A North Wilkesboro man was held without bond for assault with a deadly weapon. Over the holiday weekend, police were called to Lowes Motel regarding a hit and run. When police arrived they found the victim being treated by Wilkes EMS. The woman said she had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend. She was outside the car he was driving and holding onto the door during the argument. The boyfriend then abruptly drive off and knocked the woman to the pavement causing her to strike her head. The boyfriend, James Redmond, Jr., was located by police and questioned. He initially denied being at the Motel but finally admitted he was there. However, he said he didn’t know the victim had been injured when he drove off. Redmond was arrested, charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and held in the Wilkes County Jail without bond.
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From shoplifting to financial card fraud and arrested for both. Wilkesboro Police seem to make daily trips to Walmart in reference to shoplifters being caught in the act. Just for the record, Walmart and other area stores have video surveillance and loss prevention officers who regularly catch people in the act of stealing. Such was the case last week, when two women were seen taking several items from the store and attempting to leave without paying. Neither woman had picture ID but were identified as a Ms. Berk and Ms. Blair. A check with NCAWARE determined that Ms. Diane Berk was wanted on an open warrant for financial card fraud. Both women were arrested and charged with larceny and Berk was also served with the outstanding warrant.
Wilkes Community College ushered in the holiday season on Tuesday, November 22, by trimming its 16-foot Christmas tree in the Lakey Ballroom of the John A. Walker Community Center. Volunteers and several Walker Center staff members spent the day creating the vision especially for guests of the Walker Center. O ver 10,000 lights sparkle around the hundreds of ornaments on the tree. It takes about a week to fully set up and trim the massive tree which is anchored at the ceiling due to its height. Staff members utilize a man-lift, two 10-foot ladders as well as six-foot ladders to assemble the tree and hang the lights. Volunteers help to place the hundreds of colorful ornaments, which have been collected over 25 years. And, every year the tree is decorated a bit differently. Members of the community are invited to enjoy the magnificent Christmas tree by visiting the John A. Walker Community Center.
Yes, you can be arrested and charged with littering in Wilkesboro especially if you used someone’s property as your dump site. Wilkesboro Police were called last week to check out an illegal trash dump site behind Perry’s Automotive Center. When Police arrived, Robert Perry led Police to the site which is located down a path across from the Congo Road. Some evidence was gathered at the scene which led police to a couple of women living in the area. Police were unable to find the women and went to the magistrate’s office for warrants. Those warrants for arrest have now been issued and charges are pending.
PLANETS portable planetarium is visiting Wilkes and Surry counties this week. Students will experience the virtual night sky in North Carolina's first full dome digital video portable planetarium, part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Tomorrow, the portable planetarium is coming to Wilkes Central High School. There will be 3 presentations for the multimedia planetarium show "Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown," narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush. Then on Wednesday, the portable planetarium goes to Traphill Elementary School with the multimedia planetarium shows "Magic Tree House Space Mission” and "Wildest Weather in the Solar System." The portable planetarium will travel to Elkin Elementary on Thursday. The PLANETS (Portable Learning for All North Carolina's Elementary Teachers and Students) Portable Planetarium Program is a science education outreach effort of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. PLANETS delivers a traditional planetarium experience directly to elementary schools across North Carolina with a dome that stretches 20 feet in diameter and uses cutting-edge digital technology to reach students who may not otherwise encounter Morehead's informal science education. The PLANETS program was created in 2009 and receives support from grant and foundational funding.
North Carolina Christmas tree farmers are gearing up for a busy month. Choose and cut operations opened over the weekend. For weeks, growers have already been harvesting and preparing trees for shipment across the country for sale at home improvement centers, grocery stores and other retail locations. “We’ve had a good growing season and consumers will find a good, healthy selection and wide variety of sizes which to choose from,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. The Fraser fir is the dominant Christmas tree produced in North Carolina, where the elevation and climate in western counties create perfect growing conditions for the crop. Consumers who don’t have time to drive to the mountains can find fresh, N.C. Christmas trees at stands and local farmers markets starting this weekend. For a list of choose and cut farms in North Carolina, visit www.ncfarmfresh.com.
North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until Monday, Dec. 5, to apply for one of up to 55 paid state government internships available for summer 2012. The State Government Internship Program offers students real-world experience in a wide range of state government workplaces. More than 3,500 students have participated since the program was established in 1969. Paid summer internships are available in locations across the state. Opportunities exist in numerous recognized fields of study, from architecture to zoology. Interns earn a stipend of $8.25 per hour and work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer. All internships will begin in May 2012, and conclude in August. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, Dec. 5 to be considered. For details and eligibility requirements, visit http://www.doa.state.nc.us/yaio/interns.aspx or call the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office in the N.C. Department of Administration at 919-807-4400. Information also is available in campus career services or cooperative education offices.
Watch out for funny money. Just last week we reported on a couple of fake 20-dollar bills being passed at the cafeteria at Tyson. That was the first counterfeit currency report that had passed through in a while. Last year at this time, there were several reports of fake cash including 5, 10, 20, and 100 dollar bills. But now in addition to last week’s report, the Wilkesboro Police have already had to investigate two more accounts of phony bills in a matter of days. This week Yadkin Valley Bank called. Employees discovered a counterfeit 20 dollar bill in the money taken in that day. It was impossible to determined who had passed the funny money at the bank, so the counterfeit was seized and no charges were filed. Also, the Run In on Oakwoods Road to report finding a fake 20 at their store. It is believed the funny money was passed sometime over the weekend, but again it was impossible to determine from video surveillance who exactly passed the fake money. This counterfeit 20 was also seized by police and no charges were filed at this time.
They are thankful for the donations so far, but more is still needed. $1,780.00 has been collected thus far for the 2011 Christmas Cheer Project. The Cheer expenditures last year were approximately $6,400, and with anticipated food costs this year to be at least the same, if not more than last year, they continue to seek more donations. The Town of North Wilkesboro has sponsored the Christmas Cheer Project for families within the Town for many years. This tradition originated during Johnny Walker’s tenure as Chief of Police between 1936-1953 and has been faithfully carried out since that time. Names of elderly and needy families who live in the North Wilkesboro city limits are collected in the Clerk’s Office by referrals and telephone calls. Names are reviewed by the Christmas Cheer Committee to determine their eligibility. Funds for this project are solicited by the Mayor, Town Commissioners and media advertisements. Contributions for this project are received from businesses and private citizens. 300 boxes are assembled by volunteers and Town personnel and will be delivered on Thursday, December 23rd. Recipients must be at home in order to receive a food box. To make a contribution, send it to North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Fund, PO Box 218, North Wilkesboro. Call 667-7129 for more information.
It’s hard to know what to do. In many cases in Wilkes if a car was locked, then the thieves would break the windows to get inside and steal. So not only does the victim have something stolen they also have to deal with hundreds of dollars in damages to their vehicle. If the car is left unlocked, then thieves just simply open the doors and steal what is inside. In a recent report from Wilkes Community College, a victim told police that he parked his car at the college around 9am. When he returned at 11am, he discovered the theft from his car. The vehicle was left unlocked and someone stole some cash, 20 CD’s, and a phone charger. There was no video surveillance of that parking lot, so there are no suspects at this time. The best advice is to NOT leave anything of value in your car, especially in the passenger area where thieves can see it through the window.