The stolen Bobcat has been recovered. Back in August the Wilkesboro Police Department received a call about the theft of a Bobcat belonging to the Town of Wilkesboro. The Bobcat had been stored in and was stolen from the parking lot behind Manzella Knitting. Recently, a Wilkes Sheriff’s Deputy received a report from a deer hunter about some property found near Bethany Church Road. The deputy found a Bobcat with brush tied to the side facing the highway. The Bobcat was identified as the one stolen from the Town of Wilkesboro. The Bobcat was taken to the Wilkesboro Law Enforcement Operations Center evidence bay for forensic processing. It is hoped the forensic tests will determine the identity of the Bobcat thief.
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It has been a rough few days for businesses and churches as there have been several break-ins reported. Yesterday on 3WC News we told you about a couple of church break-ins and various business break-ins and larcencies. Homeowners can also be added to the list of break-in victims. A North Wilkesboro resident reported to Sheriff’s Officials that while he and his wife were away from home overnight someone broke into their home. The thief gained entrance to the home by breaking out a window. Several jewelry items and two gas heaters were stolen.
A Hays resident called the Sheriff’s Department when they discovered someone had kicked in the front door to her residence. Again several items were taken including a flat screen TV, computer, DVD player, DVD’s, and prescription medication. There are suspects in this break-in and charges are pending further investigation.
A Ferguson homeowner reported a robbery at her home but no apparent break-in as there were no signs of forced entry. However, various items of jewelry valued at nearly 1200 dollars were taken from the home. Then a Falls Road resident called the Sheriff’s Department after someone stole a power meter. The power meter was taken out of a power box from a house that they were fixing up. There are no suspects in either of those thefts.
Finally, there were a couple of break-ins without anything being stolen. A Millers Creek woman reported that someone broke out the window beside the front door of her apartment, but the thief did not get inside the apartment and nothing was taken. Also, a Hays resident filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department concerning an outbuilding break-in. The door to the building had been opened but again nothing was stolen from inside.
You’re invited to be a part of the big plan. Thursday, November 18th at Wilkesboro’s Town Hall on West Main Street, the Historic Downtown Wilkesboro Main Street Committee will kick off the Master Planning process beginning at 6:00 pm. The Town of Wilkesboro invites the public and especially those individuals invested in and/or interested in downtown Wilkesboro’s future to attend this one hour interactive presentation. As Wilkesboro moves forward with planning related to downtown revitalization and small business economic development, the Master Plan will provide a vision for Historic Downtown Wilkesboro; including a downtown park, permanent event space, parking improvements, signage, streetscape improvements, and opportunities for public art. The project team will also consider the feasibility of removing overhead utility lines along Main Street. Ultimately, the goal of the Master Plan, which kicks off with today at 6pm, is an attractive and functional downtown environment that will provide Wilkesboro citizens and visitors a centralized location for retail, entertainment, recreation, and culture in Historic Downtown Wilkesboro.
Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro will present the 15th annual Light Up Downtown Celebration on Friday, November 19 from 5:30-9 p.m. in Downtown North Wilkesboro. The theme for this year's event is "Oh, Christmas Tree." Santa Claus will be downtown from 5:30-9 p.m. in the lobby of Wilkes Towers to listen to all the Christmas wishes. Hayrides will be available to ride people around downtown and enjoy the Christmas lights and decorations. Pick-ups for the hayrides will be at Melody Square and the Wilkes Art Gallery. In addition, there will be plenty of food, crafts, and merchandise vendors lining Main Street. Also several downtown retailers will be open late so people can begin their Christmas shopping. Back by popular demand are emergency vehicles from the area which will be on display shining their lights and helping Light Up Downtown. At Melody Square Elves will be collecting toy and food donations to benefit Samaritan's Christian Ministry and Wilkes Ministry of HOPE. You can drop off your food or donation and receive a special gift from Melody Square.
North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until Jan. 12, 2011, to apply for one of up to 65 paid state government internships available for summer 2011. The State Government Internships provide opportunities for students to work in their chosen field and to consider careers in public service. More than 2,800 students have participated since the program was established in 1969. Paid summer internships are available in locations across the state. Details about the program and a listing of summer 2011 internships are available by visiting its website at www.doa.nc.gov or by calling 919-807-4400. Information also is available in campus career services.
If you set off the alarm and can’t break in, then break the camera with a hammer. Wilkes County Sheriff’s Deputies responded over the weekend to a burglar alarm at the Run In on Elkin Highway. The manager of the store met with Deputies. They watched the surveillance video at the store which showed the would be burglar suspect. The suspect was wearing a hockey mask and walked in front of the store. The suspect then ran toward the camera and hit it with what looked like a hammer. Nothing was reported stolen from inside the Run In, and the identity of the suspect wearing a hockey mask and armed with a hammer is still unknown.
Other businesses in the area also reported break-ins over the weekend. Sheriff’s Deputies were called to New Generation Homes over the weekend. Apparently, someone had cut a hole in the floor of one of the offices. A vent had been removed from the floor through the hole to gain access, but nothing was reported stolen from inside the office. According to the report there were two other break-ins in Wilkes with the same M.O. A & J Produce called Sheriff’s Officials to report someone had come broken through a glass door to enter the building. Country Ham, money, drinks, and some can food were taken in that break-in.
Two local churches reported break-ins over the weekend. Boiling Springs Baptist Church. It looks like someone attempted to pry open the basement door with a screwdriver before breaking out the glass in the door. Entrance was gained inside the church, but nothing was reported missing. Then Truth Community Church reported that someone broke into the church through the attic and also broke into an outbuilding. Nothing was reported stolen, but there were nearly 3000 dollars in damages to the inside of the church. There is no word on suspects.
Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Frances Moore of Moravian Falls. Moore, an insurance agent and owner and operator of Fran Moore Allstate Agency, is charged with 14 counts of insurance fraud. Moore was arrested on Nov. 9 and placed under a $10,000 unsecured bond. First appearance in Wilkes Superior Court was Monday, and Moore’s court date has now been set for December 13
Wilkesboro Police are trying to determine who damaged a car belonging to a Winston-Salem man. The man had parked his car at the Wilkes County Courthouse due to a criminal case he was involved in. The man stated he was the victim in the case and that the case was dismissed in court on Friday. On his way back home, his check engine light came on his 2003 Isuzu. He had it check in Winston-Salem. There was a powdery substance around the fuel cap that looked like sugar. He is sure the incident which damaged his vehicle occurred while it was parked at the Wilkes Courthouse. Police are waiting to view surveillance video of the parking lot. There is a suspect and charges are pending.