Wilkes County Commissioners met this week to swear in newly re-elected Commissioners Gary D. Blevins, Eddie Settle, and Keith Elmore. The three were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Michael Duncan. Commissioners then elected Greg Minton as Commission Chair and Gary D. Blevins ad Vice-Chairman. Commissioners heard an update on the W Kerr Scott Raw Water Intake Project. Since July, the Project has been delayed waiting on permission from the NC Army Corp of Engineers to move the water line from Reservoir Road to Ranger Road. Commissioners were told that redesign plans to save money may also cause state re-assessments and further delays. Commissioners discussed if delays could cause them to lose the 30-year, zero interest loan for the project and if it would be better to just go forward now with original plans. County Attorney Tony Triplette advised the County would need to speak with the two Towns before changing from the current course back to the original plan.
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Wilkesboro Police filed a First Degree Murder Charge on Sein Win Tuesday after one person died from a double stabbing at Tyson on Monday. The suspect, Sein Win, was identified by witnesses and arrested by Police without resistance. Police then found the two victims with multiple stab wounds, Marco Mariano Alva of North Wilkesboro and John Tyler Fox of Lenoir. The 3 Tyson employees were involved in a verbal exchange just prior to the stabbing. Win was initially charged with two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and taken to the Wilkes County Jail with a $250,000 bond. As a result of the incident, Marco Alva has died from his injuries. Again, Police filed a First Degree Murder on Sein Win.
Someone attempted to break into a local church but did not succeed. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a call from Mt Pisgah Baptist Church members regarding pry marks on the back doors of the church. Security video showed a dark color, 2-door car pull into the parking lot. Two males got out of the vehicle and attempted to break into the church. They were unable to pry open the back doors or windows and left the area. Nothing was reported stolen. The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
Rescue America and Calvary Baptist Church have partnered for a food drive to help the Tennessee fire victims. They need Boost, Ensure, protein bars, coffee, and monetary gifts are being collected at the Rescue America on Shaver Street in Warehouse in North Wilkesboro from 9 til 5. Donations will also be received at Calvary Baptist on Pads Road today from 5pm to 7pm, Thursday and Friday 5 to 8pm, and Saturday 11am til 3. A Rescue America Truck will deliver the food next week. For information, call 336-984-8356.
Governor Pat McCrory applauded North Carolina's Christmas tree industry today as he received the official trees and wreaths for the State Capitol during a ceremony. “North Carolina's Christmas tree industry is a major part of our state's diverse agriculture industry and overall economy,” Governor McCrory said. The governor was joined by members of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association as he welcomed this year’s winners of the association’s contests for the State Capitol trees and wreaths. This year, the trees are provided by Lynn Smith from Merlyn Farms in Banner Elk, N.C. Smith is the 2016 Grand Champion winner of the annual North Carolina Christmas Tree Association Tree Contest and will compete in the 2018 National Christmas Tree Association Tree & Wreath Contest for a chance to be named “Best in the Nation” and provide the Official White House Christmas Tree.
Investigators will be a filing First Degree Murder Charge on Sein Win today. Yesterday about 5:41pm, Wilkesboro Police received a 911 call to Tyson Foods on South Factory Street. Officers arrived and met with Tyson Security and the suspect Sein Win who was identified by witnesses. Win was arrested without resistance. Police then found the two victims, Marco Mariano Alva of North Wilkesboro and John Tyler Fox of Lenoir. The two injured employees had multiple stab wounds and were taken to Baptist Medical Center. Win was initially charged with two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and taken to the Wilkes County Jail with a $250,000 bond. As a result of the incident, Marco Alva has died from his injuries. The 3 Tyson employees were involved in a verbal exchange just prior to the stabbing. Again, Police will be filing a First Degree Murder on Sein Win today.
Wilkes Police are investigating a double stabbing at Tyson yesterday. The stabbing happened just after 5:30 yesterday evening at the Tyson Plant on River Street. Two people were transported to Baptist Medical with life threatening injuries from stab wounds. No other details are available at this time.
Charges are pending in a parking lot wreck that sent two people to the hospital. According to the Wilkesboro Police report, two people were riding on an ATV side by side vehicle that was not for use on public traffic areas. The ATV was going through the parking lot near a construction area near Koto's. The driver saw a storm drain in their path and jerked the wheel causing the vehicle to overturn. The passenger was ejected and the driver trapped under the ATV. Both were taken to area hospitals and were listed in stable condition. Alcohol was a factor, and charges are pending.
The door was locked when he left and locked when he returned, but property was stolen. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a theft in North Wilkesboro. The victim, who lives on Elledge Mill Road, received a call from his security company concerning an alarm at his property. An outbuilding was entered and property was taken including two blowers, a chainsaw, and a drill. The victim stated that the building was locked when he left and locked when he returned. There is no word on suspects.
In Wilkesboro, guns and money were taken in a home break-in. The Wilkes Sheriff's Dept is investigating the theft reported over the weekend. The homeowner found the house forcibly entered. Three shotguns and some cash was taken from the residence. Stolen property is valued at nearly 2000 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report, and the investigation is continuing.