When they could not pry the doors, they just kicked them open. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called concerning a break-in and theft at a house in Millers Creek. According to the investigation report, someone attempted to pry open both entry doors. Finally, the thief or thieves kicked open one of the doors to get inside the house. Stolen property was valued at 1300 dollars and included a Daisy pump action pellet gun, a flat screen TV, a Gamecube console, a Nintendo 64, a window air conditioning unit, a wall clock, and a plaque. Damages to the doors were estimated at 300 dollars. The victim stated that this was a second home and they had last been at this home about 3 weeks ago. No suspects were listed with the report.
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They were lying in the road beside the vehicle as if there had been a wreck. A Wilkes Sheriff's Deputy was in Traphill to serve a civil process order. On the way, he saw a man in lying in the roadway next to the driver's side of a vehicle where the door was open. The vehicle appeared to have just been involved in an accident. Nearby, there was a section of electric fence caught around the rear axle of the car. A State Highway Patrolman was called to the scene. The Deputy saw a female on the passenger side of the car remove a Mason jar from the car and set it beside a tree. When the Deputy tried to check to see if the man in the road was injured, the man stood up. Both he and the woman became defensive and starting yelling at the Deputy. When the Highway Patrolman arrived, they searched the car and found drug paraphernalia, pills, and moonshine in the vehicle. Both the man and woman were arrested for possession and other charges and taken to jail.
For the second time this month, the Wilkesboro Police have been called to investigate the theft of some old grease from a local restaurant. This time, Mini Moo's reported the theft of about 250 dollars worth of old grease that was outside the restaurant in a container. Wilkesboro Police did find a man on another night near the old grease container. The man admitted to taking the oil; however, he spoke very little English and it was difficult to get more information from him. The man is from Winston-Salem. Charges are pending further investigation. Earlier this month, Hardee's when employees discovered that used grease had been stolen from a container outside near the dumpsters. There are no cameras outside where the theft occurred, but Police did collect evidence at the scene. Management explained that the restaurant receives credit for the used grease and estimated the loss of old grease at 450 dollars. It has not been determined yet if the two incidents are related. Again, there is a suspect in the latest incident and charges are pending.
The Child Abuse Prevention Team and Our House are once again collecting coats for kids. You are asked to bring new and lightly used children's outerwear to the Hour Glass Cleaners or Wilkesboro Cleaners. The coats will be distributed at the Ministry of HOPE. The 15th Annual Coats for Kids Drive is going on now through December.C
Past and present Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees and WCC Endowment Corporation board members gathered at the Walker Center on Thursday, October 16, to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary. “Wilkes Community College is 50 years strong, an anniversary worthy of celebration. Over the course of 50 years, our college has touched the lives of thousands of individuals. It has contributed to the success of business and industry in this region....And, it has earned a reputation as one of the best community colleges in this state, if not this nation!” said Dr. Cox. The college’s year-long celebration will conclude on Saturday, May 16, 2015, with a free concert event at the Doc and Merle Watson Theater. Members of the community are encouraged to make plans to attend the concert and enjoy other activities planned for the day. Established in 1965,Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.
Governor Pat McCrory praised the economic and cultural impact of the Fall 2014 High Point Market today during a visit to the furniture exposition. “The High Point Market is more than a trade show,” Governor McCrory said.“With its colorful history and economic benefits, it’s become part of North Carolina’s culture and has made High Point the furniture capital of the world.” The fall market is expected to attract approximately 75,000 visitors, of which 10 percent will be from international destinations. The show is expected to have 2,000 exhibitors. A 2013 Duke University study found that the High Point Market generates more than $5.39 billion in economic impact to regional economy and supports 37,616 jobs. The economic activity generated by the market provides North Carolina approximately $123 million in tax revenue annually, according to the Duke study. The Duke report also found that despite globalization, the furniture industry remains a critical source of jobs in North Carolina and an important source of tax revenue for state and local governments. The market is the key event for the furniture economic sector and includes a range of activities from manufacturing, to distribution, to design, marketing and professional services.
Governor Pat McCrory has asked North Carolina education, law enforcement, mental health, government and business leaders to work together with the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to focus the public’s attention on methods to ensure all state schools are safe as Safer Schools Week is observed this week, Oct. 19-25, 2014. Governor McCrory said. “As we observe Safer Schools Week, I encourage all North Carolinians to become active in your children’s lives and in their schools, and learn how you can help keep our schools safe and secure.” Established by Governor McCrory in 2013, the N.C. Center for Safer Schools – based in the Department of Public Safety – is a customer-focused information center for research, training and technical assistance related to school safety, crisis prevention and response. Safer Schools Week also occurs in conjunction with Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month in North Carolina, proclaimed by the governor on October 1, 2014. For additional information on the Center for Safer Schools, including its latest progress report, please visit www.centerforsaferschools.org.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Dept has moved to their new office, the final phases of the new jail are in the works, and the public is invited to spend the first night in the jail as a fundraiser. 3WC News spoke with Sheriff Chris Shew about moving into their new office in a building that was part of the old Wachovia property off Brushy Mtn Road. AIR And the new Wilkes Detention Center or Wilkes Jail is scheduled to open soon. AIR The first night in the Wilkes Jail is this Friday night and the public is invited to come visit and take part in a fundraiser for Samaritan's Kitchen. AIR Again, the First Night in the Jail is this Friday. You can purchase 10-dollar tickets at the Sheriff's Office or from Sheriff's Deputies to stop by the jail Friday for pork or chicken BBQ, games, a tour, and even spend the night in jail. Again, proceeds benefit the Kid's Backpack program with Samaritan's Kitchen.
Representatives from the Wilkes County Health Department met Friday with other county leaders and agencies to discuss protocol and procedures to prepare in the event of an Ebola response. This is the third meeting held of the Ebola Preparedness Team to discuss guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the North Carolina Division of Public Health regarding preparing for potential Ebola cases. Team members represented at Friday’s meeting were from the Health Department, Wilkes Regional Medical Center, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, Wilkes Communication Center, Town of Wilkesboro Police, Wilkes County Schools, Wilkes County Emergency Medical Services including first responders representative, Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home, and Animal Control. The County Clerk and County Manager were also present. Other community members invited were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. Ann Absher, Health Director at the Health Department, commended the large showing of community groups. “I am proud of the presence and leadership represented today,” said Mrs. Absher. Mrs. Absher and Diane Bauguess, Communicable Disease Nurse at the Health Department, are the lead Health Department contacts for this team. Other team members include Wilkesboro Fire Department, and new groups are being invited throughout the process to ensure it remains comprehensive, including the Wilkes Rescue Squad and Department of Social Services. The team met twice in August to review protocol for protective gear, isolation and quarantine. North Carolina has been preparing since July for the possibility that a patient in North Carolina might be diagnosed with Ebola. For questions about Ebola, please call the NC Ebola Public Info Line at 1-800-222-1222 and select option 6.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan issued the following statement about the ongoing Ebola crisis: "I have said for weeks that travel restrictions should be one part of a broad strategy to prevent Ebola from spreading in the U.S. and fighting it in Africa." Hagan said, "I am calling on the Administration to temporarily ban the travel of non-U.S. citizens from the affected countries in West Africa." Sen Hagan also stated that although stopping the spread of this virus overseas will require a large, coordinated effort with the international community, a temporary travel ban is a prudent step the President can take to protect the American people, and Hagan said he (the President) should do so immediately.