He had a portable meth lab in the floorboard of a car in a duffle bag. A Wilkesboro Police Officer was observing traffic near a traffic checkpoint over the weekend on Oakwoods Road. The officer observed a car abruptly turn around and turn into a driveway. The officer initiated blue lights and pulled behind the car. When asked why they were avoiding the traffic stop, the driver said she didn’t have insurance on the car and panicked. The officer checked and found that the driver did have a valid license and insurance and no warrants. The officer then asked if she had anything illegal in the car, and she said not to her knowledge. The officer was given consent to search the vehicle. A male passenger in the car was asked to step outside and the officer searched him. A knife and drug paraphernalia was found in his pockets. The officer than asked the man, identified as Christopher McCrimmon of North Wilkesboro, what was in the duffle bag where he had been sitting. McCrimmon said, “Stuff to make meth.” McCrimmon was arrested and taken to the Wilkes County Jail on two felony counts of manufacture of meth and possession of meth precursors. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The car was impounded and the driver was released. Other charges in the case are pending analysis by the SBI.
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Well, apparently there are some thirsty thieves in Wilkes or this is another of those only in Wilkes stories. The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department received a couple of reports over the weekend involving stolen drinks. In a report from a home break-in on Big Ivy Road, the homeowner reported that someone damaged the casing on the front door to gain access inside the house. The only thing reported stolen from the residence was 15 cans of beer from the refrigerator. Damages to the door are estimated at 100 dollars. Then the Moravian Falls Optimist Club called to report that someone broke open the back door. This time the only thing stolen was 4 2-liter soft drinks. Damages to the door are estimated at 120 dollars. The Moravian Falls Optimist Club did have a camera installed due to other recent break-ins. Officials are viewing pictures to see if the thief was caught on camera. Again, the Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
In yet another drink related theft, the thieves this time decided to leave the drinks and steal the cash. The Igloo on Hwy 16 called the Sheriff’s Department this week to report that someone had broken into a drink machine outside the restaurant. The owner of the Igloo said that someone used a pry tool to gain access inside a vending machine belonging to West Jefferson Dr. Pepper. The money and money box were stolen from the drink machine. It is estimated that 100 dollars in cash was taken and damages are listed at 300 dollars. There are no suspects.
Maybe the thief or thieves just climbed over the gate. An employee with the North Carolina Forest Service called the Sheriff’s Department concerning a theft at the forestry office on New Browns Ford Road. When the employee arrived to work, he found the gate was locked. However, when he drove around back, he saw the toolboxes on two work trucks were open. The only thing missing was a DeWalt electric drill valued at 75 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
Tools were stolen in a home break-in in North Wilkesboro and the thief was still in the house when the victim returned home. Monday, the homeowner called the Sheriff’s Department to report that they came home and found a white male inside their residence. When the burglar saw the homeowner, he left through a window and ran into the woods near the house on Wildwood Drive. An 18-volt drill and cordless calk gun were stolen from the house. Stolen property is valued at 450 dollars. The burglar came in by breaking out a glass in the back door. Damages to the door are estimated at 200 dollars. The suspect, a white male, was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans. His identity is unknown and the Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate.
Congresswoman Foxx says that with all the news reports of partisan warfare in Washington, DC, you might have missed the big story of 2011: Congress is cutting spending and reining in the even-growing federal government. Foxx related in a recent news release that despite the fact that the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in nearly 3 years, the House spent the last year finding ways to reduce spending and the size of government. With the passage of the final spending bill for 2012 last month, Congress has cut discretionary spending for the second year in a row for the first time since World War II. 42 programs have phased out in the past year that had outlived their usefulness. In addition, in December Foxx introduced a bill (H.R. 3610) that tackles the problem of overlap, waste and duplication in federal workforce training programs head on by targeting 47 federal workforce development programs identified by the Government Accountability Office as examples of programs that overlap, lack effectiveness or have a track record of wasting taxpayer money. And Foxx said while the previous Congress continued the practice of earmarking with 18,000 pork-barrel earmarks in two years, the 2011 and 2012 spending bills contained not one single earmark.
Plan now and be ready for tax time with tips from the Internal Revenue Service like: Get your guard up against tax scams. The IRS does not send out unsolicited email messages. Email messages claiming to be from the IRS are probably phishing scams. Recipients of such emails are urged not to open attachments, click on links, reply with personal information, or complete any other activity that could compromise their computer’s security and lead to identity theft or worse. “Remember, if the IRS needs to contact you, we’ll probably do it the good, old-fashioned way by sending you a letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Taxpayers have the right to confirm that any correspondence they receive claiming to be from the IRS is legitimate--just give us a call at 1-800-829-1040” Hanson said. During the tax-filing season, the IRS provides daily tax tips. You can sign-up to have these delivered directly to your email inbox. To learn more, visit www.irs.gov KEYWORD: “Tax Tips.”
Well we ended the year rather like we started….with several home break-ins to report. At a Boone Trail residence the basement door and window were damaged, but the thieves got inside by kicking in a side door. Once inside the house, the thieves made off with a washer, dryer, kerosene heater, and baseball bag. Stolen property is valued at nearly 700 dollars. Damages are estimated at 150 dollars. Then a victim who lives out of town but has a cabin in Wilkes reported a break-in. The Lincolnton resident returned to his cabin on Fletcher Cove Road and found that someone had broken in through the front door. Stolen property valued at 100 dollars included a deer scale, cooler, assorted towels, and assorted game calls. Damage to the door was also estimated at 100 dollars. The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the reports; there are no suspects or other leads at this time.
Another big thing in 2011 was multiple reports of vehicle break-ins. One of the most recent reports came from a Millers Creek resident. The property owner called the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department to investigate the theft. The victim stated that they found both a work truck and car at the residence were broken into overnight. Both vehicles were unlocked, and the only thing reported stolen from either was some loose change. Neither vehicle was damaged and there are no suspects.
Among the items taken was a POW-MIA flag and a State flag. Wilkesboro Police were called to Walmart recently regarding a shoplifter that was still at the store. Loss Prevention had observed the woman, identified as Susan Stamper of Millers Creek, concealing items from the store and then leaving the last point of sale without paying. Stamper was stopped by store employees and detained until police arrived. Stolen items found on Stamper that were recovered by the store included some pet items, a netbook case, wallet, and two flags. Stamper was arrested and charged with misdemeanor larceny. Then while being fingerprinted, Stamper began complaining of chest pains and was taken to WRMC where she was kept for observation.