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Tuesday
Jun102008

More Concrete Yard Art Stolen

For the second time in two weeks, Wilkes deputies are on the lookout for purloined concrete yard art. It's not clear whether the two thefts at Rock Creek Stone are related or simply coincidental. The first was reported Memorial Day weekend, and the second occurred sometime last week. According to deputies, there is a gap under one of the gates, and an employee believes that may be how the thief got in. Stolen items include a total of 13 yard ornaments with a total value of just under 300-dollars. In both this theft and the previous one, the thief appeared to have a thing for frogs -- nine of the 13 items stolen this time were a frog of some sort.

Tuesday
Jun102008

Fight Leads to Multiple Charges

Two Wilkes men were arrested by Wilkesboro Police late Friday night, after one of them apparently tried to run over or into the other several times. James Edward Miller and Tony Ray Kerly both admitted the fight started at Miller's home on Country Club Road. It ended in the middle of the parking lot at the State Employees Credit Union. Police arrived to find Kerly trying to leave, one headlight on his car broken. Miller told them Kerly had hit his car repeatedly until his axle had broken, disabling the car. Although Kerly said it was Miller who had done the car-ramming, police investigation showed Kerly to be the person responsible. Officer found a knife in Kerly's car, leading Miller to state it had been pulled on him in the parking lot. Both men were arrested on multiple charges, and Kerly was held on a 2-thousand dollar secured bond, while Miller was detained on a 500-dollar secured bond. Both face a court date in mid-August.

Tuesday
Jun102008

WWHS Vandalized on Last Day of School

On the last day of school, some bus drivers got a late start because a person had vandalized their buses, breaking out the windshields and side windows. It was part of a vandalism spree that caused more than 57-hundred dollars damage to West Wilkes High School, the buses, and a car in the parking lot. Sheriff deputies believe it happened between about 5pm Thursday and just before 2am Friday. A deputy driving by the school discovered the damage. The car, which belongs to bus driver Robert Fink, suffered about 16-hundred dollars damage including the hood, a shattered windshield and two broken windows. There was also damage found to six three-by-three lunch room windows and a door at the high school. Total value of that loss is 11-hundred dollars. Deputies continue their investigation, and have identified a suspect.

Monday
Jun092008

IED's Found in Home; Fugistives Suspected

A couple of fugitives from justice now have explosives charges added to the list authorities are seeking them on. Deputies were called to a home on Sparta Road in North Wilkesboro Thursday morning when workers remodeling the place found improvised explosive devices. They were made out of CO2 cartridges and black powder, and had fuses sticking out of them. X-Rays were used to determine they were active devices. Hazardous device team members removed the explosives form the house and neutralized them at the fire training grounds. According to the crime report, the suspects in the explosives case are known fugitives from justice, and the investigation of this case is on hold until they are nabbed in connection with the earlier case.

Monday
Jun092008

Fire Consumes Moravian Falls Home

Firefighters from Moravian Falls and several other departments teamed up in the unsuccessful battle of a house fire that was just about beyond control when they arrived. Firefighters were called Friday afternoon to the home of Richard Poarch on Lithia Springs Road, and when they arrived, the log-cabin style home was engulfed in flame. Nick Hamby, who is the investigator assigned to the fire, says no one was home at the time the fire broke out:

It took firefighters over six hours to knock down the flames, which demolished the house, and to put out hot spots. The heat made their work slower and required more frequent rest breaks, so help was received from a number of surrounding departments. Hamby says it's not for sure what caused the blaze, but there had been a horse trailer plugged into an exterior outlet in the vicinity where the fire started. The circuit had blown the previous night, and when they reset it, the Poarches had no further problems with the breaker tripping. Due to the extensive damage, it may not be possible to conclusively determine the cause of the fire.

Monday
Jun092008

Woman Arrested for DWI

Wilkesboro police arrested a woman recently for driving under the influence, in spite of not being able to smell alcohol on her breath when they stopped her. Another driver called Thursday afternoon to report Mary Ladonna Faw was driving erratically on Main Street. Police were able to catch up to Faw at Cherry Street and followed her for a short distance, observing her swerve all the way to the left and right of her lane three times. After officers stopped her, Faw was unable to produce a driver's license, but did have some other ID on her. When officers ran a check on her ID they found why she had no license -- it was suspended for DWI. They asked her to step out of the car and found her very unsteady on her feet. After taking her to the jail and performing several field sobriety tests, which she failed, and upon finding a three-day old Hydrocodone prescription that had only one pill left, they took her for a blood test and a magistrate charged her with DWI, ordering her held on 15-hundred dollars secured bond.

Monday
Jun092008

Purlear Teen Completes House Page Program

Max Robertson of Purlear graduated Friday from the U.S. House of Representatives Page Program. Robertson, a high school junior, was nominated to the Page Program by Representative Virginia Foxx. “Max has proven himself as a page over the past six months,” Rep. Foxx said. “His dedication to the work of a page and his civic-minded approach to life are truly commendable traits for such a promising young person.”

The Page Program is a hands-on academic program for high school students from congressional districts across the country. Robertson is one of 63 pages to serve in the House during the 2008 spring semester. House pages attend daily classes for high school credit. After a morning of class, pages work in the Capitol each day carrying out a variety of duties such as delivering correspondence within the congressional complex, answering phones in the House Cloakrooms, and preparing the House Floor for sessions.

Monday
Jun092008

Foxx Votes Against Federal Budget

While the budget for next fiscal year has passed the U-S HOuse, the discussions of how money will be spent starting October first are far from over. And fifth district Congresswoman Virginia Foxx says she doesn't believe they'll be complete by October, either:

Foxx's comments came during her regular appearance on 3WC's Focus on the Foothills program. We'll have further comments from Representative Foxx in upcoming 3WC Newscasts.

Monday
Jun092008

Fire Consumes Moravian Falls Home

Black smoke filled the sky much of the afternoon Friday as a Moravian Falls-area family's home was consumed by flames. Preliminary information indicates an electrical problem may be the cause of the fire, reported Friday afternoon about 1:30 on Lithia Springs Road. No one was home at the time, according to unofficial reports, but the house is a total loss. We expect more information from officials concerning the fire later this morning.

Friday
Jun062008

Wilkesboro Boy Shot, Apparently Accidentally

Wilkes County Sheriffs Department Investigators confirm they are presently looking at the shooting of a Wilkesboro boy last night as having been an accident. 17-year old Jared Cole Shumate was shot in the back by an acquaintance, while the two were at a home in the 19-hundred block of Lithia Springs Road near Moravian Falls just after 6:30 last night. Steve Cabe with the sheriff's office tells me the incident, which prompted emergency responders to airlift Shumate to Baptist Medical Center, appears at this point to be accidental. The report of the incident released this morning does not include the name of the person who fired the shot from a rifle. Two other 17-year olds are listed as witnesses.

Shumate was found in the upstairs hallway of the home with a single gunshot wound, which a deputy describes as through-and-through. There was a blood trail from where he was laying to a game room where the rifle was located. According to the report, there was a sword on the floor and a single round embedded in the wall - the casing was across the room from that embedded round, on the floor. Cabe says the circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation.