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Friday
Jun222007

Kindergarten Entry Birthdate to Become August 31st

The General Assembly agreed yesterday to push the cutoff birth date for children to enter kindergarten each fall several weeks earlier. The Senate voted unanimously in favor of a bill to require a child to turn five years old before Aug. 31 of the school year in order to enter school. The current law sets the date at October 16. The change would begin in the fall of 2009 if accepted by Gov. Mike Easley.



The change will help narrow the age range of children in their first year of public school. He said that should ultimately improve student performance. Researchers say the shift would result in about 15,400 students fewer students entering the public schools in the first year it takes effect.

Friday
Jun222007

Barn, Outbuilding Broken Into

A man who says he just inherited some Wilkes county property tells sheriff deputies he's already been the victim of a break-in. Earl Jones lives on Scott Road in Hays. He called deputies to an address on Airport Road Wednesday morning, when he discovered the house, barn, and some outbuildings broken into. It doesn't appear anything was taken from the house, except a hammer which was sitting in the middle of the barn. But inside the barn, thieves had cut out about 500 feet of copper wiring, and they'd stolen a stainless steel tank worth about 100-dollars from an outbuilding on the property. Neighbors say they saw a full size Chevy or Ford pickup leave the farm Tuesday night. The truck is gray with brown stripes, and according to the neighbor there were two white males in it at the time, around nightfall Tuesday. The neighbor didn't get a tag number or more description of the men.

Friday
Jun222007

Burglar Caught After Fourth Hit on Same House

A Purlear homeowner says her house has been broken into four times in the past two months. Karen Shuts says on Tuesday, the burglar used a knife to pry open the back door. He stole several cartons of cigarettes, some cash, some prescription medicine, some cash, and a watch worth 65-dollars. All told, this time the theft netted about 270-dollars worth of property. Shuts says the person who did it is the 18-year old son of her neighbors across the road, Cody Michael Stanley. Deputies talked to Stanley, who they say "finally" admitted to the three earlier break-ins, and to taking the property Tuesday. They recovered one pack of the carton of smokes he's alleged to have stolen. His parents are cooperating with the investigation, and charges are expected to be filed soon in each of the case.

Thursday
Jun212007

Suspects Assault Responders, One Tasered

Two Wilkes residents have had encounters with law enforcement Tasers in the past few days; one ended up being stunned, while the other was taken into custody by more conventional means.



Wilkes EMS workers called for help from the Sheriff's Department last night, as they were trying to convince a drug overdose patient she had to go to the hospital to be checked out. The woman refused to do so, even after repeatedly being told by the deputy she had no choice in the matter. The deputy and a Paramedic grabbed her so the deputy could handcuff her, and in the ensuing struggle she kicked the Paramedic in the head. The deputy wasn't able to cuff her, and he told the woman she was going to have to give up and stop fighting or he would use the Taser. She continued to kick and scream, prompting the deputy to stun her. After that, he and the Paramedic were able to get 29-year old Carla Crane under control, tied down to a stretcher, and to the hospital. She will face charges of assaulting emergency personnel.



The second incident actually happened earlier in the week. A Wilkesboro Police Sergeant was called to the court house to take a person who was being involuntarily committed to a mental institution into custody. No sooner did he walk up to the car the man was in and identify himself than the man lunged at him with a knife. Then the man stuck the knife to his throat and said he was going to kill himself. The sergeant and an officer both drew their Tasers, and told the man to put down the knife or they would stun him. He dropped the knife, but would not get out of the car. At that point, one of the officers grabbed an arm and started pulling him, while the other blocked his feet, causing the man to fall to the ground. According to the crime report, none of the three people were hurt. The man, whose name we are withholding because of his mental status, told officers repeatedly he wanted to die, and that when he'd pulled the knife, his intent was to make an officer shoot him. IN addition to the involuntary committal, he will face a charge of assaulting an officer.

Thursday
Jun212007

More Mailboxes Damaged

Four more Wilkes homeowners report vandals have struck their mailboxes. In both case, the vandals took out a pair of mailboxes.



Wilkesboro Police are investigating the first case, which happened sometime last Friday night or Saturday morning. The neighbors, who are also family, who live in the 700 block of Link Street, both reported waking up Saturday to find the damage. Forest Michael Reed was the first to find the damage. He says he went out to check the mail Saturday morning and found the mailbox laying on the ground, as if it had simply been pushed off the post. It was undamaged. Keith Reed, who lives across the street, says he went out a couple of hours later to find the door on his mailbox sitting open. He saw as he got closer that someone had whacked it in the side with a solid object -- a ball bat, if this turns out like many other cases. Given that the mailboxes are across the street from one another, the incidents are likely connected. Police say they have no suspects.



