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Thursday
Mar062008

Wilkes Storm Damage from Straight-Line Wind

Officials with the National Weather Service said two tornadoes touched down northern North Carolina as part of the storm system that passed through evening before last. Neither tornado was in Wilkes county. A weak tornado hit outside advance, damaging multiple homes. A second funnel cloud, which skipped along a five mile path, passed through Caswell county, damaging a mobile home.
Damage at a chicken farm destroyed by Tuesday's storms in Surry County was originally thought to have been caused by a tornado, but Weather Service officials said straight-line winds were the culprit there. The owners of B and B Poultry in Dobson said 10,000 chickens were destroyed.
In Wilkes, heavy tree damage was reported from straight-line winds, and about 34-hundred people lost power at the height of the storm. Duke power reports all have been restored. The western parts of the Wilkesboros were among the heaviest damage areas. An estimate of the cost of the damage has not been completed.

Wednesday
Mar052008

Children Abducted, May Be Traveling Through Our Area

Georgia authorities have issued an Amber Alert for three children who were abducted this morning. Their abductor may be headed through our area. Authorities consider twins Agena and Aliyah Battle, who are both 1 year old, and 3-year old Cedric Harrington, to be in extreme danger. All three children are black, with black hair and brown eyes. The suspect is Eddie Harrington, a 27-year old black male who is 5-9 and 195 pounds. He was last seen driving a 2002 Chevy Impala, dark green in color, with a cracked windshield. The car has Indiana license plates. Anyone who sees the car is asked to call Columbus, Georgia police or 9-1-1. Current information about the children and what authorities know is posted here.

Wednesday
Mar052008

Couple Arrested Following Fight

At the height of the storm last night, a storm of a different kind was brewing in one Wilkes home and ended up spilling out onto the stormy streets. The two parties to the fight, 24-year old Tiffany Dawn Walker and 35-year old Kelly Scott Church, were found by deputies walking outside about 7:30 last night. Walker was in the yard of the couple's home, while Church had made it some distance up the road. Walker said Church had pulled her hair and grabbed her, and showed the deputy scratch marks consistent with her claims. Church told another deputy he had a knot under his left eye, caused by a punch thrown by Walker during the fight. Both said there was a protective order in place, but because of the storm, dispatchers were too busy to be able to look up the paperwork. Both were arrested and charged with assault, and a magistrate set bond for each at 1-thousand dollars.

Wednesday
Mar052008

More Vaccinations Required for School Admission

Wilkes county health officials say there are change parents need to be aware of when it comes to the required shots for their kids to get in school. There is now a requirement for a booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine and a second dose of mumps vaccine. Josh Swift, Health Promotion Coordinator with the Wilkes Health Department, says the changes take effect for admission to school this fall. The booster is required for those children entering sixth grade, or who are 12 years old if they are home-schooled. It will also be required for college admission if the last booster is more than 10 years old. A total of two doses of the mumps vaccine will be required for any student who is entering a school in North Carolina for the first time, regardless of age. Swift says the state health department has set up a web site with more information about the changes to the requirements. It's at www.immunizenc.com

Wednesday
Mar052008

Some Storm Damage Reported

Official National Weather Service reports indicate some damage in the area from the line of storms that moved through yesterday evening. In a report filed with the weather service about 9pm, trees were reported down in the Millers Creek area, and some roads were reported to be covered with pieces of trees. A power outage was also reported in that area, and as of early morning, Duke power still reported more than 700 people without power in Wilkes county. A 12-inch diameter tree was reported down in someone's yard in Elkin, and wind damage was also reported in Mount Airy.

Tuesday
Mar042008

Morning Wreck Hurts 3

Three women suffered minor injuries this morning in a wreck in front of Foster's Garage on Highway 268. According to the highway patrol, Loula Davis Baldwin of North Wilkesboro was eastbound on 268 this morning and turned left just in front of the vehicle driven by Bonnie Sue Peters of Thurmon. The cars struck nearly head-on, but in spite of that, the drivers and a passenger in Baldwin's car, Betty Burchett, were all taken by ambulance to Wilkes Regional Medical Center for treatment. Baldwin received a ticket for failing to yield the right-of-way. A trooper says she didn't see the other car because of the rain.

Tuesday
Mar042008

Weather Alert from NWS Blacksburg:

A STRONG COLD FRONT TRAILING A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO VALLEYS WILL BRING A MODERATE RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS INTO THE AREA LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING. SOME STORMS ALONG THE FRONT COULD PRODUCE DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AND EVEN AN ISOLATED TORNADO.

FLOODING COULD ALSO BECOME AN ISSUE THIS EVENING AS HEAVY RAINFALL ASSOCIATED WITH THE FRONT MOVES THROUGH. A FLOOD WATCH MAY BE ALSO BE NEEDED

Tuesday
Mar042008

Couple Faces Drug, Weapons Charges

A Wilkes couple faces charges after being stopped by a deputy this weekend on Camp Joe Harris Road. The deputy pulled over 37-year old Tommy Allen Combs about 9:15 Sunday night. Combs freely admitted not having a drivers' license, and gave the deputy permission to search the car. The deputy found a small baggie of marijuana behind the passenger seat. When she was questioned, 31-year old Samantha Combs admitted the baggie was hers. Tommy Combs admitted to owning s large spring-loaded knife which was concealed under the lid of the center console. The deputy arrested both of the Combs, and charged Tommy with carrying a concealed weapon and driving without a license. He charged Samantha with simple drug possession. All the charges are misdemeanors.

Tuesday
Mar042008

Flat Screen TV Stolen

A Wilkes woman who works in Raleigh through the week came home Friday night to find her house had been broken into. Dora Elledge, who lives in rural North Wilkesboro, found her front door missing a window pane, but noted no other damage. The burglar had taken a 42-inch flat screen TV worth about 1-thousand dollars. Elledge tells deputies her son has been staying at the house while she is gone for work. He left Friday morning about 10 and hasn't been seen since. Deputies say they have no suspects at this point, and because Elledge didn't record the serial number of the TV, it cannot be entered in the national crime database.

Tuesday
Mar042008

Man Leads Deputy on Short Chase

A man is behind bars after leading a sheriffs deputy on a short chase this weekend. 40-year old James Albert Williams was arrested on multiple charges late Friday night. A deputy says he was on Traphill Road about 11:45pm Friday. When Williams realized a sheriff's patrol car was behind him, he sped up and tried to lose the deputy, sometimes reaching speeds of 80 miles an hour on the curvy, 55-mile an hour road. The deputy stopped Williams near Shumate Mountain Road. When Williams was asked for his drivers' license, he admitted it had been suspended. The deputy said he smelled alcohol, and when the gave Williams a roadside breath test he blew a point-11. A second person in the vehicle was questioned, but he was released when the deputy determined he was not carrying or doing anything illegal. Williams gave the car keys to the second man, who drove his car home. The deputy booked Williams for excessive speed, driving while intoxicated, and driving on a revoked license.