Domestic Fight Ends with Both Spouses in Jail
Sheriff Deputies arriving at a recent domestic disturbance call walked into a house to find a man and a woman both bloodied. The fight was called in by a third party from a nearby convenience store on Thanksgiving Day. After deputies met the man at the store to find out what was going on, they went to the house on Tanglewood Lane in Cricket.
They could hear the verbal part of the fight as they pulled up. A deputy says he knocked on the door, and Jeff Patrick answered the door covered in blood. A check of the house found his wife April in a bedroom, also with blood on her. Both told the deputies the other person had been the first to start hitting them. After being checked over by paramedics, both declined to be taken to the hospital. Deputies arrested both of them and charged each with assault.
Shoplifting, Taken to the Next Level
Shoplifting is one thing, but brazenly walking into a store, grabbing merchandise, and sauntering outside right past the clerk is another completely. The clerk at a local FasTrack called police right after it happened Thanksgiving afternoon. She told officers two men came into the store together. They split up, with one heading directly to the cigarette aisle where he grabbed three cartons of Newports. The men left the store without paying and got in a grey Nissan Sentra with tag number SWY-7000. Police were unable to get a phone number for the registered owner of the car, but are still working to interview that person. The clerk did not know either thief.
The owner of a local business believes he know who broke in after he set the place up Friday night and went to get a bite to eat. Jimmy Welborn tells sheriff deputies that’s his normal routine as he gets ready to open the Family Game Room. When he came back from dinner Friday, Welborn found the front door of the business had been kicked in, a cash box stolen, and the security videotape taken out of the VCR. The 19-year old man he suspects of burglarizing him has had numerous addresses, and deputies are still working to track him down.
Fights Mar Evening at Two Local Restaurants
Two men exchanging words inside a local restaurant Friday night were told to take their argument outside, but even then, a store employee ended up being drawn into the fray. The Pizza Hut on School Street is where it happened, just before midnight Friday.
After tempers flared, employees of the restaurant asked them to leave, so they walked out and continued the fight in the parking lot. A waitress went out into the parking lot a few minutes later to tell them to leave the property because they wouldn’t calm down. Both of the men turned on her, grabbing her by the arms and shaking her until the manager ran outside to break it up. Police told the manager and the employee how to get a warrant drawn up on the men, whose names are known, for assault. So far, they have not been arrested.
A fight that started in another Wilkesboro restaurant ended with a man getting punched in the eye. Christopher Habershaw, a Virginia man having a meal at Ruby Tuesday’s last week, somehow got into a verbal confrontation with a local man. He reports the man had been yelling at him and some friends, and when Habershaw shot the man a grin, the man walked over to him and punched him. The restaurant employee who called police told officers after he was hit, Habershaw stood up, but never took a swing at the other man. He refused medical attention, and declined to sign a warrant for the man who hit him.
Recent Fires Accidental
Fire Marshall Nick Hanby has released the causes of two recent fires, and has ruled both are accidental in nature.
The first fire was reported November 18th at about 4:30 in the afternoon. A manufactured home on Haymeadow Road in Hays suffered about 15-thousand dollars damage. The fire was reported by a woman who said she’d been next door visiting when another neighbor knocked on the door saying her house was on fire. Ola Mae Hawkins believed the fire had started form a candle she’d left burning, sitting on a plastic chair in a bedroom. Fire Marshall Hanby says that’s consistent with what was found in the house.
The second fire was reported two days later, on the 20th at a manufactured home on Carl Drive in North Wilkesboro. The unoccupied home suffered more than 9-thousand dollars damage, and Erwin Ward lost about 12-hundred dollars worth of personal property he was moving into the house. The fire investigation showed an electrical outlet on an interior wall of the house’s center bedroom shorted out, sparking the blaze. Some of the damaged items were owned by a third person; neither she nor Ward had insurance on the property.
Domestic Fight Leads to Foot Chase
A sheriff’s deputy responding to a domestic disturbance call last night had to chase down one of the parties involved. 46-yer old John Burton Burns was collared in the woods behind a house on Colbert Place near Elkin, after he dashed from the house as deputies drove up. Once the deputies got inside the house, they found Burns’ girlfriend, April Wood, with a black eye and a cut on her eyebrow. There were several picture frames broken through the house, according to a crime report, and a hole in one wall. Burns was arrested and charged with one count of assault on a female.
Speeding, Open Container, and More
Wilkesboro police say a man was speeding on highway 421 through town last night, and that’s what started the chain of events that ended with him in jail facing several charges including drug possession.
An officer saw 21-year old Robert Jerome Cobb speeding on Highway 421 about 10:45 last night, and pulled him over in the Bo jangles parking lot. At first, Cobb gave the officer a false name, and said he’d left his drivers license at home. The bogus name was already in police computers, and the officer discovered Cobb had a suspended license. He received consent to search the car, and found an open bottle of Corona. Cobb also admitted as he was being questioned that he had a small amount of marijuana hidden in his pants. He faces a total of five misdemeanor charges and was jailed in lieu of 5-thousand dollars bond. His court date is scheduled for early January.
Purse Reported Missing
A Wilkes woman will have a somewhat harder time completing her Christmas shopping this year, after her purse, which contained 600-dollars, was taken out of a restroom at Wal-Mart recently. Amanda Lovette reported last Wednesday that she’d gone into the restroom and left her purse behind. When she went back about 20 minutes later, the purse was missing. She said the purse contained 600-dollars in cash and some makeup items. So far, police have no information about who might have walked out of the restroom with the purse.