It went from a grab and go to a drop and run. A Wilkesboro resident called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office regarding a theft that almost happened. The victim was getting out of the shower when he heard someone in his garage. The victim went out to see who was there and saw someone carrying items out of garage. When the suspect saw the homeowner, he dropped the stolen leaf blower and hedger in the driveway, got in his truck, and sped away. The victim got in his truck and chased the suspect down the road. The stolen items were recovered and charges are pending against the would-be thief.
One was taken from the shed and the other from the driveway. The Wilkes Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of a lawn mower from a property owner off Hwy 421 in Hamptonville. The John Deere lawnmower valued at 1600 dollars was stolen from the victim's shed. Then a North Wilkesboro resident called to report the theft of a scooter. The stolen 2005 Yamaha Scooter was valued at 800 dollars. The scooter was parked in the owner's driveway at the time of the theft. No suspects were listed with either theft.
In another break-in, the thief did get away and the victim is still listing stolen property. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called by a property owner in Boomer. The man reported that between 8am and 6pm Thursday, someone entered his garage and workshop located behind his house. The lock was pried off the side door of the shop, so the thief could get inside. An undetermined amount of property was stolen. The victim is still putting a list together of stolen items. Damages are listed at 25 dollars; there are no known witnesses or suspects at this time. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
It's the first day of school for Wilkes County, and the American Red Cross has steps that everyone can take to make the trip back to the classroom safer. When kids go back to school, parents should make sure the child knows his or her home phone number and address, parents’ work contact information, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1. Parents should also teach their children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know. If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early, stand away from the curb, Board the bus only after it has come to a complete stop, and Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus. If a teenager is going to drive to school, parents should remind teens to use seat belts, not use their cell phone to text or call while driving, and not to eat or drink while driving. Talk to your child’s teacher or school principal about the school’s emergency plan and how you will be notified if an emergency happens at the school. Remind your child that the most important thing they can do if an emergency happens at school is to stay calm and listen to the direction of their teachers or principal. And finally, the Red Cross advises parents to tape a copy of your family’s contact numbers and meeting place(s) to the inside of your child’s binder, homework notebook, or book bag.
It happened nearly a year ago, but officials are still asking for help in solving the crime. In effort to assist Highway Patrol investigators, the public information office is once again respectfully requesting the public’s assistance in providing additional leads in the death of Ivin Levander Scurlock, 41, of Carrboro, NC and Alexandria Nicole Simou, 40, of Chapel Hill, NC. On Thursday, September 19, 2013 at approximately 11:38 pm, two bicyclists were traveling south on US15-501 just outside of the city limits of Chapel Hill when they were struck from behind by an unknown vehicle. The impact caused both bicyclists to be ejected onto the southbound lanes of US15-501. The suspect vehicle fled from the scene. As a result of the collision, Ivin Levander Scurlock, 41, of Carrboro, NC, died at the scene. The second bicyclist, identified as Alexandria Nicole Simou, 40, of Chapel Hill, was transported to UNC Hospital but later died. At this time, there are no witnesses to this collision. The suspect vehicle was described as having front end and windshield damage. The make and model of the vehicle is unknown. Any information and/or tips from the public pertaining to this incident should be reported to the Hillsborough Highway Patrol at (336) 732-2551 or the Raleigh Highway Patrol Communication Center at (919) 733-3861.
Governor Pat McCrory is encouraging high school students to apply for the Governor’s Page Program. Upcoming dates for the one-week internship in Raleigh are available beginning September 8. Governor McCrory said, “The page program provides valuable firsthand experience in how government operates. It is training North Carolina's high school students and the next generation of our state's leaders about the importance of public service." Pages selected serve one week terms and are granted a stipend of $150.00 per week to offset the costs of expenses incurred. Each applicant must be a North Carolina high school student in good academic standing between the ages of 16 and 18 years old.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC), Chair of the Subcommittee on Children and Families, is calling on the U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services (HHS) to take action against the growing prevalence of child trafficking in the United States. After holding a hearing last month that examined how child victims are going unidentified, misidentified or underreported because of gaps in training for health care providers, school personnel and social workers, Hagan is pressing the Departments to issue guidelines that will help these dedicated professionals better identify and treat victims. North Carolina consistently ranks among the top 10 states in the country for human trafficking. According to the Department of Homeland Security, as many as 300,000 children in the United States are victims of human trafficking, with an average age of 11 to 14 years. Many of these children are still attending school and interacting daily with teachers, counselors and other school personnel, making it particularly important that educators are able to recognize the signs of a trafficking victim and respond accordingly.
The windows were shot and shattered. Wilkesboro Police were called out to investigate some property damage at two different locations on School Street. In the first report, a vehicle was left overnight in the parking lot of Wilkes Surgical Associates in Wilkeboro. When the owner returned the next morning, they found the damages. According to the Police report, the window appeared to have been shot with a BB gun. Police searched the car for a BB but was unable to find one. Then in the second report, a car at Hamby's Muffler Shop was damaged. Again, it appeared that someone had shot out a window of the car with a BB gun. Damages are estimated at 200 dollars for each vehicle. There are no suspects at this time.
Damages were listed at nearly 2000 dollars. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a report of damage to property. The victim said he had his 2008 Cadillac parked beside his business on Boone Trail. It looks like someone attempted a vehicle break-in. A prying tool was used on the rear driver's side door. Entrance was not gained into the car and nothing was reported stolen. However, the damages to the door are estimated at 2000 dollars. There are currently no suspects.
The doors were locked, so the thief just broke out a window. A homeowner in Traphill called the Wilkes Sheriff's Department when they returned home and discovered the break-in. Someone broke out a window at the back of the house causing 100 dollars in damages. The thief then took a Phoenix Arms .22 pistol, an Echo chainsaw, an Echo weed-eater, and a Go-Pro camera. There is a possible suspect and charges are pending.