The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating another local report of financial fraud. A North Wilkesboro victim reported fraudulent activities on his bank account. The victim stated he discovered the transaction had taken place on 07-16-2015 for the amount of $930.69 to DIRECTV and was a transfer from the victim`s account. The victim went to his bank and was told to contact the Sheriff's Dept. The victim, who has no service with DIRECTTV, has no idea who is responsible for this action. The Federal Trade Commission says that while many consumers still like to use paper money and coins, more and more people are pulling out credit or debit cards to make purchases. As the popularity of payment cards has grown, so has the number of criminals trying to steal very valuable details, including the cardholder’s name, the card’s account number, and expiration date. If you’re ever the victim or target of credit or debit card theft or fraud, catching it fast and reporting it to your card issuer are key to resolving the situation. In general, your liability for unauthorized charges on a credit card is $50. However, if your debit card or ATM card is lost or stolen or you notice an unauthorized purchase or other transfer using your checking or savings account, your maximum liability is limited to $50 only if you notify your bank within two business days. If you wait more than two business days, your debit/ATM card losses under the law could go to $500 or more. To protect yourself--Never give out your payment card numbers in response to an unsolicited e-mail, text or phone call, no matter who the source supposedly is. Take precautions at the checkout counter, ATM and gas pump. And, Closely monitor your bank statements and credit card bills.
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Wilkes County Schools has received a $48,000grant from Tyson Foods, Inc., supporting the implementation of a community workforce development model named Project ADMIT (Advancement & Development in Manufacturing and Integrated Technology). “Wilkes County Schools (WCS), Wilkes Community College (WCC) and many community-based agencies and businesses are collaborating to improve workforce preparedness and opportunities for our youth and other citizens in our region”, said superintendent of schools, Dr. Marty Hemric. Project ADMIT would help prepare students for careers in advanced engineering and technology and computer integration through an extension of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum already being taught in local middle schools. Wilkes County Schools will combine the grant funds with a previous $2,000 donation from Tyson Foods to construct facilities at North Wilkes, Wilkes Central and West Wilkes High Schools to accommodate welding and construction, advance engineering and transportation technology learning centers. While the project primarily involves WCC and WCS, it also relies on the support of the Wilkes Economic Development Corporation , the Golden LEAF Foundation, and many other business, companies, foundations and individuals. Project ADMIT’s total cost is projected to be $ 1.67 million. WCS is actively seeking additional public and private money to be able to fully fund it. To date, the district has approximately 81 percent of the needed funds. People and businesses interested in supporting this community project are asked to call 336-667-1121.
The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office was called this week to investigate some property damage at a church in the county. A Deputy responded to White Rock United Methodist Church on Old Railroad Grade Road in Thurmond. The reporting party stated that someone had caused damage to their church property in the past several weeks and wanted to make a report. The church also asked for extra patrols by the Sheriff's Office. Damages over the past weeks included the black marks in the church parking lot, the parking lot gate broken, and bicycle black marks was on the sidewalks around the church building. Damages at the church are estimated at $500. No suspects were listed.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in where nothing appears stolen, but the would-be thief did cause damages. HKW Enterprises on Wilkes Street, Elkin, called the Sheriff's Dept this week to report the breaking and entering. According to the victim, no items were stolen in the break-in, only the basement door was damaged. The property damages are listed at $250.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is once again rated as one of the leading hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In the online magazine’s 2015-16 “Best Hospitals” report, released today, Wake Forest Baptist is ranked among the nation’s top 50 in seven adult medicine specialties: Cancer (17th), Nephrology (18th), Urology (28th), Ear, Nose & Throat (29th), Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (37th), Pulmonology (37th), and Neurology & Neurosurgery (46th). In addition, the Medical Center is rated as “high performing” in five specialties: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Gynecology and Orthopedics. The U.S. News ratings recognize Wake Forest Baptist as the No. 1 hospital in the Piedmont Triad region – no other area hospital earned a top-50 ranking -- and No. 2 in North Carolina only by Duke Medical Center.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services was awarded the 2015 Marketing Excellence Award by the North American Agricultural Marketing Officials during the association’s annual meeting last week. The award is presented to the top state or provincial agricultural marketing program in the United States and Canada. North Carolina was chosen from a pool of three finalists to receive the award for its rebranding of Got to Be NC, the state’s official identity program for agricultural products. The Got to Be NC program was initially launched 10 years ago as an extension of the state’s Goodness Grows in North Carolina marketing program. In 2014, the department reintroduced the Got to Be NC brand, which helps consumers identify North Carolina agricultural products wherever they shop or eat. Got to Be NC represents more than 3,000 farmers, ranchers, fishermen and food businesses across North Carolina. More information about Got to Be NC is available at www.gottobenc.com.
$7000 in property was stolen from a local business. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called out over the weekend to an burglar alarm at the Logger Shop on Hwy 421. The Deputy met with the Parts Manager in the parking lot of the business to find signs of a breaking and entering at the shop. The owner was contacted and he arrived shortly after Sheriff's Investigators were on the scene. Missing items from the business included chainsaws and back pack blowers. Store Video shows at least two suspects involved in the break-in and theft. The 10 chainsaws and 3 backpack blowers stolen from The Logger Shop were valued at approximately: $7000. Again, there are suspects and charges are pending.
The lawn tractor and trailer were stolen before they could be picked up by owner. Wilkesboro Police were called to investigate a theft at Wilkes Electric. The victim advised that he had taken his Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor to be worked on by Wilkes Electric. The victim could not get back to the business before they closed, so he told them to leave his tractor on the trailer outside the gate. When he went to get his property, it was gone. There is no word on suspects. The stolen Cub Cadet lawn tractor and homemade 5' x 9' trailer are valued at 1200 dollars.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating another case of fraud locally. A Wilkes County woman told Sheriff's Investigators that someone named Kevin called and asked the victim for $150.00 dollars or threatened to turn off her satellite dish. The woman did not give any personal information to the caller over the phone. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office has the number of the caller and it had an area code from Texas. The Federal Trade Commissioner, the Better Business Bureau and others continually warn of these telephone scams where callers claim to be from the IRS, your bank, or utility company. These callers use many ways to trick people into giving out personal information over the phone. Please remember, you should NEVER give out any personal information over the phone to anyone who calls you. If they claim to be from your bank, power company, phone company, or in this case, satellite company, then hang up immediately. If you are concerned about your account, then you may use the number you have to call your bank or utility company. These scammers are only trying to get your personal information so they can steal or identity or drain your bank account.
There is a lot in the national news about flags. Here is Wilkes, Police are looking for a flag thief. Wilkesboro Police were called to Advantage Storage. The owner said he arrived to his property and saw that a plastic bench had been moved. Then he noticed an American Flag was missing from the hanger on the roof. Video surveillance showed a black female moving the bench and taking the flag. Police have a copy of the video and are currently tracking down leads on a suspect.