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.
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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.
A new tool was just rolled out to support the goal of expanding high-speed internet access to underserved communities and extending Wi-Fi access to every classroom in the state. The North Carolina Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office recently announced the launch of their new website, ncbroadband.gov. The new website includes a map that shows high-speed internet access availability throughout the state, and provides information about on-the-ground resources available for businesses and communities in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ncbroadband.gov .
It is NOT ok to ever leave a small child unattended in a vehicle. Wilkesboro Police responded to a 911 call of a child in a vehicle at the Kohl's parking lot. The caller waited by the car until Police arrived. A two-year-old child was locked in a black SUV in the parking lot. The caller advised she had been by the car for about 20 minutes before calling 911. While Police were talking with the caller, the car owner and child's mother came out of the store. She said she thought it would be ok to leave her sleeping child in her locked car for a few minutes while she was in the store. Police informed the mother that it was not ok to leave a child unattended. The mother was then given a citation for Misdemeanor Child Abuse. Her court date is set for April.
A man believed to be a bank robber was shot and killed near Statesville over the weekend. About 5pm Friday, a man entered and robbed the Capital Bank in Union Grove. The Iredell County Sheriff's Department responded and a two hour manhunt began that included law enforcement on foot, in SUV's, and in helicopters. The man was found in a wooded area. Reportedly, he shot at officers and they returned fire killing the suspect. The man believed to be the bank robber was identified as 51-year-old Vinson Ray Stickland of Kannapolis. The Deputies involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave pending an investigation.
It was a triple break-in at one location. Wilkes Sheriff's Officials are investigating a report from a property owner in Hays. The victim stated that two of his campers and his cabin on the Longbottom Road were broken into and entered. The only thing reported missing from the three locations was one pair of binoculars. That theft occurred sometime between the end of December and the first of this month. Then, another Hays resident reported a vehicle theft. The victim reported that her son's motorcycle was stolen sometime in a three week period while they were away from home. No suspects were listed with the report. Both of those investigations are ongoing.
They took a stove. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies were called to a break-in at a house in Traphill. When deputies arrived, family members of the property owner stated that they had come by to check on the property and discovered the break-in. The back door of the house was damaged and the kitchen stove was missing. The theft happened sometime between January 15 and the first of February.
NC Senator Shirley Randleman is one of the hosts for a Governor McCrory event at the college. The NC Governor will be with his economic team for an NC Competes for Jobs event on Thursday, February 11 at 1pm at The Walker Center 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.