. The declaration of intent was unanimously approved by the North Wilkesboro Town Board on June 2. Everyone at the hearing in the Town Hall last week were in agreement about doing what was best for the hospital and the community. In fact, both the Wilkes Regional Board and the North Wilkesboro Commission Board stated that their objective in seeking affiliation options is to ensure WRMC can continue to provide needed, cost-effective medical services in the future despite challenges impacting community hospitals.