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Tuesday
Aug142012

3 Calls...1 Suspect

At least 3 different reports investigated by Wilkesboro Police this past weekend involved the same Wilkes County man.  On Friday, Police received a call from Radio Shack regarding someone shoplifting.  Store employees reported that a tall, skinny white male who was obviously drunk came into the store.  After he left, store employees noticed a camera missing and the empty box left behind of the shelf where the man had been.  Then about 45 minutes later, Walmart called Police regarding an intoxicated person and disturbance in the parking lot there.  The person was identified as 25-year-old Manson Blankenship of Wilkesboro.  Blankenship had been banned from Walmart due to a previous incident, so he was arrested for trespassing.  At that time Police found in his possession some radar detectors and instructions for the camera that was stolen from Radio Shack; however, the camera was not found.  Then by 5:20 am Saturday, Police were called again to a possible vehicle break-in behind Walmart.  Again, Police found Blankenship and again arrested him for trespassing.  This time Police found a bag with Blankenship which contained a camera matching the description of the one stolen from Radio Shack.  Video surveillance video from Walmart revealed that Blankenship had stolen two radar detectors from there, so he was also charged with larceny.  Video surveillance from Radio Shack will be viewed to determined if he took the camera and additional charges are pending.

Tuesday
Aug142012

Checking Video for a Suspect

In another unrelated case, surveillance video from Walmart parking lot is being reviewed by Wilkesboro Police to determine a suspect in a car break-in.  The victim reported that they had locked the car doors but had left the windows partially open.  When she returned to the car, she discovered that her wallet had been stolen.  The victim did immediately report the theft to her bank and cancelled the card.  Police advised the woman to make sure her bank placed an alert on her account for possible ID theft and to notify the State Department regarding the stolen green card.  There are no suspects at this time but Police hope to have a suspect after viewing store surveillance video.  The investigation is still underway.

Tuesday
Aug142012

Shot at House with Woman Inside

When he couldn’t find who he was looking for, he left but came back and shot at the house.  In a report filed with the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department on Sunday, a resident on the Yellow Banks Road reported that a man came to her house looking for her husband who was not at home.  The man got mad but left the area.  He then returned a short time later and shot at the house 3 times from his car.  The woman was in the house when the shots were fired, but she was not injured.  Sheriff’s Deputies only have the first name of the shooter along with his description.  Charges are pending for shooting into an occupied dwelling.

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The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department was also busy this weekend responding to assault reports including break-ins that involved neighbors fighting and cases of domestic disturbances and assault.  Between Friday and Monday morning, Sheriff’s Officials arrested 5 people from Wilkes son various assault charges.

Tuesday
Aug142012

Found Hidden Key

They found the key and then left with 800 dollars in stolen property.  In a home break-in report, a Red Top Road homeowner told Sheriff’s Officials that they returned home and discovered a break-in and theft.  The victim had a “hide-a-key” that someone found and used to enter the property.  The thief then took a microwave, an MP3 player and jewelry including a silver angel pendent and earrings.  Again stolen property was valued at 800 dollars.  There are no suspects.  

Tuesday
Aug142012

Changes for Health at State Fair

Visitors to livestock shows at the 2012 N.C. State Fair will see changes in pedestrian and animal traffic patterns that are designed to further minimize health risks.  The measures were recommended by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler after 25 visitors to the 2011 fair were sickened by E. coli.  The State Fair Study Commission recommended changes aimed at keeping people and competition livestock separated as much as is practical without prohibiting people from seeing animals. In addition, food vendors are being relocated, instructional signs at animal exhibits will be larger, and hand-washing stations will have nighttime lighting and more signs to increase visibility. The fair is investing an estimated $206,000 in these changes and related projects. The money will come from State Fair revenues.  Wake County Community Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford, a member of the study commission, said State Fair visitors can help themselves stay healthy by:  Leaving strollers outside buildings containing animals, Following instructions on signs indicating animals that should not be touched, Using the hand-washing stations throughout the fairgrounds, and Helping children wash their hands.  The 2012 N.C. State Fair is scheduled for Oct. 11-21 at the State Fairgrounds.  More than 1 million people attended the fair last year.

