WILKESBORO - Corrections and law enforcement officers are seeking inmate Jason Strickland, who escaped this morning by leaving a Department of Transportation highway crew working on Old Salisbury Rd. in Wilkes County. He is believed to have been picked up by a female driving a dark colored GMC Jimmy SUV, who then headed south on NC Highway 115. Strickland is from Burke County and was serving a prison sentence for larceny and breaking and entering and was due for release in October. He is a minimum-custody inmate assigned to Wilkes Correctional Center. Anyone who has seen Strickland or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call local law enforcement or Wilkes Correctional Center at 336-667-4533.
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Prescription medication continues to be at the top of the list of stolen items from home break-ins locally. Over 1400 dollars in property was stolen from a residence on Clark Road. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called concerning the theft. The victim reported that she found that someone had entered her home. An Apple laptop computer, Sony CD player with speakers, and some prescriptions pain medication was stolen. Then the Sheriff's Office was called to a Millers Creek residence where only prescription meds were stolen. No suspects were listed with either report, and those investigations are continuing.
For the second time in a month, a Wilkes County resident has been rescued from a trek in the woods. Over the weekend, 19-year-old Trey Ferguson of North Wilkesboro was rescued after he was reported missing near Twisting Falls in Carter County Tennessee. Ferguson was separated from a group of friends, reported missing Saturday evening at 8:30, and found about 8:45 Sunday morning by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter rescue team. The North Wilkesboro teenager sustained only minor injuries. Back on June 30, a preacher from Wilkes County was found alive and well in Linville Gorge after being reported missing. Ronald Brookshire of Wilkes, reportedly, got off the trail, lost his way, and had to spend the night in the Gorge. Brookshire also only sustained minor injuries.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a theft from and damage to a work truck. The victim reported, that sometime during the evening or overnight hours, someone vandalized his dump truck that was parked at a residence in North Wilkesboro. Also, a shovel, assorted wrenches, and a Mack Bulldog hood ornament were stolen. The stolen property is valued over $200. No suspects were listed with the report.
High school athletes can get your sports physical now -- as the Wilkes County Health Department’s MESH Unit is offering Sports Physical Clinics at the health department and at high schools. This month sports physicals are Wednesdays1:30pm-4:15pm and Thursdays 9:00am-12:15pm. During the month of August sports physicals will be Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-12:15pm and 1:30pm-4:15pm. Sports Physicals are also offered at area high schools this week: North Wilkes today; and East Wilkes High Thursday, July 28. If you would like more information, or you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 336-651-7450. To download a copy of the Summer MESH Sports Physical Clinics and Sports Physical form please visit our website at www.wilkeshealth.com/services/teens/mesh-school-health/.
Wilkes County - PASS or Prayer Around the School System is coming soon: Saturday, August 27th or Sunday, August 28th. Would your church be willing to participate and pray for the administration, staff, and students of Wilkes County Schools? The goal is to have at least one church at each school for this special time of prayer. Date and time may be set by church leading the prayer service at each school site. Call today to sign your church up for a school. Please contact Amy Samples at (336)835-7133 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Prayer services are held at each elementary, middle, and high school.
New statewide employment data released over the weekend reveals that North Carolina has reached a major milestone adding more than 300,000 new jobs since Governor Pat McCrory entered office in 2013. The statewide unemployment report reveals that North Carolina’s unemployment rate has decreased to 4.9 percent, converging with the national unemployment rate and returning to pre-recession levels.
Governor Pat McCrory recognized 21 volunteers from throughout North Carolina for their community service this week during a ceremony at the State Capitol Building. Recipients of the 2016 Governor's Award for Volunteer Service were from 21 counties throughout the state, ranging from teenagers in high school to others nearly 90-years-old. "This year's recipients did not volunteer to be recognized or receive credit. However their actions help make our state a better place and inspire others to give back to their communities," said Governor McCrory. Gary Poe of neighboring Ashe County was one of the 21 volunteers who were awarded. Poe has volunteered for over a decade with the Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission. He has been a board member and leader of the We Care committee, providing assistance to 700 people each year. Poe is a leader in numerous activities to help those in need, including the “Keep the Heat On” soup luncheons.
Wilkesboro Police are investigating break-ins at the Cub Creek Apartments. In the first report, Police were called by an apartment resident. The victim found that someone had entered her apartment and had stolen some clothes. Nothing else was reported stolen. Police found pry marks at the door. In the second report, the victim found pry marks on the outside door of the apartment and damage to the weather stripping. The thief did not get inside the second apartment and nothing was reported stolen. Police do have a possible suspect and charges are pending.
High school athletes can get your sports physical now -- as the Wilkes County Health Department’s MESH Unit is offering Sports Physical Clinics at the health department and at high schools. This month sports physicals are Wednesdays1:30pm-4:15pm and Thursdays 9:00am-12:15pm. During the month of August sports physicals will be Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-12:15pm and 1:30pm-4:15pm. Sports Physicals are also offered at area high schools this week: West Wilkes today, July 26; North Wilkes Wednesday, July 27; and East Wilkes High Thursday, July 28. If you would like more information, or you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 336-651-7450. To download a copy of the Summer MESH Sports Physical Clinics and Sports Physical form please visit our website at www.wilkeshealth.com/services/teens/mesh-school-health/.