This Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a gas tank from a boat at the lake. The victim reported that she found where someone had taken the gas tank off of her boat. The thief or thieves apparently cut the fuel lines going to the gas tank and removed the tank along with approximately 18 gallons of fuel. The boat was at the victim`s dock at the K Scott Lake. The stolen property including the gas tank for the Pontoon boat and the gas was valued at $575. Damages to the boat's gas lines was listed at $100. No suspects were given with the report.
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The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a trap theft in Purlear. The victim reported that someone had taken his steel wildlife trap from the area just outside of his home. The 60`X14`X14` homemade steal wildlife trap was valued at $200. There is no word on suspects. For laws and restrictions on trapping in North Carolina, information can be found at www.ncwildlife.org. You can also contact the Wilkes County Animal Control with questions concerning local laws.
One of the commonly stolen items stolen in home break-ins across the country and in Wilkes is guns. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a stolen gun from a Millers Creek residence. The victim advised that a .22 Richardson Harrison revolver was stolen from the residence. The value of the revolver is $175. There are no suspects; the investigation is continuing.
In both incidents, a someone attempted to force open a door to the home. Deputies from the Wilkes Sheriff's Office responded to a home in North Wilkesboro regarding a breaking and entering call. The victim advised that several things inside the home had been tampered with and the back door appeared to have been pried. On inspection, there was evidence that the back door of the home had recently been pried open. The victim advised that no items appeared to be missing from the house. There is a possible suspect in this break-in and charges are pending. In the second report, Sheriff's Deputies responded to a home in Wilkesboro concerning a break-in. The reporting party advised he had been asked by his mother to check the residence and found the door had been forced open when he arrived. As in the first report, nothing was reported stolen. Damages to the door were listed at $200. No suspects were listed with the second report.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 2 through 8, 2015, as "National Farmers Market Week." This year marks the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week in honor of the important role that farmers markets play in local economies. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate thousands of our nation's farmers markets, the farmers and ranchers who make them possible and the communities that host them. In its 34th Season, the Wilkes Farmers' Market is open this year in a new location at the new Yadkin Valley Marketplace in downtown North Wilkesboro. The farmers’ market is held weekly through the middle of September. The Wilkes Farmers' Market is open Saturdays 7:30 a.m.–noon and Tuesdays 3:30–5:30 p.m. The Yadkin Valley Marketplace is located at the corner of Ninth Street and the CBD loop in North Wilkesboro at the old downtown parking deck. The market features fruits, vegetables, and other goods from area farmers. Public parking is available. The market is open to farmers from Wilkes and surrounding counties. For more information, call 667-7129.
While filing to run for a political office ended earlier this month, Candidate Filing has been extended for Ronda Commissioner Unexpired Term. The Wilkes County Board of Elections voted to extend candidate filing for the Town of Ronda unexpired commissioner term due to an insufficient number of candidates for that office. Filing for the Town of Ronda unexpired commissioner term began at the Wilkes County Board of Elections on Wednesday of this week and will continue until next week at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
Governor Pat McCrory has been re-appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association. “I’m honored to have the confidence of my fellow governors to serve on this important committee,” Governor McCrory said. The nine-member Executive Committee supervises the association's operations and has general authority over all policy issues. It also has primary jurisdiction over issues involving federalism, homeland security, the federal budget, and federal tax policy. Governor McCrory was also selected to serve on the Economic Development and Commerce Committee. The National Governors Association is a respected bipartisan forum for governors to exchange views and share best practices. The association also identifies priority issues and develops positions and strategies to influence critical federal policies.
Governor Pat McCrory signed several pieces of legislation last week and issued a statement on the Cultural History Artifact Management and Patriotism Act. It ensures respectful treatment of the flags of North Carolina and United States, establishes the Division of Veterans Affairs as a clearing house for worn and damaged flags, transfers custody of certain historic documents from the Secretary of State to the Department of Cultural Resources to facilitate public viewing and provides protection of historic monuments and memorials across the state. “North Carolina’s history is interwoven with acts of personal sacrifice, courage, leadership and individuals who have made this state great,” Governor McCrory said. “Our monuments and memorials reminds us of North Carolina’s complete story." The Governor also said, “While I disagree with the process created in the bill and the overreach into local decision making, the overall goals of the bill merit my signature.” The governor also called on the General Assembly to double its efforts on passing a budget, the governor’s job plan and legislation that would put the Connect NC bond proposal before voters in November. “North Carolina is one of only a handful of states that has not passed a budget, which is remarkable given that we have a revenue surplus,” Governor McCrory said.
Social media was very active last week concerning the US Motto: In God We Trust-- being placed on buildings here in Wilkes. Back in May, County Commissioners considered and passed having the motto placed on the Wilkes County Office Building and the Wilkes County Courthouse. Several other counties in the state have over the past few months elected to do the same thing on their county government buildings. The motto was placed on the County Office Building and the County Courthouse last Thursday. Many citizens of Wilkes were very happy to see the motto on the buildings and expressed their thanks to County Commissioners.
Some local victims are still trying to resolve tax fraud and tax filing issues. A North Wilkesboro called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office last week concerning someone using her information and filing a fake return. The woman said she noticed when she tried to file them in April, and now that she is trying to get it fixed with the IRS, they told her that she needed to file a report with local law enforcement. According to IRS.gov, if you are a victim--File a report with law enforcement and report ID theft at ftc.gov/complaint and learn more at identitytheft.gov. If your SSN is compromised and you know or suspect you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, then: Contact the IRS and Complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit. Use a fillable form at IRS.gov, print, then mail or fax according to instructions. Also Continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must do so by paper. If you previously contacted the IRS and did not have a resolution, contact the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490. They have teams available to assist.