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Monday
Apr232007

Four Wheeler Stolen

This story starts "the four-wheeler was parked in the pole shed with they key in it." You can imagine how it ends, and you're probably right. James Luffman called sheriff deputies last Thursday afternoon, saying he had just realized his four wheeler was missing. He says an unknown person came into the pole shed at his house in Stateroad and apparently rolled the four-wheeler out in the night. He does not recall hearing anything, and neighbors don;t report seeing anything. Deputies have entered the vehicle ID number of the four-sheer into the national crime database. It's a green Honda 250, valued at about 34-hundred dollars.

Monday
Apr232007

Bash Goes the Mailbox (Sung to "Pop Goes the Weasel")

Most cases of mailbox vandalism occur in the overnight hours, when teens can drive down a road and wail away at mailboxes, and by the time the owners hear the noise and get up to investigate, they kid can be a mile or so down the road. But one recent mailbox vandalism didn't fit the usual scenario. It happened in the daytime. Ron Carter lives in one of the areas of the county that sees the most mailbox bashings -- along Elledge Mill Road. He was working in his back yard Wednesday afternoon and heard a noise in the front yard. By the time he got around front, there was no one else around, but he saw his mailbox laying on the ground. Someone had hit it and broken the post. He estimates damage at 60-dollars. There are no suspects.



Friday
Apr202007

Maybe Yogi, Looking for a Pick-a-Nic basket?

Either someone broke into a local convenience store, or one of the bears came out of hibernation in the beer cave and decided to leave. Deputies responding to a burglar alarm at the Run-In on Statesville Road Wednesday night found a rock through the front glass door, shattering it, and the door to the beer cave standing wide open. Nobody was inside. When the owner arrived, she walked through the store and said nothing had been taken. She and the deputies tried to review the store security tape, but the tape itself was bad. So they really don't know much more beyond the broken front door and the bear cave door standing open, spilling cold air into the store. The case is still under investigation.

Friday
Apr202007

Hold Her Against Her Will, And You'll Be the One In Jail

A bizarre set of events leads to a Wilkes man being arrested for false imprisonment. The case was reported Wednesday evening. A woman came to the jail, and told deputies there that her sister was being held against her will by her boyfriend. It seems her sister's 10-year old boy had died in a car accident, and her 7-year old was in the hospital. For that reason, she said, her sister's boyfriend wouldn't let her leave the house or use the phone.



When deputies went to the house on Armory Road, 36-year old Robert Lee Penley would not let them in the door at first. Thhn he wouldn't allow the deputies to speak to his girlfriend, Rebecca Rudisill. Finally, he relented, and Rudisill told deputies the same story her sister had. In addition to preventing her form using the phone, she said Penley had threatened to destroy her car and take her 7-year old child from her. Deputies arrested Penley without incident, and toted him to jail where he was booked on a charge of false imprisonment.

Friday
Apr202007

Hop, Hop, Hopping Along...

Sheriff's deputies aren't sure if the Easter Bunny got lost, or was just running late, in the case of one Wilkes family. They received a call from Pamela Johnson, who lives on Jarvis Acres Drive, about 8 Wednesday morning, saying she'd found an egg in her mailbox. That's it, just the egg. The report doesn't indicate if the egg was hard-boiled, or colored, or filled with jelly bird eggs. But it does say there was no damage to the mailbox.



Thursday
Apr192007

Combs, Long-time Public Servant, Dies

Wilkes County has lost a long-time public servant. C-C "Jack" Combs of North Wilkesboro, passed away yesterday. Combs served 16 years as a county commissioner, and was the owner of East Side cars, and part-owner of North Wilkesboro Speedway. He was a charter member of the Speedway Ruritan Club, and served on numerous boards including the county health department and social service department boards.



Mr. Combs was born in 1926 in Wilkes County, to Bruce Levi and Celia Williams Combs. He was a member of Fishing Creek Arbor Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and elder, along with serving over a decade as Sunday School Director and for a number of years as an Adult Sunday School teacher. He also served on numerous church committees.



He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Zell Williams Combs, one son and three daughters, their spouses; one brother, six grand children and six great grandchildren. His family will receive visitors tomorrow evening from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral Service is Saturday at 2 at Fishing Creek Arbor Church, the Rev. David Wellborn and the Rev. Sherill Wilson officiating. The family requests memorials to the church.

Thursday
Apr192007

Disaster Area Requested for Wilkes, Other Counties

Governor Easley is Requesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Designate Ashe, Alexander, Wilkes and Watauga Counties as Disaster Areas



Governor Easley noted that “Agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry in North Carolina, and we will do everything we can to help our farmers.” He continued, “This freeze destroyed many of this year’s fruit and vegetable crops, including cultivated plants, perennials, shrubs and vines which suffered the highest losses at $57.9 million. Fruits and vegetables, which include apples, peaches and various berries, suffered estimated losses of $26.5 million. Other crops affected included corn, wheat, barley and Irish potatoes.” According to the initial assessments, 47 counties had excessive losses, which is defined as experiencing at least one crop with a 35 percent or greater reduction in normal yield.



Preliminary reports submitted by the U.S. Farm Service Agency offices in North Carolina estimate crop losses across the state total $111.7 million. The disaster designation is the first step toward making federal Emergency Credit Loans available to the farmers in these counties.

Thursday
Apr192007

North Wilkesboro Fight Injures One

A fight between two friends ends with one in critical condition and the other in jail. North Wilkesboro police were called to the SARS Store on Boone Trail recently after the co-workers began fighting in the parking lot. They found 37-year old Steven Eugene Fletcher on the ground, with a head injury they aren't sure whether was caused by his fall or by him hitting a car bumper. 39-year old Boomer resident Thad Walsh was still standing, and he was arrested without incident.



Walsh was in court Tuesday facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. He was released on a $14,500 bond, and charges could be amended if Pittman doesn't recover. The Record reports it's unclear what the two men had been fighting over

Thursday
Apr192007

Break-In Nets $450 in Jewelry

Sheriff's deputies are investigating a break-in at a rural North Wilkesboro home Tuesday afternoon. Tama Bare arrived home just after 3pm Tuesday, to find a number of items missing from around the house. Deputies say the house showed no signs of force being used to get in, but bare said the front door could easily be jimmied with a credit card or something similar. The missing items were all jewelry taken from a shelf in her bathroom. they include a quarter-karat diamond and white gold earring set,  a heart shaped gold pendant, a ladies watch, and a heart shaped diamond ring. Total value of the missing items is 450-dollars. Bare offered deputies the name of a 31-year old local man as a possible suspect. The case remains under investigation.

Thursday
Apr192007

Fight Victim in Critical Condition

An update on a story we first told you about last week. Hospital officials in Winston-Salem say the condition of a man severely injured in a bar fight last week has taken a turn for the worse. Randall Smoot has been in Baptist Hosptial since the fight at Dooley's April 9th.



As we originally reported, Smoot was hurt after he reportedly struck Jeffrey Scott Davis with a glass ketchup bottle in the men’s restroom. Davis turned on him and knocked him to the ground, and according to a police report, kicked him repeatedly while he was down.



Davis was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and jailed on $15,000 secured bond. When they are finally able to interview Smoot, police say they will probably have reason to file assault charges against him.