We have reported on several occasions and reminded you of repeated warnings by the Better Business Bureau to not cash suspicious checks that require you sending money back to the sender. One Wilkes resident heeded the warning, did not cash the check, and did call Police. Wilkesboro Police were called this week regarding a possible check cashing scam. A local resident has a part-time business and website from which she received an order. The person placing the order sent a check in the amount of $2230 to pay for a $111 order. The instruction was to cash the check, take the amount out for the order purchase, and then send the remainder of the money back via Money Gram. The Wilkes resident was concerned this was a scam with a bad check and called Wilkesboro Police. According to the report, the check did not look like a bank issued check but rather like one printed out on a computer printer. Since the woman did not cash the check, she did not fall victim to the scam and wasn't out any money. Police have the suspicious check and other evidence on the suspect, but these cases usually are hard to prosecute. Again, you are warned to always call local law enforcement if you receive any suspicious check that requires you to cash it and resend a portion back to the sender via Money Gram or by other means.
Three vehicles were damaged at two different locations in Wilkesboro. The first report is from the BROC Headstart on Industrial Park Drive. Employees arrived to find over 500 dollars in damages to one of their buses. The windshield of the bus along with a side window had been cracked. The damages were caused by someone throwing rocks at the vehicle; no suspects were listed with the report. Then in a second damage to property report, two employees of Westwood Hills Nursing Home called to report damages to their vehicles that had been parked at the nursing home on Fletcher Street. Damages ranged from 200 to 400 dollars. There are currently no suspects.
It may be legal in Colorado, but it is not legal in North Carolina. Wilkesboro Police were called to Wilkes Communications on River Street regarding a suspicious package. The package was shipped to the company. When it arrived, employees opened the package and found sealed bags inside containing some kind of substance that was identified as "green tea." Police questioned the employee who ordered the package. The man acted suspiciously and a check on his name revealed that his Colorado driver's license was revoked. Police asked to search his car, and the man admitted to having marijuana that he brought with him from Colorado as he was only working temporarily in Wilkesboro. The man was given a citation for drug possession and told not to drive his car as his license was revoked.
They stole over 300 dollars worth of craft items from Walmart. Wilkesboro Police were called to the store regarding a couple of female shoplifters. In store security had detained one woman in the office and they were searching for her accomplice when Police arrived. Police questioned both women. One admitted to stealing the items and the second initially denied any theft; however, a search of both women found several markers, pens, beads, and bracelets totaling over 300 dollars. Both were arrested, charged with shoplifting and larceny, and taken to the Wilkes County Jail.
The meeting was cancelled and re-scheduled. The Wilkes County Board of Elections has issued a Notice of Public Meeting. Pursuant to NC state law, the county board of elections is to meet and hold public meetings. The Wilkes County Board of Election cancelled their regularly scheduled meeting on August 5, and instead, they will meet Tuesday, August 12 at 8:30 am in the Board of Elections Office in the Wilkes County Office Building. On the agenda for the August meeting is the Oath of Office for Democratic members and absentee meeting schedule for the General Election in November. If you have any questions or concerns about this notice please contact the Wilkes County Board of Elections.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC), Chair of the Subcommittee on Children and Families, will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:15 am titled “Paid Family Leave: The Benefits for Businesses and Working Families.” While American workers are currently guaranteed 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family and medical reasons, access to paid family leave for U.S. employees is far less universal. In fact, only about 11 percent of workers are covered by formal paid family leave policies. This hearing will explore the disparities in access to paid family leave in the U.S., highlight the experiences of businesses that do offer paid family leave, and examine how offering such leave benefits business’ bottom lines and benefits working families’ health and economic security.
Attention Farmers: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield and market volatility. SCO is a county-level policy endorsement that is in addition to an underlying crop insurance policy, and covers a portion of losses not covered by the same crop's underlying policy. Producers who elect to participate in Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC), which is offered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), are not eligible for SCO for the crop and farm participating in ARC. For more information, you may call the Wilkes Farm Service Agency.
Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is warning the public about the latest scam targeting members. A cooperative member reported this week that he received a call on his cell phone from a number appearing to be Blue Ridge Electric. The imposter told the member that his electricity was going to be disconnected unless he made immediate payment by debit or credit card and asked for his information. Similar scams have required payment using a prepaid money card. Fortunately, the member hung up and called the telephone number he knew to be his local Blue Ridge Electric office to check on his account. Realistic scams such as this are becoming increasingly common. The cooperative warns members to be aware of this type of fraudulent activity and to take steps to protect their identity and money. Blue Ridge Electric provides the following tips to help avoid falling victim to a scam: If someone calls you asking for immediate payment on your electric bill, don't ever give out your personal information! This includes your Blue Ridge Electric account number, your banking information, social security number or any other personal information. Immediately call Blue Ridge Electric at a number you know to belong to the cooperative. Don't trust a telephone number a caller gives you. The Blue Ridge Electric toll free number is 800-451-5474. Always report fraudulent calls to your local law enforcement authority as well as to Blue Ridge Electric.
There is a real need right now and there are at least two opportunities within the next week for you to help. The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage as donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. Leigh Brock of the American Red Cross explains why there is currently a decline in donations. AIR All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood drive is schedule for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 30th at SweetFrog in Wilkesboro from 3:00pm-7:30pm; and also a blood drive on Monday, August 4th at Millers Creek United Methodist Church (5100 Boone Trail Hwy., Millers Creek) from 2:00pm-7:00pm.
Wilkes Regional Hospital has sent a request to the Town of North Wilkesboro to demolish an old nurses dormitory building. The building was originally constructed in the 1950's and has served many purposes since, including for many years, a dormitory for the female nurses who worked at the hospital. The building has been empty since 2008 and has many structural issues. The plans are to demolish the building and use the space for additional parking.