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Friday
Jun032011

Stolen Mailboxes and Posts

In today’s society we are encouraged to get our mail out of the box promptly to prevent identity theft from someone stealing our mail and getting personal information.  In the case of a State Road resident, getting the mail out of the box by the owner will be a problem as a thief has stolen the mailbox and the metal pole it was on.  The homeowner noticed the mailbox stolen on Wednesday morning.  Then a second State Road resident reported that their mailbox was stolen and that 3 fence posts had also been broken and stolen.  The Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

Friday
Jun032011

Stealing From Outside The Home

Sometimes thieves don’t bother breaking in, they just steal whatever they find outside the home.  A Rock Quarry Road resident called Sheriff’s Officials recently to report the theft of a motorcycle.  The bike is described as a white and blue 2001 Yamaha YZF 250.  The stolen bike is valued at 1200 dollars.  A Boone Trail resident also reported recently the theft of a ladder from his open garage.  According to the homeowner, this metal extension ladder is large and heavy and was hanging up in the back of his garage.  The ladder is valued at 179 dollars.  No suspects were listed with either report; the Sheriff’s Department is investigating both thefts.

Friday
Jun032011

NC Senator Hosts Meeting Today

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States,  will host an Exporter Forum at Siemens Energy, Inc in Charlotte today. Hagan serves on the Senate Banking and Small Business committees and is working in the Senate to help North Carolina businesses create jobs and grow. This event will include industry, academic and government experts who will give North Carolina businesses the inside knowledge they need to sell their products and services overseas. Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Commerce will participate. The event will end with one-on-one sessions for North Carolina small businesses with Export-Import bank experts. Mayor Anthony Foxx will also attend today’s event hosted by NC Sen Hagan.

Thursday
Jun022011

Sheriff Says Shooting Investigation Is Still Underway

3WC News spoke with Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew Wednesday afternoon about the fatal shooting this week.  Shew said there are still questions that he cannot answer at this time due to the ongoing investigation.  The Sheriff says the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.  Reportedly, the shooting that happened Tuesday morning around 10:30 was between two men at a residence along Old Salisbury Road just off Hwy 115. One man, 67-year-old Linnie Roberts, was found dead at the scene in his vehicle. The other man, 65-year-old Stanley Cass, was found lying in his yard between Roberts’ vehicle and his home.  Cass, who was airlifted to Baptist Medical Center, was wounded from an apparent gunshot and was listed in serious condition as of Tuesday evening. The cause of the dispute still hasn't been released. Sheriff Chris Shew reported that weapons have been recovered, and Mrs. Cass saw at least part of the incident happen.  The deceased, Linnie Roberts, was shot more than one time and was the owner of Rid-A-Bug Exterminating in Wilkes.  Investigators have collected several pieces of evidence from the scene that must be analyzed and Cass, who is in the hospital, had not yet been interviewed by SBI or Sheriff’s Deputies as of Wednesday afternoon.  The State Bureau Of Investigation is assisting with the shooting investigation.

Thursday
Jun022011

Two Left of Center Traffic Accidents in Wilkes This Week

There have been two traffic accidents in as many days this week as the result of someone going left of center.  The accident Monday on Hwy 16 sent both drivers to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.  According to the report filed with the NC Highway Patrol, Leigh Ann Owens was traveling South on NC 16.  Betty Wilborn Parks was traveling North on NC 16 when Owens went left of center and struck Parks.  Owens’ Toyota rolled over and both vehicles came to rest of the side of the road.  Again both drivers were injured and were taken Baptist Hospital.  In a similar accident Tuesday, ironically, no one was injured.  Just before 5 pm Tuesday, Bryan Wilson Owens was traveling North on Haymeadow Church Road and John Dale Emmons was traveling South.  Emmons went left of center and hit Owens’ vehicle.  No injuries were reported.  Damages to both vehicles ranged from 900 to 4000 dollars.

Thursday
Jun022011

NC Traffic Fatalities Down This Year for Memorial Day Weekend

The Highway Patrol has announced a preliminary number of motorists who died on North Carolina highways during the Memorial Day weekend.  And fatalities were down compared to last year. The Memorial Day holiday is set aside to honor deceased men and women from the Armed Forces as well as officially kicking off the beginning of summer vacation season in North Carolina.  The holiday weekend officially began at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, and ended at midnight, Monday, May 30.  This year there were 9 motorists who died in North Carolina during the Memorial Holiday weekend.  Last year 11 motorists died and 358 people were injured. 

Thursday
Jun022011

Local Business Hit Hard By Thieves

Interconnect on Industrial Drive in Wilkesboro was broken into this week.  In a report filed with the Wilkesboro Police, two employees called police when they arrived to work early Tuesday morning and noticed the chain link fence had been cut.  It was then determined that someone had drilled and punched out the locks on  4 of the utility trucks.  Several hand tools, ladders, walkie talkies, gas from some of the trucks’ gas tanks, and other items were reported stolen.  The list of stolen items is extensive and a money value has not even been determined yet.  Also, several trucks were damaged by the thief or thieves.  The Wilkesboro Police are still investigating this break-in.

Thursday
Jun022011

Hit & Run in Wilkesboro

Wilkesboro Police are looking for a car involved in a hit and run accident this week.  The victim, a man from Ferguson, was traveling east on US 421 and had stopped for a red light at the intersection of Winkler Mill Road.  Another car did not get stopped in time and struck the victim’s vehicle in the back bumper.  The man got out of his car and tried to talk with the driver that had hit him.  The other driver that had hit him.  The man said he was sorry and sped off at a high rate of speed.  The only description the police have is that the hit and run vehicle was an older model silver Lexus.  

Thursday
Jun022011

Another Local Business Break-In

In a business break-in, thieves were able to get around the burglary alarm, yet nothing was reported stolen.  Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a breaking and entering at High Country Electric Motors this week.  The owner had come to the business and discovered the door glass to be broken out.  Also damaged was a large window beside the door.  The door was still locked and the alarm system was armed.  The alarm had not sounded as there was no glass break sensor on the door.  Again, nothing was reported stolen. Damages were listed at 500 dollars.

Thursday
Jun022011

Congresswoman Foxx Against Raising Debt Limit

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) is against increasing the national debt limit.  The House planned to take up a bill this week that implements President Obama’s request to increase the national debt limit to $16.7 trillion, a $2.4 trillion increase from current levels. “If someone has a spending problem they’re usually told to spend less and cut up their credit cards,” Foxx said. “The federal government has the worst sort of chronic over-spending problem and simply increasing its credit card limit will do nothing to fix the problem.  That’s why any attempt to increase the debt limit must be tied to a serious, long-term spending reduction plan.”  The debt limit, also known as the debt ceiling, is the amount that the federal government is allowed to borrow as established by Congress.  The federal government recently reached the debt limit and by law cannot borrow any more money unless Congress increases the debt limit.   3WC is scheduled to speak with Congresswoman Foxx today during Focus on the Foothills at 1:05pm here on Hometown Christian Radio.