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Friday
May252012

Additional List of Break-Ins

The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department continues to have a list of break-ins and thefts to investigate.  A resident on Old Hwy 16 in Millers Creek called to report a break-in at their home.  Someone kicked in the front door to gain access to the house and several things were stolen including a weedeater and some tools.  Stolen property and damages total 2300 dollars.   Then a Moravian Falls Road victim called to report a theft from his outbuilding.  Apparently someone entered the shed and stole several pieces of lumber totaling 11,000 dollars.  A property owner of a rental house on Deerfield Road called the Sheriff’s Department concerning a renter taking a washer that did not belong to them.  All of these cases are still under investigation and charges are pending.

Friday
May252012

Wreck Caused by Speeding

No one was injured but one was charged in a wreck this week near the Y.  According to the Wilkesboro Police’s accident report, a Wilkes County Sheriff’s Deputy passed a car on Hwy 268.  The Deputy said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed.  He initiated his blue lights and turned around to stop the speeding vehicle.  However, before he could catch up with them, the wreck had already occurred.  A Wilkesboro woman said that she didn’t see anything coming when she pulled out from the YMCA.  Then she heard tires sliding.  The speeding driver, Shana Johnson of North Wilkesboro, admitted to speeding and said she was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision.  Johnson was charged with speeding and revoked license.  Again, no injuries were reported.

Friday
May252012

Trying to Walk Away Without Purchasing

Makeup, a book, and a blue tooth headset were among the items taken from a local store this week.  The Loss Prevention Office at Walmart called Wilkesboro Police regarding a shoplifter that they had detained at the store.  A Taylorsville woman was observed taking 8 items from makeup, a book, and a blue tooth headset.  She took the merchandise, concealed it in her clothing, and left the store without paying.  Store employees detained the woman until Police arrived.  All of the nearly 99 dollars in stolen items were recovered and returned to the store.  The woman was not arrested, but she did get a citation for shoplifting with a court date scheduled for July 27.

Friday
May252012

NC Senator Honored

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) this week, in the middle of National Small Business Week, was honored with the Small Business Council of America’s 2012 Congressional Award.  Senator Hagan, a member of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, was recognized for her significant efforts on behalf of small businesses.  “I'm honored to receive this award for my work supporting small businesses in North Carolina and around the country,” said Senator Hagan.  The Senator also acknowledged that small businesses represent over 98 percent of North Carolina's private sector employers and nearly half of our state's jobs.  

Thursday
May242012

Wilkes Drug Bust and Multiple Arrests

Lt. Dancy with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department contacted 3WC News yesterday to inform us of a large drug bust, here in the county. Thirty people were charged with felony drug charges following an investigation that has been going on over two and a half months. Charges ranged from simple possession, possession with the intent to sell and deliver, and also sale and delivery. Drugs included cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana, and prescription medication. Those arrested were mostly street-level dealers but also included four mid-level dealers. The sheriff’s department would like to thank citizens for their help in reporting suspicious activity.

Thursday
May242012

Wilkesboro Car Break-In's Solved and Charges Filed

Wilkesboro Police now know who was involved with multiple vehicle break-ins dating back in March and charges have been filed.   The cars of employees at Applebees, Tiptons, and Kohl’s were broken into while the four victims were at work.  Pocketbooks and other items were taken from the vehicles.  When two of the victims put a stop on her bank cards, they were informed that the cards had already been used for some unauthorized purchases at Walmart.  From the bank information, Police Officers were able to determine the exact date and times that the purchases were made.  Video surveillance from the store was obtained that led Police to the identity of the suspects.  Also video from the parking lots at other locations where the car break-ins occurred showed the same two suspects.  Wilkesboro Police learned this week that the two men, Christopher Whitener and Matthew Whitener of Hickory, had been arrested in Alexander County on other charges.  Warrants were obtained locally and both men have now also been charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, larceny, damage to property, and financial card fraud in the four Wilkesboro car break-ins.  Both men were served with these additional charges while in jail in Alexander County.

Thursday
May242012

Odd and Creepy Bystander

Ever so often in Wilkes, we report on something that is just a little bit…odd.  Well, this next story is one of those odd ones.  Some might even say “kind of creepy.”  Wilkes Sheriff’s Deputies received a report early Wednesday morning of a suspicious person outside a residence on the Traphill Road.  When Deputies arrived at the house about 1:20 am, they saw a white male just standing beside the carport of the home.  He wouldn’t talk to Deputies or answer questions.  He wasn’t trying to break into the house; he was just standing there.  Deputies searched the man and identified him as Michael Taylor of Hays.  Deputies also found in Taylor’s possession some drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs.  EMS was called and Taylor was checked out at WRMC.  Taylor was arrested and charged with drug possession.  The homeowners were not harmed in the incident.

Thursday
May242012

A/C Out and Thieves In

They took the A/C unit out so they could get in.  According to the report from the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department, a homeowner on the Traphill Road returned home and found that someone had been inside their house.  Locks on the doors had pry marks, but apparently, the thief or thieves could not break the locks and decided to find another way into the house.  The air conditioning unit was removed from the window, and it is believed that is how the thieves got in.  Several things were taken including a laminating machine, a George Foreman grill, a typewriter, and two classrings.  There are no suspects at this time; the Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate.  

Thursday
May242012

On the Farm Battery Thefts

Thieves also came calling and stealing from a farm in Roaring River.  The property owner told Sheriff’s Officials that their Foreman at the farm was going to use the tractor when he saw that the battery had been stolen.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that another battery from a truck and two radiators had been removed from the farm site.  Again there is no word on suspects at this time but that investigation is ongoing.  As we have reported, the top picks for thieves are cell phones, jewelry, TVs, tools and computers, but car batteries are making a strong showing all across the country.  Authorities say the majority of battery thefts occur with farming equipment or a property containing multiple older vehicles, because it’s easier to steal the batteries without getting caught.  Typically, the thieves are looking for the lead and other metals found in the batteries that they can sell for quick cash.  This latest theft in Wilkes is added to a list of battery thefts so far this year that the Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

Thursday
May242012

WCC Kid's College

Wilkes Community College Division of Continuing Education is offering Kid’s College this summer. Parents need to register students before June 5. The classes include Defensive Driving Skills for Teens, Self-Defense, Knitting, Gaming & Simulation, and Baking with the Chef.  Costs for these courses vary depending on supplies needed.  Space is limited, and some classes do have age restrictions.  Kid’s College is new to Wilkes Community College. Director of Occupational Extension Jeff Shore says, “We decided that we would like to offer a Kid’s College to give local youth the opportunity to experience education on a college campus.”  For more information or to register for a class, call WCC at 336-838-6206 .  Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.