Who damaged their vehicle? A Millers Creek couple came by the Wilkesboro Police Department this week about some damage to property. The victims stated that they had parked their 2009 Toyota Corolla at Walmart about 10am. Where they parked, reportedly, there were no other cars around. However, when they returned to their car, several other cars were parked around them. They also found damage to their car. There were two indentions about a half inch apart on the roof rail. Police did not find any paint transfer and have no suspects at this time. Police are working with Walmart management in an attempt to review video tape of the parking lot during the time of the suspected property damage.
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U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), members of the Senate committee with responsibility for education policy, this week led a group of moderate Democratic Senators in outlining specific goals for education reform. As committee work progresses on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Senators sent a statement with their goals for reform to key Senate leaders. “In North Carolina, we understand that our economic strength as a country is dependent on well-educated and highly skilled workers ready to compete in the global economy,” said Hagan. “As we work together with our Senate colleagues to reform education, we must implement changes that demand accountability from our schools, reward success, support our teachers and foster innovation.”
In the past few weeks, the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department’s investigations of drug activity in the county have led to drug arrests and partnerships with neighboring counties. 3WC News spoke with Lt. Craig Dancy about the most recent arrest involving a man from Winston-Salem. The Sheriff’s Department received information of a possible large amount of crack cocaine coming through Wilkes from Forsyth County. Sheriff’s Officials stopped a man in the parking lot of Four Brothers on Westfield Lane. They found in his possession 84 grams of cocaine with a street value of about 3000 dollars. Charles Blakely of Winston-Salem was arrested and charged with drug possession. Then through the local investigation, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Detectives determined the source of the drugs was in Forsyth County. Our local sheriff’s office contacted Forsyth County Sheriff Department and they were able to seize another 4 ounces of cocaine along with a handgun and made another arrest. This is the second big drug arrest that Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department has been involved with in the past month. Back in February, they worked with Rowan County to make arrests in a drug ring that had been supplying drugs to Wilkes for several years.
Wilkesboro Police were called out to Walmart parking lot regarding an argument and one subject armed with a gun. While officers were en route, the Comm Center called to say that the suspects had left the area in a car. Officers found the car and did a traffic stop. There were 3 people in the car: two men and a woman. When asked if there was a weapon in the car, one subject said that there was a BB pistol under his seat. Officers also found some drug paraphernalia in the car. The stories concerning the argument with the victim back at the Walmart parking lot were all unclear, and the victim refused to press charges. So, police charged one suspect with possession of drug paraphernalia. Since the weapon was not a firearm, there were no additional charges and the case was closed.
She was moving out but did not request the help of area thieves in removing her belongings. A Boomer woman called the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department after recent break-in. The victim was moving from rental property on Hwy 18 South. When she returned to finish getting her stuff, she found that someone had beat her to it. The door latch to a side door had been pried open. The thief or thieves had entered the property and had stolen a 42-inch flat screen color TV valued over 1200 dollars. There were some fingerprints left behind on the TV stand. There is no word on suspects yet, and the investigation is continuing.
We’ve reported on a couple of similar incidents recently involving stolen license tags. This week a Ferguson resident called to report a stolen tag from a boat trailer. The victim stated that while her husband was fishing from Smithey’s Creek Park off Hwy 421, someone stole the boat trailer tag. There is no word on suspects. Last week we reported on the theft of a license tag from a pickup while it was parked in the owner’s driveway overnight. In these cases the Wilkes Communications Center and the North Carolina Department of Transportation are notified about the thefts, so personnel can be on the lookout for the stolen tags.
After police officers were called to the same location for a second time in a matter of hours and after a domestic dispute intensified, one was arrested and charges filed. Friday night Wilkesboro Police were called to a domestic dispute at a residence on Elm Street. At that time Police asked the woman if she wished to be transported to SAFE house and she said no. Both individuals were given a domestic violence packet. Then early Saturday morning, officers were called back to the same Elm Street residence. The woman had packed and planned to leave when her boyfriend threatened to kill her and went for a knife. She escaped and called 911. Police transported her to SAFE. The man, Terry Taylor, was arrested and charged with communicating threats.
Last week 3WC spoke with Michelle Johnson Major who is from Wilkes County and who is a domestic violence survivor. Her husband nearly killed her and took a butcher knife to her paintings. Michelle now uses her artwork as a way to reach other victims of domestic violence. Rebekah Gardner of Shelter Aid for Families in Emergencies is a local advocate for victims of domestic violence. SAFE’s 24-hour crisis line is 838-SAFE or 838-7233. Michelle’s website is beavoicearts.com.
Are you missing a tax refund? Refunds totaling more than $1.1 billion may be waiting for nearly 1.1 million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2007, the Internal Revenue Service announced this week. To collect the money, a return for 2007 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 18, 2011. The IRS estimates that half of these potential 2007 refunds are $640 or more. Some people may not have filed, because they had too little income to require filing a tax return even though they had taxes withheld from their wages or made quarterly estimated payments. In cases where a return was not filed, the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a refund. If no return is filed to claim a refund within three years, the money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury. For 2007 returns, the window closes on April 18, 2011. The law requires that the return be properly addressed, mailed and postmarked by that date. There is no penalty for filing a late return qualifying for a refund. The IRS reminds taxpayers seeking a 2007 refund that their checks will be held if they have not filed tax returns for 2008 and 2009. In addition, the refund will be applied to any amounts still owed to the IRS, and may be used to offset unpaid child support or past due federal debts such as student loans.
One person was injured in a 2-car wreck on Hwy 115 Monday. Trooper Stokes of the Highway Patrol said that Casey Harless of North Wilkesboro was traveling north on Hwy 115 when Alice Laws of North Wilkesboro pulled out from an apartment complex and into the path of Harless. The accident happened about noon Monday on Hwy 115 at Mathis Church Road. Laws, age 72, was seriously injured and transported to Baptist Hospital. Harless, age 29, only had minor injuries and refused transport. Charges in the wreck are still pending.
There is a Big Foot Expedition in Wilkes planned for this weekend. Wilkes native and Big Foot spotter, Rick Lunsford is heading up the trip that is scheduled for this Saturday. Everyone going is to meet at the Food Lion in Millers Creek at noon. Lunsford says most people don’t believe in the creatures, and he probably wouldn’t believe in them either if he hadn’t seen one some thirty years ago here in Wilkes. It was early one morning when he saw the 6 to 7 foot hairy creature standing in a corn field. He said the creatures really have a bad smell like a skunk. Lunsford and his Big Foot Expedition Team are hoping for success in finding the creature here in Wilkes. Lunsford tells 3WC News that Big Foot animals are everywhere except Hawaii, but they are a master of hide and seek, so it’s hard to find one. If you would like to be a part of the Big Foot Expedition in Wilkes this Saturday, just call Rick Lunsford at 667-4730.