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Your Hometown Christian Radio Station. WWWC Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Wednesday
Feb282007

ID Theft Case

A worker at Wilkes Regional Medical Center is the community's latest ID Fraud victim. Sharon Gregory tells sheriff deputies she was notified by her credit card company Monday afternoon that someone had used her account without authorization. There were three transactions that triggered the company's warning: two very small ones to MCI and a company known as CIC, along with a 75-dollar purchase to the Sport Authority. All three were done online, and the card company was able to give Gregory the name used by an Idaho woman who had been responsible for one of the transactions. She isn't out any money, as the card company has reversed the charges.

Wednesday
Feb282007

Credit Cards, Blank Checks Stolen

Another Wilkes credit card owner reports she is the victim of fraud. The 43-year old North Wilkesboro woman tells sheriff deputies the credit cards were inside her purse, which was stolen fron Dooleys Restaurant Friday evening. Since then, the credit cards have been used at a number of locations. The person who stole the purse also got some boxes of blank checks, but the woman didn't know when she filed the report whether any attempt to use the checks had been made. She also told deputies there are security tapes from several locations that show the possible suspect using the cards. How she came up on this informaiton in less than two days, over the weekend, isn't indicated in the report. There have been no arrests so far.



Wednesday
Feb282007

Drug Theft Cases

Local authorities are working several cases of stolen medicines. Wilkesboro Police arrested a local man after witnesses say he got into a man's car parked in the county courthouse lot and stole the owner's freshly-refilled supply of painkillers. 120-pills each of hydrocodone and Xanax were stolen as witnesses looked on. When the car owner heard one witness ask why Spence Markle had gotten into a car that wasn't his, he took off running after him. Markle got away, but was captured by deputies a short time later.



Sheriff deputies say prescription drugs disappeared late last week from a Hays home. Carol Billings called deputies after she noticed almost a month's supply of medicine for her live-in boyfriend, Charles Sparks, were taken. While she doesn't have any firm suspect information, Sparks belives a family member may be to blame.



A Hays man reports a thief broke into his house Sunday while he was gone to church and stole his medications. The burglar had broken out the back window, and once inside stile two bottles containing prescription painkillers. Those were the only things taken, in spite of other valuables being plainly displayed close by. Based on the short list of people who knew where he kept the drugs, the man told deputies he believes his son was the thief.

Tuesday
Feb272007

Drugs, Drugs and More Drugs

Deputies checking a Wilkes house for two wanted criminals found even more than they expected. Three deputies went to the home on Factory Street in Ronda, to check from two people who were wanted for outstanding warrants. They were let into the house by 28-year old Rhonda Gail Nichols, who let them search the house. In a bedroom, deputies found a multitude of drug items and paraphernalia, including about 100 marijuana seeds, rolling papers, scales, and a blue plastic container with a white substance caked to the sides. That substance had a positive result on a cocaine test, and Nichols admitted it was cocaine. Deputies arrested Nichols and searched her, finding a hydrocodone pill in her pocket, for which she did not have a prescription.



In all, Nichols faces charges for possessing three illegal drugs and multiple items of paraphernalia.

Tuesday
Feb272007

Teen Admits Buying Drugs, Stealing Money

A Wilkes family will be working through several issues in the next little while, after the 14-year old boy admitted to taking drugs and to stealing from his sister. The boy, whos name isn't being released because of his age, faces juvenile court proceedings.



Deputies were called to Wilkes Regional medical Cneter yesterday afternoon about 4:30. The boy's mother had takne him to the emergency room after he admitted to taking zanax. He was found to have two pills in his possession. He said he'd bought the drugs from another student at Wilkes Central High School. When quesitoned about where he got the money for the illegal purchase, the boy admitted he'd gone into his sister's room without permission and taken 30-dollars form her wallet. The boy will face charges of breaking and entering, theft, and drug possession.

Tuesday
Feb272007

Here, Steal Me!

Sheriff deputies are on the lookout for a stolen S-U-V. The theft was reported about noon yesterday by Scotty Gregory, a 36-year old State Road man. He tells deputies he left his keys in the S-U-V, a 2002 Ford Explorer, Sunday evening. When he got up Monday morning, it was gone. The Explorer is an Eddie Bauer model, with the distinctive Green-over-tan paint scheme, with a tag number of VWM-7354. The vehicle has been entered in the national crime database, and deputies say they have no suspects at this point.

Tuesday
Feb272007

Domestic Assault

Sheriff deputies had to intervene in an argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend last night. According to a crime report, deputies went to the coupele's home on Byrd Ridge Road about 11:30pm. Donna Waite and David Hogue had been arguing, and each told deputies the other had assaulted them. Waite had a couple of marks on her arms, and Hogue had a mark under one eye. Neither needed treatment, and both were taken to jail, where they wrote out statements concerning what happened. Hogue was charged with assault on a woman, and Waite was charged with simple assault, both misdemeanors.

Tuesday
Feb272007

Stolen Comptuers Recovered

Sheriff deputies have recovered a computer stolen from a Wilkes school a little over a week ago, but in doing so they have raised even more questions in the case. That's because the laptop computer and Pocket PC reported stolen over the President's Day weekend by a Wilkes West teacher was already stolen. Deputies say they aren't sure yet how the teacher came to be using the computer, which was reported stolen from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It's possible that the serial number entered in the national crime database was transposed or had one wrong digit.



Deputies recovered the computer after a 9-1-1 hangup call at a local home. When they arrived to check out the call, they were told by a man his daughter had bought the computer for 250-dollars from another student in the West Wilkes parking lot a couple of days after it was reported stolen. The girl had paid 50-dollars at the time, and was to pay the rest this week. The computers have been recovered and are being held by police until it's determined who they actually belong to. No charges have been filed in the case.

Tuesday
Feb272007

Don't Miss an Easy $30 to $60!

Many people are leaving off an easy 30 to 60 dollar refund when they file their income tax this year. I-R-S officials say already, 250-thousand people in North Carolina missed the one line on their tax form for the one-time only telephone tax refund. Spokesman Mark Hanson says in a news release that amounts to more than 7-and-a-half million dollars in credits people are eligible for, but haven't taken.



Here's how it works: Anyone who paid long-distance excise taxes on land-line, cell phone, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), or bundled service that was billed for the period after Feb 28, 2003 and before Aug 1, 2006 is eligible for this refund. That's most of us.



You can request a refund of the actual federal excise tax you paid based upon your telephone bills for this period. Or you can request the standard refund amount ranging from $30-$60 based upon the number of exemptions you claim on your individual income tax return.



Choosing the standard amount is optional. Using this option is the easiest way to get your refund and avoid gathering 41 months of old phone records. By choosing the standard amount you will only need to fill out one line on your tax return. The standard amount is based on actual telephone usage data and reflects the long-distance phone tax paid by similarly sized families or households.

Tuesday
Feb272007

Stolen: Deer Head Yard Art

I'm sure it isn't humorous to the victim in the case, but to read the police report of a recent theft gives a small chuckle. That's because the description of the stolen property is "Deer Head Yard Art." Unless one is a hunter, it probably doesn't do much good to imagine what the thief had in mind for the deer after taking them from Carol Shuffler's garden early Saturday. The deer, worth $150, were there when Shuffler went to work late Friday night, and had disappeared during the night. No suspects have been identified, and neighbors didn't see or hear anything.