A Ferguson homeowner reported a burglary last week. Someone forcibly entered their residence and took tools. A red 3-drawer toolbox with several tools was stolen. The stolen property is valued 600 dollars. There is no word on suspects; the Sheriff's Office is investigating.
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The car was damaged while the owner was at work. An employee of Best Way called the Wilkesboro Police Dept after finding the back glass in his Dodge Charger broken out. The manager of the store discovered the damages. There is no word on witnesses or suspects. Damages were listed at 200 dollars.
The Wilkes County Commissioners will meet on Tuesday evening for their regularly scheduled meeting. On the agenda: Wilkes Regional Medical Center Transition Update; Town of Ronda Joint Resolution concerning fire tax; and the purchase and sell of county property. If anyone signs up to speak, there will be a time of public concerns at 6:45 with the meeting set for 7pm at the County Office Building on Tuesday.
Congratulations to a team from North Wilkesboro. Main Street Champions, individuals who work and advocate for downtown revitalization across the state were recognized for their commitment this morning at an awards ceremony breakfast in Shelby. Thirty-six individuals received honors for their contributions in 2016. Locally, individuals honored were: Ken Gulaian and Kari Heerdt, Elkin; Tammy Panther, Hickory; Statesville Community Appearance Commission, Statesville; and The Public Works Team and Green -Thumbers, North Wilkesboro. Since 1980, The North Carolina Main Street program has generated $2.5 billion in private and public investment. Information available online at nccommerce.com/MainStreet.
Save the Date. You're invited to a free movie screening of "The Anonymous People." This is a documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. You are invited to join the movement in Wilkes to become the face and voice to change the stigma toward addiction and recovery. Project Lazarus is a public health oriented non-profit organization established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County. The free movie will be presented by Project Lazarus at Two Rivers Cinema on Monday, March 20 at 6:30.
Lansing town leaders have formed a partnership between the town and the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center to launch a $100,000 small business community loan fund. The goal of the partnership is to encourage small business and entrepreneurial growth in the Lansing area. “This loan program will allow us to promote self-employment, small business creation and economic independence," says Jim Parsons, local business leader and STEP for Small Business Lansing committee member. The STEP (Small Town Economic Prosperity) for Small Business local committee in Lansing began its work in the fall of 2015.
The fact that NC ranked in the Top 15 is NOT a good thing. In an effort to keep Americans safer on the roads this year, BackgroundChecks.org researched state DUI rankings. The report was released on March 9, 2017. North Carolina was ranked #15 on the list, with the first state, Wyoming, having the worst DUI problems, and New York, #50 having the least problems with DUI and drunk driving. "The fact that over 10,000 people a year die from DUI related accidents is a travesty", said Trent Wilson, co-author of the research. "We hope this research will open some eyes and make people think twice before drinking and driving." DUIs were on the rise in 2016, according to data released late last year by the CDC and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
On March 16, 2017, at approximately 12:15pm, members of the Wilkesboro Police Department were dispatched to a breaking and entering in progress. Wilkesboro Police responded to thea rea and were diredted by a witness to a home locaated 2261 Hwy 268 West in Wilkesboro. Officers were informed that a male party had been assaulted by an axe and was en-route to the hospital. Officers were also told that the suspect was still inside the home. Officers made entry into the home and encounted Jacobo Torres Hernandez in the basement of the home. During the encounter, Hernandez was found to be in possession of a axe and ordered to stop and show his hands. Hernandez advanced toward officers, raised the axe in an aggressive manner, and was subsequently shot by officers. Hernandez was transported to Baptist Medical for treatment. The Wilkesboro Police Dept has requested the NC SBI to investigate the shooting of Hernandez. Members of the Wilkes Sheriff's Office will be conducting the investigation surrounding the assault of the homeowner and the breaking and entering.
There was an officer involved shooting in Wilkes yesterday. 3WC News spoke with Wilkesboro Police Chief Craig Garris this morning. Garris said that Wilkesboro PD received a 911 call of a breaking and entering in progress. The suspect had assaulted the homeowner and was still on the scene when officers arrived. The suspect was armed with an ax and there was an altercations with officers which led to two Wilkesboro Policeman firing their weapon. The suspect was shot in the leg and in the chest. He was taken to Baptist Hospital and is expected to live. The condition of the homeowner is unknown at this time. The investigation is still underway. The SBI is investigating the shooting. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the break-in. Wilkesboro Officers Ronnie Price and Nathan Dancy are on paid administration leave until the shooting investigation is concluded.
It's a gun theft from a local business. The Wilkes Sheriff's Dept was called concerning a stolen gun. Whittington Auction & Appraisal reported a Colt pistol and a 100 ounce silver bar were stolen from their office on Oakwoods Lane. Stolen property is valued at $3500. There is no word on suspects; the Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.