The State Bureau of Investigation has completed interviews of the two Rockingham County deputies involved in the shooting death of Todd Burroughs, which occurred just south of the Virginia state line, around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 29. Corporal F.L. Martin and Deputy C.M. Myers are currently on administrative duty at the Sheriff’s Office while the criminal investigation continues. Martin has worked at the Sheriff’s Office for more than 14 years and Myers has worked there for about two months. The SBI is also awaiting reports from the State Crime Lab and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Typically, these reports can take three months. Upon conclusion of the investigation, and receipt of all reports, the SBI will provide the complete case file to the Rockingham County District Attorney.
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The North Carolina state prison system is ending the use of solitary confinement for its youngest inmates and introducing a new youthful offender program to focus on the needs of young people serving sentences in the adult prison system. The new Youthful Offender Program is effective September 1, 2016 to allow time for appropriate staffing and staff training. The multidisciplinary approach to treatment is aimed at assisting the youthful offender in making a positive adjustment to prison and a successful transition back to the community. Discipline for youthful offenders who violate prison rules is handled through loss of privileges and, if necessary, placement in modified housing. Food, visitation or telephone calls are not withheld. The full document describing the new Youthful Offender Program can be found here:
Guns, knives, and other property was taken in a home break-in at North Wilkesboro residence. The homeowners called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office when they returned and discovered the break-in. It appears that someone kicked open the back door to gain access to the home. A Ruger .22, Smith & Wesson .38, pellet rifle, knives, Playstation, and TV were all stolen. There is a suspect in this break-in and charges are pending.
It was a storage building break-in and theft near Elkin. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies responded to a break-in on the Edwards Lakeview Drive. A lock was cut off the side door of a barn. According to the property owner, a chainsaw and air compressor were missing from the storage building. No other items were reported stolen, and there are no suspects at this time.
Someone found a safe in the river. Wilkesboro Police received a call concerning a safe located in the Yadkin at the bridge over Curtis Bridge Road. Police assisted by Wilkesboro Fire Dept arrived to retrieve the safe. The person who found the safe helped by loading it onto a canoe. The safe had been pried open and was empty when found. The safe was transported by the Fire Dept to the Police Dept for storage until it can be determined where it came from or to whom it belonged.
A North Wilkesboro business owner was elected to the Girl Scout Board. Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) elected new members to its Board of Directors. The current GSCP2P Board of Directors now includes as a Regional Member: Debbie Moser, North Wilkesboro, owner/operator of D Moser Travels, Travelink, Inc. The new board consists of life-long Girl Scouts, community leaders, nonprofit and corporate executives and several board veterans. Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, a United Way agency, is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout program. The local council serves nearly 14,700 girls and 6,400 adult volunteers in 40 counties and maintains three camp properties and four service centers. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSCP2P, call 800-672-2148 or visit www.girlscoutsp2p.org.
June is National Home Ownership Month, and while an increasing number of North Carolinians are celebrating by purchasing homes, families who are facing foreclosure have little to cheer. In 2015, there were 29,201 foreclosure filings statewide. But hope exists. The NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund, administered by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency and funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund®, has resources to help North Carolina homeowners keep their homes while they recover from a temporary financial hardship. Homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments due to a no-fault job loss or other temporary hardship may be eligible for mortgage payment assistance—zero-interest, deferred, forgivable loans up to $36,000 for 36 months to cover mortgage and related expenses while they look for work or complete job training. This assistance is also available for military veterans looking for work—eligible veterans who are enrolled in certain educational programs receive the full $36,000 to bridge them through school and finding a new job. Homeowners who are re-employed after a job loss or other temporary hardship but earning less than before and unable to make mortgage payments as a result may be eligible for a forgivable, no-interest, deferred loan to reduce the principal loan balance so mortgage payments are affordable. For information, consumers should visit www.ncforeclosureprevention.gov or call 1-888-623-8631.
As part of Governor Pat McCrory's efforts to connect veterans, active duty military and their families to jobs in the state, the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs released the 2016 NC4VETS Resource Guide. The resource guide, which is available online, provides valuable information for service members, veterans and their families on employment, healthcare, benefits, housing, personal services and education resources across North Carolina. This year's edition of the resource guide includes two new sections for active duty military and women's services. This guide will provide service members, veterans and their families access to a one-stop shop for a wide range of services and resources offered by government, non-profit and public-private resource providers. For more information on the latest addition of the NC4VETS Resource Guide, visit www.NC4VETS.com/guide.
Again, a reminder, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. will host an information session for veterans on Friday, June 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the VFW Post 9010, 4675 Hampton Road, Clemmons, NC 27012. Representatives from nonprofit organizations and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be on hand to answer questions from veterans and their families as well as provide information and guidance regarding obtaining available benefits. For more information or to RSVP, you may call (336) 778-0211. Again the Information Session for Veterans is Friday, June 17 from 2-4 at the VFW in Clemmons.
This week, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered remarks with his Senate colleagues to the media on the developing investigation into the terror attack in Orlando. “America is an open society. We value our freedom and diversity,” said Sen. Burr. “ISIL has leveraged those freedoms to their advantage to attract misguided individuals who carry out acts of hate,” Burr explained. The Senator also said that a global battlefield is what ISIL has been able to create through the use of social media. And that now individuals around the world, not just here, are targets of that solicitation. Burr continued by saying: Here is one reality, one fact: you cannot negotiate with people who want to kill you. The challenge for us and this administration, according to Burr, is that we must adopt a strategy now. Sen Burr's remarks can be heard in their entirety on Facebook and YouTube