Another local car dealer has been hit by thieves. 2300 dollars in property was stolen from Empire Dodge. When Wilkesboro Police arrived to investigate, they found that things were stolen from 5 different vehicles at the dealership. From Vehicles 1 and 2, a spare wheel and tire were removed, from Vehicle 3 a rear bumper with trailer wiring was stolen, from Vehicle 4 a spare wheel and tire and left side running board were taken, and from Vehicle 5 a spare wheel and tire, right side running board, and lug nuts were stolen. Security video from the car dealer was reviewed which showed 2 men in a silver Dodge 4-door truck taking the parts from the cars. The identity of the suspects is unknown at this time; Police are still reviewing the video and other evidence.
It's called Apple Picking. So many reports of stolen Apple iPhones and iPads have come in from across the country in the past year, that it has become known as Apple Picking. Wilkesboro Police are investigating an Apple Picking incident from a Moravian Falls victim. The woman was shopping in Kohls when she noticed her cell phone was gone. A friend began tracking the phone to various locations around town and got the description of a possible suspect. That suspect is described as a white female with blond hair in her 20's. Police do have information on an address where the suspect might be; charges are pending. The stolen iPhone 5s is valued at 400 dollars.
He usually locks his car doors, but didn't the night thieves came. The victim who lives on Highland Street told Wilkesboro Police that he regularly locks his car doors when it's parked at his house. Thursday night, he didn't lock the car doors as he was planning on driving somewhere and then didn't. The victim reported hearing a noise during the night. The next morning, he found that his car had been gone through and about 30 dollars in change along with his change holder were missing from the car. Neighbors were questioned but didn't report seeing anyone suspicious.
They're coming to Wilkes and surrounding counties. N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced last week that the International Trade Division (ITD), in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has established an educational series entitled Global Appalachia Eye Opener Workshops. The workshops will consist of a customized look at innovative businesses located in the Appalachian Region. It will allow any business the opportunity to learn about what is done at ITD, discuss their business goals and objectives relating to exporting, and connect them with ITD Business Managers and other resources to further develop their exporting action plan. Small Businesses looking to sell their products in international markets are welcome to attend this free event. Thursday, April 24, 2014, Elkin Center of Surry Community College, 1-4PM, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, The Walker Center, Wilkes Community College, 1-4PM, Thursday, June 5, 2014, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, 9-Noon. In North Carolina, ARC supports economic development activities in 29 western North Carolina counties including Wilkes.
Governor Pat McCrory has proposed reinvesting $16.8 million in savings generated by community colleges into additional funding for the state’s 58 community colleges to train workers in high-demand fields such as health sciences, engineering, construction, manufacturing, transportation, chemical and biotechnology fields. “This is all about putting North Carolinians in good-paying jobs as soon as possible,” Governor McCrory said. Under the governor’s “Closing the Skills Gap” initiative, each community college will decide how it will invest the money, such as updating equipment or providing salary supplements to faculty. The decision will be based on the needs of the communities and the employers they serve. Another distinction of the “Closing the Skills” program is it will focus on jobs that do not necessarily require graduate or undergraduate degrees. Funding for “Closing the Gap" will not come from additional taxes. The $16.8 million price tag will come from the $18 million in savings the community college system generated by streamlining their developmental (remedial) education programs to ensure students are taking only the remedial programs courses they need.
The Highway Patrol announced that it is kicking off its annual Operation Slow Down 2014 campaign to catch excessive speeders on North Carolina’s highways. OperationSlow Down, which begins today, Monday, April 14 and ends on Sunday, April 20, was created in an effort to reduce traffic collisions across the state. The campaign will be conducted in combination with GHSP’s No Need to Speed campaign. Speed remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina and across the country. Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 815 fatal collisions on North Carolina highways statewide. Of those, 208 deaths were contributed to speed. In 2012, 242 deaths were reported. Operation Slow Down 2014 enforcement efforts will be conducted across the state. The campaign will focus on motorists exceeding the posted speed limit on interstates and major four-lane highways. Troopers will be using marked and unmarked patrol vehicles to target the most dangerous roadways in each county. Motorists may report dangerous driving to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on their cellular phones from anywhere in the state.
Voter registration closes today for the May 6th Primary Election. Residents who wish to register in Wilkes County for the first time, or voters who wish to change their name, address or party affiliation must do so before 5:00 p.m. today. Registration forms are available at the Wilkes County Board of Elections office, located in the County Office Building, third floor, Room 315 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mail in registration forms are also available at the Public Library on 10th Street in North Wilkesboro, at the Public Assistance Agencies and the Employment Security Commission office. A person may also register at the Department of Motor Vehicles if renewing a license. All voter registration forms must be received by the Wilkes County Board of Elections by 5:00 pm today or be postmarked by today to be applicable for the May 6th Primary Election. Persons will no longer be able to register and vote at one stop early voting, as in previous years. Those who wish to participate in May 6th Primary will need to submit a voter registration form by 5:00 pm today.
They have the suspects on video stealing a 25,000 dollar camper. Wilkesboro Police were called to the Robert Handy Camping Center off Hwy 421. The camper was parked behind the business in a back lot. From the surveillance video reviewed by Police, two white males arrived in a late model dark pickup, possible a Nissan Titan. The truck entered the back parking lot, hooked up to the camper, made sure the lights were working, and then left the scene. Again, the truck appeared to have two white males inside. Information on the stolen camper has been entered into NCIC, the National Crime Information Center; the identity of the two suspects is unknown at this time.
April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Barry Shew, Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Team and “Our House” says that child abuse continues to be on the rise. Our House located on Main street of Historic Wilkesboro is having a fundraiser next week. It's the First Annual C.A.P.T./ “Our House” Golf Tournament this coming Thursday, April 17th. All proceeds from this event will be used for the sole purpose of preventing child abuse and neglect by providing parenting classes, advocating for families in the community, and providing free supervision during court-ordered visits. The golf tournament will be held at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. The cost is $60 per player/ $240 per foursome which includes cart, green fees, door prizes, and a catered lunch. For registration or sponsorship information, contact Barry Shew at Our House at (336) 667-5555 or email email@example.com .
In a couple of break-ins this week, one had stolen property and another did not. A resident on the Austin-Traphill Road called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office when they came home and found damage to a door. The glass out of the front entry door was broken out. Someone had been inside the house, but nothing was reported stolen. There are no suspects. Then a Moravian Falls homeowner called with a break-in and theft. In this incident, someone again broke out a window to get inside the house. But this time, a Toshiba Flatscreen TV and DVD Combo was stolen. There is a suspect in this theft and charges are pending.