Family members who are neighbors on Byrd Road in Roaring River reported their mailboxes had been struck early Tuesday morning. James Poplin told sheriff deputies he heard several loud bangs outside about 1:30 a-m, but did not get up to investigate at the time. Living where he does, he likely had a good idea what had just happened. Sure enough, when he got up in the morning, he found the mailboxes for his home and the house next door, owned by Ernest Poplin, had been damaged. Deputies say they have no suspects. That brings the total number of mailbox bashings in the county since school got out to about 20.

Thursday
Jun212007

Anybody Seen Our Pickup?

Not only doesn't a local crime victim not know whodunnit, but they really don't have a clue when. Empire Chrysler reported a 43-thousand dollar Dodge 2500 Quad Cab Pickup stolen this week, following a routine inventory of the vehicles on the lot. They tell Wilkesboro Police the last time the truck was shown in the inventory was May 29th, and it was simply missing when they did the count Tuesday. The vehicle ID number has been entered into the national crime database, and if it's been registered to someone, it will show up eventually when records are cross-referenced.

Thursday
Jun212007

Area Soldier Killed in Iraq

The Defense Department says a 2001 graduate of a Hickory high school died this week in Iraq, a casualty of another roadside bomb. Army Spec. Darryl Wardlaw “Ward” Linder was killed northeast of Baghdad by a roadside bomb. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. He was 24. Linder leaves behind a 3-year-old son, Kyle. Linder was on his second tour of duty in the Middle East. He joined the Marine Corps in 2001 and served in Afghanistan. He enlisted in the Army last November and was deployed in January. His family tells the Hickory Record they'd last spoken to him on Sunday, Father's Day. They were notified of his death Tuesday, and the Defense Department announced it yesterday.

Thursday
Jun212007

Old Wilkes to Do Phone Donation Drive

Old Wilkes, Inc., responsible for maintaining the Wilkes Heritage Museum Complex, plans to wrap up their 2007 membership campaign with a phone drive next week. Monies donated during the drive will help support the day to day operations of Old Wilkes and Historic Properties. Marketing Director Nicole Perkins said in a news release, "the membership drive is an effort to ensure this county has an institution where Wilkes county history can be preserved.”



The Old Wilkes Board of Trustees will conduct the phone drive next Tuesday as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of Old Wilkes, Inc. and Historic Properties. If you are not contacted and would like to donate, at any level, please call or come by the Wilkes Heritage Museum on East Main Street, Downtown Wilkesboro. Their number is 667-31-71.

Wednesday
Jun202007

Cash, Jewelry Stolen from Wilkes Home

Deputies have few leads to go on in the burglary of a Wilkes house yesterday afternoon. Patricia Wingler called deputies to her home on Old Highway 60 about 4 p-m, saying someone had apparently come in through the unlocked front door and stolen a number of items. They include several jars of change, a men's and women's white gold wedding ring set, an Ashe Central High school class of 1982 ring, a white gold and diamond anniversary ring, and two other rings. Total estimated value of the theft is over 43-hundred dollars. Neither neighbors or a construction crew working nearby report seeing anything out of place yesterday. The case remains under investigation.

Wednesday
Jun202007

Is It Any Wonder She Couldn't Stand?

A North Wilkesboro woman is facing a DUI charge, testing three times the legal limit after she was pulled over last night. A deputy reports nearly being run off the road by 42-year Jacqueline Johnston on Highway 155 near Old Highway 60 about 10:30 last night. He says she swerved into his lane, narrowly missing the patrol car, and when he got turned around she was still in the oncoming lane. When he turned on his blue lights, she sped up, but shortly after he started the siren, she pulled over.



The deputy says Johnston almost literally spilled form the car onto the road as she tried to get out. She told the deputy she'd had three beers. Her blood alcohol at the roadside was .24, three times the legal limit. When the official reading was taken at jail, it was .22. The deputy says the BMW had front-end damage, as she'd wrecked. Johnston told the deputy she remembered running off the road somewhere, but she wasn't sure where -- it could have been anywhere between Dooley's and where she was at that moment. Johnston was arrested on the DUI charge, and the damaged Beemer was taken to a local auto repair shop for storage.