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Monday
Jun182007

Greenway Vandalized

A Wilkesboro Police officer says there aren't many clues as to who might have done some vandalism on the Greenway last week, although one part of it seems to point the finger of blame at a North Wilkes student. That's because some of the graffiti that appeared scraped on the sidewalk was derogatory to Wilkes Central and ended with the phrase GO VIKINGS. That was located near the Greenway bridge near the county gas pumps, according to a police report written Thursday morning. As the officer on a bike patrolled the rest of the Greenway, he found someone had removed a manhole cover, leaving a large hole in the path for someone to fall into, and someone had damaged some concrete blocks near a park bench. The street department came to clean up the graffiti and replace the manhole cover.

Monday
Jun182007

Road Work Scheduled in Ronda

A Wilkes county road will be closed over the weekend for construction work. The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports Clingman Road will close Friday night so railroad crossing improvements can be made at its intersection with Highway 268 in Ronda. Clingman Road will be closed form 268 to Bethel Road, through at least Sunday night.

Monday
Jun182007

Samaritans Ministries Employee Suffers Theft

One of the employees at a local charity was the victim of a crime that happened while she was trying to help someone. Diane Johnston works with Samaritan Christian Ministries. She was helping two people Friday afternoon and noticed one of them was standing outside the office, not really acting involved with the whole situation, but hanging out near Johnston's car. After she helped get the food loaded in the car of the people she was helping, Johnston turned to lock up for the day. When she got to her car, she saw someone had gotten in her purse and taken her wallet. She went over to where the other car had been parked, she found her wallet, and also realized 175 dollars had been taken out of it. The deputy went to the home of one of the people, Angela Prevette, and was told she had been kicked out a couple of days earlier and was staying with a relative. On Saturday, the deputy met with Johnston and secured a warrant for a judge charging Prevette with the theft. The name of the man involved has not been released.

Monday
Jun182007

Gas Drive-Off? Maybe Not

The clerk at a local convenience store believes a gas drive-off that happened over the weekend was unintentional, but he reported it to sheriffs deputies nonetheless. It happened about 5:30 Friday night at Fast Track on Highway 268 in Millers Creek. A regular customer of the store came in and bought a few items, then went outside and puped gas and left without paying. The clerk says he believes the woman, who was driving a gold Saturn, may have had a problem with the credit card machine on the pump and not realized she'd left without paying. He believes when he sees her next time in the store, she'll straighten things out.

Thursday
Jun142007

What's Up Here?

If you're old enough you may remember a 1980's song titled "Somebody's Watching Me." A Wilkes man may have had the song running through his mind a few times over the past several weeks. He reported seeing someone running out of his house on Tuesday morning as he got home, and told deputies he's had a sense once or twice that someone has been in the house both while he was there and while he was away. Benjamin Greene tells deputies nothing is missing form his house in Purlear, but there's still that nagging sense that someone has been where they don't belong. The house shows no signs of a break-in, and Greene didn't see the man who ran from the house Tuesday well enough to give a clothing description -- or really any kind of description -- to deputies.

Thursday
Jun142007

Woman Causing Wreck Believed To Be Drunk

A Boomer woman was arrested after a minor accident in Wilkesboro -- because police believe she was driving drunk. 39-year old Juanita Pearson Brown rear-ended a car driven by 36-year old April Key at the intersection of Main Street and Broad in Wilkesboro Tuesday evening. Officers say she was eastbound on Main and drifted into the left turn lane. Key was sitting in the turn lane waiting for other traffic to clear so she could turn left. She told officers her neck hurt, but she refused EMS treatment or transportation to WRMC to have it checked out. As they took information from the drivers, officers learned Brown's drivers license had been revoked, and even though she denied drinking, they noted an odor of alcohol about her person. Brown refused to take a breath test, and on the second refusal she was arrested for DUI as required by state law.

Thursday
Jun142007

Debit Card Stolen in January, Owner Just Realized

Several Wilkes stores are facing losses, after a woman reports her debit card has been stolen. Annie Sue Edwards tells sheriff deputies she's just started noticing fraudulent transactions on her bank statement, and all of them have been made with her debit card. She didn't even realize it was missing, as she says she never uses the card. In fact, she has to go back to January to remember when it might have been taken. Edwards says she left her purse unattended in a shopping cart at Wal-Mart one day in January. The card is nowhere to be found, and now it's been canceled. She's not sure if all the transactions have shown up yet, or even if all the businesses who were victimized are located in Wilkes county. Deputies have little to go on, but list the case as under investigation.

Thursday
Jun142007

Thief Cuts Chain To Get To String Trimmer

Whoever stole a Wilkes man's string trimmer had to cut through a padlock and chain to do it. Sam Whittington called deputies to his home on Raven Pine Circle in Millers Creek Tuesday afternoon. He says he went outside to find the chain and lock cut off his storage shed, and a burglar had taken his Husqvarna gas-powered trimmer, valued at 200-dollars. It doesn't appear anything else in the shed was disturbed. Whittington was not able to think of any possible suspects, but deputies continue their follow up with neighbors to see if they saw anything out of place.

Thursday
Jun142007

More Mailboxes Part of Vandalism Spree

Two more homeowners have been added to the list of people who appear to have been the victims of the same vandal Sunday night. Sheriffs deputies say Michael Billings and Beulah Hamrick are the latest people to report their mailboxes were demolished. Both live on Johnson road, about half a mile apart. They're part of a group that now numbers 15 on Johnson Road, Aaron Call Road, Walk Brewer Road, River Road and Liberty Grove Church Road. Because of the timing and the proximity of the houses, deputies believe the same vandal or vandals to be responsible for all the damage. They ask anyone who may have informaiton about the vandals to call the sheriff's office at 903-7600.

Wednesday
Jun132007

Man Shot During Argument over Stuff

Wilkes Sheriff Deputies say an argument between two men resulted in one of them getting shot in the head. I spoke this afternoon with Steve Cabe, who tells me deputies were called to Richard McGuire's home on Austin-Traphill Road yesterday. McGuire, who is 38, had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and was airlifted to Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem where he is in critical condition. Cabe tells me 61-year old Donald Kennedy came to McGuire's home about 10 a-m, accusing McGuire of stealing some of his property. The argument became heated, and Cabe says Kennedy pulled out a gun and shot McGuire once. Kennedy was arrested and is being held on a 45-thousand dollar bond. Cabe says whatever disagreement the two men had, it had not gone on long, and it's unclear if the allegations of theft made by Williams are true or not.