3WC was contacted yesterday by local tax preparers and by local residents concerning the phone calls that say they're from the IRS and demand money. The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money. Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. These Phone Scams have cost victims over $23 million. The IRS warns that they will not: Call you to demand immediate payment; Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe; Require that you pay your taxes a certain way such as with a prepaid debit card; Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
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Someone stole over $4000 in tools from the job site. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in and theft at a job site on Williams Farm Road. An employee of Campbell Roofing told Sheriff's Investigators that they arrived at the site Tuesday morning to find an enclosed trailer had been entered and several tools stolen. The thief or thieves drilled a hole in the lock on the trailer to get inside. Stolen tools were valued at $4100. No suspects were given with the report; the investigation is ongoing.
No one lives in the home and thieves came calling. Over $2000 in property was stolen from a vacant house in Ronda. The property owner stopped by to check on the house and saw where someone had broken out a back door glass to gain entrance to the property. An old silver flatware set valued at $1000, a silver tea service valued at $700, and some guns were stolen. Again stolen property was valued at $2000 with damages estimated at $100. No witnesses to the break-in or suspects were listed.
The Governor's event at Wilkes Community is today. NC Senator Shirley Randleman is one of the hosts for a Governor McCrory event at the college. The NC Governor and/or his economic team for an NC Competes for Jobs will be at the Walker Center today at 1pm today on the campus of Wilkes Community College. Governor McCrory and NC Commerce, working with the North Carolina General Assembly recently enhanced the state's economic development tools. At the NC Competes for Business Tour, those in attendance can learn how to apply NC Commerce's resources and experts in the local community. Topics include: grants, loans, infrastructure assistance, regulatory reform, tax rate changes, and contacting the right people in Raleigh.
The U.S. Supreme Court this week put on hold the Obama administration's federal power plan that would increase North Carolina power bills by an estimated 22 percent and threaten economic growth. Today’s ruling sends a strong signal that the petitioning states, which include North Carolina, will succeed in court. The order suspends the federal government’s ability to impose the plan until legal challenges have been resolved. "We are pleased the Supreme Court recognizes that the federal power plan will dramatically increase North Carolina's electricity rates with little, if any, environmental benefit,” Governor Pat McCrory said. The McCrory administration joined a coalition of 28 other states and state agencies in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put an immediate halt to the Obama administration's federal power plan.
It seems the first March 15th Primary in NC will not be without controversy. Three federal judges on Friday threw out the congressional voting maps the Republican-led General Assembly drew five years ago, ruling that District 1 and District 12 were gerrymandered along racial lines. The ruling leaves the March 15 primary with uncertainty, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps by February 19 and not to hold any elections for U.S. House until the maps are in place. A special session of the legislature would need to be called for approval of new maps which would be subject to federal judicial scrutiny. Mail-in absentee voting started last week, and more than 8,600 ballots have already been requested and about 430 have already been filled out and sent back, according to the State Board of Elections. Election officials in Wilkes and other counties in the state are being told to continue preparations for the March 15 primary as planned. Wilkes County is in the Fifth Congressional District and does not adjoin the 1st or the 12th districts, but the Wilkes' 5th District could be affected if the new lines have to be drawn.
Wilkesboro Police are investigating a possible scam where some hunters gave over $1000 for a hunting trip that never happened. The four victims told Police about the man who was a self-proclaimed hunting guide that they had hired in the past. He was to take the group on a trip to South Carolina the end of January. One of the men needed a reimbursement since he could not go, and that's when they lost contact with the tour guide. Neither the men nor the Police were able to contact the man concerning the refund of money or the hunting trip. Charges are pending further investigation.
Over $400 in paint ball guns and accessories was stolen from a Wilkesboro property. According to the victim, he placed a gray plastic tub containing two paint ball guns, masks, holders, and other equipment near a vehicle parked at a house at Kenleigh Acres. The house is on a dead end street and the tub was placed out of view of the roadway. The next morning, the tub and all the paint ball equipment was gone. There is no word on suspects. Wilkesboro Police are investigating the theft.
MerleFest slated for April 28-May 1, 2016 has announced new additions to the 2016 lineup. These artists join over 100 other artists already announced. The four-day event, the largest roots and Americana music festival in the nation, takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. MerleFest continues the legacy of Doc Watson and is a benefit for the college. This homecoming of roots music artists and fans draws nearly 80,000 participants every year. The 2016 lineup is available online at www.MerleFest.org/lineup. The deadline to take advantage of the Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is coming up on Monday, February 15. A three-tiered pricing structure is offered for MerleFest 2016. The Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 16 through April 22, and the third price tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the Tier 1 discount. Tickets for MerleFest 2016 are now on sale and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.
Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. has announced that Perdue Foods, LLC, will expand its Richmond County production facility and hire an additional 30 workers during the coming three years. The popular name in consumer poultry and pork products plans to invest $10.9 million at its site in the City of Rockingham. “North Carolina welcomes the decision by this long-time consumer foods leader to grow jobs and expand operations in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. The family owned, Salisbury, Md.-based company was founded in 1920 and now has operations in 27 U.S. states. Its North Carolina workforce currently totals more than 3,400 people.