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Monday
Apr302007

Spring Share-A-Thon Results

The two-day Spring Share-A-Thon to support Ebeneezer Christian Children's home was once again a rousing success. Through donations dropped off here are the station and in buckets throughout the area, along with hot dog sales at Wal-mart, the Spring Share-A-Thon raised 34-thousand-696 dollars. Please honor the pledges you made during the event Friday and Saturday, and mail your donations to the Home at P-O Box 2777, North Wilkesboro, 28659.

Monday
Apr302007

Wilkes Man Admits to Soda Machine Break-In

Wilkes Sheriff Deputies have solved the recent break-in of a soda machine at a convenience store in the county. As we told you last week, a burglar had broken into the soda machine outside the store in the early morning hours, taken the coin box and dollar bill changer, and driven off. Through their investigation, deputies interviewed Danny Travis Britt, who admitted it was him they saw on the store surveillance tape. In a written statement, Britt said he'd picked up an acquaintance, who we're not identifying because he hasn't been arrested yet, and his girlfriend. The three had ridden around for a while, done some crack together, and three times they went to the parking lot of a local grocery store where the man bought crack from others. Britt says about 1:30 last Wednesday morning, the three went to the country store, broke into the machine, and left with about 22-dollars. Britt says the three continued riding around until about 6, then he took the other two back to the grocery store parking lot, and he went home.

Monday
Apr302007

Alleged Gun Thief Captured

Wilkes County deputies have identified a suspect in a recent break-in that netted a number of guns and some jewelry. As they were entering data on the guns in the national crime database, deputies got a match on some guns that had been recovered by Winston-Salem police during an arrest there. Walter Franklin Griffith was arrested last weekend for possession of drugs and a stolen car. He'd been staying at a hotel in Winston-Salem. When the hotel staff cleaned his room the next day, they called police back, because a number of guns had been found in the room. The victims of the local crime identified the weapons stolen from them from photos taken by local deputies. Griffith is being held in Winston-Salem, and the guns are being held there as evidence in possible additional crimes there. Upon his release from jail in Winston-Salem, Griffith will be transported to Wilkes county to face charges.

Friday
Apr272007

Another Break-In Attempt at Tarheel Lumber

For the second time in two weeks, Wilkesboro Police were called to Tarheel Lumber to investigate a break-in. This one wasn't successful. An employee arriving for work Tuesday reported finding the door knob to the main office building pried off, and he thought it looked like someone had tried to kick in the door. THe officer says he didn't see any scuffs from shoes.



Interestingly, Monday night was the only night in the pst two weeks the lumber yard did not put out its video cameras, and the camera that covers the exterior area was turned off.



Police say they cound several cigarette butts outside the fence, near a hole big enough for a person to crawl through the fence. That's across the property from the company's designated smoking area, but it is fairly close to the damaged door. The employee identified four fellow employees he knew smoke, but he doesn't know if the brand they smoke is the same as what was found outside the fence, or whether any of the smokers tear off the filters.



The case, and the earlier break-in, remain under investigation.

Friday
Apr272007

Taser Use Reported

Sheriff deputies report another instance of having to fire their newly-issued Tasers to subdue unruly suspects. Sunday, a deputy had pulled over a carload of people, because he knew the driver had no license. He was outnumbered three-to-one, and handled the situation accordingly, by dealing with one individual at a time.



First, he got the driver, 18-year old Christopher Leniman, to come back to his patrol car so he could write him a ticket. As he was doing so, one of the women in the car, 20-year old Latifah Dasher, started yelling and cursing at the deputy. He yelled back that she needed to calm down and watch her language, but she would not do so. The deputy arrested her, and as he was handcuffing her she tried to pull away from him. He got her in the handcuffs and was escorting her to his patrol car when the third person, 18-year old Leanne Stone, started interfering, trying to pull Dahser away from the deputy and to get between the two. After telling her several times to back off without success, the deputy discharged his Taser, hitting Stone in the belly and immobilizing her. As she was coming to, he put Dasher in the car.



As he was arresting Stone, Dasher started in, yelling, screaming and kicking the back door window of the car. Tee deputy then fried the Taser to subdue her, again lodging the probes in her belly. Leniman, the driver, did not cause any problems according to the arrest report. He did show a slight alcohol content on a breath test at jail, so he was charged with underage consumption, along with the original charge for no license. The women face multiple charges, and ultimately had to be restrained in separate cells at the jail.

Friday
Apr272007

Share-A-Thon Underway

Today is the first day of the Spring Share-A-Thon for Ebeneezer Christian Children's Home on 3WC. The Ebeneezer web site explains the history and vision of the organization.