Tuesday
Aug142012

Another Announcement of NC Jobs

In the past week, NC Gov. Bev Perdue has made at least 3 announcements of more jobs in the state including Culp Inc., a manufacturer of mattress and upholstery fabrics, which will expand its operations in Guilford County. The company plans to create 129 jobs and invest $450,000 over the next four years in Stokesdale. Culp expects the total investment could exceed $900,000 by the end of the project. The project was made possible in part by a $82,560 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.  Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs will be more than $3.1 million, plus benefits. The Governor’s Office reports that North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate.  Through use of the One NC Fund, more than 60,000 jobs and $11 billion in investment have been created since 2001.  For more information about Culp, go to www.culpinc.com.

Monday
Aug132012

3 Sunday Afternoon Wrecks with Injuries

According to Trooper Anderson with the NC Hwy Patrol, Sunday afternoon was a busy time for traffic accidents in Wilkes.  Just after 5pm Sunday, a 16-year-old with a 14-year-old passenger was traveling North on Hwy 421.  The 16-year-old, Charles Anderson Harmon IV of Winston-Salem, told the Hwy Patrol that he fell asleep at the wheel.  His car then crossed the centerline and hit a Chevy pickup head-on.  The 14-year-old was airlifted to Baptist; both Harmon and the driver of the truck, Dawn Tyson of Bethel, were taken by EMS to Baptist.  Harmon was charged in the wreck.  Then at 6:45, a car traveling on Hwy 268 West started to make a left and turned directly into the path of an oncoming BMW.  The driver that caused the accident was treated at the scene.  The other driver was taken by EMS to Baptist.  Then just minutes later at 7:03, Robert Lacy of Texas was involved in a one-vehicle accident in Roaring River.  Lacy had been drinking.  According to witnesses, he crossed the centerline, ran off the road, and hit a tree.  Lacy was entrapped in the car for nearly an hour.  He was severely injured and airlifted to Baptist.  Lacy will be charged with DWI.

Monday
Aug132012

Multiple Break-Ins and Thefts

The home break-ins and larcenies from local residences continue to be a problem for those living in Wilkes.  Last week, a resident on the Clingman Road returned home to discover several things missing.  The thief had entered the basement of the house and had stolen several tools including 3 nail guns, a DeWalt battery charger, two electric saws, an impact driver, a cordless drill, and a toolbox.  Stolen tools were valued over 2000 dollars.  No suspects were listed with the report.  A Millers Creek homeowner also reported a theft from their house.  While the victim was away from home, someone entered the house and stole 3 microphones and cables.  Nothing else was reported stolen.  Then a resident on Dowell Ridge Circle reported that someone entered their home and stole some prescription medication, and a homeowner on Westgate Drive came home and found the front door kicked open.  The thief entered the home and stole a box of knives and coins.  Again, there are no suspects.  The Wilkes Sheriff’s Department is investigating all of these break-ins.  However, Sheriff’s Officials did make 3 arrests for larceny this week from previous theft reports.

Monday
Aug132012

Mailboxes: Burnt and Stolen Mail

A couple of Wilkes residents had problems with their mailboxes last week.  First, the Sheriff’s Department was called regarding a burned mailbox.  The victim living on Mulberry Creek Road reported that their neighbor came home from work, saw the mailbox on fire, and threw water on it.  The mailbox was burned beyond repair.  The victim has no idea who might have burned their mailbox or why, so there are no suspects.  Then a Wilkesboro resident called to report the theft of mail from their box.  The victim had been out of town for 3 days, but they had asked a family member to get the mail from their mailbox.  When the victim returned home, they were told by the family member that there had been no mail over the 3 day period.  However, the mail carrier was contacted and confirmed that mail had been delivered to the box all 3 days.  There is a suspect in this theft and charges are pending further investigation.  

Monday
Aug132012

Prescription Drugs Taken in Vehicle Break-Ins

It was in their car, and then it wasn’t.  A Wilkesboro man called Police this week when he discovered money and medication missing from his car.  The man reported that he had gone to Kohl’s, the Subway, and Walmart.  He thought he locked his doors when he left it in the parking lot but was unsure if the doors were secure.  When he got back home, he noticed that some cash and a prescription bottle was missing from the middle console of his car.  Then a woman called the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department to report that prescription meds were stolen from under the seat of her car.  She had gone to Walmart and Kohl’s.  It is believed the meds were stolen while she was inside one of those stores.  The victim said her door locks had not been working properly, so the doors may not have been locked.  Police will be contacting the businesses visited by the two different victims to obtain surveillance video from the parking lots in order to determine suspects thefts from a vehicle.  Those investigations are ongoing.