From shoplifting to a drug possession arrest. Wilkesboro Police were called to WalMart this week in reference to Christopher Sheets of Millers Creek removing something from the store and leaving without paying for it. A WalMart employee observed Mr. Sheets go into electronics, place a Blue Ray DVD player into a Wal-Mart bag, and exit the store. He was stopped outside and escorted back into the store. Upon searching Mr. Sheets, Officer Thornton located a stainless steel 12 MM socket in Sheets’ left front pocket that had been used for a smoking devise. Sheets was arrested and charged with Misdemeanor Larceny and Possession of drug paraphernalia.
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He said he drank 4 cases and then said he drank 5 cases of beer. In either case, he was very intoxicated and trying to drive a moped. Witnesses stated that the intoxicated moped driver swerved several times and ran 3 people off the road before finally wrecking. Even though he was bleeding from his mouth and nose, he refused help from EMS. When Wilkesboro Police arrived he told them he was drunk and had drunk 4 cases. However, after Police arrested the man identified as Barney Brown of Wilkesboro, he told them that he was drunk, he had drunk 5 cases of beer, and he was going on home to drink more. Brown was charged with driving while impaired.
He tried to avoid being hit but was hit anyway. A Moravian Falls man was travelling on Main Street in Wilkesboro when a vehicle pulled directly out in front of him. The man swerved into the turning lane to avoid being hit and then returned to the right lane. At the stoplight, the car that had pulled out in front of him almost hitting him…then ran into the back of his vehicle and left the scene. Police were able to trace the tag and find the driver of the vehicle identified as David Wendling of Wilkesboro. Wendling gave police 4 different accounts of the wreck. Police charged Wendling with hit and run and driving while license revoked.
An arrest has now been made in the fatal hit and run involving a Nissan pickup and moped. 18-year-old Victor Roque of Wilkes County was killed on Hwy 421 near the Brushy Mountain Road Friday night, September 10, when his moped was hit by pickup driven by Patricia Kilby Mash. Her husband Billy Mash was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the hit and run. Monday, Wilkesboro Police received information that both Patricia and Billy Mash were staying in a trailer off Buckwheat Road in McGrady. When police arrived, the trailer was empty. While talking with neighbors, police noticed a dog barking at something in the bushes. When they investigated, they found Patricia Mash lying on the ground behind the bushes. She was arrested and charged with manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon. Monday afternoon Billy Mash was found at a residence in Millers Creek where police were told he wanted to turn himself in. He was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact and other traffic violations.
The Wilkes County Courthouse roof is leaking and has been for the past 12 years. Also, the masonry veneer on the front has had water intrusion. The masonry veneer or walls that take on water were sealed about 3 years ago as a quick fix, but the fix is no longer working. The roof of the courthouse is only leaking on the front. At Tuesday’s Commissioner’s Meeting, Keith Walsh explained the problem. Bids were requested and taken to just repair the front sections of the roof that leak; however, initial estimates just to fix the front were two-thirds the cost of a whole new roof. Commissioners decided upon recommendation by Walsh to get bids on getting a new roof and re-sealing of the walls was the best use of funds. The new roof would be good for 20 years and the re-seal should last up to 10 years.
Starting next week…it’s free mulch, first come first serve. Commissioners approved a proposal by County Manager John Yates to provide free mulch from the Wilkes County Landfill. According to Yates, wooden pallets and brush brought to the landfill must be ground up. It’s estimated that 5 tractor trailer loads of mulch are now onsite. Starting next week, free mulch is available from the landfill to Wilkes residents every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 til 4. They’ll even load it for free. The Wednesday and Saturday mulch days will continue while supplies last.
At a recent Republican rally in Wilkes, 3WC News spoke with NC House Representative Shirley Randleman. I noticed that she was wearing a button which read: Pro Life Pro God Pro Gun American. According to Randleman and the button she wore, God should be the center of everything. Randleman explained that the North Carolina budget needs to cut unnecessary spending that they have identified in the current budget and that the NC Government needs to get its priorities straight by not cutting funding to our children, our seniors, and our military.
Some sources say that the success of the hunt depends on knowing the movements and habits of your game. If that’s true, then it’s going to be harder for a Hays resident to have a successful hunt. Hunters and wildlife watchers looking to monitor land without alarming the game often chose to mount a game camera. A man from the Haymeadow Road area reported to the sheriff’s department over the weekend that someone had stolen his game camera. He checked on the camera Monday and by Friday it was gone. The camera had been mounted in a wooded area at the end of DAV Road in Hays.
Hunting season is a popular time of year for many in Wilkes. However, don’t plan on hunting Red Wolves in the eastern part of our state. In fact, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently investigating a dead wolf located on October 4 at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Dare County, NC. Previously, two radio collared red wolves were found dead in two different locations in Hyde County in April. Anyone who has essential information that directly leads to an arrest and a criminal conviction of subjects responsible for unlawful taking red wolves may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500. The red wolf is protected under The Endangered Species Act. The maximum criminal penalties for the unlawful taking of a red wolf in our state are one year imprisonment and $100,000 fine per individual.
According to the Wilkes Journal Patriot, The Block 46 Partners, who plan to develop the property, have completed their purchase of the American Drew property in North Wilkesboro from La-Z-Boy. The plan is to develop a variety of structures for businesses and, perhaps, residences on the property. The Town of North Wilkesboro has agreed to clear the property and remove all structures except the office building at the corner of D Street and the CBD loop. The Town of North Wilkesboro plans to construct two roads on the tract and build a new fire station at the intersection of the two roads. Town officials expect to recoup their $750,000 investment in the property within 10 years through increases in the tax base.