A golf cart reported stolen was later found burning. In a report filed with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department last week, a man told deputies that someone stole an EZ-GO gas powered golf cart from his business during the night Wednesday. The golf cart was valued at 3500 dollars. After further investigation it was determined that the golf cart had been found burning off Hwy 16 just after 5am Thursday. Millers Creek Fire Department responded to the fire. The burned golf cart was later returned to the owner. Sheriff’s investigators are still looking for the person responsible for the theft and fire.
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A break-in has been reported at an unoccupied house currently being renovated on Airport Road in North Wilkesboro. The owner was out of town when someone working on the house called him about the break-in. The worker had arrived and found the front window broken out. When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, they went through the house and saw that some property had been stolen. Taken in the break-in were a handgrinder, a set of paddle bits, and 15-foot of copper wire. Stolen property was estimated at nearly 200 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
Then a Millers Creek resident called to report a home break-in. She had been out of town for a few days. When she returned, she found that the lock on her basement door had been removed. Entrance was made into the house and a number of items were taken including two TroyBilt pressure washers…one was broken and one was new….a toolbox and tools, John Deere riding mower, 2 drop cords, and a table saw. Stolen property is valued over 2700 dollars. The homeowner was gone from home for 2 weeks, so the exact date of the break-in is unknown. There are currently no suspects; the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department is investigating
It’s underway now. The United Way of Wilkes’ 2011 Community Campaign kicked off on September 1st. According to the United Way of Wilkes County, they have taken information provided through a Community Needs Assessment Survey to improve life in Wilkes County. The United Way of Wilkes is introducing a new Community Impact Model with a new focus on three new Impact Areas: Crisis Intervention, Educational Advancement and Health Improvement. Crisis Intervention will address meeting critical needs of food, shelter and safety; identifying problem areas and connecting resources. Educational Advancement will focus on helping at-risk children succeed; promoting high school graduation; and assisting with education and skills for job readiness. Health Improvement will be dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles; ensuring access to physical and mental health care; and advancing efforts to break cycles of addiction. They have also determined new funding requirements and have determined funding percentages for each Impact Area. Lastly, the Board has determined that each year, a certain percentage of money raised will be allocated to "Venture Grants" that will address any area of concern as expressed by Wilkes citizens. Find out more on www.uwwilkes.org .
Tea Party Express, www.TeaPartyExpress.org, considered one of the most aggressive and influential tea party groups, held rallies last week in Roanoke, VA and Charlotte, SC in the final week of their 30-city tour themed "Reclaiming America," The rallies featured conservative speakers, singers, and entertainment. As the tour crosses the country, presidential candidates have been attending to address the tea party audience. Here in Wilkes this week, there will be a Constitution Day Tea Party Rally at the Walker Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College. The local Tea Party event on Saturday, September 17th is from 10 til 4.
Law enforcement agencies worked together over the recent holiday weekend and the totals are staggering. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with the Division of Law Enforcement Wildlife Resources Commission and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division have released the Labor Day Weekend totals for “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign which is a multi-agency initiative that is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorists can safely travel on highway and waterways during the summer months. Over 8700 violations were handed out over the Labor Day weekend including over 400 DWI’s, 10 underage drinking offenses, 45 drug offenses, over 100 boating violations, and 912 seatbelt violations. The totals are reflective of each agencies collaborative enforcement efforts.
Well the carry handles may be missing but that did not deter thieves from carrying it off anyway. In a report filed with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department this week, an Elkin resident reported the theft of a generator. The generator was taken from behind some rental property on Byrds Curve Road. The stolen item is described as a red, electric start 8000 Briggs & Stratton generator with missing carry handles. The owner said the generator was stored on an utility trailer behind the residence. The theft occurred sometime overnight Tuesday; there are no suspects. The stolen generator is valued at 1200 dollars.
The Wilkesboro Police Department is currently seeking Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. or CALEA. A team of Assessors arrived in Wilkes recently to examine all aspects if the Wilkesboro Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Lt. Jason Delbert explained the 3-year process for accreditation began with a self-assessment and then changes to meet the 189 Standards of CALEA. According to Wilkesboro Police Chief Robert Bowlin, verification by the team that the Wilkesboro Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation which is a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. The Wilkesboro Police Dept should know sometime in November if they were approved for Accreditation. My complete interview with Lt. Delbert and Major Dowell about the accreditation process can be heard on our website as a Focus on the Foothills podcast: www.hometownchristianradio.com
Appointments were requested from the County Commissioners for a Steering Committee concerning a Regional Bike Plan. Phil Trew, Director of Planning & Development of High Country Council of Governments was at the County Commissioners meeting this week. The High Country Council of Governments recently contracted with NCDOT to develop a Regional Bike Plan for the 7-county region including Wilkes. The Plan will identify needed improvements to existing roadways and to improve safety and access for cyclists by designating routes that connect municipalities and points of interests in the region. The Bike Plan is part of the NCDOT’s development plan for our area. Commissioners agreed to make committee appointments by mid-October.
It is interesting to note that one of the things stolen in a recent break-in was a security camera. Apparently, the thieves were camera shy but not shy about stealing the camera. A Purlear resident called Sheriff’s Officials after discovering that an outbuilding had been entered by thieves. The outbuilding was located near his residence on Lewis Fork Baptist Church Road. According to the report, the lock was pried off the door of the building. Thieves entered the building and stole a Husqvarna rear tine tiller, a 25-gallon tow behind sprayer, and a black outdoor, tilt, pan, and zoom security camera. Stolen property is valued at 1200 dollars. The theft happened this week and there is a suspect in the break-in. Charges are pending further investigation.