"In 1994 it began as a vision. We saw hurting children who had been removed from their natural homes for various reasons. Why not join forces and build a home when home is not an option? It began just like this. It is amazing how God put the right people in touch with each other. These people began raising money to purchase the existing home on Byrd Ridge Road and the 200+ acres that will allow us to grow as God leads. Many people began to see the vision. This dream has continued to spread. Through the gracious support of people who share the desire to do a great work in the lives of children, we have expanded beyond the original home and now have three homes, Genesis, Faith and Charity. And a fourth on the way, HOPE."



The Spring Share-A-Thon emphasis is to raise funds for an office on the Ebenezer property, to move their offices out of the basement of one of the existing homes. If you'd like to pledge, call now at 838-99-92, or drop your contribution in the buckets at major local intersections, or simply drop by and have a hot dog for lunch today at Wal-Mart. You can also contribute by going online at www.egchh.org.

Thursday
Apr262007

Soda Machine Broken Into

Sheriffs deputies say a van load of people pulled up to a Ronda store and tore the money box from a soda machine, then sped off. it happened early yesterday at Fosters Grocery. By the time the breakiin was reported, deputies arrived several minutes after the thieves left. The store was secure, with the soda machine being the only thing that had been disturbed. The store owner showed up, and he and the deputy reviewed the video tapes together, seeing the burgundy and white late model Ford van pull up, two or three men jump out and use a pry bar to pull the change box and dollar bill changer from the machine. The damage has been reported to the Coca-Cola company for repair, and there's no estimate of how much money the thieves got away with.





Thursday
Apr262007

Break-In Tried Again, Unsuccessfully

For the second time in two weeks, Wilkesboro Police were called to Tarheel Lumber to investigate a break-in. This one wasn't successful. An employee arriving for work Tuesday reported finding the door knob to the main office building pried off, and he thought it looked like someone had tried to kick in the door. THe officer says he didn't see any scuffs from shoes.



Interestingly, Monday night was the only night in the pst two weeks the lumber yard did not put out its video cameras, and the camera that covers the exterior area was turned off.



Police say they found several cigarette butts outside the fence, near a hole big enough for a person to crawl through the fence. That's across the property from the company's designated smoking area, but it is fairly close to the damaged door. The employee identified four fellow employees he knew smoke, but he doesn't know if the brand they smoke is the same as what was found outside the fence, or whether any of the smokers tear off the filters.



The case, and the earlier break-in, remain under investigation.

Thursday
Apr262007

Raw Milk Warning

North Carolina Divisions of Public Health and Environmental Health are warning citizens against raw milk consumption after one person became ill following consumption of raw milk products in Wilkes County.



"Raw milk - milk that has not been pasteurized - contains harmful bacteria that may cause illness and possible death," State Epidemiologist Dr. Jeff Engel said. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 45 outbreaks of food-borne illness associated with unpasteurized milk or cheese made from unpasteurized milk occurred between 1998 to May 2005. These outbreaks accounted for 1,007 illnesses, 104 hospitalizations, and two deaths."



Engel added that the Wilkes County case serves as a reminder to all North Carolinians that consuming raw milk or raw milk products is dangerous and a risk to one's health.



Health officials have confirmed one case of campylobacteriosis in a man who drank unpasteurized milk. That man, who was hospitalized, is now recovering. Investigators are looking into several other probable infections in people who drank from the same milk source. Campylobacteriosis is one of several diseases that can be acquired by consuming raw milk.



Symptoms of illness caused by raw milk vary depending on which harmful bacteria are present. Symptoms may include but are not limited to vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, headache and body aches. Most healthy people recover quickly from illness caused by harmful bacteria in raw milk or raw milk products; however, pregnant women, the elderly, infants, young children and people with weakened immune systems are at a greater risk of developing long-term or life-threatening illnesses.

Wednesday
Apr252007

Man's Threat Apparently Carried Out

A Boomer woman is still cleaning up the mess and compiling a list of what is missing or damaged, after someone ransacked her house yesterday. Deputies were called to Amber Louis' home about 5:15 yesterday afternoon. She said she'd come home to find the front door had been pried open, and someone had gone through the house, leaving it in a tremendous disarray. There ws damage to a flat screen TV, valued at 900-dollars, and other items were likely damaged or taken, as well. Louis is to re-contact deputies when she's assembled a list. She did tell them she's been having problems with a young man in the past few weeks, and that he'd previously threatened to cause damage or steal stuff from the house. Deputies are still working on contacting and interviewing him.