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Monday
Sep162019

Trooper Involved Head-On Collision in Wilkes

On Sunday, 15 September at approximately 10:12 p.m., a NC State Highway Patrol member was involved in a collision on NC 115 near Damascus Church Road and the Broadway Volunteer Fire Department in Wilkes County.  Trooper Jonathan G. Barnes was on patrol and traveling south on NC 115.  A 2005 Buick Lacrosse was traveling north on NC 115, crossed the centerline, and collided head-on with the patrol vehicle.  Trooper Barnes was seriously injured and transported by EMS to the hospital. The driver of the Buick, Luis Castillo, 37, of North Wilkesboro, was also seriously injured and transported by EMS to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem.  He has been charged with Driving While Impaired and the results of a blood test are pending. Trooper Barnes, 31, is a 5-year veteran of the State Highway Patrol assigned to Troop F, District 2 (Wilkes County). 

Monday
Sep162019

Drug Charges Added

Drug charges were added to the 13 outstanding warrants.  Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies arrested a 45-year-old woman last week on open felony warrants from Wilkes and Alexander counties.  When they arrived at the jail, Deputies found drugs on the woman inside the prison facility. So, drug possession was added to her list of charges. 

Monday
Sep162019

Stolen in Wilkes and Found in Iredell

The vehicle was stolen from a business in Wilkes and recovered in neighboring Iredell County.  Last week, Wilkesboro Police were called to Dwight Phillips Auto Sales regarding the theft of a truck.  Video surveillance shows an unidentified suspect walk into the business parking lot and drive off with the rollback truck.  The stolen vehicle was entered in NCIC, and Wilkesboro Police later received information that the vehicle was found abandoned in Statesville.  The steering column had been damaged.  The vehicle was returned to the owner, and law enforcement are continuing to search for the truck thief. 

Monday
Sep162019

Stolen Guitar and Cash

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in and theft at a residence in North Wilkesboro.  The property owner returned to find their house had been entered.  A black and white Stratocaster guitar and some cash were taken.  Stolen property is valued at $200.  No suspects were listed with that report.

Monday
Sep162019

County Commissioners Meet Tomorrow

The Wilkes County Commissioners will hold their second monthly meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at the County Office Building in Wilkesboro.  If anyone signs up, Public Concerns will be heard at 6:45pm.  The County Commissioners' meeting will follow at 7pm.  On the agenda Tuesday:  Budget amendments, the Mulberry School Sewer Extension project, Wilkes Library report and appointments, and Wilkes County Health Dept Annual Report.

Monday
Sep162019

Public Hearing on Wilkes Election Sites

The Wilkes County Board of Elections will host a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 pm at the Champion Fire Department at 491 Champion Mt. Pleasant Road. The purpose of the hearing is to get public input concerning proposed changes:  1--Move of polling place to the Champion Fire Department from Mt. Pleasant School and 2--Merger of the Mt. Pleasant and Jobs Cabin precincts.  Again, the Public Hearing on the proposed changes is Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm at the Champion Fire Dept.  If you have any questions about this hearing you may contact Kim Caudill at 336-651-7339. 

Monday
Sep162019

Missing NC Historical Highway Marker

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, which manages the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, requests the public’s help in locating a missing historical marker. The marker was located adjacent to the base in Jacksonville and detailed the history of Camp Lejeune. The marker was reported missing for the second time in late August. When it went missing in 2017, it reappeared after newspaper reports of its disappearance.  If you have information on the disappearance or whereabouts of this marker, please call the NC Dept of Resources 919-814-6620.

 

Monday
Sep162019

Congresswoman Foxx Resolution

Last week, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and Rep. Harley Rouda (D-C.A.) introduced a resolution requiring the supervisors of employees of Congressional offices to submit reports on the outside compensation earned by employees. While the House Ethics Manual prohibits Congressional Fellows from working on legislation that could benefit their sponsors, no reporting requirements exist to enforce this rule. The Foxx-Rouda resolution would bring badly-needed transparency to the program. “Our democratic process is far too important to rely on the honor system for protection from apparent conflicts of interest.” stated Rep. Foxx. 

 

Friday
Sep132019

Stopped Paying Lease to Pawn

They pawned items they were leasing.  Bestway contacted Wilkesboro Police concerning a theft of $4300 in property including an xBox and a LG TV.  The suspect was paying lease on the TV and XBos, but then stopped paying.  The store investigated and discovered the property was pawned at a local pawn shop.  The property was recovered for the store, and charges are pending against the suspect.

Friday
Sep132019

Local Road Projects Delayed

Hurricanes in the eastern part of our state have caused delays in road projects in the western part of the state including Wilkes.  This week, Wilkesboro Town Manager Ken Noland received word that the Hwy 421 Superstreet project and Oakwoods Road improvement project have been delayed until 2022.  The delay comes from funds shifted by the State DOT to repair roads damaged by hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Dorian.