One man has been arrested and another arrest and charges are pending in a couple of armed robberies in the Millers Creek area. Jerome James Carlton, 23, of Boomer, was arrested yesterday and charged with an armed robbery. As 3WC News reported earlier this week, two men armed with a handgun and a shotgun robbed the Double Deuce Sweepstakes in Millers Creek Sunday night. According to the report, thousands in cash were stolen. Also, a man driving on Dragway Road Sunday morning said he was flagged down and robbed by two men armed with a handgun and a shotgun. Again, one 23-year-old has been arrested in connection with these robberies and other charges are pending as this investigation is still underway.
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Arrests have been made regarding an investigation that began back in 2011. This week, two people at Pipedreams in Wilkesboro were arrested for selling synthetic marijuana. According to the Wilkesboro Police report, the investigation into the business began back in November 2011 after they were contacted by North Wilkesboro PD regarding an overdose on illegal synthetic marijuana purchased at Pipedreams. In 2012, two juveniles were found to have made a purchase of synthetic marijuana from the business. In July of 2012, a search warrant was issued on Pipedreams. Narcotics Investigators with Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro police departments seized 664 packages of the product that was sent to the SBI for testing. Recently, the SBI results were received and warrants were obtained for drug trafficking. Mr. Christopher Staggs and Mrs. Bonnie Staggs of Pipedreams were arrested. Charges included Trafficking Synthetic Cannabinoids, Maintaining a Dwelling to Sell a Controlled Substance, and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver. Both were taken to the Wilkes County Jail with a $15,000 bond, and their court date is set for June 17.
A 24-year-old from Wilkesboro has been charged for stealing money from his employer. Wilkesboro Police were called by O'Reilly Auto Parts concerning the larceny from the business. The Loss Prevention Officer for the Company explained that an employee was suspected of making false item returns and keeping the cash. The employee stole money on 5 different occasions. Store Management interviewed the employee, who admitted to taking the money and gave a written statement. The employee, Gerald Frederick of Wilkesboro, was charged with larceny by employee.
Warrants have been issued for a man who hit a BROC bus with his hand and demanded the bus driver open the door. Wilkesboro Police were called to investigate the incident. A 29-year-old white male from Wilkesboro approached the bus in the BROC Head Start parking lot. The man had demanded the bus driver open the door. When the door was not opened, the man reportedly threatened the driver and left the scene. A bus monitor got the tag number of the bus. Wilkesboro Police were able to obtain the name of the man and contacted him by phone. Apparently, the man was angry that the bus driver had cut him off days before and wanted to confront the driver. Police explained that the man should not have approached the bus or hit the door with his hand. The man was told to turn himself in as warrants had been issued for his arrest which is pending.
First winner on the list is a Wilkes Community College Student . Twenty-four North Carolina students are the first recipients of the N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced. The scholarships are designed for high school seniors and students currently enrolled in an institute of higher education who have participated in the junior livestock or market turkey shows at the N.C. State Fair. The scholarships were funded by sponsors of the annual N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Sale of Champions. The number of scholarships awarded each year will be based on qualified applicants and funds available from the previous year’s Sale of Champions. Because of strong support of the 2014 sale, 24 scholarships valued at $2,000 each were awarded this year. “These scholarships are an investment in our next generation of farmers and agribusiness leaders,” Troxler said. Gabrielle Adams, of Alexander County and a student at Wilkes Community College, was one of those 24 scholarship recipients.
After the House of Representatives passed the historic Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act last week, American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) is calling on the Senate to follow the example and do the same to protect unborn babies. Last week, the House passed the bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “The House of Representatives stepped up last week to protect innocent lives and possibly begin to reverse the ugly mark that abortion has left on America’s landscape,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. President Barack Obama has said he would veto a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, issuing a veto threat in January, reported LifeNews.com. A recent report in the New York Times, however, highlighted a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, which found that some babies survive with treatment after being born as early as 22 weeks—further demonstrating the humanity of unborn babies. “Abortion at any stage is a horrific practice,” Wildmon said. The House passed a similar ban in 2013, but the bill failed to garner enough votes in the pro-abortion Senate. AFA is asking all pro-life Americans to contact their U.S. Senators and urge them to support this critical legislation that protects the most vulnerable lives.
On Tuesday, the United States House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Included in the bill, is a bipartisan provision written by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to close a legal loophole that currently enables sex offenders convicted under the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) to evade registration with the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR). The Military Sex Offender Reporting amendment is in response to a Department of Defense Inspector General investigation that took place in August of 2014. “When we know a problem exists, we cannot look the other way. I’m pleased that this legislation will become law,” said Burr. The Military Sex Offender Reporting amendment requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to register offenders directly with the Department of Justice national registry and the sex offender public website prior to the offender’s release from a Military Corrections Facility (MCF). Currently, sex offenders convicted in the military justice system must self-report after release. Investigations by Scripps News Service and North Carolina’s WGHP News earlier this year found that this loophole has enabled hundreds of convicted sex offenders to evade registration and allowed some to commit similar crimes again.
What's the old saying: They will steal anything that's not tied down, and sometimes they steal the tied down stuff too. A North Wilkesboro victim called the Sheriff's Office after their Dish was stolen. According to the victim their Direct TV dish valued at $500 was stolen from their home. The Sheriff's Office has received two reports of medication being stolen. The first report was from a victim in Boomer who stated that someone had stolen her handbag out of her unlocked car while it was parked at her residence. Her prescriptions were inside the handbag. Then a victim near Elkin reported that someone stole their medications out of their camper. A Hays property owner reported the theft of a homemade trailer that was for sale by owner. The victim said that a lawnmower trailer was stolen from their front yard. The stolen homemade trailer was valued at 60 dollars. And finally, someone's computer was stolen while they were at church. The victim on North Oakgrove Extention reported that they returned home from church to fine their laptop and charger had been stolen. The Acer Chromebook computer was valued at $220. The Sheriff's Office is investigating all these thefts.
All the way through tax filing season, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a large number on reports concerning Tax Fraud and ID Theft where local victims were told that someone had filed a false return in their name to steal a refund. Apparently, some late reports are still coming in. This week, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office released information another local victim. The Wilkes couple reported that they filed their income tax return this year to the IRS, and on April 16th, the form was refused as someone had already filed in their name. The IRS and FTC are involved in investigating all the tax fraud cases, but reports with local law enforcement must also be made by victims.
He had a knife but no criminal history. Wilkesboro Police were called to a local store regarding a shoplifter. The 29-year-old white male had been detained after store staff observed him using a knife to remove items from their packaging and then try to leave the store with the stolen property. Police arrived and searched the man. They found the knife and he admitted to stealing the merchandise from the store. Since the property was recovered and the man had no criminal history, Police issued him a citation for shoplifting and he was released.