Several weeks ago, Myers Tire in Wilkesboro reported on two different occasions that vehicles were damaged overnight at their business by someone shooting them with a BB gun. In a report this week in Wilkesboro, it is believed that a BB gun was once again used to damage a car. This time the incident occurred at Windemere Apartments. The victim called Wilkesboro Police when he noticed the dents in the left quarter panel of his ’99 Lexus. Damages are estimated at 200 dollars. According to the Police report, the dents in the car look like they were caused by BB pellets or a small object. There are no suspects, but the investigation is continuing.
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What happened to the money they paid, and who will be allowed to live in a house in Hays? In a report filed with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department this week, a couple reported they had been making payments but their house was foreclosed by the bank. According to the victims, they had agreed to and were making payments for a residence on Wiles Ridge Road that they were purchasing. However, the person receiving the payments was not making payments to the bank. So, the bank foreclosed on the house. The Sheriff’s Department is conducting the investigation and charges for obtaining money by false pretense are pending.
There is an effort in the NC General Assembly to privatize North Carolina’s pre-kindergarten program . A draft-form proposal from the House Select Committee on Early Childhood Education Improvement would prohibit public school districts from serving as contract administrators for NC Pre-K beginning July 1, 2013. The committee’s proposal comes on the heels of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s announcement last week of 2,000 new slots across the state for NC Pre-K. State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison said this week that a House proposal to change the NC Pre-K program would hurt working families and erode the state’s nationally recognized early childhood education system. The committee plans to finalize its recommendations today.
Gov. Bev Perdue this week announced that she will issue an executive order blocking new taxes that the General Assembly imposed on passengers on the state’s ferry system. In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly mandated that NCDOT increase ferry revenue up to $5 million annually by establishing tolls for all ferry routes, except for the Ocracoke/Hatteras Ferry and the Knotts Island Ferry. The Governor’s order will impose a 12-month moratorium on collecting increased tolls on routes that already were tolled and on collecting new tolls on routes that currently are free. At the end of the moratorium, NCDOT will review the state’s economic conditions and determine whether the moratorium should continue. The General Assembly could terminate the moratorium before the 12 months are over. The order also directs NCDOT to find enough budget reductions to make up for the revenue that the new ferry tax would raise. The legislature imposed the new ferry tax over Gov. Perdue’s veto. The legislature’s budget requires the establishment of the new tolls, but state law gives DOT the discretion of whether to collect them.
At 6:40 this morning, a 911 call came in about a disturbance and shots fired. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at 336 Scenic Acres Lane in Thurmond and found Wayne Darnell with multiple gunshots. Through the investigation, Sheriff’s Officials have determined that there was an altercation of some sort at the home of Hobert Wilmoth who fired the shots at Darnell. Wilmoth was not injured in the incident, and currently, Darnell is in stable condition at Baptist Hospital. David Carsons with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department said the investigation is still ongoing, and no charges have been filed at this time as try to determine the details of what happened this morning.
Currently, the investigation into a Wilkesboro businessman has eleven victims, 9 pages of an investigation report, over $22,000 dollars in products and services not delivered, and 10 warrants issued. The Wilkesboro Police, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, and North Wilkesboro Police have all received reports concerning Thomas Barnette of Brushy Mountain Garage Doors not delivering products and services that customers paid for. So far, there are 11 victim including two local fire departments that have contacted one of the local law enforcement agencies. On Monday, Mr. Barnette agreed to meet with Police at the Wilkes Intake Center where he was served with 10 felony warrants of obtaining property by false pretense. 7 warrants were from Wilkesboro Police, 2 from the Sheriff’s Department, and one from North Wilkesboro Police. Barnette was cooperative and released on a 11,500 bond. Barnette has a first appearance court date set for this week.
When they checked the inventory, one was missing. Wilkesboro Police were called by Radio Shack on Hwy 421 when they discovered a missing laptop. According to a store employee, they were checking inventory in the Wilkesboro store and noticed a cut security cable at the laptop display. It appears that someone stole the laptop but left the power adapter. The stolen Toshiba laptop is valued at 400 dollars. There were no security cameras in the store that recorded the crime, so there are no suspects. The details of the laptop have been entered in NCIC, the National Crime Information Center.
At the first of February, we received a notice from the Wilkes Health Department that the Norovirus infections were spreading widely across North Carolina and State Public Health Officials urged precautions to prevent possible exposure. Now a month later, several in Wilkes have experienced the Norovirus, and the Wilkes Health Department is still stressing prevention of this very contagious illness. Jared Belk of the Wilkes County Health Dept explains that this stomach bug is a strong virus that may have stomach cramps, chills, diarrhea, and vomiting. Antibacterial lotions or gels alone will not prevent the virus. You must wash your hands with warm soap and water. Belk says the Norovirus affects the elderly and children more than others and dehydration is a big concern. For more information on the Norovirus you may visit the Wilkes Health Dept website at www.wilkeshealth.com or call them at 651-7450.
There was twice as much damage as there was money stolen. On Monday, Wilkesboro Police were called to Mike’s Bait & Tackle regarding a theft. When Police arrived, they spoke with the newspaper man who was there to fill the machine with the daily paper. However, the lock and pin had been removed from the paper machine and the coin tray was missing. Reportedly, $7.50 was stolen from the machine which sustained 15 dollars in damages. There are no leads at this time as to who might have stolen the money and damaged the machine.
If you’re looking for a seasonal job or a hobby, then perhaps you could become a Wilkes Beekeeper. Last week, 3WC spoke with Jeremy Bowlin of the Beekeepers of Wilkes which meets the second Monday of each month. Bowlin says there are different types of honey and usually two honey crops per year in Wilkes. For more information on becoming a beekeeper, you may visit www.beekeepersofwilkes.org . My complete interview with Jeremy Bowlin can be heard as a podcast on our website.