The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a couple of thefts from the area. A Mulberry Mill Road resident called to report the theft of a trailer. It seems someone hooked up to and drove away with a tandom trailer parked at the victim's property. The trailer was valued at 3000 dollars; there is no word on suspects. Then a Millers Creek victim called regarding the theft of some money. The victim said that hundreds of dollars in cash were stolen from their house and from their car. There is a suspect in this theft and charges are pending.
He said he was homeless and wanted for arrest. Wilkesboro Police were called to Kohl's regarding a shoplifter being detained. The white male had come in, picked out a shirt valued at 16 dollars and tried to hide it inside his hoodie before leaving the store. Store staff stopped the man and he remained at the store until Police arrived. The man said he was homeless and tired of wearing a hoodie in hot weather, so he stole the shirt. He also admitted to Police that he had an open warrant for his arrest. According to the Police report, the man was very cooperative and did have an open warrant. Johnathon Grant was arrested for larceny, the warrant for assault, and arrests orders for DWI and driving with license revoked. His bond was set at 17,000 dollars.
The Wilkes County Commissioners are scheduled to meet tonight for a regular monthly meeting. On the agenda for tonight's meeting, Commissioners will get an update on the Wilkes County Detention Center or new jail, the Finance Dept will present their monthly report, and action will be taken on the resolution of the Window World Lease agreement at the Airport. Commissioners will also set a date for a public hearing on the Interflex Economic Incentive Agreement. The County Commissioners' meeting is tonight at the County Office Building at 7pm.
April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Barry Shew, Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Team and “Our House” says that child abuse continues to be on the rise. Our House located on Main street of Historic Wilkesboro is having a fundraiser next week. It's the First Annual C.A.P.T./ “Our House” Golf Tournament this coming Thursday, April 17th. All proceeds from this event will be used for the sole purpose of preventing child abuse and neglect by providing parenting classes, advocating for families in the community, and providing free supervision during court-ordered visits. The golf tournament will be held at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. The cost is $60 per player/ $240 per foursome which includes cart, green fees, door prizes, and a catered lunch. For registration or sponsorship information, contact Barry Shew at Our House at (336) 667-5555 or email email@example.com .
It's April 15th--Tax filing deadline. Have you filed? The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers of its social media tools available to help them get the latest tax information and check on their refund status. These tools include the IRS2Go smartphone application, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Over 5.5 million people have downloaded the free IRS2Go phone app, which is available in both English and Spanish for Apple and Android devices. The totally redesigned IRS2Go 4.0 provides features to help taxpayers check on the status of their tax refunds, obtain tax records, find free tax preparation providers and stay connected with the IRS through social media channels such as YouTube and Twitter. To protect taxpayer privacy, the IRS only uses social media tools to share public information, not to answer personal tax or account questions. It advises taxpayers to never post confidential information, like a Social Security number, on social media sites. For more details on IRS’s social media tools visit IRS.gov.
Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker joined state officials in announcing "NCWorks," a major initiative that will promote one consistent, cohesive strategy for workforce development across North Carolina. “While I am continually pleased to see more and more people finding jobs in North Carolina, it is important to remain focused on getting people back to work,” said Governor McCrory. Governor McCrory made the announcement at Caterpillar Inc. in Sanford. The plan will begin immediately and will develop over the next 12 months. Hundreds of workforce professionals will focus on connecting North Carolina employees with North Carolina employers. It is a five step plan that will help connect NC employers to the NC employees they need to succeed in our state and help our citizens improve their quality of life. “Governor McCrory’s call for strengthening our nation’s best workforce was made possible by bringing together key stakeholders from across the state,” said Collins, executive director of NCWorks. “We plan to aggressively work with our partners to visit 1,000 businesses in all 100 counties in 100 days.”
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 North Carolina Awards, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state and awarded by the governor, through May 15. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, and administered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the award recognizes “notable accomplishments by North Carolina citizens” in the fields of literature, science, fine arts and public service. "Take this opportunity to nominate a notable person in your life, and help us rightfully celebrate the unique culture of North Carolina," Governor McCrory said. Award nominations may be submitted by anyone and must include a completed nomination form, cover letter and the nominee’s biography or resume. Letters of support and examples of the nominee’s work will also be accepted. Six copies of all materials should be sent to the North Carolina Awards Committee, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, 4601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4601. Past recipients include William Friday, Romare Bearden, James Taylor, Gertrude Elion, John Hope Franklin, David Brinkley, Maya Angelou, Billy Graham and Branford Marsalis. The nomination form and guidelines are available online atwww.ncdcr.gov/NCAwards/Nominations/Submit.
Police are hoping the surveillance video will show who grabbed the pocketbook. It must have been a quick grab and go for the thief. In a report filed with Wilkesboro Police, a North Wilkesboro woman said that she started to back out of a parking space at Walmart when she noticed a shopping cart behind her car. She stopped, left the door to her car open, and went to move the shopping cart. When she returned to her car, her purse was missing from the front seat. She searched the car but could not find it. The woman has already contacted her bank about putting a hold on her checking account. Wilkesboro Police are in the process of reviewing surveillance video from the parking lot.
Another local car dealer has been hit by thieves. 2300 dollars in property was stolen from Empire Dodge. When Wilkesboro Police arrived to investigate, they found that things were stolen from 5 different vehicles at the dealership. From Vehicles 1 and 2, a spare wheel and tire were removed, from Vehicle 3 a rear bumper with trailer wiring was stolen, from Vehicle 4 a spare wheel and tire and left side running board were taken, and from Vehicle 5 a spare wheel and tire, right side running board, and lug nuts were stolen. Security video from the car dealer was reviewed which showed 2 men in a silver Dodge 4-door truck taking the parts from the cars. The identity of the suspects is unknown at this time; Police are still reviewing the video and other evidence.
It's called Apple Picking. So many reports of stolen Apple iPhones and iPads have come in from across the country in the past year, that it has become known as Apple Picking. Wilkesboro Police are investigating an Apple Picking incident from a Moravian Falls victim. The woman was shopping in Kohls when she noticed her cell phone was gone. A friend began tracking the phone to various locations around town and got the description of a possible suspect. That suspect is described as a white female with blond hair in her 20's. Police do have information on an address where the suspect might be; charges are pending. The stolen iPhone 5s is valued at 400 dollars.