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Wilkes Sheriff on Fourth, Fun, and Fireworks

With the July 4th weekend approaching, Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday happy, enjoyable and safe for everyone.  Wilkes County citizens should remember that fireworks, as enjoyable as they are to watch, can be dangerous and should only be handled by professionals.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, there are nearly 9,000 emergency room-treated injuries associated with fireworks a year. You can enjoy a safe Fourth of July by following these safety tips:


  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close-by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.



Beat Up and Robbed

He was beat up and robbed, so a Common Law Robbery is currently being investigated by Wilkes Sheriff’s Officials.  Deputies were called to the WRMC Emergency Room regarding an assault victim.  The 27-year-old victim from Boomer said that he was at an unspecified location on Hwy 268 when 8 to 10 people jumped him and beat him up.  Reportedly, after the beating, the group also stole some cash and a cell phone from the victim.  The man was treated and released from the hospital.  Total value of stolen items is 800 dollars.  The identity of the attackers is unknown at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.


Leave It...and They Will Steal It

I guess the new “old saying” is:  If you leave it, they will come and steal the batteries.  In a report filed this week with the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department, a company has reported the theft of some batteries from equipment.  Tarheel Sand and Stone had equipment parked near the river off River Road and Liberty Grove Road.  Batteries from a loader and dipping machine were stolen.  The machines were used to dip out sand from the river.  The stolen batteries are valued at 150 dollars; there are no suspects.


Thief Found Homeowner at Home

It looks like when he saw someone was in the house, the would-be thief ran off before he could take anything.  A resident on Statesville Road told Sheriff’s Deputies that just before noon he was home asleep when he heard someone in the house.  As the homeowner was getting up, a man pushed his bedroom door open.  When the thief saw the man, he ran out of the house through the front door.  The intruder is described as a dark skinned male with a band-aid on his nose.  He was wearing a red or orange shirt and dark pants.  Local law enforcement are still looking for the unidentified male.  The homeowner was not injured and nothing was reported stolen.   


Fourth Festivities in North Wilkesboro

For those wondering about the annual parade in NorthWilkesboro for the Fourth, here is the schedule.  The Annual Wilkes County Fire and Rescue Association Parade begins at 8pm tonight. The parade will begin at West Park and wind around through North Wilkesboro on D Street, Main Street, and the CBD Loop before ending at Memorial Park.  The parade will be followed by the annual fireworks display at 9:30 tonight.  This year’s fireworks are co-sponsored by the Wilkes Law Enforcement Officers Association, County of Wilkes, Town of Wilkesboro, Town of North Wilkesboro, and the Wilkes Journal-Patriot Newspaper.


Stores in Wilkes and Surrounding Counties Checked

Stores in Wilkes were checked, too, and will be again. During fiscal year 2011-2012, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents conducted 1,870 unannounced tobacco compliance checks in 90 counties across the state and cited 243 store clerks for selling tobacco or tobacco products to a minor.  If a clerk is cited and has no prior convictions, a district court judge can level a fine up to $1,000 or order community punishment up to 30 days.  If the store clerk does have prior convictions, the judge may also order jail time.  Selling tobacco to an underage person is a Class II misdemeanor.   ALE recommends that store clerks check young customers’ ID cards before they sell tobacco or other age-restricted products, including alcohol and lottery tickets to anyone under the age of 18.  From the Hickory District which includes Wilkes and 10 other surrounding counties, 201 establishments were checked and 19 citations were issued.  Surveys show that 90 percent of adult smokers in North Carolina began before age 18.   ALE agents make monthly compliance checks and have 112 special agents across North Carolina to enforce alcohol and tobacco laws.


Congresswoman's Reaction to Andy Griffith's Death

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passing of beloved North Carolinian Andy Griffith:  “The loss of Andy Griffith, one of North Carolina’s most beloved sons, is deeply saddening. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones today.  Andy Griffith gave our country and the world a peek into the North Carolina and Mount Airy way of life, as Mayberry and its characters drew their inspiration from right here. The timeless values represented in his shows – those of faith, family, and freedom – are values cherished by the people of this region and our beautiful state. It is fitting that the Mount Airy statue of Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor continues to serve as an iconic welcome ambassador to all visitors.”  Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy was located in North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District that Congresswoman Foxx represents.


Warning from Forest Service

The N.C. Forest Service encourages people to celebrate Independence Day by viewing public fireworks displays rather than risk setting wildfires with their own fireworks.  “Many wildfires this time of year are started by the careless use of Class C fireworks, such as sparklers, fountains, glow worms, smoke devices and trick noisemakers,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.   Also, take precautions with campfires, grills.  An increased number of homes are being built in North Carolina’s wooded areas, and officials with the N.C. Forest Service stress the need to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires in residential areas. In addition to fireworks safely, campfires or grills should never be left unattended and should never be started with gasoline.  When disposing of ashes, never put them in a paper bag or other flammable container, but instead place them in an outside metal container or bury them in mineral soil in your garden. If you live in an area with organic soils, however, keep in mind that peat can catch fire. Never store ashes in your garage, on your deck or in a wooded area. Double-check the ashes and coals before throwing them away to make sure they won’t start a fire.


Highway Patrol Holiday Reminder

The Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the July 4th holiday. Motorists who slow down and travel at posted speeds will not only increase their chances of arriving at their destination safely they will also conserve fuel.  There will be an increased presence of troopers on the interstates and major four lane highways.  Speed is the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in the state. Troopers will be cracking down on speeders during the holiday and will be using LIDAR and other speed timing devices to assist them in enforcing the speed laws.  Troopers will increase patrols on all interstates and major four lane highways during the holiday. Last year in North Carolina, 10 people died and 436 were injured over the July 4th holiday period.


One Dies in Boomer Two-Car Wreck

One woman was killed in a 2-car collision that occurred Monday afternoon at 4:30 near the Boomer Fire Department.  Trooper David Hollar with the NC Highway Patrol told 3WC News that Maria Pena of Lenoir was driving a 2001 Chevy Prism and traveling North on NC 18.  Mary Carlton of Boomer was driving a 2001 Plymouth Van and traveling South.  For reasons yet to be determined, Pena lost control of her car, went left of center, and struck the van head-on.  Pena, age 32, died as a result of her injuries on the way to the hospital.  She was pronounced dead at WRMC.  Carlton, age 78, was transported by ambulance to Baptist Hospital with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  Trooper Hollar said the wreck was rather strange in that no one could determine why Ms. Pena lost control of her vehicle.  No alcohol was involved and speed was not an issue.