Ironically, a place named Safe Guard Properties were broken into last week. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called in reference to the break-in at Safe Guard location in North Wilkesboro. The front door of the building had been kicked open and a list of items were stolen. Damages were listed at 1000 dollars. While the property owners were working on a list of things stolen, the stolen property was found while the Sheriff's Office was investigation another case. The investigation is still underway and arrests are pending.
In addition to the 26 arrested and charged last week in the latest drug roundup, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office also had several other arrests over the weekend. Of the other nearly 2 dozen arrested, 5 were charged with assault, 2 were charged with vandalism, 1 for breaking and entering, one for DWI, and 7 were arrested for failing to make their court appearance. Other arrests included obtaining property by false pretense, drug possession, and probation violations.
Local County Commissioners and other local government officials, please be advised webinars scheduled for July 31st and August 4th have been rescheduled to Wednesday, September 3, and Tuesday, September 9. The Wilkes County Manager thanks all who have registered for one or both of the upcoming Local Government Legislative Update Webinars, but the dates have changed. When planning this year’s program, they thought the General Assembly would likely adjourn by July 25. However, the legislature has not yet completed its work for the session. Therefore, they are rescheduling the webinar series because they want to provide the most complete and accurate information about all of the important legislative changes that will affect local governments. The Wilkes County Manager says the new dates will be Wednesday, September 3 and Tuesday, September 9. Both programs will be from 10-12 a.m. On-demand versions of the webinars will also be available for purchase after the live broadcasts.
The North Carolina House of Representatives voted 87 to 4 on Friday to remove language from House Bill 1133, “Technical and Other Corrections,” which would have eliminated North Carolina’s Child Fatality Task Force (CFTF). CFTF’s members consist of legislators, doctors, and representatives from commissions and advocacy groups from across the state. Since being created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1991, CFTF has actively researched, developed, and advocated for important legislation affecting North Carolina’s children and youth. “We are thrilled that House members recognized the critical role that the Child Fatality Task Force plays in saving the lives of North Carolina’s children,” said Linda Saturno, Executive Director of NC Child. CFTF’s recent work has involved issues such as drunk driving, teen suicide, preterm birth, and the use of tanning beds by minors.
Even though we are expecting temps in the 80's rather than the 90's for most of this week, it's still the hot summer months. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center warns: Working out when it’s hot isn’t such a hot idea. The Emergency Medical Staff advise you to: Check with your doctor to make sure that any medical conditions you may have or medications that you’re taking will not increase your sensitivity to the heat; Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat whenever possible. Avoid sunburn, which decreases your skin’s natural cooling processes; Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Pre-hydrating and continuously replacing fluids and electrolytes is essential; and If at all possible, exercise in the morning or evening. It’s better to miss a workout than to harm your body by pushing too hard during the middle of the day. Also, Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. They include, but are not limited to: heavy sweating or inability to sweat, weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, confusion, fainting and seizures. If you’re cramping, feeling disoriented or nauseous, or having difficulty breathing, stop, get to a cool place, seek help and call 911 as needed.
As we reported late Friday on 3WC News, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office finished up a 2 1/2 month investigation concerning the illegal sell of prescription medication. A total of 26 people were arrested and charged. One of the 26 arrested, has the distinction of being arrested in all 3 of the last 3 drug roundups conducted by the Wilkes Sheriff's Office. This time, repeat offender Charles Anderson was not able to make bail and remained in jail. Angela Fenton of Millers Creek was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. She had over 7000 dollars in cash in her possession at the time of her arrest. Benjamin Folger IV and Sherry Barker of Clemmons were arrested and charged with 3 counts of trafficking opium. Shawn Brinegar of Sparta and Chandra Mabe of Elkin were obtaining prescriptions from doctors in Charlotte and then selling the prescriptions here in Wilkes. They were also charged with 3 counts of trafficking opium. Some of the 26 charged remain in jail and others have posted bond; all are awaiting court appearances.
He stuff the shoes in his shirt and in his pants. Most stores not have in store surveillance video throughout the store, but they also have people who job is to watch for shoplifters. Apparently, some have to learn this the hard way as the Wilkesboro Police Department continues to be called to stores that have stopped or have seen shoplifters. In this case from last week, store employees saw a white male cut the anti-theft device from some shoes and hid them in his clothes. Police were called and were waiting for the man when he exited the store. They found shoes in his shirt and in his pants. They found pliers that he used to remove the anti-theft device, and Police found pills that the man did not have a prescription for. The theft was also caught on in store video which Police seized as evidence. The man was arrested and charged with larceny and drug possession.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a home break-in at a Hays residence in which drugs and clothes were stolen. According to the report, the homeowner came home to find a window broken out of their house. The thief had entered the house through the window. Only prescription medication and some clothing was taken. Stolen property is valued at 500 dollars. There is a suspect and charges are pending.
It's a national campaign that helps locally. The 6th annual Feds Feed Families Campaign is an annual event to collect food for distribution by local food banks, food pantries, and shelters. “In Wilkes County, you can donate nonperishable and perishable food items and toiletries that will be delivered to the area food pantries,” according to Julia Houck, County Executive Director of the Wilkes County Farm Service Agency (FSA). Houck said, “Items can be placed in the collection box in the lobby of the J J Hayes Federal Building located at 207 W Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC." Also, if you wish to donate perishable items, such as extra produce from your garden, please contact the FSA Office at 336-838-3622. According to the 2012 Census 22.4% of the people in Wilkes County live at or below the poverty level. The 2014 food drive officially began on June 2 and will run through August 27.
NC DHHS' Division of Public Health is updating the health advisories issued earlier this year related to the coal ash spill in the Dan River near Eden. DHHS is recommending lifting the recreational water advisory after evaluating the most recent available surface water and sediment data from the Dan River downstream from the coal ash spill. The large coal ash deposit that remained in North Carolina was removed in June. DHHS has evaluated water data collected and advises contaminants associated with the coal ash spill are at levels that should not pose a health risk during recreational use of the river. However, a potential fish and shellfish consumption hazard still exists immediately downstream of the release. DHHS recommends that people not consume any fish or shellfish collected from the Dan River in North Carolina downstream of the Duke Power-Eden spill site.