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Elderly Woman's Purse Stolen

A robber used a common ploy to get close to his victim recently, saying he was having car trouble and needed to use her phone. His victim, a 76-year old retiree, said she didn't have one -- and that's when he grabbed her purse and skedaddled. Attaree Billings tells sheriff deputies she came home recently, and as she was getting out of the car, noticed another car at the top of her driveway that wasn't there a moment before. That's when the robber walked up and the theft transpired. After grabbing her purse, the man got into his car and sped off toward Elkin Billings says her car keys were apparently dropped on the ground during the night-time struggle, and she had to walk some distance to a friend's house to call for help. The purse had her ID, several credit cards, and a very little bit of cash in it. She described her attacker as a white man, about 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, slim build with neatly cut short brown hair. He was wearing a yellow plaid shirt and faded jeans. She did not know much about the car, only that it was some dark color. The case remains under investigation.


Visitation Tonight for Girl Killed in Wreck

Funeral services will be tomorrow for the Wilkes eighth-grader killed in a wreck Wednesday outside Boone. Christina Renee Royal will be remembered by family and friends at an 11am service at Antioch baptist Church with the Reverend Ken Pardue and the Reverend Allen Shepherd officiating. She will be buried in the church cemetery.

Highway patrol troopers say Royal was thrown from an SUV driven by a relative early Wednesday, after she grabbed the wheel and the relative lost control, rolling over and hitting a tree. The relative, her cousin Tiffany Absher, was also hurt in the wreck, as were two of the three boys also in the SUV. Highway Patrol dispatchers said yesterday that Royal had been sitting on the lap of one of the boys, who was a passenger in the front of the SUV, just before the crash. She had just graduated from East Wilkes Middle School, where she enjoyed soccer, band and wrestling. Her family will receive visitors tonight from 6 to 8pm at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.


Tool Thief = Ex-Con Neighbor?

A Wilkes man says he's pretty sure who broke into his garage overnight and took nearly 15-hundred dollars worth of tools. Craig Jolly woke up this morning to find the break-in, at the garage which sits a short distance from his house on Fishing Creek Road. Jolly tells sheriff deputies there's a man who just got out of prison that lives near his house, and several times recently he has caught the man rummaging through his things and had to run him off. With the exception of an air compressor, Jolly tells deputies all the stolen tools had individual carry cases. They include a DeWalt circular saw, a Craftsman 18-volt rechargeable drill, a Craftsman one-half inch drive drill, a Stihl light weight chain saw, a Craftsman tool box stocked with sockets and wrenches, and four quarter-inch drive Craftsman socket sets. Deputies had not interviewed the ex-con as of the time they filed their report on the case, which remains under investigation.


Post Drive-Off Confrontation Turns Dangerous

A gas drive-off turns into a confrontation between a man armed with a pistol and the fellow c-store customer who tried to chase him down. According to sheriff's deputies, the gas thief stood and talked with the witness about for the weather several minutes as he pumped gas Wednesday afternoon at Thurmond Grocery. After he finished pumping the gas, the thief hopped in his car and sped off, leaving the witness holding the pump nozzle.

That man ran inside, and when told by the clerk the other man hadn't paid for his gas, dashed back out and jumped in his car, speeding off to chase down the thief. He caught up with him at Highway 21 and Roaring Gap Church Road and somehow forced the man to stop. The thief brandished a pistol and the other man hit his car using his pickup, and pushed him out into the intersection. But the thief took off again, headed along Roaring Gap Road toward Traphill Road. Deputies have not released the name of the witness or the description of the gas thief. They consider the case, in which 45-dollars of gas was stolen, under investigation.


Minor Injury Wreck

A two-vehicle crash involving a semi-truck fortunately caused only minor injuries to both drivers. Wilkesboro Police say the wreck happened about 7 Tuesday night, at Highway 421 and Winkler Mill Road. 38-year old Cynthia Foster of Hays was on Winkler Mill, and tells officers she tried to turn right onto 421. She says she had the green light. An east-bound semi driven by 39-year old Clyde Martin of Cana, Virginia, had to swerve to the inside lane as he tried to avoid the wreck. He ended up straddling the median between eastbound traffic and the west-bound left-turn lane. Martin says he also had the green light. While it isn't possible that both of them had the green, there were no witnesses, so police did not issue any tickets. Both drivers were checked out by Wilkes EMS and refused medical treatment.


