Sheriff's Detective Captain Steve Cabe said Wheeling's throat was slashed by a knife during a fight between Wheeling and another person, whose name is not being released, while both were outside their vehicles on Tumbling Shoals Road. The incident occurred about 5 p.m. Saturday near a popular swimming hole and waterfall called the Old Mill Pond on the upper Reddies River. Cabe told the Journal-Patriot witnesses have been interviewed but that a suspect in the case hasn't been positively identified. The department withheld the report of the incident from its daily group of releases yesterday.
Watson was found by a passing jet ski rider, face down in the water near his kayak Saturday afternoon. He was diabetic, and there is speculation he may have had a heart attack. But autopsy results have not been released, and both the Division of Wildlife Resources, which investigates boating-related deaths and Wilkes Medical Examiner Terry Tyler refuse to characterize his death until those results are in.
Mike Lane, captain of the Wilkes Rescue Squad, said Watson was deceased when he and other squad members arrived at Warrior Creek Park. According to his family, Watson often swam and was a good swimmer. Watson was found alone and was wearing flippers on his feet, but not a life jacket. Watson was diabetic and had diabetes medication in the kayak, according tot he medical examiner.
Although there is speculation that Watson had a heart attack, Taylor and Wildlife Enforcement Agent Chad Starbuck of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, who is actually responsible for the death investigation since it occurred while Watson was boating, both said they couldn't comment on a possible cause of death until autopsy results are known.
He says the expense comes at a tough time, given the current state of the economy and severe cuts being anticipated in the state budget. The Journal-Patriot reports the flood damage not covered by insurance will have to be paid for through WCC Endowment Corporation donations, funds from WCC itself or funds from local government.
The campus flood crested at 18 inches against the outside of Thomson Hall, with 2 or 3 inches covering the ground floor, having come in around doors and windows. WCC's visitor's center as well as public bathrooms next to the tennis courts were flooded. The tennis courts, walking trail, picnic grounds and the area around the Watson stage were all inundated. Fencing on the edge of Moravian Creek along the walking trail was washed away and the outdoor area used for law enforcement training courses was also damaged.
After repeated attempts during the past three decades, a bill to rewrite North Carolina's system has passed the House for the first time and is in the Senate. Those who oppose any changes say there's no groundswell of support for a new system that they say will lead to higher insurance rates and an increase in lawsuits. The bill would institute a system in North Carolina called "comparative fault," which asks judges and juries to decide who's at fault and award damages according to each side's share. People suing would recover nothing if they are found more than 50 percent responsible for their own injury.
Federal officials have discussed a variety of ways to reduce postal service costs nationally due to a budget deficit in the billions of dollars that they said resulted from the recession, high gas prices and competition with e-mail and other electronic communication.
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She said Collins wanted her to first go to a driving school he was going to hold at the North Wilkesboro track. She said she filled out an enrollment form and then she and her sponsors paid Collins almost $2,300. She said she started to get nervous because the driving school kept getting postponed, so she asked for her money back. All the checks he wrote bounced, says Meyers.
Although Collins remains in jail, Wilkes County leaders said the dream of reviving the track isn't dead, and they are currently negotiating with four other parties to see if a deal can be worked out to sell the track. The North Wilkesboro Speedway was built in 1946 as a dirt track. The first official race was held May 18, 1947. It was part of the NASCAR circuit every year from 1949 to 1996.