You have to ask: Were the watches he stole waterproof? Wilkesboro Police were called concerning a shoplifter at Kohls. When Police arrived, they were told that the Loss Prevention Officer at the store had chased the thief into the woods behind the store. The white male suspect, who had stolen two US Polo wrist watches, ran through the woods behind the store and then jumped into the river. Since he swam across to the other side, Police went to Rivers Edge Park where they were able to determine where the suspect came out of the river and then tracked him to a local store. Kohls store surveillance showed him stealing the watches, and Citgo store surveillance showed him coming in soaking wet. Police have identified the man, warrants have been issued, and an arrest is pending. Again, wonder if the watches he stole were waterproof?
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In another last dramatic shoplifting at Kohls, the black female suspect took some clothes and perfume. When store personnel tried to stop her in the parking lot, she just simply drove away in a white Pontiac. Stolen property was valued at 130 dollars. Store personnel did get a tag number of the car, Police are trying to identify the woman, and charges are pending.
Wilkes County, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the High Country Rural Planning Organization are seeking public input as part of Wilkes County’s Comprehensive Transportation Planning Process through a short survey. Answers to the survey will help guide the development of Wilkes County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). During the CTP process, the county’s future transportation needs will be determined and solutions will be recommended. The process will involve local government officials and the public. The survey will close on October 31, 2015. The following link to the Wilkes County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) Survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wilkesctp2015
Back to school and back to school buses on the highway. In North Carolina, over 14,000 school buses travel our highways daily transporting children to and from school. Most motorists that meet school buses on the state’s highways actually stop as required by North Carolina law. However some do not. The results can be tragic. Since 1999, thirteen children in North Carolina have been struck and killed while loading and/or unloading from a stop school bus. According to the Department of Public Instruction, a total of 3,153 vehicles across the state passed stopped school buses on a single day in 2014. Despite that number, school buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Statistics show that students are about 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends. Under North Carolina law, G.S. 20-217, drivers going either direction must stop when a school bus is stopped to let children off unless it is on a highway divided by a median or a four or more lane road with a center turning lane. Drivers are to remain stopped until the bus has completed dropping the children off and begun to move again. Drivers who are convicted of passing a stopped school bus face a $500 fine and 5-points on their driver’s license. A driver who passes a stopped school bus and strikes someone will face a Class I felony and be fined a minimum of $1,000. The penalty increases to a Class H felony and fine of $2,500 if someone dies. In an effort to promote traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops, the Highway Patrol is reminding motorists this week to be aware of the increase of school buses in Wilkes and across the state.
A suspect in a Wilkes County murder dating back to June of last year was arrested this week. On Monday, August 17, 2015 information was developed through interviews by investigators from the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation, related to the June 24, 2014 kidnapping and murder of Victor Manuel Ruiz and kidnapping of Erica Martinez from Ronda, NC in Wilkes County. On Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Luis Antonio “Reaper” Rosado W/M/DOB: 01/14/1992 was arrested for Murder, two counts of First Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Burglary, Robbery with Dangerous Weapon, and Larceny of a Motor Vehicle in Winston-Salem, NC. On Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Erick Javier “Stewie” Diaz W/M/DOB: 08/15/1997 was also arrested for Murder, two counts of First Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Burglary, Robbery with Dangerous Weapon, and Larceny of a Motor Vehicle in Winston-Salem, NC. Further information was developed from the arrests and subsequent interviews and more arrests are anticipated. The investigation is ongoing.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the theft of guns from a Roaring River home. The victim reported that someone had broke into his home and stole several firearms, including: a RUGER BLACK HAWK REVOLVER 357, a PARKER & HALE RIFLE with SCOPE 22-250, and a WINCHESTER MODEL 250 22LR. Stolen firearms were valued at $2150. No suspects were listed with the report.
The Wilkes County Commissioners met this week for a regularly scheduled meeting. Before the meeting there was a time for Public Concerns. One man, a resident from the Brushy Mtn area, signed up to speak. The man gave Commissioners a petition concerning cyclists on the Brushies. The man reported that some bicyclists are a public nuisance and do not respect the community. The charges included cyclist changing clothes on the side of the road, using the bathroom behind the fire department and a church, and leaving bikes in front of the fire dept door which delayed firemen in responding. The man said that these causing the problem were out of town. He asked that the Commissioners get the Brushies removed from the state listed biking trails map. Later during their meeting, Commissioners asked County Attorney Tony Triplett to find out what legal action could be taken. The Commissioners are also going to investigate other avenues to help the Brushy Mtn Community with their concerns.
Someone stole their chickens. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a report of a larceny of chickens on Green Orchard Road in Moravian Falls. The caller advised that they had not seen their chickens in over a month. The victim believes the subjects he had taking care of the chickens sold them without permission. The stolen chickens were valued at 200 dollars; charges are pending further investigation.
Wilkes Community College’s Division of College Readiness awarded diplomas at its 37th annual graduation ceremony on Sunday, August 16, at 4 p.m., at the John A. Walker Community Center. Of the 76 graduates, 60 earned a General Educational Development certificate (GED), 10 received an Adult High School Diploma (AHS) and 6 received recognition for graduating from the new Project College certificate program. The College Readiness Division serves Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties through several locations in each county. Classes are free, and instruction is self-paced and structured to fit the needs of students at their current functioning level. Students range in age from 16 and up. For more information about College Readiness, contact Wilkes Community College at 336-667-5376
Governor Pat McCrory enhanced the personal safety of North Carolina’s first responders by signing legislation that prevents the disclosure of information that could lead to the identification of home addresses. The new law also prohibits the disclosure of government-issued cell phone numbers. “We must give first responders and their families every protection we can from possible retaliation or malicious interference in the performance of their duties,” Governor McCrory said. For law enforcement officers, S699 prevents the disclosure of emergency contact information and information that might identify their residence. The new law also shields the government issued mobile telephone numbers of law enforcement officers, fire department employees and other emergency workers.