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Tuesday
Dec042007

Fire in Pickup Intentionally Set

Fire and police investigators are still looking into a case that started a couple of weeks ago, and ended with a 17-year old boy's pickup truck on fire. The fire happened back on the 24th, and investigator Nick Hamby released the report yesterday. In it, he says 17-year old Ronda resident Charles Tyler Sale was visiting a home on Barker Road late the evening of the 24th, and was alerted by some neighbors that his pickup was on fire in the driveway. Earlier in the evening, the pickup and trees were covered with toilet paper in a juvenile prank, but no damage occurred. The pickup was in good repair, according to Hamby, and showed no signs of fire in the engine compartment or of an electrical nature. Only the passenger compartment had caught fire, and it was damaged heavily. the loss estimate on the 1994 Toyota pickup is 4-thousand dollars. None of the people in the area at the time were able to identify any possible suspects, or offer a guess as to why Sale's pickup might have been targeted. The investigation continues.

Monday
Dec032007

Teens Caught, Charged After Short Chase

A deputy on routine patrol passing the Food Lion on Highway 16 early yesterday morning saw something that made him turn around to go check on a car in the store parking lot. He doesn't say what it was that piqued his attention, but the deputy turned around to check out the carload of kids. The car sped off down Kite Road with is headlights off, with the deputy following as best he could. The driver got to the car wash and everyone bailed out of the car on foot and disappeared by the time the deputy pulled up. The deputy says two people came back tot he car wash a while later to get the car, only to find the deputy waiting on them. He arrested a 17-year old on a charge of DWI Under 21, after a breath test showed a blood alcohol of .05. He also cited the teen for careless, reckless driving. The passenger, another 17-year old, was charged with underage consumption and released to a family member.

Monday
Dec032007

Attempt to Help Backfires

An early gift of holiday cheer backfired on a local merchant, who is now out 160-dollars. Donna Miller, the owner of Miller's Latino Market in Miller's Creek. says she felt sorry for a man who came in with a two-party check he said the bank wouldn't cash, so she cashed it. the situation, according to the check writer, is that he didn't have an ID. Miller, who said the check which was presented by a Hispanic male in his early 30's, was made to a Victor Marley. It was dated November 10th, and presented to the business within a few days. The bank returned it to her as being on a closed account on November 30th. Deputies still haven't located the man.

Monday
Dec032007

This is Winter Weather Awareness Week

Gov. Mike Easley has proclaimed Dec. 2-8 as Winter Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina and reminds citizens, businesses and schools to prepare now to stay safe and warm when debilitating cold weather strikes.

“We have experienced unusually mild weather lately, but now is the time to prepare for the cold that we know winter will bring,” said Easley. “Everyone should update their family emergency plans and stock up on water, blankets, non-perishable food and other supplies now before ice and snow arrive.”

National Weather Service forecasters say that even during times of drought, winter storms can occur and catch people off guard. Those storms could cause power outages and a loss of communication services for days.

It is important that all citizens monitor changing weather conditions by listening carefully to local radio and television stations for storm watches or warnings. When winter weather warnings are issued, the public should be prepared for possible power outages or roads made impassable by snow or ice.

Easley warned that most deaths attributed to winter storms result from indirect dangers such as traffic accidents, falling trees, downed power lines, house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from improper use of space heaters, grills and stoves.

He urged all residents to practice the following winter safety tips:

* Have alternative heating sources ready. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.
* Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors.
* Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios.
* Always keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in your home.
* Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing to stay warm. You will be warmer and, as the temperature changes, you can easily remove layers to remain comfortable.
* If you must travel during a winter storm, store an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes: blankets, a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, battery booster cables and flares, a tire repair kit and pump, a road map, a sack of cat litter (for tire traction), a tow rope, bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, extra clothing to keep dry, and a windshield scraper and brush.
* If driving on snow or ice-covered roadways, reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide. Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.
* If conditions worsen and you can no longer drive safely, pull off the highway. Stay calm and remain in your vehicle. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter.

The Department of Crime Control and Public Safety and the National Weather Service work together to give the public the most up-to-date and accurate weather and safety information to help citizens take the proper measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from the effects of dangerous winter storms.

