It was just one week ago today that President Barack Obama was in Wilkes to promote his American Jobs Act. Many people asked, “Why did the President come to Millers Creek” The President said he wanted to hit the open road and come visit some of the most beautiful parts of this great country of ours. Following the President’s visit we spoke with US Senator Hagan from North Carolina. The President called for Democrats and Republicans to work together. Recently, Senator Hagan a Democrat from North Carolina has teamed up with Republican Senators including Richard Burr, John McCain, Scott Brown, and Lindsey Graham on a number of bills in the Senate. We asked the Senator if she believed others in Congress are ready to work together in a bi-partisan way. The Senator said this is no time for bipartisanship when people back home are hurting. Some is hoping more will start working together. All of Senator Hagan’s remarks can be heard on our website as a podcast at www.hometownchristianradio.com
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3WC has this reminder that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there is a local agency in Wilkes with various programs for assistance and prevention. Sheltered Aid to Families in Emergencies or SAFE is a non-profit agency that has been in Wilkes for 31 years to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They provide temporary shelter at their SAFE house location and one of the most important services is the 24/7 crisis hotline. Again, that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week crisis line is 838-SAFE or 838-7233. Find out more about SAFE and their services at www.safewilkes.org.
It’s a homicide. The 32-year-old man who was found dead in his home Tuesday night was murdered. Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew told 3WC News today that the autopsy came back shortly after 12 noon and showed the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head. This past Tuesday night, Justin David Alexander was found deceased in his mobile home at 121 Triplette Hollow Road in Hays. Alexander was last seen alive on Monday. At this time, there is a person of interest in the homicide. As to the weapon used or any information on the person of interest, Sheriff Shew would not comment. He only said the investigation is continuing. The SBI is also assisting in this homicide investigation.
A candlelight vigil is planned tonight for a missing person from Wilkes. According to www.ncmissingpersons.org, Jeffery Lynn Combs has been missing from North Wilkesboro since October 23, 2008. Combs’s mother returned home from work three years ago to discover a note written by Jeffery saying, “my scooter was stolen” and he was going to the bridge on Suncrest Orchard road to look for it, and to come look for him if he was not back by dark.” Local law enforcement searched the area of the bridge on Suncrest Orchard Road and located the stolen scooter along with clothing belonging to Mr. Combs. Residents in the neighborhood confirmed seeing Jeffery in the area, but to this day his whereabouts are still unknown. Jeffery Combs would be 43 years old now. He is described as a white male, 5’6, 190 lbs, blonde hair, and blue eyes. Due to previous injuries and a stroke, both arms and hands are crippled and his left arm is paralyzed. If you have any information regarding his disappearance, you’re asked to call the Wilkes County Sheriff at 903-7600. The candlelight vigil for Jeffery Lynn Combs will be held at 6pm today at the Old Lowes Supermarket parking lot on Second Street in North Wilkesboro. Those involved with the search will be there. The public is invited.
A local business has been robbed again. Just a few weeks ago, we reported a break-in that resulted in thousands of dollars in stolen property and damages from Interconnect in Wilkesboro. Now….it has happened again. This time hundreds of dollars in stolen property was stolen and damages haven’t been determined yet. Interconnect called Wilkesboro Police when employees arrived to work this week to find the lock to the security fence missing and the gate open. Five trucks, a flatbed truck, and a trailer were hit by thieves. Crowbars had been used to pry open tool boxes. Stolen property included electric drills and saws, battery-operated screw-drivers, grinder wheels and other tools totaling over 800 dollars. Again damages to the 5 toolboxes and trucks have not yet been determined. The owner told police that there was no surveillance video of the theft, so there are no suspect information at this time.
Wilkesboro Police and the Highway Patrol did stop a burglary before it could be completed at a local restaurant. This week police received a call about someone behind Glen’s Restaurant after it was closed. When police arrived, a Trooper was already on the scene and had a woman in custody. The woman, Hope Prevette of Wilkesboro, took off running when the Trooper arrived but was stopped from leaving the scene. Prevette had gloves and a tire iron with her. The back light to the restaurant had been broken out, but she had not gotten inside the business. She denied any knowledge of the broken light and said she was just out walking after leaving Lowes Motel. Prevette was arrested and taken to the Wilkes County Women’s Detention Center. She was charged with felony possession of burglary tools and misdemeanor larceny.
Well it looks like at least one break-in and larceny this past week happened in broad daylight. In a report filed with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department, a Millers Creek resident said that they left to go out-of-town about 6:15 am and returned just before 11. In that time, someone had cut the lock off his roll-up shed door and had stolen his 4-wheeler. The victim found the door open when he returned home. The ATV is described as a 2008 Kawasaki, black with silver stripes, red racks, and chrome wheels. The stolen 4-wheeler is valued at 8100 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report.
Following the President’s American Jobs Act Bus Tour this week where he had a stopover in Millers Creek, Senator Kay Hagan held a press conference yesterday to discuss her efforts to focus on parts of the President’s jobs plan to benefits North Carolina. 3WC News asked Senator Hagan to name which parts of the President’s plan she is working on to help us in Wilkes and in North Carolina. Hagan said they needed to focus on the parts for Veterans, refurbishment of schools, infrastructure, and the payroll tax deduction.
Hear the complete press teleconference with Senator Hagan: http://www.12403wc.com/3wc-podcasts/2011/10/21/thursday-press-teleconference-with-senator-hagan.html
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx’s (NC-05) bipartisan legislation that fixes a flaw in the VA home loan system passed the House this week as part of H.R. 2433, the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act. Her bill, the Disabled Veterans’ Surviving Spouses Home Loans Act, provides access to VA home loans for surviving spouses of permanently disabled veterans whose deaths are not necessarily attributed to their service-related disability. “As we approach Veterans Day, we should ask ourselves if this Congress doing all that can be done for our veterans,” Foxx said before the House. (video) “This bill maintains our promise not only to the men and women that have served in theArmed Forces, but to their families as well.” Under current law, most surviving spouses of veterans whose deaths were not service-connected, but who had permanent, service-connected disabilities, are eligible to receive monthly compensation payments from the VA. These same spouses could not, however qualify for a VA home loan. Foxx’s bill, which passed the House as part of H.R. 2433, corrects this problem by making these spouses eligible for the loan. The Disabled American Veterans, America Legion, the MOAA and the VFW endorsed her legislation. The 2.1 million member Veterans of Foreign Wars stated in a letter of support that “allowing a military widow to utilize the VA home loan program is the right thing to do.”
A 32-year-old man was found dead in his home Tuesday night. Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew said Justin David Alexander was found deceased in his mobile home at 121 Triplette Hollow Road in Hays about 8pm Tuesday. Alexander was last seen alive on Monday. At this time the cause of death is undetermined. Sheriff Shew said they are waiting on the preliminary autopsy results which are expected by this afternoon. The autopsy is being done in Winston-Salem. The SBI is also assisting in the death investigation