3WC News spoke with Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew this morning about their undercover investigation that has led to 35 warrants for arrests on a total of 116 drug charges. Shew said the investigation has been ongoing for about 4 ½ months. Mainly the charges are for sell and delivery or delivery of a controlled substance and are related to prescription drugs. In one incident, 84 grams of cocaine were also seized. Most of the 35 were both abusers and sellers of prescription medication. Drug buys were made by undercover officers with the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department over the past few months; they started making arrests last week and are continuing this week with the round-up of suspects. Sheriff Shew said this investigation is not over, and more arrests are expected in the near future.
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It is truly amazing what Sheriff’s Deputies can discover simply by serving a warrant. Deputies arrived at a Damascus Church Road residence to serve a warrant but were told by the woman inside that the person they were looking for wasn’t there. One deputy had stepped around the back of the house in case someone tried to leave out the back. While at the back of the house the deputy found a 5-foot tall marijuana plant. The woman at the residence said the plant must belong to her boyfriend, Ronald Harris. Deputies asked for and were given consent to search the house. More marijuana, drug paraphernalia, some cash, and two guns were found inside the bedroom. Deputies contacted Harris at work and asked him to come to the residence. He did meet with deputies and admitted what they found was him. Harris was arrested and charged with Manufacturing marijuana, Possession with intent to sell and deliver, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was placed under 5000 dollar bond.
Yes, it has been really hot, and a thief must have decided it was better to steal an air conditioner than to buy one or two. The owner of Carolina Motel called the Sheriff’s Department to report a theft of a couple of A/C units. The units were taken from apartments four and five. It appeared the thief or thieves just open windows and took the two Hot Point air conditioners valued at 600 dollars. There are no suspects at this time as the thief is probably somewhere cooling his heels.
It can even happen to a Sheriff’s Department employee. In a report filed with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department, the victim stated that he had parked his truck and trailer at Foothills Grocery and went inside to eat. When he returned to his vehicle, he realized that a Echo weed-eater valued at nearly 400 dollars had been taken from his trailer. Foothills Grocery does not have video surveillance on that part of their parking lot. The victim in this theft is listed as an employee of the Surry County Sheriff’s Department. There are no suspects.
Everyone who can is being asked to help with the ministry of Samaritan Kitchen here in Wilkes. The Samaritan Kitchen is currently experiencing a food crisis in their Client Choice Pantry. With the down turned economy and school being out for the summer, the demand for their food services have out grown their supply. Samaritan Kitchen is asking for your help in donating food or funds to restock the shelves of the Client Choice Pantry. If you, your business, or your church can help, please call Julie at Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes at 838-5331.
One local man saw the thieves leaving his house. A Millers Creek resident reported that he came out of his neighbor’s house and saw two white males leaving his residence with his DVD player. The homeowner had left his front door unlocked when he went to his neighbor’s house. The victim’s children were in the backyard playing at the time of the theft. The two suspects ran up the road on foot with the stolen DVD player. The homeowner did get a description of the two white males and the Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
Actually, there have been a number of home break-ins throughout the area reported to the Sheriff’s Department recently. A Boomer resident reported that between Wednesday and Friday, someone broke into her residence and took a flatscreen TV and digital camera. There pry marks and damage to the back door frame. Stolen property is valued at 800 dollars. Sheriff’s Officials do have a couple of possible suspects and charges are pending.
Sheriff’s Officials followed tracks through a trail in the woods from a home break-in at a North Wilkesboro residence. The homeowner came home from work and saw that the side door had been pried open. Several items were missing from inside the house including jewelry, Sony camcorder, silver coins, and 4 pocketbooks. Stolen items were valued at nearly 7000 dollars. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Department found tracks outside the residence that followed a trail through the woods and exited on Caudill Road. There were signs a car had been parked there. That investigation is still underway with no word on suspects at this time.
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan and US Senator Richard Burr both from North Carolina co-sponsor a bill presented to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee called the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act (S. 277). The bill would open access to VA health care for veterans and their family members who developed health problems after exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Jerry Ensminger, a North Carolinian and former Marine who was based at Camp Lejeune, testified before the committee. His nine-year-old daughter died of leukemia after exposure to contaminated Camp Lejeune water. Ensminger has long advocated for former Lejeune families. On April 15, Hagan, Burr, and Congressman Brad Miller, sponsor of the bill in the House, sent a letter to the Department of the Navy questioning its commitment to transparency on Camp Lejeune water contamination. The North Carolina Congressional delegation expressed concern that the Marine Corps continues to rely on the flawed 2009 National Research Council report that downplays the link between the contaminated water and adverse health effects. Hagan, Burr and Miller, who have been working for years across the aisle and both chambers on this issue, asked the Department of the Navy to provide the public with accurate information.
It’s mowing season once again. Injuring approximately 68,000 people each year, lawn mowers are one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment around the house. According to theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, 13 percent of those harmed are children under the age of 18. To prevent lawn mower injuries to children, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends the following:
Try to use a mower with a control that stops the mower when if the handle is released.
Children younger than 16 years should not use riding mowers. Children younger than 12 years should not use walk-behind mowers.
Never let passengers join you on a riding mower.
Prevent injuries from flying objects by picking up objects before mowing.
Wear protective clothing. Never mow barefoot or in sandals.
Make sure that children are indoors or at a safe distance well away.
Use caution when mowing hills and slopes. Mow across with a push mower; mow up and down with a riding mower.