Impromptu Demo Derby

Two people who live in Roaring River decided they needed to have a demolition derby recently -- only they didn't use a dirt ring for it, they used one of their driveway's! Sheriff deputies say Calvin Billing and Cindy Prevette apparently got into an argument, which prompted him to back into her car. Not to be out-done, Prevette hopped in her car and rammed him. This kept on for some time, as both drivers progressed out of the driveway onto John Grit Road. Deputies say when they arrived, both cars were badly smashed-up, exhibiting heavy damage all over. As they took Billings into custody, they found a vial of cocaine on him. Both drivers were taken to jail, to be charged with assault using a deadly weapon. Billing also faces a possession charge.


Areas Workers Told Plants Will Close

Two pieces of bad news for area workers this week:

Pilgrim's Pride says it is closing its North Wilkesboro distribution center on Sept. 1. About 80 people will lose their jobs. The company said eligible employees can receive severance pay and relocation expenses. Pilgrim's Pride Corporation is the largest chicken company in the U.S. and the second-largest in Mexico. Pilgrim's Pride owns and operates 37 chicken processing plants, 12 prepared-foods plants and one turkey processing plant.


Gildan Activewear told its more than 500 employees in Mount Airy yesterday the plant will close by the end of the summer. The company says the closure is part of the strategy to consolidate its sock production. Gildan’s Human Resource Director Michael Albright said the change is important for the company’s continued success. But he points out just because it had to be done doesn’t make it easier for the employees. “As you can imagine, it was a shock and we have a lot of dedicated employees who have been working here a long time and we’re trying to be sensitive to that,” Albright said after the announcement yesterday. "We let everyone go home today with pay because of the enormity of the announcement."


Ex-Boyfriend Accused in Wednesday Break-In

An attentive neighbor is giving sheriff deputies a lead in a recent break-in at a rural Wilkesboro home. Christi Hart called deputies to her Dragstrip Road home last night a little after 9pm. She says she arrived home from work to find the front door kicked in. Once inside, she noticed a number of items were missing, including a 32-inch flat screen TV, valued at 500-dollars, several items of clothing valued together at 300-dollars, and a charger for a Motorola phone. The thief had caused more than 600-dollars damage to the front door, a bathroom door, and a bookshelf in the house.

The next door neighbor confirmed Hart's suspicions that the burglar was her ex-boyfriend, William Anthony Saner. He faces charges of breaking and entering and theft.


Traphill BP Break-In

Wilkes sheriff deputies are investigating an overnight break-in at a local convenience store. Tony Blake Johnson at Traphill BP called deputies about 3:30 this morning after hearing a burglar break into the store. Johnson described the thief as a young male with slim build, wearing blue jeans, a long sleeve blue plaid shirt, and a black sock mask. . He says the man broke through the front door glass with a tire iron, took several cartons of cigarettes and a handful of change from the register, and ran off. Johnson chased him for a little bit, causing the burglar to drop one carton of cigarettes, some of the change, and the tire tool. The man hasn't been seen since. The lost totals about 500-dollars, most of it in the damage to the front door.


14-year old Girl Dies in Crash

A 14-year old girl from Ronda died in a vehicle crash yesterday in Watauga County. Christina Renee Royal, the daughter of Jesse and Rebecca Royal, was a passenger in a westbound SUV, about 10 miles west of Boone about 2:30 yesterday morning. According to highway patrol dispatchers, she was sitting on the lap of the front seat passenger in the car when it lost control, slid off the left side of the road, rolled and hit a tree, throwing her from the car. The SUV was driven by Royal's cousin, 18-year old Tiffany Absher. Two of the three boys in the SUV, John Railing and William Frye, suffered non life-threatening injuries. Troopers are looking for the boy whose lap Roayl was sitting on, but have not released his name. They say he was supposed to be under house arrest. According to troopers, the wreck was caused because the kids were horsing around and Royal grabbed the steering wheel, causing Absher to lose control.