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Expensive Mower Stolen

A Wilkes man says someone has stolen an expensive mower from his property. Craig Sanderson tells deputies he stored his 6-thousand dollar Husqvarna zero-turn mower under the carport -- at least he did until sometime Sunday. When he got home from a day out on Sunday, he found the mower missing. There were no obvious tracks noted by officers, and he doesn't have any idea who might have taken it. Deputies are waiting on some additional information to enter the mower into the national crime database. Sanderson says it happened sometime between Sunday morning at 9:30 and Sunday evening about 5.


Check Forger Swindles Maw Maw Bea's

It's not clear whether a woman was actually setting up a household, or if that is just the things she chose to steal, but a local business lost over 300-dollars worth of second-hand clothing and home supplies. According to the clerk at Maw Maw Beas, the woman came in last Monday afternoon about 2 and picked up more than 20 items including a window air conditioner, towels, kitchen utensils, and supplies for a baby's room. She wrote three checks to pay for the items, all on a Bank of America account, but not consecutive check numbers. When the woman left, the clerk got suspicious and called the bank, only to find the account had been closed. She describes the con artist as a Hispanic woman in her late 20's, about 5-feet, 5-inches tall. She gave the deputies the checks, which had the woman's name on them. However, they have not released the woman's name, in spite of waiting a week to release the report of the crime. It is listed as under investigation.


Couple Awakens to Gunshots

A Wilkes family is fortunate they weren't injured when someone shot into their house this weekend. About 1:30 Saturday morning, Brandy Rich tells deputies she and her husband were awakened by a loud noise. After a few minutes went by, they got up and found a number of holes in the outside wall of their house. Deputies investigating the shots fired call found someone had let go with one blast from a shotgun, which had sprayed 10 to 12 pellets through the fenders of a four-wheeler sitting in front of the house, through the exterior siding, and through the wall into the house. None of the pellets hit anyone in the house. Rich says she believes she knows who is responsible. Deputies are not releasing the names of the men, due to the ongoing investigation.



The Internal Revenue Service today alerted taxpayers to the latest versions of an e-mail scam intended to fool people into believing they are under investigation by the agency’s Criminal Investigation division.

The e-mail purporting to be from IRS Criminal Investigation falsely states that the person is under a criminal probe for submitting a false tax return to the California Franchise Tax Board. The e-mail seeks to entice people to click on a link or open an attachment to learn more information about the complaint against them. The IRS warned people that the e-mail link and attachment is a Trojan Horse that can take over the person’s computer hard drive and allow someone to have remote access to the computer.

The IRS urged people not to click the link in the e-mail or open the attachment.

Similar e-mail variations suggest a customer has filed a complaint against a company and the IRS can act as an arbitrator. The latest versions appear aimed at business taxpayers as well as individual taxpayers. The most recent version offers consumers 80-dollars for filling out an IRS "customer service survey."

The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask for detailed personal and financial information. Additionally, the IRS never asks people for the PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank or other financial accounts.


Former NW City Manager to Retire

A former North Wilkesboro leader has announced he will retire from his current job as Hendersonville City Manager. Chris Carter plans to retire at the end of this year. A native of Elkin, he has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a masters from Appalachian State University. Before moving to Hendersonville, he spent eight years as town manager of North Wilkesboro. He was the first manager appointed after Hendersonville adopted the city manager form of government in 1994. He tells the Hendersonville Times-News his biggest challenges as city manger have revolved around the controversial city staff resizing in 1995 and the work that seems to have gone on his whole career there to get the city's wastewater treatment plant in compliance and out from under an EPA oversight order. He says he plans to stay in the Hendersonville area, and probably will go to work in private industry after some time off.


Yard Tools, Go-Cart Stolen

A Ferguson man says someone stole more than 42-hundred dollars wroth of items from his front and back yards recently. William Underwood lives along Highway 268. He says he discovered a set of tracks in his front yard about a week ago that appeared to have been let by a dually pickup. He doesn't know anyone who drives one. The thief stole a red go-cart with a silver roll cage, worth about 32-hundred dollars; a tiller and two weed-eaters, together worth about 650-dollars; and a Troy-bilt pressure washer worth about 300-dollars. He provided serial numbers on the items, so deputies could enter them in the national crime database. No suspects have been identified so far.


Deputies Investigate Worthless Checks Case

Wilkes sheriff deputies are investigating a worthless check case against a woman who allegedly bilked a local store out of more than 300-dollars. Scott Ashely with Holly Mountain IGA tells deputies the 28-year old Wilkesboro woman came into the store twice recently and gave clerks starter checks on a Northwestern Bank account. The first check was for 182-dollars, and the second was for 80-dollars. Both checks were returned by the bank unpaid, because the account had been closed. The phone number given by the woman had been disconnected, according to the crime report. Deputies are still trying to make contact with the bank to discover why the account was closed, and with the woman, to see if she plans to make good on the checks.


Teen to be Charged in Fatal Wreck

The teen-ager behind the wheel in a head-on crash that killed a North Wilkesboro man will be charged in connection with the wreck. Authorities say 17-year old Jeremy Tyler Watts crossed the center line on Highway 268 in Yadkin Valley August 15th, and collided head-on with the pickup driven by 54-year old Gary Michael Parsons of North Wilkesboro. The wreck also injured Parsons' girlfriend's ten-aged daughter. Troopers say speed is to blame for the wreck, as Watts is believed to have been driving about 45 or 50 miles an hour. He faces a charge of misdemeanor death by vehicle, and has received tickets for fictitious tag and seatbelt violations.


Man Dies, Bacterial Meningitis Suspected

A young Wilkes county man has died from a possible case of bacterial meningitis. Family members say 26-year old Jason Crews came down with a major illness quickly Thursday night, and had to be airlifted to Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. By the time he got to the hospital, his liver and kidneys were failing, and according to his wife, he was already too weak to undergo dialysis. He died Friday. It will be some time before an autopsy confirms whether the massive infection was in fact bacterial meningitis. Services for Jason Crews are being handled by Reins-Sturdivant. His family will receive visitors tonight at the funeral home, and a graveside service is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at New Hope Baptist Church.


Wreck Sends Two to Hospital

An injury traffic crash in Wilkesboro yesterday sent two people to the hospital. Police report 18-year old Lola Neely of Ronda was northbound on Curtis Bridge Road about 10 am yesterday and apparently crossed the center line, running into the front corner of a Toyota driven by 70-year old Betty Sue Dancy of Taylorsville. The impact, which caused major damage to both cars, sent them sliding in opposite directions, ending up across the road from one another some distance south of the point of impact, which was just south of Woodland Boulevard. Both Neely and Dancy were taken by ambulance to Wilkes regional Medical Center for evaluation of possible injuries.