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Tuesday
Sep182007

Parts Stolen, Thief Arrested

A man being arrested for stealing car parts was also found to have drugs on his person, leading to additional charges. 25-year old Billy Walker was arrested over the weekend after he was seen loading car wheels and other parts into his pickup. Johnny Denny says he confronted Walker when he saw the crime happening, but was told the parts belonged to Walker. Denny knew differently, and noted the tag number of Walker's pickup. By the time Walker got home, a deputy was waiting outside and confronted him. There was none of the property in the pickup, but Denny was able to identify Walker as the man he'd seen loading the parts. As he was being frisked following his arrest, drugs and a concealed weapon were found on Walker. He faces a charge of Felony Theft, one of carrying a concealed weapon, and three possession charges.

Tuesday
Sep182007

Man Charged for Taking One Car, Damaging Another

A North Wilkesboro man has been arrested, after he allegedly spun out through a friend's front yard, tearing up the grass and hitting the friend's car, then sped off without reporting the crash. The victim and two witnesses told deputies substantially the same story about what happened Friday night. Aureo Funes was over at a friends' house drinking. They say he got in his car, went to a yard down the street, and spun up in the yard a couple of times, and hitting a 2002 Dodge Stratus owned by Jose Diaz-Rivas. The damage to the car was estimated at 2-thousand dollars. The witnesses were able to get the tag number form the car.

Deputies went to the home of the registered owner, and found Funez and the car. The Intrepid had damage to the left rear quarter panel consistent with having hit the Stratus. It was owned by Elizabeth Limon, who filed charges against Funez for taking the car without permission.Deputies charged him with not having a driver's license, damage to property, and leaving the scene of a wreck. Limon did have insurance on the Intrepid, so she has given that information to Diaz so his car can be repaired.

Tuesday
Sep182007

Check Fraud Goes On, and On, and On

Authorities continue to have problems with a North Wilkesboro woman passing checks on a closed account. In the past several months, 28-year old Karla Membrano has been charged three times by the same Wilkes deputy and several times by North Wilkesboro police with obtaining property by false pretense. This time around, the deputy was called by Moravian Supermarket, after a check she'd written came back from the bank. Membrano allegedly write the check for 400-dollars earlier this month, buying 20-dollar sin merchandise and getting the rest in cash. The account the check was written on belonged to her boyfriend and had been closed over two years ago. The bank returned the check "unable to locate." An alert has been filed statewide so that any contact she has with law enforcement will result in local authorities being notified. The deputy says he took this extra step because Membrano had moved without telling anyone, after she had been interviewed by a North Wilkesboro detective in relation to their cases.

Tuesday
Sep182007

Pair Arrested for Underage Drinking

Deputies responding to a weekend fight ended up arresting a man for driving under the influence and another for underage drinking. As they were responding to a fight call at Circle C Saturday morning, deputies learned some of the people involved in the fight had left. They encountered the Toyota Tundra along Highway 421, not far from the scene. According to the crime report, 19-year old Daniel Ocain of Gaston, South Carolina and 20-year old Timothy Douglas Junior of Columbia, South Carolina, got out of the vehicle and smelled of alcohol. Ocain, the driver, refused to take a breath test. He was arrested for driving under the influence and underage consumption. Deputies arrested Douglas for aiding and abetting the crime of DUI, and for underage consumption. They don't note whether any alcohol was found in the S-U-V, which was impounded.

Tuesday
Sep182007

Moravian Falls Break-in, Property Damage

Sheriff deputies are investigating a case where a considerable amount of damage was done to personal property inside a Moravian Falls house. David Holzkama says he was sleeping late Friday evening when he was awakened by a loud crash from the living room. He got up and went out to find the room in a shambles, and the kitchen torn up, too. He says he put on some shoes and went next door to call his mother, the owner of the damaged items, and tell her what happened. A man, whose name deputies have not released, followed him over to the neighbor's house. Holzkama says the 38-year old man was obviously drunk, and that he did not see him in the house before he left. There was also trash from his house tracked all along the path to the man's house.

