The woman said she received the funny money out of town. Wilkesboro Police were called to the Oakwoods Run In concerning counterfeit currency. They spoke with the victim who had tried to pay for a purchase with a fake 20-dollar-bill. The woman said she had received the money in payment for work out-of-town. The fake money was seized by Police to turn over to the Secret Service who investigates counterfeit money cases. No one was arrested or charged locally for the fake cash.
In another larceny and fraud case, the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office has a suspect regarding some stolen checks. The victim lives in North Wilkesboro and reports that some checks were stolen from her home. The stolen checks were then forged and used at the Food Lion in Wilkesboro. The report did not state how many checks were stolen, but investigators with the Sheriff’s Office do have a suspect, and again, charges and an arrest are pending further investigation.
Wilkes Crime Stoppers and the North Wilkesboro Police Department are asking for your help in finding a man involved in an armed robbery this week. According to the report, North Wilkesboro Police responded to a panic alarm at Blue Ridge Pharmacy on Christmas Eve. The alarm was sounded after a white male entered the pharmacy and demanded money. No weapon was seen; however, the man had one hand in his pocket and claimed to have a gun. The man is described as a 6-foot tall, white male wearing a gray hoodie, ski mask, and jeans. He did get an undisclosed amount of cash and left the scene in a silver Ford Fusion with temporary tags. If you have any information on the suspect, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 667-8900 or North Wilkesboro Police at 838-3158.
A 48-year-old woman from Wilkesboro was arrested for larceny and trespassing at Walmart the day before Christmas. Wilkesboro Police were called to the store regarding a shoplifter being detained by store staff. Reportedly, the woman took several miscellaneous items totaling 104 dollars. The items included flowers, dog treats, and baby items. The stolen merchandise was concealed in her pocketbook, but she was stopped in the parking lot and the stolen property was recovered. The woman had already been banned from Walmart in Jefferson for shoplifting in 2009. So she was arrested and charged with larceny and trespassing.
You're asked to help with the 5th Annual Pints for Pounds. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes is teaming up this winter and helping WRMC. When you host a blood drive at your school, church, club, or business in January or February, then Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes gets 7 pounds of food donated from CBCC for every pint of blood donated. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas says that every drop stays here and saving lives is local. So you can call to schedule a drive and help both the WRMC and Samaritan Kitchen. The number is 704-534-3619.
If local farmers are involving in organic crops, then you need to know about a new website with information specifically designed for organic farmers. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce a new one-stop shop for organics at usda.gov. USDA has created a centralized web resource center at USDA.gov for all the programs, services, and data they have that support organic agriculture. USDA is committed to helping organic agriculture grow and thrive by removing obstacles for organic farmers and businesses. Locally, you can contact the Wilkes Farm Service Agency at 838- 3622. Again, the new website is usda.gov.
The following statement was released after a NAACP protest at the state capitol called for Governor Pat McCrory to convene a special session on Medicaid and unemployment benefits: Rick Martinez, spokesman for Governor McCrory said, “We are fortunate that Governor McCrory chose not to expand Obamacare given how disastrous the rollout has been. Instead, Governor McCrory is working to strengthen the economy so more North Carolinians can earn a paycheck instead of hoping for a government check." The spokesman also said, "If you disagree with that concept, then you are going to disagree with most of the entrepreneurial innovations Governor McCrory has and will continue to implement to get more North Carolinians back to work.” Governor Pat McCrory also released a statement concerning North Carolina’s November unemployment rate drop to 7.4 percent- the lowest rate in more than five years. “The job trend continues to be positive for North Carolina families. We are confident the policies enacted in the past year have yielded a positive impact, but much more innovation and change is needed to continue putting North Carolinians back to work." Gov McCrory stated that he was thankful that new businesses are investing in North Carolina and just as thankful that existing businesses are feeling the confidence to reinvest in our state.
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker have announced that some companies are expanding in our state and creating more jobs. Fiber Composites, LLC, doing business as Fiberon, will expand its Stanly County operations. The company plans to create 25 new jobs and invest $3.8 million over the next three years in New London. Fiberon is a manufacturer of composite and PVC decking, railing and fencing products used in homes and light commercial construction across North America. “Creating manufacturing jobs across North Carolina has been a priority within my administration’s economic plan. We remain focused on expanding partnerships with existing North Carolina businesses like Fiberon,” said Governor McCrory. Also, Electrolux, a global leader in home and professional appliances, will expand its headquarters in Charlotte. The company plans to create an additional 810 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2017 and invest $85 million in its Mecklenburg County location. The project was made possible in part by an award from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program. Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements.
On Friday December 20, 2013 the Wilkesboro Police Departments SWAT team served two high risk search warrants on 108 East Henderson Drive and adjoining properties near Cub Creek Park. The warrants were a result of investigative efforts of narcotics officers with the Wilkesboro Police Department, North Wilkesboro Police Department, Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office also provided entry assistance. During the search 26 items were seized which included illegal narcotics, items for the sale and purchase of narcotics, documents, and currency. All items have been placed in the Wilkesboro Police Departments evidence control system pending final court disposition. Jason Ferguson of Wilkesboro and Samantha Nickelson of North Wilkesboro were both arrested and charged with felony manufacture of marijuana and two felony counts of possession with intent to sell. This investigation will continue as we have other persons and locations of interests. Wilkesboro Police Chief Robert Bowlin said, “The Henderson Drive Neighborhood is home to many good people, unfortunately; there are some who choose to deal in illegal drugs in that area.” Chief Bowlin also said, “Our goal is to eradicate them by using every tool available to us. Simply put, if you use, sale, transport, or deal illegal narcotics in Wilkesboro, it is our goal and responsibility to make you stop.”
Following confirmation of an outbreak of norovirus during the past week and several other outbreaks that also appear to be caused by norovirus, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is alerting health care providers and the public to protect themselves against this contagious virus and to be aware of symptoms to avoid transmitting the virus to others. Norovirus is a common cause of gastrointestinal illness and is especially common during the winter months. "Noroviruses are very hard to kill," said Dr. Robin Gary Cummings, acting state health director. "As with most viruses, the most important way to prevent the spread of illness is by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Hand sanitizers are not effective against norovirus." The symptoms of norovirus illness include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and possibly stomach cramping. Some people may also have fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and a general sense of tiredness. The illness begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people, the illness lasts for about one or two days.