According to the tag number, the thieves are from out of town. Wilkesboro Police were called to Lowes Home Improvement regarding a theft of 1500 dollars in tools. Store employees told Police that a white male and white female were observed entering the store. They got a shopping cart and put inside it a leaf blower, pressure washer, and 4 different DeWalt cordless drills. The couple them left the store without paying, loaded up their car, and left. Store staff got a description of the couple, their car, and a tag number. Police ran the tag number which came back to someone in Caldwell County. A BOLO was issued for the vehicle and charges are pending. Police also have the theft by the couple on in-store video which was seized as evidence.
A local business called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office this week regarding a theft by using a bad check. The report was filed by The Logger Shop of Wilkesboro. It seems someone came into the store and purchased a chainsaw and some pre-mix fuel. The amount of the purchase was 592 dollars that the suspect paid for with a check. The Logger Shop later determined by talking with the bank that the check was written on a fake account. The business did get a surveillance picture of the suspect and charges are pending.
Two local Wilkes residents discovered a broken window and a theft at their home this week. In the first report, a North Wilkesboro homeowner found their house had been forcibly entered by someone breaking a window. The only thing reported stolen was a flatscreen TV. In the second report, a Ronda resident said they went to town and returned to find a broken window at their house. This time the thief stole prescription medication and some cigarettes. No suspects were listed with either report. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating both break-ins.
Her wallet was lost and found at Walmart, but the money was gone. A Purlear resident called the Wilkesboro Police following an incident at Walmart. The woman was shopping with her husband. When they went to pay for their purchases, she realized her wallet was missing from her pocket. She contacted store personnel and discovered the wallet had been turned in to lost and found. However, the 100 dollars in cash was missing from the wallet. Store management reviewed store video which appears to show an employee remove the cash before turning in the wallet. The investigation is still underway and charges are pending.
A 7-year-old Wilkes County girl wants to give back and has started her own non-profit organization called Luke's Love in honor of her late- Uncle Luke. In May of this year, 7-year-old Jaycee Hobbs fell, severely injured her arm, and spent several weeks at Brenners. Now Jaycee wants to give back, so Luke's Love is doing a craft show and sale at Wilkes Community College on Saturday with proceeds going to Brenners. Area TV stations have heard about Jaycee's mission and her story has gone viral. Many businesses have donated items including all the major restaurants in Wilkes have donated 50, 100, and 200 dollar gift cards to be used as door prizes and in raffles associated with the Craft Show on Saturday. Jaycee's mom Kim Hobbs says they have over 5000 dollars in crafts and other items such as Coach Bags, candles, jewelry, and gift baskets from area stores. Again, the big Craft Show and Sale with door prizes and raffles is this Saturday at WCC from 10 til 4 at the Commons Area. Admission is free.
According to the latest report, donations are coming in very slowly. The 2013 North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Project is well underway again for families living within the city limits. Names of elderly and needy families who live in the North Wilkesboro city limits are collected, and 300 boxes are assembled by volunteers and Town personnel to be delivered on Friday, December 20th. Recipients must be at home in order to receive a food box. The most recent bid set the total cost of the project at $7,074 (not including tax), and thus far, $4,800.00 has been received. Approximately, 2300 dollars is still needed. Please send donations to Kay Minton, Town of North Wilkesboro, P O Box 218, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659; or drop off at Town Hall.
Tomorrow, December 7th, is the anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. It was a Sunday morning in 1941, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radar operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. According to www.history.com--at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes descended on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious surprise attack that struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States into World War II. With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security. Much of the Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded, many while valiantly attempting to repulse the attack. The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941--a date which will live in infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." After a brief and forceful speech, Roosevelt asked Congress for and was given a resolution for war.
Construction is underway for the major renovation at Crawdads Stadium, with the project scheduled to be completed in time for the 'Dads 2014 home opener. The renovation is the first major upgrade to the stadium since its initial construction in 1993. "We are excited about this new chapter in Hickory Crawdads Baseball," said Crawdads GM Mark Seaman. " Plus, the timing couldn't be better with the South Atlantic League All-Star Game coming back to Hickory for the first time in 13 years." Renovations will be made to the seats, VIP section, Picnic Pavilion, stadium lights, and parking lot.
You see the commercials on TV where many have won millions, and Publishers Clearing House does have a real sweepstakes; however, there are scammers out there so beware. In fact, the Publishers Clearing House website has a page devoted to Fraud Protection. They say: At PCH the winning is always free and you NEVER have to pay to claim a prize award. If someone contacts you claiming to be from PCH, and tells you that you’ve won a prize award – then asks you to send a payment or money card in order to claim the prize – STOP! You have not heard from the real PCH. Unfortunately, someone in Wilkes did fall victim to a scam by someone claiming to be from Publishers. The victim was told to send money to claim their winnings, so they sent 210 dollars to the address given. When the Wilkes resident discovered they had been scammed, they called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office. If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to represent PCH, or claiming to be one of our employees, and asked to send or wire money (for any reason whatsoever, including taxes); or send a pre-paid gift card or Green Dot Moneypak card in order to claim a sweepstakes prize – DON’T! It’s a SCAM. If you are sent a check, told it’s a partial prize award, and asked to cash it and send a portion back to claim the full prize award, DON’T. The check is fake, but the SCAM is real! Publishers Clearing House does not operate this way and would NEVER ask for money to claim a prize award.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a couple of thefts dealing with stolen car parts. In the first report is from Millers Creek. A property owner there reported that someone stole tires and wheels valued at 800 dollars. The tires and wheels were laying outside the home at the time of the theft. There is a suspect in this theft and charges are pending. Then a Purlear resident called with a report of things stolen from their truck. The victim said it appears someone stole the battery from the vehicle and replaced it with an old battery. The trailer hitch was also stolen from the truck. There are no suspects in this theft, but the Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate.