Reportedly, a Wilkesboro Police Officer’s job was terminated after being involved in a automobile accident Wednesday morning. According to the report filed with the Wilkesboro Police Department, Officer Gregory Anderson was driving a patrol car on Hwy 421 near Dancy Road just before noon yesterday. Officer Anderson was heading west in the right-hand lane. A motorcycle driven by Christopher Wyatt of Millers Creek was also traveling west on Hwy 421 in the left-hand lane. Anderson attempted to make a left turn, failed to see the motorcycle, and pulled in front of the bike causing a collision. Both men suffered only minor injuries and were treated and released. Officer Anderson was charged with reckless driving. Damages were estimated at 3000 dollars for the patrol car and 14,000 dollars to the motorcycle. Again we understand that Anderson was relieved of his duties after the wreck; however, 3WC News is waiting for more details on the incident from the Wilkesboro Police Department.
A local business has reported a break-in that resulted in over 3000 dollars in property being stolen. Hamby Concrete on Hwy 16 in Millers Creek called the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office with the theft report. Someone forced open a door to the business and all the property was stolen from inside the building except for some radiators that were stored outside. Other stolen items included hand tools, a Craftsman chainsaw, 24 volt jump box, torch set with dual tanks, and a truck frame drill. Again stolen property was valued at 3100 dollars. No suspects were given with the report.
Nearly 2000 dollars in frozen food, ammunition, and other property were stolen in a home break-in from the Hays area. The house is located on the Longbottom Road, and the thief entered by breaking out a glass in the front door. Damages to the door are estimated at 100 dollars. The list of stolen property includes a Husqvarna air compressor, propane heater, a box of 10 gauge shotgun shells, 60 rounds of 223 bullets, 250 rounds of .22 bullets, pocket knives, camouflage hunting clothes, deer hangers, and frozen food. There is no word on suspects; the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is investigating this home break-in.
The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations. Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of approximately 7.5 percent in the number of donors coming to give blood; however despite the increase, blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in. While overall donations increased last month, donations in the local Carolinas Blood Services Region fell short of expectations by 1,719 pints. To prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients the rest of the summer, the Red Cross really needs platelet donors and those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. You can go out and give today at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church from 3 til 7:30.
North Wilkesboro Town Manager Larry South has announced that there will be changes to the trash collection schedule for next week due to the Labor Day holiday. The Town of North Wilkesboro will run one day behind, for example: Tuesday we will run Mondays trash and recycle route, Wednesday they will run the Tuesday route and so on for the rest of the week. The dumpster route for business will be on schedule as usual.
Yesterday, Gov. McCrory Lowered Flags to Honor First African-American Commander of the NC State Highway Patrol. Governor Pat McCrory issued a flag order yesterday lowering all North Carolina flags to half-staff on August 27 in honor of the late Col. Richard W. Holden, Sr. of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Col. Holden was a 35-year veteran of the Highway Patrol before his retirement. Col. Holden joined the Highway Patrol as one of the original six African-American cadets to enter the Highway Patrol’s Basic School. He was also its first African-American commander. He died on August 22 at the age of 67. Governor McCrory said, “We will all remember and cherish his legacy. He set a fine example for future commanders with his leadership.”
A man was killed in a tragic accident yesterday morning at a church here in Wilkes County. Pine View Baptist Church on the Sparta Road was having some work done on the church parking. According to the accident report, a retaining wall at the side of the church gave way causing a asphalt milling machine to turn over. One of the workers, David Alcon age 38 of Alamance County was pinned under the machine. It is believed he died instantly. Another man was injured. Alcon leaves behind a wife and two children. Wilkes Rescue Squad, Mulberry-Fairplains Fire Dept, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, and the NC Hwy Patrol all responded to the scene of the accident. Three local wreckers were called in to remove the overturned asphalt machine.
Recently, 3WC News reported on two different cars on School Street being damaged due to someone shooting the windows on the vehicles with BB's. Now another report has come into the Wilkes Sheriff's Office concerning damage from a BB gun. A homeowner on Old NC 18 called after she found damage to the vinyl siding on her house. The damages were from someone shooting her residence with a BB gun. Damages are listed at 500 dollars. No suspects were given with the report.
The man confronted the would-be thief two times before he finally left. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a 911 call concerning a possible vehicle break-in and suspicious person. The victim reported that about 2am his dog started barking. The property owner looked outside and saw someone inside the passenger side of the car parked in his driveway. The victim went out to confront the suspect who ran off through a nearby field. Thinking the man was gone and seeing nothing stolen from the car, the victim went back inside his house. An hour later, his dog was barking again and the suspicious man was back. This time, the victim called 911, but the suspect left the scene before deputies arrived. There is no word on who he was or why he came back.
Another almost theft happened with a drink machine in Millers Creek. The Dr. Pepper Bottling Company reported the damage to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office. It appears someone pried the front coin cover off the drink machine in what looks like an attempt to remove the dollar changer. Damages are listed at 100 dollars.
It's a national campaign that helps locally. The 6th annual Feds Feed Families Campaign continues through this month. With this food drive, Federal employees collect food for 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." If you wish to donate perishable items, such as extra produce from your garden, call 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.