Did she not receive a monthly bank statement? Wilkesboro Police are still trying to unravel a puzzle involving thousands of dollars apparently stolen from two bank accounts belonging to the same victim. The woman told police that she had opened a savings accounts for each of her two grandsons back in 1997. Recently, the woman checked on the two accounts which contained 8000 dollars each and found the balance was zero for both. According to bank records, someone had forged the victim’s name on bank documents to access the accounts in 2010. The victim stated that the boys were not of age yet and she was the only one who should have had access to the accounts. Again, the discovery of the missing funds was just made recently. The Wilkesboro Police are investigating the theft.
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A Roaring River victim returned home to a break-in and theft over the weekend. In a report filed with the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office, the homeowner stated that when she returned home she saw a door to the house had been broken off at the hinges. Thieves did get inside the house and stole a list of property including two safes containing hundreds in cash, jewelry, a gold lighter, and a safety award. Also a book of quarters and some knives were stolen from the home. No suspects were listed with the report.
In a couple of other reports, there appeared to be a break-in or attempted break-in with nothing stolen. On Saturday, Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a break-in in progress at a home in Moravian Falls. A neighbor reported seeing someone trying to get inside the garage of the home. The neighbor knew the homeowner was away and called 911. When deputies arrived, the person had already left the scene. Then on Sunday, a homeowner in North Wilkesboro came home and found the front door standing wide open. The victim told Deputies that they heard something at the back of the house and found the back door open, too. The homeowner stated that both doors were locked when they left. Nothing was reported missing from the house. Again there are no suspects but the Sheriff’s Department is still investigating.
He said he was drunk and that’s why he wasn’t driving, but a police officer had seen him behind the wheel. In a report filed over the weekend, a Wilkesboro Police Officer received a call about a possible drunk driver in a red Dodge on Oakwoods Road. The Officer was parked at the BP on Oakwoods when he saw the truck drive by and pull into the Coffee House parking lot. When the officer pulled behind the truck, the man quickly got out of the truck and tried to enter the store. Police stopped the man and questioned him. The man, Thaddeus Anderson of North Wilkesboro, said he wasn’t driving the truck and didn’t know who was. He also refused to do an alco-sensor test at first. The Officer explained that he saw Anderson driving the truck. Later when officers conducted the test, Anderson blew a .16 which is twice the legal limit. He was arrested and charged with DWI, driving with license revoked, expired inspection, expired insurance, and having a fake license tag.
Safe Kids Wilkes County will hold the 10th Annual Seth Teague Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Day on Saturday May 5, 2012 at 10am. This is an annual event where Safe Kids Wilkes County distribute free bicycle helmets to kids from Wilkes and surrounding counties. They have displays of fire, police, and other emergency vehicles along with lots of fun and games for the children. The “rodeo” consist of a bicycle safety course where kids ride their bikes through a different course guided by local law enforcement officers. This event began after the tragic death of Seth Teague a young man who was killed in a bicycle accident while wearing a helmet. Seth was an active proponent of wearing safety gear, even giving classroom reports to his peers on the use and benefits of safety gear when riding. This being the 10th event we are planning lots of extra games and activities. We also expect our largest crowd ever. Again the event is Saturday at 1900 West Park Drive, North Wilkesboro, from 10am till 3pm.
Google and Appalachian State University (ASU) co-hosted the Second Annual North Carolina Gravity Games Soapbox Races over the weekend in downtown Lenoir. Hundreds lined Ashe Avenue to support more than 20 teams that competed for prizes. There were two divisions: Gravity Only and Open Powered. Participants were 10 to 18 years old. Forest Hill Elementary School in Morganton won first place in the Gravity-Only division, beating 19 other teams. Bruce Jones from Charlotte won first place in the Open-Powered division, beating four other teams. The North Carolina Gravity Games is an educational, hands-on activity, which highlights the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a way that is fun for young people and gets them excited about science. The 2013 North Carolina Gravity Games will be held on April 13 in downtown Lenoir.
Two people were seriously injured and taken to Baptist Hospital following a motorcycle accident yesterday. The wreck happened on Hwy 18 at the intersection of Mtn. Valley Church Road at 1:15 Sunday afternoon. According to Trooper Holbrook, both a ’97 Camero driven by James Bumgarner and a 1990 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Alvin Lewis were traveling North on the Sparta Road. Bumgarner was turning left onto Mtn. Valley Church Road, and Lewis failed to reduce speed causing his motorcycle to hit the side of the car. Both Lewis and a passenger, Terry Isenhour, were ejected from the motorcycle in the crash. Lewis was thrown about 37 feet, and Isenhour was thrown 68 feet. Lewis was air-lifted to Baptist, and Isenhour was taken by ambulance to Baptist. Bumgarner only suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Wilkes Regional. Charges are still pending in the wreck. Trooper Holbrook said there were a couple of motorcycle wrecks Sunday including this serious one. Ironically, the Highway Patrol is in the midst of a motorcycle safety campaign due to the increased numbers of injuries from motorcycles in North Carolina.
Parents of Wilkes County students are invited to an informational meeting tomorrow concerning a new reproductive health and safety education curriculum offered in Wilkes County secondary schools starting in August with the 2012-13 school year. Wilkes County Schools and the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina (APPCNC) are teaming up on this comprehensive reproductive health and safety education curriculum. According to their website, the APPCNC’s mission is to help North Carolina communities prevent adolescent pregnancy through advocacy, collaboration and education. The new curriculum is aimed for 7th through 9th Graders. A flyer with topics to be discussed can be found on the Wilkes County School website http://www.wilkes.k12.nc.us. Again the meeting tomorrow from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Wilkes County Schools Central Office board room on Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro.
The Primary Election in North Carolina is one week from tomorrow. On the Ballot for state citizens to vote for or against is Amendment One or the Marriage Amendment. Both President Obama and North Carolina Govenor Perdue have come out against the Amendment. Signs are popping up all over the local area encouraging people to vote FOR the Amendment. Wilkes Representative in the NC General Assembly Shirley Randleman explains the Amendment is. AIR: On Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m., concerned citizens of Wilkes County are taking a stand in support of the proposed amendment to the North Carolina Constitution by marching through downtown Wilkesboro starting at and returning to the vacant lot near 3WC radio station. At approximately 12 noon, following the march, everyone is invited to listen to music and speakers including Dr. Ron Baity, Pastors Phillip Moore and Larry Phillips, and Krista LaPlante singing our National Anthem. The organizers of the March and Rally on Saturday are hoping that Wilkes County will turn out BIG TIME for this important vote on Tuesday, May 8th. Another North Carolinian, Franklin Graham who has a presence here in Wilkes with the North American Disaster Recovery of Samaritan’s Purse located in North Wilkesboro, is also requesting you support the Amendment. AIR: Again, a vote FOR the NC Marriage Amendment is a vote FOR marriage between one man and one woman.
The Primary is a week away, but if you’re wondering about candidates running locally, then you will have an opportunity to learn at a Candidate Forum being held tomorrow night at the Old Courthouse. The Wilkes Chapter of the Oak Initiative is sponsoring a Candidate Forum with those running for the Wilkes Board of Education, NC House District 94, and Wilkes County Commissioners. The Wilkes County Chapter of the Oak Initiative is a non-partisan Christian organization whose goal is to inform and energize the citizens of Wilkes County to become involved in the future of Wilkes County, the State of North Carolina, and the United States. The local Candidate Forum is Tuesday night starting at 6:30 upstairs in the Heritage Museum. It is free and open to the public.