Funeral arrangements are set for a Wilkesboro man who died in a motorcycle wreck in Wilkes over the weekend. BRADLEY JAVON BRIDGES, age 26, of Wilkesboro, died Saturday when he wrecked a motorcycle on N.C. 18 South in the Boomer community, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. According to the report, speed was a factor. Bridges lost control in a curve and hit a mailbox and a tree. He died at the scene. Funeral service for Mr. Bridges will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 1:00 until 2:00 on Thursday, prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted.
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It's begins this week. It's MerleFest 2017 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. Starting tomorrow, Thursday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m., and running through Sunday, April 30, an estimated 75,000 participants will gather at this year’s 30th homecoming of musicians and music lovers to celebrate the world renowned MerleFest. There will be over 100 artists performing on 13 stages spread across campus. The 30th celebration of MerleFest is a milestone that brings many MerleFest artists back to the festival’s stages for special events, such as The Transatlantic Sessions Tour. The complete lineup and stage schedules are posted at merlefest.org/lineup and available on the MerleFest mobile app, which includes festival updates in real time.
At a McGrady residence, they came by night when no one was at home. The victim called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office when she returned home from work to find a break-in. Someone forcibly entered the house and took a Stevens 12-gauge shotgun, a 32-inch TV, and a small wooden box. Stolen property is valued just over 400 dollars. The thieves came while the homeowner was at work. That investigation is still underway.
They have a white female suspect on video using the card and charges are pending. Wilkesboro Police were contacted regarding the unauthorized use of a charge card. The woman reported that someone had used her Kohl's card to purchase a vacuum, gaming system, and a pillow. The unauthorized charges totaled nearly 900 dollars. Police viewed surveillance video and spoke with the cashier on duty. Again, there is a picture of the unidentified suspect. Wilkesboro Police are continuing to investigate.
A business on Statesville Road was broken into over the weekend. Wilkes Sheriff's Investigators were called to ACC Automotive. The owner reported his garage was entered and 9 car batteries were stolen. The stolen property is valued at nearly 300 dollars. No suspects were given with that report.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating an unusual theft from Hays area. The victim reported that 650 dollars in property was stolen including 2 doors off a Jeep Wrangler, Rhino lined mirrors, and a trail camera that was attached to the house. There is no word on suspects.
A prisoner in NC died this month. Inmate Adam Tipton died last week at a Winston-Salem hospital, several days after an apparent suicide attempt. Tipton was found unresponsive in his cell at Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury at about 10 p.m. on April 13. Prison medical staff, local paramedics and firefighters responded and worked to resuscitate the inmate. He was transported first to Rowan Medical Center and later to Forsyth Medical Center. Tipton had returned to prison on April 12 after absconding from post-release supervision. He had been convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine and other charges in Madison County.
The Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a program of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and part of the North Carolina AHEC System, together with CareNet Counseling, an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist, will host two sessions of “Soul Shop for Youth Workers: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation” trainings this week, April 27 and 28. Soul Shop for Youth Workers is a one-day faith based suicide prevention training program designed for church youth leaders, clergy, public school teachers, Christian school teachers, camp counselors, athletic coaches, and anyone who works with youth. The workshop teaches techniques to detect the signs of youth contemplating suicide and interventions to help save lives. The training is part of Northwest AHEC’s continuing education activities. Information about the program, course fees, and registration can be found at www.carenetcounseling.org
Two men drove into flooding waters and off a low water bridge in Roaring River. One exited to get help and the other ended being trapped on the cab of the truck until rescued by Roaring River Firemen. The truck was swept of Cotton Mill Road Bridge by flooding waters. The driver, Christopher Smith of Ronda got out of the vehicle to get help. The passenger, Michael Butcher of Thurmond, remained, but as flood waters rose, he was trapped on the cab of the Ford pickup. Roaring River Firemen arrived and used a rope to get the man back to safety. The incident happened Monday morning.
A house on Ray Lane in Millers Creek was forcibly entered and hundreds of dollars in property was stolen. The property owner reported that stolen property included: a kids bounce house, 50-inch flatscreen TV, wheels and tires, BB gun, drone, clothes, dog kennel, Playstation 3, and other items. Stolen property was valued at $2700. Damages estimated at 800 dollars. No suspects were listed with that report. The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is investigating.