The damage included a grandfather clock, where the glass front was broken out; two lamps and several picture frames; the door glass on the kitchen stove; and heavy damage to the outside of the refrigerator. Together, the damage totals about 16-hundred dollars. Deputies spoke to the other man, who says he had had only one beer to drink that night and was at a friend's house. The case remains under investigation.

Monday
Sep172007

Wanted Teen Caught

Sometimes it's the simple things that land a criminal in jail. Like running a stop sign, which is how Wilkesboro police found a Boomer woman who was wanted for kidnapping and assault. Police arrested 19-year old Erica Eller Saturday evening, after an officer saw her run a sign at the intersection of Cedar Lane and Laurel Road. As the officer was running a routine check on her ID while writing the ticket, it was found that a Wilkes county court had issued a warrant for her arrest on August 29th. She was taken into custody without incident according to the crime report. Her car was impounded after several hours, because a friend she called to pick it up did not show up and it was creating a traffic hazard.

Monday
Sep172007

Fire Cause: Arson After a Burglary

Authorities are looking for a thief who tried to cover their tracks by setting a home on fire. Fire Investigator Nick Hamby released results of his investigation into the blaze, which happened on the 7th, today. Broadway firefighters were called to the fire on Bens Mill Road about 10-pm that evening. After the fire was put out, the owner realized a gun cabinet had been sitting right at the point where flooring had been burned away, at the south end of the home. The cabinet had a rifle and four shotguns inside when he'd left the house about 6 that evening. His closest neighbor says they didn't see anything out of place during the evening, and deputies have no suspects at this time. Investigation of the break-in and arson continue.

Monday
Sep172007

Details of Friday Robbery

Sheriff deputies have released more information about a robbery we first told you about Friday afternoon. According to Country Square Fresh Produce owner Elena Limon, a white van pulled through the parking lot and back up close to the store. A man came in and asked to use the phone. When he was told there was a phone outside he could use, Limon says the man started to walk outside, then appeared to decide to buy a pack of gum. But as she rang up the purchase, the man threw the pack of gum at her, grabbed what he could get hold of in the register, and ran from the store. Limon says he turned north on Highway 18 toward Wilkesboro. He hasn't been seen since. The robber never showed a weapon, and other than throwing the pack of gum at her, never made a direct threat on Limon.

Monday
Sep172007

Break-in Traced to Ex-Wife

Deputies have arrested a Wilkes woman who is accused of stealing a pickup load of wood flooring and other items from her ex-husband. 38-year old Rebecca Hamilton was arrested last week after admitting to a deputy she had borrowed a pickup and stolen the flooring, worth 35-hundred dollars, an air conditioner worth about 235-dollars, and a twin bed. Deputies had been called to William Hamilton's home on Arbor Grove Church Road Tuesday morning concerning the theft. He said he'd seen his ex-wife's car in the area about a day before a staged break-in. Authorities say the break-in was staged, because someone broke out a window but it did not appear anyone had actually crawled through the broken-out area. Rebecca Hamilton was charged with theft, along with breaking and entering.

Monday
Sep172007

Car Broken Into, Purse Stolen

A Millers Creek woman says a day at work turned into a nightmare for her, after someone broke into her car that was parked in front of the business. Melissa Sampson works at the Children's Center of Wilkes. She was alerted to the break-in by other employees, who say they heard a crash outside, which turned out to be from a window being broken in the car, and they looked out almost immediately. They didn't see anyone around the car. The thief had broken out the front passenger window of the Escort, and taken Sampson's purse along with several other items valued together at a bit over 300-dollars. The items included her drivers license, social security card, and a debit card. While a deputy was investigating the break-in, Sampson's husband called and said the bank had told him the card had just been used at an ATM not far from the scene. Deputies are going through the process necessary to retrieve and copy the security video from the ATM, and the case remains under investigation.