Monday
Dec032007

Wind Advisory

A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 4 AM EST TUESDAY. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO BETWEEN 15 AND 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS ALONG THE BLUE RIDGE. A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 31 TO 39 MPH ARE POSSIBLE WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 57 MPH. WINDS THIS STRONG MAY DOWN TREES AND CAUSE POWER OUTAGES...AND WILL MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT... ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Friday
Nov302007

Men Accused of Stealing Cable Service

Wilkesboro police are seeking explanations from the residents of one local apartment after a Charter Cable representative found a cable running from a damaged box at the complex to their apartment. The two men, both 21 years old, live at Windermere Apartments. A Charter maintenance worker found the damaged box on Wednesday, but wasn't able to report it to police until yesterday. The box had been pried open, and service hooked up for the apartment, which was not listed in Charter records as a customer. He asked police to file a report for theft of service. The officer went to the apartment and knocked to try and find out more, but there was no answer. He did get the tenants' names from the office. Because they have yet to be formally charged with a crime, we're withholding their names at this time.

Friday
Nov302007

Counterfeit Bill Passed at Rock Creek BP

Wilkes sheriff deputies haven't finished their review of the surveillance tape from a local convenience store, but they already have a pretty good description of the woman who allegedly passed a counterfeit 10-dollar bill yesterday. It happened about 20 till 10 last night at Rock Creek BP. According to the clerk, the woman came in and picked up two apples, asked for some lottery tickets, and paid for it with a 10-dollar bill. He says the woman acted nervous the whole time she was in the store, and seemed to be in quite a hurry to leave. he completed the transaction and she scooted outside into a waiting silver passenger car and left headed west. At that point, he looked carefully at the bill and realized it was a fake. the woman is white, of undetermined age, about 5-feet 5-inches tall, with a large build, and brown medium-length hair. The clerk did not offer a clothing description, but deputies expect they'll have that when they review the tape.

Friday
Nov302007

Holiday Traffic Enforcement Campaign Announced

Gov. Mike Easley today announced that state and local law enforcement officers will be out in force during the next month as part of a holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign. Officers will be conducting checkpoints and stepped-up patrols across the state from today through Jan. 2, in an effort to remove impaired drivers from North Carolina roads this holiday season.

“As motorists travel to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, they should do so responsibly,” Easley said. “That means obeying the speed limit and not driving after drinking alcohol. Law enforcement officers will be on the hunt for impaired drivers to help make sure everyone has a safe holiday.”

Alcohol-related traffic crashes occur more frequently during this time of year when large numbers of people are traveling to and from holiday gatherings where alcohol is likely to be served. Between Nov. 30, 2006 and Jan. 2, 2007, 120 North Carolina motorists were involved in fatal traffic crashes, and 27 people were killed.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold a Tree of Life and candlelight ceremony on the state Capitol grounds at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 to honor all those who died in alcohol related crashes in 2006.

Friday
Nov302007

$7,000 Worth of Tools Stolen

There's no telling who broke into a Hays man's storage building, or when, but nearly 7-thousand dollars worth of tools and equipment are missing. Deputies took the report from Jeffrey Myers earlier this week. He says he went to the outbuilding Tuesday morning for the first time in almost three months and found the tools missing. Myers does not remember if he left the door unlocked or not, but there were no signs anywhere on the building of forced entry. The missing tools include a nearly 700-dollar DeWalt miter saw, five cordless DeWalt drills valued together at 700-dollars, 3-thousand dollars forth of electrical tools, a DeWalt table saw worth 400-dollars, a 200-dollar welder, and two Stihl chain saws valued together at 800-dollars. He has no idea who might have taken the stuff. The case remains listed as under investigation.

Friday
Nov302007

Former Criminal Allegedly Back At It

It didn't take long for a new employee at the Coffee House in Millers Creek to be discovered stealing from the business. Deputies were called to the restaurant Wednesday afternoon by Jonathan Ashley, who told them an employee that had worked there only two weeks, 33-year old Nicole Watson, had been caught stealing form the store twice. The first time, a week ago today, was captured on the security video, which showed Watson pocketing 14-dollars in cash. the register that night came up more than 50-dollars short, and Ashely believes Watson is to blame. In addition, the register came up 44-dollars short Sunday night, according to store records. Prior to the incidents, Watson was a client of Probation and Parole, and when she visited her probation officer this week she was arrested on the warrants, which allege two counts of theft by an employee.