The investigation started in Ashe and continued into Wilkes where arrests were made. The Ashe County Sheriff's Office was investigating a series of break-ins that dated back to earlier in the summer. When Ashe Officials began getting too close for comfort, the suspects moved into Wilkes where they stole a vehicle. Six suspects from the Lansing and West Jefferson area were arrested in Wilkes. Charges included breaking, entering, and larceny, possession of stolen property, and possession of firearms by a felon. More charges and more arrests are expected as this investigation continues.
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The wallet was found, but the money was gone. Wilkesboro Police were called to Walmart regarding a missing wallet. While searching the area with the victim, someone turned in the wallet. The victim looked and saw that only money was missing from inside the wallet. Video surveillance was obtained by Police to view in order to determine a suspect. The total amount of money stolen was 40 dollars. According to the police report, the victim was just happy that none of their cards or personal items were taken.
State health officials continue to encourage North Carolinians to take preventive measures against mosquito bites and to stay informed of the risk of Zika virus infection before traveling to areas with local, active transmission, now including Miami, Fla. On Aug. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued travel, testing and other recommendations for people who traveled to or lived in a Miami, Fla. neighborhood after June 2016, when health officials discovered local transmission of the virus by mosquitoes. Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infectious mosquito. This mosquito, to date, has not been identified in North Carolina, according to a statewide survey of mosquito populations being conducted in conjunction with researchers at East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, Western Carolina University and experts at local health departments. Currently, over 30 travel-related cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in North Carolina.
Governor Pat McCrory announced that the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 19 grant and loan requests totaling $5,153,475. The requests include commitments to create a total of 195 new jobs. “Quality buildings, sites and infrastructure remain fundamental for every business, and these grants and loans enable North Carolina communities to attract, grow and retain companies and jobs,” said Governor McCrory. Grants support infrastructure development, building renovation and site improvements. Since its creation by Governor McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013, the Authority has approved more than $111 million in awards.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is pleased to once again be the official medical provider at the Winston-Salem Open tennis tournament, scheduled for Aug. 20-27. Medical experts from Wake Forest Baptist will serve a dual role during this year’s tournament. While they will provide care for the competitors, they will also offer health information to spectators. In addition to caring for the athletes, experts from Wake Forest Baptist will offer ticketholders many opportunities, including free shoe fittings, advice from a physical therapist, information about aging and Alzheimer’s programs and ways to protect children from severe injuries.
North Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased below the national average to 4.7 percent in July. “As home to one of the fastest growing economies in the country, North Carolina’s unemployment rate has now dropped below the national average and more than 300,000 new jobs have been added since 2013,” said Governor McCrory. The unemployment rate is now lower than it has been since May 2007 and the size of the labor force is 2.9 percent larger than in January 2013.
The 15th annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign has been going on for over a month. Communities in Schools thanks all those who have given and encourages you to help them organize and get ready for schools to pick up supplies Monday and Tuesday. AIR The school supplies will be given to counselors and social workers at each Wilkes County elementary, middle and high schools on Monday, August 22 or Tuesday, August 23 from the CIS office. School personnel will then distribute the items to students in need of school supplies. The first optional teacher workday is August 17th, and the first required workday is scheduled for August 22nd. Wilkes County Schools will welcome back students on August 29.
When a disabled man dropped his newspaper and some cash, someone stopped to pick it up for him but then drove away. Wilkesboro Police were called to a local parking lot regarding a theft. The victim stated that he dropped his paper and a one-hundred dollar bill beside his truck. Due to his disability, the man was unable to get out of the truck quickly. A car drove up with two women inside and one got out, walked over, picked up the hundred dollars and then left. The victim yelled for her to stop. He got the license tag number of the car and called Police. The Police were able to get a name and address from the tag number, but they have been unable to locate the suspect. Charges and an arrest are pending.
There is a suspect in a theft this week at a Bethany Ford Road location. The victim reported that an extension ladder and some cash was stolen. No other property was reported stolen. The victim did have a possible suspect in mind. Charges are pending further investigation.
Local authorities are still looking for a blue Dodge Van involved in a hit and run on Hwy 268 in Ronda. The hit and run happened Monday evening before 7pm. The 30-year-old female victim was walking along Hwy 268 when she was hit by the van. She was transported by Wilkes EMS to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released. The blue Dodge van was last seen going North on Cemetery Street in Ronda. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation, they do have a suspect, and charges are pending.