Elkin Police and the Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called regarding a possible kidnapping and rape. The victim called 911 and said that she was kidnapped, rape, and had just escaped. Both Elkin Police and the Sheriff's Dept was called. Police arrived first and found the victim walking along Pleasant Ridge Road. The victim said she was kidnapped and raped by people, but the identity of those people have not been released at this time.
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At the Wilkes County Commissioners' meeting this week, a DOT representative was there to discuss the priorities of road construction and improvements in the area. Commission Chair Eddie Settle reiterated the need to improve Hwy 268 from North Wilkesboro to Elkin. Work is currently being done from North Wilkesboro to Airport Road. Engineers have been hired to do studies on 268 to Elkin. Commissioners also asked about the so-called Gateways to the Towns on Hwy 115 and Oakwoods Road. The DOT does have improvements planned for Oakwoods and Hwy 115, connecter from Hwy 421 to 268, and Hwy 16 to Millers Creek. There are also plans for the Super Street on Hwy 421 through the commercial area. Incorporating the “superstreet” design into a 3.4 mile section of U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro’s commercial district would speed travel time, reduce congestion and dramatically improve safety, according to DOT.
At the Wilkes County Commissioners meeting this week, Eric Morrison, EMS Director, was there to update Commissioners on the Race to Revive AED Campaign. Wilkes County EMS has announced the Race to Revive program. Thanks to funding from The Health Foundation, Wilkes EMS is partnering with local nonprofits and churches to teach CPR and place at least 15 automatic defibrillators in our community to improve the ability to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest in those locations. They began accepting applications on June 1 and have already received 8. The EMS also presented County Manager John Yates with the first AED pack for the County Office Building. You can find out more and follow the Race to Revive program on the Wilkes EMS Facebook Page. Again, applications are being accepted now.
A firefighter from neighboring Catawba County died this week. Officials said Tuesday that a firefighter, 28-year-old Captain Bradley Long, died during a search for a missing swimmer on Lake Norman Monday. Long and two other firefighters were searching the Lake for a 29-year-old man who jumped off a boat Sunday and didn’t make it out of the water. According to the report, Long and the firefighters experienced an “emergency” in 35 to 75 feet of water, close to where the swimmer went missing. Two divers came out of the water, but Long did not. Other firefighters attempted a rescue but Long was already deceased when they found him. The two other firefighters went to Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Long’s death. Officials say the investigation . Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on the death of Captain Bradley Long: “As a devoted full-time firefighter in Newton, Captain Bradley Long died doing what he loved. His death is a reminder of the risks our state’s fire and rescue personnel put themselves in every day." The Governor said, "My sympathy and condolences go out to Captain Long’s family.”
Celebrate America’s Great Outdoors Month at the NC Pea Island Refuge Fishing/Crabbing Rodeo! Come join others on the Outer Banks on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. "The Rodeo is a great way to introduce a child, relative, or friend to the fun activity of crabbing. This is the only day that North Pond, directly behind the Pea Island Visitor Center, is open to the public for crabbing and fishing," said Cindy Heffley, Visitor Services Specialist for the wildlife refuge. "We're so blessed on the Outer Banks to have such wonderful and diverse natural resources. On this day, folks can catch what have to be some of the biggest crabs in the area," Heffley said, noting that the interior of North Pond is traditionally off limits to all but the migrating birds. Contact Cindy Heffley, Visitor Services Specialist, at 252-475-4180 for more information on this Outer Banks event this weekend.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., has announced that she will host an information session for veterans on Friday, June 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the VFW Post 9010, 4675 Hampton Road, Clemmons, NC 27012. “The entire nation owes our military personnel and veterans a huge debt of gratitude, and ensuring that debt is properly repaid is one of my top priorities in Congress,” said Foxx. Representatives from nonprofit organizations and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be on hand to answer questions from veterans and their families as well as provide information and guidance regarding obtaining available benefits. For more information or to RSVP, you may call (336) 778-0211. Again the Information Session for Veterans is Friday, June 17 from 2-4 at the VFW in Clemmons.
In North Carolina's Second Primary held yesterday, just over 8 percent of the registered voters showed up to vote in our county. Wilkes County Results were reflective of District wide and statewide results. For the 5th District Congressional Race: Incumbent Virginia Foxx got 75 percent of the vote and beat challenger Pattie Curran. 5th District Democrat winner was Josh Brannon with 50 percent of the vote; he will now face Foxx in the November General Election. In the NC Supreme Court Judge vote, Robert (Bob) Edmunds won with 58 percent of the vote. Judge Michael Morgan was second with 21 percent of votes cast.
He was ejected from the bike and hit by a car, but he does not have life-threatening injuries. Wilkesboro Police were called to a two vehicle wreck Monday morning on Hwy 421. According to the report, 28-year-old Roland Fielder of North Wilkesboro was on a motorcycle traveling west in the left-hand lane of Hwy 421. James Taylor of Millers Creek was turning left from the Sav-Mor parking lot and failed to see the motorcycle. Fielder hit the brakes on the bike to avoid a collision. He was ejected from the bike as it went into a skid. Fielder was then hit by the car and pushed a short distance before stopping. Fielder was transported to Baptist hospital where he remains with non-life threatening injuries. Taylor was treated by EMS and will be charged in that wreck.
The Wilkes County Commissioners held their regular meeting yesterday. On the agenda was a report from the Dept of Social Services. DSS Director reported that they recently had a MAC audit in which 5 cases were pulled and reviewed with no problems or errors. Also a IV-E Audit was conducted in which 10 cases were reviewed, and again, all were correct with no errors. The Wilkes DSS was one of ten counties chosen for a year-long state Medicaid audit that is still underway. So far, no problems or issues have been found; the second quarter results are expected by the end of this month. Blevins told Commissioners there has been "an explosion" of children in Foster care in the past week and a half with 7 children being taken in just one week. The total number of children in foster care in Wilkes has jumped to 209 from 196 in April and up from 184 at this time last year. The DSS reports that drugs, unemployment, and depression were factors that led to children being removed from homes.
Information from the Wilkesboro Police and Wilkes County Sheriff's Dept have led to the arrest of one man with other charges and arrests pending as the investigations continue. As 3WC News reported, Wilkesboro Police was called to multiple vehicle break-ins at area hotel parking lots. The Sheriff's Office was investigating some home break-ins that led them to contact Wilkesboro Police about a possible suspect in town. Charlie Ray Cashwell of Wilkesboro was arrested on multiple charges of theft, obtaining property by false pretense, bank card fraud, and possession of stolen property. Some of the stolen items were recovered including a motorcycle and 34 firearms. Again, the investigation is continuing and more charges with more arrests are possible.