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Wednesday
Feb142007

Sometimes Your Best Isn't Good Enough

The clerk at a Wilkes convenience store tried his best to get the tag number of a car that was speeding off without paying for gas, but apparently his best wasn't good enough. Sheriff deputies took the drive-off report form Neighbors on Highway 268 in Elkin Saturday afternoon. Someone driving a white Toyota Celeca stopped at the station, pumped a few gallons of gas, about 8-dollars worth, and left without paying. The clerk got a partial description of the driver, a white male who appeared to be about 50, and a tag number for the car. But when deputies ran the tag number, it came back to a different type of car registered several counties away -- to far for it to have made sense to pump less than four gallons of gas. The case remains open.



Wednesday
Feb142007

Wilkesboro Murder Trial Underway

Jury selection may be complete today fro the Winston-Salem man who faces the death penalty if convicted of killing a Wilkesboro man over two years ago. Eleven jurors have been seated so far to hear the murder trial of Steven Craig Miller. Authorities say that 34-year old Terry Tyrone Carlton was shot in the face and killed in front of his home Dec. 2, 2004. Police arrested Miller Jan. 5, 2005, in Winston-Salem.



Prosecutors are asking for a death sentence because Miller, 37, has a previous murder conviction. In 1991, he was convicted of second-degree murder in Guilford County. He served nine years in prison before being paroled May 11, 2000. On Oct. 30, 2001, Miller was convicted of possessing drugs with intent to sell. While he was serving time for that charge in the Wilkes Correctional Center, Miller met Carlton, who was in the prison on a drug-trafficking charge.



According to the Winston-Salem Journal, authorities have said they did not know what kind of relationship the two men had after their release. The motive for the shooting is still unclear.



One more juror has to be selected, as well as three alternates.



Wednesday
Feb142007

Impact with Utility Pole Causes Minor Injuries

A Wilkesboro man was taken to the hospital after running his car into a utility pole in the Food Lion parking lot. According to Wilkesboro Police, 67-year old John Henry Barnes was driving through the parking lot at the Food Lion on Highway 18 yesterday morning about 8:20. The wreck report lists a slow-speed impact between Barnes' 2007 Chevy and the pole, with damage reported only to the car. Still, the impact caused about 4-thousand dollars damage and Mr. Barnes decided to let Wilkes EMS paramedics take him to WRMC to be checked out for minor injuries.



Wednesday
Feb142007

Stolen Road Signs Recovered

Wilkes sheriff deputies have recovered a number of street and road signs that have been stolen in the area recently. The received an anonymous tip concerning the signs yesterday, and went to a home on Windy Ridge Road. There, deputies say they found a total of 15 signs, stolen from each branch of government that posts road signs. T



he recovered items included a North Wilkesboro street sign, five county road signs, seven state road signs and a pair of wooden federal parkway signs. Total value is listed at almost 12-hundred dollars. No one was home when they went to the house, but they say the signs were out in the open. No arrests have been made, but deputies list the owner of the house as a possible suspect.



Friday
Feb092007

WRMC Lease Signed

North Wilkesboro Town Board members voted unanimously to approve the lease agreement for Wilkes Regional Medical Center, and agreement that had been in negotiations since late last fall when the board chose the Hospital Operating Board to lease the facility for the next 30 years.



The Winston-Salem Journal reports that with the lease in place, the hospital board will initiate a new long-term management agreement with Carolinas HealthCare Systems of Charlotte for day-to-day operations of the hospital. An agreement will also be in place for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to help expand clinical programs and recruit physicians and other medical personnel.



In making its selection, the town board rejected a bid by a for-profit hospital company that would have paid lump-sum payment of $51 million.



It also turned down a proposal from Novant Health, a nonprofit company based in Winston-Salem. The company's hospitals include Forsyth Medical Center. Novant had offered annual lease payments of $1 million a year. Hearings during the hospital-lease process drew hundreds of people to a series of meetings. Many speakers said they favored keeping local control.



The lease decision drew a standing-room only crowd to the town commission meeting in October, with the issue decided by a single vote. After that, it was a matter of working out the details, and the audience was small at Tuesday night's meeting for the vote that approved the new lease. Wilkes Regional will pay $1 million to the town for the initial lease. Annual lease payments will be at least $600,000, with the actual amount based on net revenues.



Friday
Feb092007

Local "Roofer" Charged

The owner of a Wilkes roofing company faces charges of defrauding at least one customer, and perhaps several more. Wilkesboro Police have filed a charge of obtaining property by false pretenses against Dwayne Smith in relation to an incident where a woman prepaid him for work that he never did. His business is known as Affordable Roofing Systems.



In September, we told you about an incident where Smith was alleged to have been paid more than one thousand dollars to do a roof for someone, but then never showing up to complete the job. At the time, the incident was referred to the civil court system, and the victim filed a small claims court action against Smith.



Since then, he has missed three separate small claims hearings on the case, and it went back to police Wednesday. The victim signed a complaint on the misdemeanor charge, but police are discussing with the D-A's office possibly upgrading the charge because they say Mr. Smith has a history of similar incidents. A search of our records finds at least one other case in which Smith is reported to have been prepaid for a job and then not done the work.

Friday
Feb092007

Break-In Nets $1,100 Worth of Property

A Wilkes homeowner says someone kicked in her front door Wednesday and stole almost 11-hundred dollars worth of property. 26-year old Angela Adams and her roommate, 23-year old Tracy Baity, went to Baity's mother's house Wednesday evening to play cards.



When they got back to their house on Byrd Ridge Road about 9 that evening, they found the front door of the house kicked in. The thief grabbed a bunch of items that can be pawned easily for quick cash, including two jewelry boxes, a DVD and VHS combo player, a CD player and several CDs, 30 DVD's, and a necklace worth about 100-dollars.



Neither woman says she has any idea who might have broken into their house. The case remains under investigation.

Friday
Feb092007

Wilkes Man Charged for Stealing $37,000 Worht of Property

Wilkes county deputies have released the list of crimes cleared and property recovered in a recent raid on a house in Wilkesboro. Gene Wayne Haymond, who turned 36 last weekend, was arrested two weeks ago today when deputies, along with Wilkesboro Police, North Wilkesboro Police and Ashe county deputies raided his home at 515 Corporation Street.



At the time, they said his arrest would solve more than a dozen burglaries in Wilkes county. The reports on those cases were released today, and total exactly one dozen crimes, spanning much of the last half of last year. More than 37-thousand dollars worth of property has been cataloged and identified by burglary victims in the past two weeks, and Haymond faces a litany of charges. Many of the items were stolen from houses under construction, but other items taken included a laptop computer and a 50-inch cut riding mower.

Friday
Feb092007

Fatal Wreck on Highway 18

A Miller's Creek man is dead, after he lost control on Hiwghway 18 this morning and crashed with another pickup. John Wayne Bullis was driving his 1985 Ford Pickup southbound on 18 near Mountain Valley Church Road about 11:30 this morning. He went off the road to the right and over-corrected, pulling back onto the road and across the center line. There he collided with a 2000 Dodge Driven by Boyce Thomas Galloway of North Wilkesboro.



Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Rankin tells me Mr. Bullis died on impact. Rescuers had to extricate his body from the crushed pickup cab. Mr. Galloway was taken by ambulance to Wilkes Regional Medical Center, and his injuries are not life-threatening. Highway 18 was closed form Mountain Valley Church Road to Windy Ridge Road for a little over an hour while the scene was cleaned up.



Thursday
Feb012007

Road Information

Currently no problems listed in Wilkes County. NCDOT Road Information