April 9, 2013. Courtesy of the Blowing Rock Police Department, here is the weekly “Brief Sheet,” compiled by Capt. Aaron Miller on Tuesday, April 9.
Snow and ice once again created some problems around town last week. Two traffic crashes were investigated by Blowing Rock Police as a result of the weather and several calls to assist motorist were answered.
On April 4 a 2003 Honda driven by Ondraya Beth Mckinney, 18 of Morganton slid off the roadway on Hwy 321 North near the city limits. No injuries and little damage were reported.
A second crash occurred in the same location later in the afternoon. A 2008 Ford driven by Kyle William Kanupp, 22, of Hickory slide across the roadway and struck a 2003 BMW driven by Brittany Ann Branch of Hudson. No injuries were reported and damage was estimated at $1500 on each vehicle.
A third crash occurred last week on April 6. This crash occurred on Hwy 221. A 2002 Chevy driven by Phillip Hugh Church, 55, of Boone was turning around in a driveway and backed into a 2007 Chevy driven by Justin Lawrence of Blowing Rock. No injuries were reported and damage to the vehicles was estimated at $1500.
Chief Brown was honored to accept a blue ribbon from Selena Moretz of the Child Advocacy Center in Watauga County. The ribbon was presented to Blowing Rock Police Department, a partner with the Center, in recognition of their support for the Center and work to combat child abuse.
Lieutenant Mahaffey, Blowing Rock Police’s representative to the center, explained “that the Child Advocacy Center is a group of trained individuals that work with children of physical and sexual abuse. The group is comprised of child advocates, nurses, forensic interviewers, law enforcement, social services, district attorneys and many others in order to try to put the nightmares of children to an end.”
“Without everyone getting involved and doing their part to stop child abuse it is impossible for the violence and shame that is placed on the innocents to cease. There is an old saying: It takes a whole village to raise one child and adults need to realize that each and every one of us happens to be a part of that village”, Mahaffey said.
The ceremonies and reorganizations were held as a part of child abuse awareness month.
Five citations were issued last week and 103 calls for service and property checks were handled by Blowing Rock officers.