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Two Arrested for Larceny at Walmart

Somebody was having an identity crisis when they got busted for stealing from the Walmart. Wilkesboro Police talked with a woman in custody at the store, accused of taking several item without paying for them. Police say she claimed her name was Amanda and when the store manager, who was also a witness heard this, the woman told police her name was really Stephanie -- and they say it was. Police also arrested a second suspect who was involved in the thefts. Both women were arrested, jailed and given five thousand dollar bonds each.


Samaritan's Kitchen Temporarily Suspends Saturday Meal Delivery

Samaritan's Kitchen won't be doing Saturday Meal deliveries for the rest of July.
"We are restructuring that program to make it more feasible for us to be able to deliver in a timely manner and to make it more feasible for our drivers to be able to deliver to clients."
Julie Smith is with Samaritan Christian Ministries and says everything will be back on track in August and they'll start Saturday meal deliveries then.


Storms Prompt Wind Damage

While severe thunderstorms aren't that unusual around here, the tornado warnings that were posted for Wilkes and surrounding counties are pretty uncommon. The storm, which moved through Wilkes between 3:30 and 4:30pm, prompted tornado warnings when brief funnels were seen as it passed. One was reported on Austin-Traphill Road area near Benham. There have been no confirmed touchdowns, though.

Here are the official damage reports filed so far with the National Weather Service: at 4pm, a tree was reported down in Traphill. at 4:32pm, the weather service received a report of a tree down along Macedonia Church Road off Highway 268. A lot of limbs were reported down in the same area, from wind gusts estimated to 50 mph. At 5:45pm a tree was reported down on Boone Trail near Highway 16, about 5 miles Northwest of North Wilkesboro. And at 5:57pm, a spotter reported quarter size hail and very strong winds a mile northwest of North Wilkesboro. At this time, it appears all the damage is from straight-line wind.


Computer, iPod Stolen from Car

Deputies in Wilkes are looking into the reported theft of a laptop computer from a car. Robert McLean says his car was parked outside his home in Millers Creek last Thursday evening, but he does not indicate whether it was locked. The laptop, which is owned by Lowes, where he works, was in a read laptop bag along with his iPod Classic. McLean was not able to offer any ideas on who might have taken the computer, as it was apparently stolen while he slept. The computer and iPod together were worth a little over $1,200. No damage to the car is listed on the crime report.


Computer Stolen from Area Business

Wilkes sheriff deputies are investigating the theft of a laptop computer from an area business. Tommy Lankford tells deputies someone broke in the back door at Integrity Automotive on Elkin Highway sometime over the weekend. Lankford tells deputies someone ransacked his office, shuffling through the papers apparently looking for something, but he says there was nothing missing form the office. However, the laptop, which was underneath the business' fax machine near the front desk -- an area accessible to customers. It's an Acer brand, and Lankford says it's worth about 400-dollars. Deputies continue the investigation.


ALE Compliance Check Stats Announced

During the first six months of 2010, special agents with the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement cited 316 store clerks for selling tobacco or tobacco products to a minor. Of those citations, 24 were in the region that includes Wilkes. Numbers for Wilkes county alone were not made available.

ALE agents made their monthly compliance checks by using an undercover minor to attempt to buy tobacco. If the store clerk did not check the buyer’s identification, or checked the ID but still sold, the ALE agent would issue a citation. A district court judge can fine the clerk up to $1,000 or order community punishment up to 30 days. If the store clerk has prior convictions, the judge could order jail time. Selling tobacco to an underage person is a Class II misdemeanor.

The monthly unannounced compliance checks are part of the state’s Tobacco Education and Compliance Check, a program which is funded by the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund.


Fatal Crash Sunday

A motorcycle wreck Sunday near the Wilkes-Ashe county line resulted in the death of a Taylorsville man. Highway patrol reports indicate 57-year-old Terry Lee Starnes was killed and the passenger, 51-year-old Robin Starnes, also of Taylorsville, was injured when Terry Starnes hit a guard rail. Troopers were unable to confirm what form of medical attention she received. The accident N.C Highway 16 North, just south of the Wilkes/Ashe County line in Glendale Springs area. Speed was not listed as a factor in the accident.


Hospice Volunteers Sought in North Wilkesboro

An area group that helps those nearing the end of life is looking for volunteers. Candice Cook of High Country Hospice, during a recent Focus on the Foothills interview, described the traits that make for a good hospice folunteer:

High Country Hospice will have a volunteer training session next week. There are afternoon and evening session available to accommodate your work schedule. The classes start next Tuesday. To sign up call Jennifer Richardson at 246-6443.


Dobro Taken From Conference Room

Her stuff had her name all over it, and yet, somebody allegedly saw fit to take it anyway.
Wilkesboro Police say that on Saturday night, around 10 o'clock, they got a call from Olivia Wittman who had been playing her Dobro with other musician at the Holiday Inn Express between 4:30 and 7:30 that night and left the instrument unattended in a conference room. When she went to get it, she told police, it was gone. Police checked the hotel's security video and did not see anyone carry off the instrument. Wittman told police her name is on the case, the strap and the Dobro itself. Police have no suspects in the theft of the handmade Dobro.


Man in Jail Here Gets Served with Fugitive Papers

He's in jail in Wilkes County, but considered a fugitive nonetheless. Sheriff's deputies say they got a "hit" confirmation on a man who's already in jail here. The hit came from Pennsylvania where the man's wanted on a fugitive warrant there. Officials here say since the man escaped and fled from Pennsylvania and was jailed here, local authorities served him with the fugitive warrant.