The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live after a week-long education and enforcement campaign. The campaign, which was April 3 through April 7, focused on promoting safe driving awareness to teenage drivers. During Operation Drive to Live, Troopers enforced all traffic laws around the state's high schools and conducted traffic safety education programs. During the week, there were over 1100 seatbelt violations, 4800 speeding violations, and 30 who passed a stopped school bus, Although the campaign has ended, troopers across the state will continue to educate and closely monitor teenage drivers with one goal in mind; to save lives.
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The video surveillance shows the suspect take tires on two different days. Wilkesboro Police are investigating a theft from USA Wheel and Tire. Police viewed video surveillance that showed a white male in a white pickup come to the business on Sunday and Monday, load tires on the pickup, and leave. In all, 16 used tires valued at 700 dollars were taken. Police are currently trying to identify the suspect. Charges are pending.
Someone broke in, but nothing was reported stolen. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to a home break-in on the Falls Road in Moravian Falls. While the homeowner was gone, someone forcibly entered the house, moved some things around, and left doors standing open. Again, nothing was reported stolen. The Sheriff's Office is still investigating.
In a North Wilkesboro break-in, the only thing taken was prescription narcotics. The Sheriff's Office received a call this week about a break-in at a home on the Rock Creek Church Road. Reportedly, the only thing taken was some prescription medication. No suspects were listed with that report.
The thief cut through a window to get in. A victim from Traphill called the Wilkes Sheriff's Department about a vehicle break-in. The victim stated that someone entered their Jeep while they were gone. The passenger side window was cut. Taken from the vehicle: a box of 22-caliber shells and prescription narcotics. There is a suspect in this theft; charges are pending further investigation.
Summer opportunities for sixth through tenth graders in Wilkes County are gaining steam as Wilkes Community College has announced its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Academy courses. Students can select from over 20 courses where they will combine learning and fun. WCC’s Ashe Campus and Alleghany Center are offering a similar slate of courses to sixth through tenth graders in those counties. Parents should complete the Wilkes Campus STEAM Academy online interest/scholarship form at www.wilkescc.edu/GEARUP/ by April 18.
EnergyUnited and the other 25 co-ops in the network of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have collectively pledged nearly $600,000 to the state’s teachers in Bright Ideas education grant funding for the 2017-2018 school year. Educators can submit an application of up to $2,000 for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be possible. EnergyUnited expects to award over $40,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to teachers in the counties it serves. The grants are available to K-12 teachers from public, public charter, private and Christian schools for innovative projects in any subject. Teachers can learn more and apply online at: www.energyunited.com/ bright-ideas-program.
Recently released figures show a huge jump of 10.4-percent in youth aging out of foster care in North Carolina in 2016 compared to 2015. These are the highest numbers since data compilation began 16-years ago. Youth aging out of foster care without the support structure of a safe, permanent, and loving family, face tremendous odds transitioning into adulthood. Challenges include an absence of mentorship, homelessness or inadequate housing, incomplete education, a cycle of low paying or no jobs, early parenthood, health issues, substance abuse, and sometimes, incarceration. To learn more about the foster care and adoption crisis in North Carolina and how you can help, Children’s Home Society will host the annual A Place to Call Home banquets in Raleigh on April 27, Charlotte on May 11, and Greensboro on May 18.
Over $1800 in property was taken from a storage building in McGrady. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a break-in and theft at a residence on Sparta Road. The victim reported that the window to their outbuilding was broken out. Several things were stolen from the building including Kobalt Air Compressor, 2 Stihl saws, space heater, and Huffy Mountain Bike. No suspects were listed with the report.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is looking for the man that stole a Dodge Truck. The Dodge 2500 Bighorn valued at $36,000 was stolen over the weekend. The victim knew who took the truck which was later found abandoned and stuck in a ditch on Hackett Town Road in Ferguson. Sheriff's Investigators have information on the suspect and charges are pending.