The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is warning on Social Media concerning Phone Scams in Wilkes. Residents are urged to please be aware that there are currently several phone “scams” going around the county. Sheriff Chris Shew reminds us to NEVER give out personal, banking, or identification information over the phone to anyone you do not know. If you didn’t solicit the call then it's probably a fraudulent call. These scam calls have many ways to convince you to send them money or get your banking information, including: “You have won a sweepstakes, and all we need is for you to send us money”; “This is the IRS and if you don’t send us money you will be arrested”; “You have been awarded a government grant, just give us your banking information and we will place the money in your account”; and “Grandma/Grandpa this is --- (Actual grand child’s name.), I’m in trouble and need you to send me money.” If you have questions or feel you have been the victim of a phone or mail scam, and you would like to speak to an officer, don’t hesitate to call the Wilkes Sheriff's Office: 336-903-7600 or 336-838-9111.
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Two in Wilkes were arrested for misuse of 911. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a residence on South Recreation Road in reference to a 911 hang up call. Deputies tried several times to get the two people inside the house to open the door. One person opened the door to deny calling 911 and to say there was no emergency before closing and locking door. The Deputies were instructed to arrest the occupants for misuse of 911. Deputies explained they would force open the door if they two inside did not open it. The two again refused and Deputies kicked open the door. A cell phone on one person inside showed that there were 7 missed calls from the 911 Communications Center. The two, Pamela Stamper and Maurice Kennedy, were both arrested and charged with misuse of 911 and resisting arrest.
It began in 2014 and continues for the upcoming school year. All students in Wilkes County’s public schools can receive breakfast and lunch at no cost, regardless of income. Wilkes County Schools will again participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, during the 2016-17 school year. CEP in Wilkes County will allow all students one free reimbursable breakfast and one free reimbursable lunch each day the student is in attendance. Known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), qualifying high-poverty school systems can offer free breakfast and lunch to all students. Wilkes is eligible for CEP because it was designated an area of “severe poverty” under federal standards, meaning seven out of every 10 Wilkes students are considered “food insecure." For more information, visit the Wilkes Schools website or contact your child's school.
Wilkes County - PASS or Prayer Around the School System is coming this weekend: Saturday, August 27th or Sunday, August 28th. The goal is to have at least one church at each school for this special time of prayer. Prayer services are held at each elementary, middle, and high school. Wilkes Prayer Around the School System has partnered with churches for several years now for a time of prayer at each school prior to the start of each new academic year. For more information on Wilkes County PASS, call (336)835-7133.
Officials with the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice this week during an open house offered community leaders and elected officials their first view of the Western Area Multipurpose Juvenile Crisis and Assessment Center in Asheville. This nine-bed center, operated through a public-private partnership with the Methodist Home for Children, will provide crisis intervention, assessment and service planning for adjudicated youth who require a temporary out-of-home placement to stabilize their behaviors. Located in the renovated former Buncombe Juvenile Detention Center, the center – one of three crisis and assessment centers to open within the past year in North Carolina – will begin serving juveniles from the 28 western counties in mid-September.
Blue Ridge Parkway staff will hold two town hall meetings to discuss possible fee increases in 2017. The current $16.00 per night camping fee at all Parkway campgrounds would be increased to $20.00, and the current $30.00 group camping fee would be increased to $35.00. There would also be new fees for showers and trash dump facility. Additional revenue raised by a fee increase would help improve and create larger infrastructure improvements such as paving, shower facilities, and utility upgrades. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area. In 2015, more than 15 million park visitors contributed $952.1 million to the local economy and supported 15,300 jobs related to tourism. A town hall meeting will take place on Wednesday September 7, 2016, at the Watauga County Center in Boone, NC from 4:00-6:00 PM and will include a public comment session. A second meeting will take place on Wednesday September 7, 2016, at the Peaks of Otter Lodge in Bedford, VA. Comments may also be submitted electronically through the following link: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/blrifeeincrease through September 15, 2016. Following the town hall meetings, feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.
3WC's Angela has been nominated to participate in the Wilkesboro Lock-Up for MDA. She has been accused of having a big heart and a great sense of humor. Please help her escape and Make a Difference in the lives of local families. MDA is dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases. MDA provides hope and help, by searching for a cure and providing important services to families right here in our community. Please support Mercy Sakes by clicking the link below and donating to her bail. Thanks in advance for joining the fight against muscle disease.
North Carolina prison officials received notice Wednesday that escaped inmate Jason Strickland was in law enforcement custody in West Virginia. Strickland was located yesterday when he checked into in a homeless shelter in Beckley, West Virginia and arrested there by the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department. Strickland escaped by leaving a highway work crew here in Wilkes County on July 27. That day he was picked up by a female driving an SUV. Several days later he was spotted at a shop in Galax, VA, but there had been no leads since then. Preparations are being made for Strickland's extradition to North Carolina.
Wilkes DSS is investigating an incident involving two small children in the State Road area. A man called 911 after two small children came to his residence looking for their mother. When a Deputy arrived, the man stated that he was preparing to go to bed when he heard a knock at the door. He opened the door to find a 6-year-old and a 2-year-old looking for their mother. The children could not advise where they lived, so the man called 911. Elkin Police assisted to identify the children and to locate their mother at work. The children were returned to their residence and Wilkes DSS was called to investigate the incident. No charges have been filed pending the outcome of the investigation.
Wilkes EMS recently completed the first Race to Revive class at a local church, Oak Grove Baptist Church in Millers Creek. This program was initiated to provide early access to defibrillators in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. The church group was taught how to recognize cardiac arrest and operate an AED (automated external defibrillator). Wilkes EMS was able to provide them with their own AED to keep on site at the church. If your church or non-profit organization is interested in applying to participate in AED program, please see the Race to Revive Facebook page for more information.