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Monday
Jun112007

Coins Stolen from Unlocked Safe

Some valuable coins and other items were stolen from a rural Wilkesboro home, and although sheriff deputies solved the case in less than a day, it was not before some of the evidence had already disappeared. They were called early Saturday morning to the home of Roy Nichols on Pods Road. He said he'd left Fridya night about 9:30, and came home about 3:30 Saturday morning ot find his front door kicked in. His safe, which he had left unlocked, was standing open and about 4-thousand dollars worth of silver coins and over 350-dollars worth of gold coins had been taken, along with a nickel-plated 38-caliber handgun and a couple of knives. Including the damage to the front door, the loss was nearly 52-hundred dollars.



Over the next several hours, deputies developed a lead directing them to Donald Brown and Larry Brown, brothers who live in North Wilkesboro. Donald Brown admitted to having some of the stolen money and using it to buy drugs for himself and his brohter. Dwight Brown denied involvement. However, when the two were separated, the story started to change. Dwight implicated a third man for the break-in--an unknown black male he called "Fifty-Cent." Meanwhile, his brother told sheriff deputies where the gun was, and with the help of the Winston-Salem police department, they recovered it. However, the money had been taken to a flea market in Yadkin county, and by the time deputies there retrieved it from the coin dealer's booth, some of it had already changed hands.



Both Brown brothers were arrested on charges of breaking and entering, and of theft.

Monday
Jun112007

Small Fire Set, Larger One Intended?

An investigation is underway into some suspicious materials found near a Wilkes home yesterday afternoon. Gail Jennings called sheriff deputies about 2 p-m to report she had found what appeared to be someone's attempt to start a fire near the side of the house. The deputy confirmed there was a rag that smelled like it was soaked with gasoline, a burnt board, and some damage to the family's heat pump, estimated at about 500-dollars. The deputy indicates in his report that he's unable to tell what the intent of the person starting the small fire was, and he's asked for a fire investigator to take over the case.



Monday
Jun112007

Stolen Credit Card Found

Wilkesboro Police have tracked down a Lowe's credit card stolen from a rural Wilkes home. As we reported earlier, the card was among several items stolen from a Boomer woman's home. At the time, Mary Person told deputies she believed the theft was the work of her grandson, Steven Little, and his wife Terry. With the help of Lowes' security personnel, police went back over the security tapes from the store since the day the card disappeared. They found a number of times Steven Little used the card to buy tools that could easily be resold or pawned -- such as socket sets and combo tool sets. Once, cameras showed Terry Little making a similar purchase. The total value of those items was about 700-dollars. Warrants have been served on both Littles, who were already jailed for another crime.

Friday
Jun082007

Vandal Strikes Construciton Equipment

An act of petty vandalism that happened in Wilkes is going to cost a Mooresville company about 500-dollars to repair. Alex Savino, an employee of D-J Capital, called sheriff deputies early Friday morning when he arrived at a job site on Rock Wall Road. He says he'd been using a min-excavator to clear off the lot on Thursday, and had left it parked at the job site overnight. When he arrived Friday morning, he found someone had thrown a rock through the back glass of the excavator, breaking it out. He does not report any additional damage to the excavator except the glas shards he sewpt out of the cabin. A deputy canvassed the neighborhood, but was unable to find anyone who had seen or heard anything unusual during the night.  Currently, there are no suspects.

Friday
Jun082007

Former NW Police Chief Dies

The man who was North Wilkesboro's police chief in the late 1980's has died. George "Corkey" Miller, a former U.S. marshal and Ashe County sheriff, died after a recent hospitalization. He was 77. Miller had broken a leg and died from complications, said Linda Holman of Boone Family Funeral Home in West Jefferson. Miller, who served two terms as sheriff in the 1970s, was appointed U.S. marshal for the Middle District of North Carolina in 1977 and was police chief in North Wilkesboro from 1984 until 1990. Miller had been living with a daughter in St. Augustine, Fla. He was buried Monday in West Jefferson City Cemetery.

Friday
Jun082007

Goldilocks Break-In

The story of a recent break-in almost sounds like Goldilocks visited Wilkes County. Bobby Bonham called sheriff deputies to his house over the weekend, after he came home and found a rock had been thrown through his front door glass. When he went around back, he found this particular Goldilocks had tried to pry open the back door. Somehow, the person got in the house. Deputies and Branham searched the house thoroughly and did not find anything missing. And while there was no porridge sitting on the kitchen table, there was one bed in the house that was unmade. No word on whether it was too hard or too soft, but since the burglar was no longer in the house, we can assume it probably wasn't just right. Neighbors don't report having seen or heard this particular storybook character, so deputies don't have a suspect at the moment.



Friday
Jun082007

ID Theft

A Thurmond couple report they have been victims of identity theft. Tom and Pamela Vybirah tell sheriff deputies they received a statement from Bank of America recently for a credit card account they did not open. The account had been opened over the Internet in January, according to the bank. The only activity on it has been an acess check cashed at a Savings bank in New Jersey. Deputies list the case as under investigation.

Friday
Jun082007

Man Ticketed for Near-DUI

A Wilkes man got the attention of police officers and sheriff deputies recently, and not in a good way. An officer reports Miguel Juan screeched nearly to a stop about 100 yards before he got to a drivers license checkpoint early this morning, and when he pulled up to the checkpoint, the officer saw two open beers in the car. Mr. Juan refused breath tests at the checkpoint, and was detained for testing at the jail, where he blew a .06. He told the officer he had just gotten off work and stopped ot buy the beer, and had drank only one of the six-pack before being stopped. He was not charged with DUI, because his blood alcohol was not over the legal limit. However, he was charged with open container and with driving after consuming alcohol, both misdemeanors.

Tuesday
Jun052007

Congressional Mail Costs

North Carolina's congressional delegation spent more than $1 million on bulk mailings to constituents during the last session of Congress, ranging from $326,642 for Rep. Virginia Foxx to none for Reps. G.K. Butterfield and Howard Coble.



The mailings were sent using the congressional franking privilege, which allows representatives to use their signature instead of a stamp. On average, House members spent $55,000 on mailing using the franking privilege, according to the consumer group Public Citizen.



Foxx, a Republican from Banner Elk, sent more than 1.6 million pieces of mail. She was one of eight members of Congress who sent more than 800,000 pieces of free mail in 2005, according to a study from the National Taxpayers Union, an advocacy organization that supports lower taxes.

Tuesday
Jun052007

Excavator Vandalized

An act of petty vandalism that happened in Wilkes is going to cost a Mooresville company about 500-dollars to repair. Alex Savino, an employee of D-J Capital, called sheriff deputies early Friday morning when he arrived at a job site on Rock Wall Road. He says he'd been using a min-excavator to clear off the lot on Thursday, and had left it parked at the job site overnight. When he arrived Friday morning, he found someone had thrown a rock through the back glass of the excavator, breaking it out. He does not report any additional damage to the excavator except the glas shards he sewpt out of the cabin. A deputy canvassed the neighborhood, but was unable to find anyone who had seen or heard anything unusual during the night.  Currently, there are no suspects.