Wilkesboro Police were called to investigate two different reports of screens on windows being damaged with no apparent break-in. In the first report, Police responded to Cub Creek Apartments. A tenant of one of the apartments said that he discovered damages to a screen on a window when he returned home. No entry was made, and nothing was reported stolen. Damages were minimal. Then, Police were called to Perry's Automotive on Hwy 421 concerning a possible break-in. A screen had been pried off a window of the business. There were also pry marks on the window. Again, no entry was gained into the business and nothing was stolen. There is a possible suspect in this break-in. Both investigations are still underway.
They were staying in the house without permission and doing drugs. Wilkesboro Police were called out to investigate the break-in and a occupying of a house on South West Street. A care-taker for the property told Police that no one had permission to be staying in the house. Police found in the basement mattress, blankets, food, and a pocketbook along with some drug paraphernalia. The woman, whose ID was in the purse, was later found hiding in the neighborhood. Kayla Key was arrested for breaking and entering and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her accomplice has been identified and warrants have been issued for his arrest too.
On the House side and Senate side of the US Congress, leaders from North Carolina led the way on the passage of a bill that will soon become law. Congresswoman Foxx joined Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders as House Speaker John Boehner signed H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The bill is now headed to the President’s desk. The bill represents a compromise between Congresswoman Foxx’s SKILLS Act (H.R. 803), which passed the House of Representatives in March of 2013 with bipartisan support. The amended legislation was approved this week by a vote of 415 to 6 in the House of Representatives after passing the Senate last month by a vote of 95-3. And the same bill includes key elements of U.S. Senator Kay Hagan’s bipartisan AMERICA Works Act. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which passed the Senate last month, funds a nationwide system of one-stop training centers, where out-of-work North Carolinians can find helpful job placement and job training services. These programs train North Carolinians for jobs available locally, in industries that range from aerospace to machining to textiles. The bill now goes to the President’s desk where it is expected to be signed into law.
Last week, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety conducted searches of high-risk offenders, community threat group members and individuals showing a pattern of non-compliance with probation supervision in Forsyth County. During this operation 35 searches were conducted, resulting in a total of 12 arrests. The Winston Salem Police Department seized contraband and filed additional charges for cocaine and marijuana. Two stolen firearms and a stolen moped were recovered and a marijuana grow operation was disrupted. Approximately $3,000 in U.S. currency was seized during this operation. In a separate component of this operation state probation officers partnered with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office – Sex Offender Registry Unit, U.S. Marshals Service, Winston-Salem Police Department and Kernersville Police Department to conduct sex offender compliance searches. Of the 242 sex offenders searched, one was found to be in possession of a revolver, five shotguns, two pellet guns, and eight boxes of ammunition. These items were seized for further investigation and may lead to new charges and probation violation.
Governor Pat McCrory was named to the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA) for the 2014-15 year. Governor Pat McCrory traveled to Nashville, Tennessee for the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting this past weekend. “We have much success and innovation to share with the rest of the country,” Governor McCrory said. “While gridlock prevails in Washington D.C., governors must act, rather than talk, and that’s what we’re doing in North Carolina to provide the economic and educational opportunities our state needs to prosper." During the 2013-14 year, Governor McCrory served on the NGA’s Economic and Development and Commerce Committee.
Thousands of dollars in property was stolen in a home break-in at Mtn. Valley Church Road location. When homeowners returned, they found that a door to the house had been kicked open. Several guns were stolen including a Browning rifle with wood stock, a Rossi revolver with wood grips, a Smith & Wesson pistol with laser sight, a Beretta Pistol with light rail, a Ruger revolver , a Ruger Rifle with 25 round magazine, various ammunition, and a safe. The thief or thieves also stole a 52-inch flat screen TV, 32-inch flat screen TV, coins, several pieces of silver, diamond, and white gold jewelry, and prescription pain medication. Again stolen property totaled 11,000 dollars. No suspects were listed with that report; the Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating.
The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met last week at the Alleghany Center of Wilkes Community College. The oath of office was administered to reappointed and newly appointed trustees. From the Building Committee was a report on renovations of Herring Hall. Roofing repairs were completed in May. On June 2, the college received notice of approval of the final architectural plans with approval to proceed with bidding from the Office of State Construction. Vannoy Construction will receive bids on the building interior demolition and major renovation. The Notice to Bidders was published in newspapers the week of June 23. A pre-bid meeting will be held this week on July 17, with bid opening scheduled for July 29 at 3 p.m. The Next Step Phase II – Herring Hall capital campaign is underway. The community campaign stands at 63 percent of the $1,436,502 goal. Also with the Finance Committee, the Board approved the schedule of fines and fees for 2014-2015. There is one change from the 2013-2014 fee schedule. The campus access fee will increase from $15 per semester to $20 per semester. The additional fee will be used for paving and sealing of parking lots and campus security.
Over the past few months, several have been victimized by thieves taking air conditioning units. and heat pumps. Over the weekend, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office received another report, this time from a home on Baptist Home Road. The homeowner that two A/C Units were stolen from outside the home. One of the two units is a Trane brand. The stolen air conditioning units are estimated at 8000 dollars. The victim is not sure when the units were stolen; there are no suspects.
It was out in the field to be used later, but it was stolen. A property owner in Moravian Falls called the Sheriff's Office with the theft of equipment. A 200 gallon field sprayer valued at 900 dollars was stolen from an open field. No suspects were listed with the report.
According to the NC Dept of Agriculture, tobacco farmers have approved an assessment. North Carolina growers of flue-cured tobacco have approved an assessment that will support the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina’s efforts to promote the interests of its farmers. The assessment was approved on 88 percent of ballots in a mail-in referendum. A two-thirds majority was needed for approval. Growers approved an assessment of up to 15 cents per hundred pounds of flue-cured tobacco sold in North Carolina. However, the initial assessment will be 10 cents per hundred pounds. It takes effect this year and will be collected when farmers sell their tobacco.