It's a case of cruelty to animals and damages to property. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office responded to a North Wilkesboro location where a 4-month-old goat had been killed. The victim advised one of his goats was killed and skinned. He explained that he lives on McCamp Road but is fixing up the residence on Sydney Lane where the crime happened. The victim noticed the goat carcass near his residence when he drove up to check on the place. He checks on this residence about once a day, usually in the afternoons. The goat was killed and skinned. It was clear that a dog, coyote, or other wild animal was not the cause. There is no word on suspects; the Wilkes Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
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They got on the porch but not in the house. A property owner from Moravian Falls called concerning a break-in. The victim reported that she had discovered that someone had entered her front porch area by cutting the edge of the screen in the door, unlatching the door, and entering the enclosed front porch area. The would-be thief and then attempted to pry open the front door; however, no entry was gained and nothing was reported stolen. Damages to the two doors are estimated at $100.
A faith-based effort to improve health care is currently seeking volunteers to help the sick in Wilkes and Yadkin Counties. Wilkes FaithHealth has scheduled three free volunteer training courses across the area this spring. The next training session is Friday, May 1st, 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 2nd, 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church in Hamptonville. Then later in May, there is another volunteer training session Friday, May 14th, 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 15th, 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Millers Creek United Methodist Church. Participants will learn about compassionate care giving, patient privacy, and the limits of the volunteer caregiver role. No medical background is required, and there is no obligation to serve. To register, call (336) 838-5197 or register online at www.wilkesfaithhealth.weebly.com.
MerleFest has wrapped up its 28th year. Early estimates show that, from its start on Thursday, April 23, to its close on Sunday, April 26, aggregate participation over the festival’s four days exceeded 78,000 participants, an increase from last year’s numbers. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs. A significant part of MerleFest's mission is to give back to the community. In that spirit, the outreach program took place on Thursday, with MerleFest artists giving performances for nearly 7,000 children at local schools. In addition, on Friday morning more than 3,000 school children from Wilkes and surrounding counties attended the festival. “We deeply appreciate the support of the great citizens of Wilkes County, everyone who works here at the college, and of course our volunteers and fans, for making this all possible,” said Ted Hagaman, director of the festival. MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. MerleFest 2016 will be held at Wilkes Community College on April 28-May 1, 2016
She was arrested after calling 911 twice in one day for no reason. A Wilkes Sheriff's Deputy was called to a Dowell Ridge Road address. The first time, the woman never gave a reason for calling. She advised she did not want any medical treatment. The Deputy explained to her she could not call 911 for no reason and if it happened again she would be charged and taken to jail. A few hours later, the Deputy was again dispatched to the same address. When he arrived, the suspect was laying in the floor, so EMS was called. Once again the suspect had no reason for calling, and when EMS arrived, she refused any type of treatment. It was obvious the suspect was impaired, because she could not even stand on her on will. The woman was arrested and transported her to Wilkes County Intake Center where she was charged with Misuse of the 911 System.
Australian Travis Grant captured the men's stand up paddleboard championship in the grueling 13.2-mile Graveyard Race at The Fifth Annual Carolina Cup. Danny Ching of California, multiple Battle of the Paddle winner and three-time champion of The Carolina Cup, placed second. In the women's division of the elite Graveyard Race, the top-ranked paddler in the world, Annabel Anderson of New Zealand returned to Wrightsville Beach and successfully captured her third consecutive victory. Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, The Carolina Cup "attracted top paddlers from approximately 20 nations and 40 states," according to co-race director John Beausang. "An estimated 950 people registered for this year's races and clinics," all based at Blockade Runner Beach Resort this past weekend.
The NC Governor will allow a bill to become law without his signature. Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on allowing House Bill 364 to become law without his signature: “On March 16, 2015, a three-judge panel ruled that a provision in the Coal Ash Management Act compelling me to issue an executive order was unconstitutional. This bill removes this provision from the Act, and also removes similar provisions in other statutes. It properly leaves the decision to issue an executive order in my discretion." McCrory also said, “Another part of the bill removes the ability of legislators to serve on two commissions and a board. In place of legislators, it allows legislative appointees to serve. While these entities are mostly advisory in nature, they do perform some executive functions." McCrory said he believed it's unconstitutional to allow legislative appointees to serve on boards and commissions that perform executive functions. He stated that this issue requires a final resolution from the Supreme Court. McCrory explained, “For these reasons, I will allow this bill to become law without my signature.”
Wilkesboro Fire Department along with Moravian Falls and Goshen fire departments responded to a fire at Windemere Apartments this morning. According to Wilkesboro Chief Jason Smithey, a woman and her son were in the apartment about 7:35 this morning when the smoke alarm awakened them up. They saw smoke in the apartment and escaped out a bedroom window. The fire was contained to the one apartment. There was light smoke damage to adjoining units, but only extensive fire damage to the one apartment. Smithey said they believe the cause of the fire was electrical. EMS checked out the mother and son but no injuries were reported. Fire fighters were on the scene until about 9:30.
Local residents continue to get calls from people claiming to be from the IRS and attempting to steal you money. Recently, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a scam. The victim advised someone called and left a voice mail message stating they are with the IRS and that she needs to call a 310 number immediately to avoid legal action regarding back taxes. The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. Based on the thousands of complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline, to date, TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams. It is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS: Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone, Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations, and Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy. Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number. And, Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. If you know you don’t owe taxes, then hang up and contact local law enforcement.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called concerning a car alarm in Ronda. Last week, the victim called 911 after the car alarm went off repeatedly. The victim stated that around midnight the alarm on her vehicle kept going off. The victim stated that she was scared and contacted the Sheriffs Department. Deputy Welborn and the victims husband checked around the home and vehicle, but there was nobody around. The victim stated that her husband went outside this morning and noticed that their 2003 Nissan Altima had been vandalized. The roof, hood, all four doors, trunk lid and bumpers all looked to have been cut or carved on by a sharp object. The rear passenger door had been kicked in at the bottom and a large dent on the roof. Damages are estimated at $3000.