It was just about a week ago that Wilkesboro Police received a call about a break-in of one of the manufactured houses at Oakwoods Homes. Now this week, Police have been called back to Oakwoods regarding an attempted break-in. This time the thief or thieves attempted to break-in a storage trailer at the back corner of the property. The back doors of the trailer were secured with a lock. Someone had tried to beat the lock and doors to gain entrance but were unable to get inside the trailer, so nothing was reported stolen. Damages to the door are estimated at just 50 dollars. Police want to check security video at Oakwoods, but there are currently no suspects.
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Everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur, Barney, is coming to Tweetsie Railroad this weekend, July 15-17. HIT Entertainment, a leading provider of quality preschool entertainment and Tweetsie Railroad of Blowing Rock invite families to join Barney as he sings and dances this weekend at North Carolina’s first theme park. Additional activities at Tweetsie include a three-mile adventure on a historic steam locomotive, amusement park rides for all ages, live entertainment, and Magical Extravaganza. Tweetsie is just up the road from Wilkesboro in the blue Ridge Mountains on US Hwy 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock. The theme park is open 7 days a week until August 21, 9am til 6pm each day. For ticket information, season passes, and schedules go online www.Tweetsie.com or call 877-TWEETSIE or find them on Facebook and Twitter.
With Washington drowning in red ink, high unemployment, and deficit reduction negotiations mired in partisanship, Senator Hagan last week completed her "Fighting for our Future" Budget Listening Tour to hear from North Carolina community and business leaders about their ideas to reduce our deficit and debt without abandoning critical investments. Today Senator Hagan talked about what she had heard from different people here in North Carolina and what she believes must be done on a national level. "The difference between what I hear in North Carolina and what I see in Washington is incredible. Too many people in Washington are walking away from the negotiating table and putting politics ahead of what’s best for the American people. In North Carolina, the vast consensus was that we must work together to craft a responsible plan to reduce the deficit that is balanced, bipartisan and calls for shared sacrifice. My listening tour gave me an opportunity to hear from senior care professionals, economic development coordinators, educators, community bankers, veterans and others about their ideas to reduce the debt without forgetting our North Carolina values. I will take their input back to the table in Washington as I continue fighting for our future and working to get our fiscal house in order,” Hagan said.
A man was shot and killed at 4:30 Tuesday morning as the result of a home invasion here in Wilkes. According to Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew, they received a 911 call about 1:30 regarding a man yelling and throwing rocks at a house on Lonesome Pine Road in Purlear. The man was later identified as 35-year-old Phillip Jonathan Ange of Greenville, NC. When deputies arrived, Ange was gone, and they were unable to locate him. Then about 4:30am, Ange returned to the same house. This time he was armed with a machete and forcibly entered the residence. When Ange came busting through the front door, the homeowner, James Haynes, fired two shots at Ange hitting him in the head and upper body. Again 911 was called. First Responders and EMS arrived to administer CPR; however, Ange died on the way to the hospital. Sheriff Shew said Ange and his estranged wife had purchased a parcel of land on the same road as Haynes. Ange was camping on that land at the time of the home invasion and shooting. Shew said that as far as he knew the two men had never met or spoken a word to each other until the events Tuesday morning. The investigation is continuing, and Sheriff Shew said the homeowner will not be charged.
A local businessman from Wilkes has died. Mr. Stanley Edward Foster, age 61, of Sunnydale Drive, Millers Creek died Sunday at home from complications with pneumonia. Foster and his wife Renee were the owners of the Arctic Grill in Wilkesboro. Stan Foster was born September 12, 1949 in Caldwell County to Raymond Smith and Pearl Cox Foster. He attended Lewis Fork Baptist Church. Mr. Foster served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Funeral services will be held Thursday 2:00 PM, July 14, 2011 at Lewis Fork Baptist Church with Rev. Sherrill Wellborn officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. He is survived by: his wife, Renee Wiles Foster of the home; one sister, Alda Ann Triplett and husband, Bill of Purlear; two brothers, Kenneth Foster and Charles Foster both of Purlear. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to American Heart Association, P O Box 2361, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 or to Lewis Fork Baptist Church, 395 Lewis Fork Baptist Church Road, Purlear, NC 28665. Stan and his wife Renee have been friends of the 3WC family for many years. He will be missed.
A suspicious vehicle was seen in the area earlier in the day and Sheriff’s Investigators are wondering if the vehicle could have been involved in a break-in. A Roaring River resident reported that his son came home from football practice and saw that the TV was missing. The son called his father who came home from work. Someone had broken out a window in a back door to gain entrance to the house. Tire tracks were also found in the back yard where someone had parked to carry off the stolen items including the flat screen TV, 9 mm pistol, and some cash. Several rooms were gone through but nothing else was reported stolen. Neighbors told Sheriff’s Deputies that they saw a white Chevrolet pickup with a white man and woman inside. The truck was seen driving around the neighborhood earlier in the day. That investigation is continuing.
The report doesn’t say if the doors were left unlocked, but the report does state that there were no signs of forced entry in a home that was apparently entered while the homeowner was gone. The victim returned home to find the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen and drawers in a bedroom were open and had been gone through. However nothing was reported missing. It is unclear if the thief was just looking for prescription meds, money, or something else. Again there was no signs of forced entry and are no suspects at this time.
Well it seems he locked his vehicle but forgot a rear window was open. A Boonville man called Wilkesboro Police when he noticed that his backpack had been stolen from the backseat of his car. The man had been to several stores in Wilkesboro before noticing the backpack was missing. Inside the backpack were a laptop, thumb drives, digital compass, and prescription medication. Police have contacted the stores the man visited to view security video from their parking lots in hopes of catching a thief in the act of taking the backpack from the car. There is no word on suspects at this time.
Sometimes we try to present a moral in our news stories here at 3WC like if you’re driving around with a wanted man then be sure you aren’t driving with a revoked license. Monday evening, a Wilkes County Sheriff’s Deputy was on routine patrol and traveling on Greenhorn Road when he saw a man he knew had an outstanding warrant for arrest. The Deputy turned his car around and did a traffic stop at Shepherds Cross Road and McKinley Road. The man, Josh Whitt, was arrested on the active warrant. The woman driving the car Whitt was in Lacy Blackburn was also arrested. When the Deputy did a check on Blackburn and her vehicle, he found that Ms. Blackburn’s license was suspended and the vehicle had a fictitious tag and no insurance. Both were arrested and transported to the Wilkes Intake Center.
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) applauded the agreement between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Judge Advocate Generals of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard to provide stronger protections for service members and their families in connection with consumer financial products and services. “Too often, our service members and their families become victims of unlawful or predatory financial practices,” Hagan said. “…and I am pleased that the Joint Statement of Principles makes a commitment to support financial literacy training to better equip our military families. I will continue to work.….to ensure that our service members and their families, who sacrifice so much for our country, are protected from predatory financial practices.” Hagan is a member of the Senate Armed Services and Banking Committees, and she is a founding member of the Military Family Caucus.