A trash truck fire caused road closures in front of Midtown in North Wilkesboro this afternoon. Just after noon today, a Foothills Sanitation Truck caught fire while being driven down near Memorial Park. The driver was able to get the truck off the roadway and into the park area. North Wilkesboro Fire Department responded to the truck fire and quickly had it under control using both water and foam. North Wilkesboro Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Marshal Nikki Hamby said it looked like the fire was the result of a mechanical or electrical problem in the truck’s engine. The fire burned through the cab and into the bed of the vehicle. No one was injured in the fire. Traffic in front of Midtown was re-routed for about an hour while fire fighters and others worked to clean up the area.
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A 26-year-old Wilkes County man was charged by Winston-Salem Police with first-degree attempted murder Sunday afternoon. Reportedly the man, identified as Jacob Andrew Minton of Millers Creek, attacked a 2-year-old girl at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. Apparently, the little girl was already being treated for a previous injury, but it’s unknown at this time if Minton was involved with the previous injury, too. The 2-year-old girl sustained serious injury but was listed in stable condition at the hospital. Again, Minton has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and placed under a $400,000 bond at the Forsyth County Detention Center. Minton is not related to the little girl, but is a friend of the child's mother. The girl's family also lives in Wilkes County.
Sheriff’s Deputies were just trying to serve warrants on one subject but ended up arrested a second person on drug charges. Deputies followed a car into a residence of a person that had open warrants. The driver of the vehicle they were following jumped out of the car and ran. Deputies were able to question the female passenger in the car who acted very nervous while talking with the deputies. Then without being asked she dumped the contents of her pocketbook out on the trunk of the car and screamed, “It’s not mine.” Inside the pocketbook was a plastic sandwich baggie containing 7 small individually wrapped baggies of cocaine. The woman, Jania Billings of Wiles Ridge was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.
It looks like someone has been stealing his mail. A Moravian Falls man called the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department to report problems with receiving his mail. The man said he noticed that he had not been receiving his bills for the past several months. He had contacted the postal service, but they assured him the mail had been delivered to his box. The man reported that sometimes he would check his box and his mail would be there, but it had been taped back together as if it had been opened. There is a suspect that Sheriff’s Officials are investigating and charges are pending.
Did someone break-in and were they planning on coming back later? That’s a couple of questions a Millers Creek resident and the Sheriff’s Department are trying to answer. A man who lives on Hwy 16 reported that he found his basement had been entered by someone forcing open the basement door. Nothing was missing; however, several items had been piled up as if someone were planning to return later. There were no witnesses and are no leads at this time. The Sheriff’s Department is conducting the investigation.
Well, her ’98 Toyota Camry was involved in a wreck while parked in her driveway. A North Wilkesboro resident called the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department over the weekend to report the incident. According to the victim, she was inside her home when she heard a loud crash. When she went outside to check, she found that her car had been hit by another vehicle. She was unable to get a look at the vehicle that hit her car, but she said it sounded like it left the scene traveling north on Old 421. Damages to the rear bumper of her car are estimated at 1000 dollars.
Yes, it was parked at his hunting residence, but it wasn’t for people who were hunting 4-wheelers. A Hickory man called the Sheriff’s Department to report a theft. His Polaris Sportsman 400 ATV was parked at his hunting residence on the Bethany Church Road. The stolen 4-wheeler valued at 3500 dollars is described as being green and camo with cargo racks on the front and back. The victim told Sheriff’s Officials that he had not been at the Wilkes residence back in December, so it’s hard to determine exactly when the theft occurred.
When Wilkesboro Police received word of an intoxicated driver at the McDonald’s drive-thru, they sent an officer to find him. When the officer arrived, the suspect was pulling out from the McDonalds on Hwy 421. The police officer followed the vehicle, observing it weave in and out of traffic nearly running into the median. The officer initiated a traffic stop and asked the driver, later identified as Michael Czyzyk of Wilkesboro to step out of the car. On the field sobriety test, Czyzyk blew a .15 which is nearly twice the legal limit. Czyzyk was arrested and charged with DWI and failure to maintain lane control.
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) has praised the agreement to invest $461 million in North Carolina high-speed rail. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Norfolk Southern Railway, North Carolina Railroad and Amtrak signed a cooperative agreement recently for North Carolina to begin work on key passenger rail improvement projects. The funds are a part of the $545 million in high-speed rail investments that Hagan fought for North Carolina to receive through the Recovery Act. “It is great news that North Carolina and the USDOT are ready to begin work on these critical high-speed rail projects that will create jobs, improve rail travel for North Carolinians and make our state an even better place to live and do business,” said Hagan.
Highway Patrol to Conduct Operation Slow Down/Local Officers to Conduct No Need 2 Speed. This week, March 28-April 3, the Highway Patrol will be cracking down on speeders on the interstates and major four lane highways across the state. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program and local law enforcement agencies across the state will be conducting No Need 2 Speed in conjunction with Operation Slow Down. Speed is the leading cause of traffic fatalities and collisions in the state. Troopers will be using motorcycles, Chargers, and unmarked patrol vehicles for this campaign. So slow down, because there’s no need to speed!