Thursday, January 24, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-01-24 09:08:38)
Author: By Capt. Aaron Miller
Source: The Blowing Rocket

The story this week was definitely the weather. The sudden snowstorm on Thursday evening, Jan. 17, brought traffic to a stop on highway 321 going toward Lenoir.

Blowing Rock Police worked for several hours on the mountain to help keep traffic moving. The highway had to be closed for a short period to clear stranded vehicles from the roadway.

One weather-related accident was reported on Friday, Jan. 18. A 2008 Subaru driven by Thomas Joshua Silva from Sheboygan, Wis., overturned on Valley Boulevard near Food Lion at 10:30 a.m.

Silva apparently lost control of his vehicle after hitting a patch of snow and ice on road. No injuries were reported.

Silva was cited for exceeding a safe speed.

WinterFest 2013
Final planning and preparation is being made for WinterFest 2013. WinterFest begins today in Blowing Rock. Blowing Rock Police will have extra staffing out this weekend to help with the events.
Thanks to the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and the WinterFest Committee for keeping our department informed and involved with planning.

Two arrests were made last week.
Patricio Maldonado Ramirez, 23, of Blowing Rock was arrested on Jan. 18. Ramirez was arrested for breaking and entering and assault on a female, which occurred in Wilkes County, and a larceny, which occurred in Alamance County. Ramirez was held on a $200 secured bond at the Watauga County Detention Center.
Cari Annette Johnson, 37, of Boone was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 20. Johnson was charged with driving while impaired. Johnson was released on a written promise to appear.

Seven citations were issued last week. Four citations were issued for driving while license revoked. Other charges included speeding, seat belt violations and alcohol violations. Fifty-five calls for service were answered last week.

‘Rock Solid’
As many of you know, the town of Blowing Rock is currently involved in a Service Excellence initiative.
We have named our initiative “Rock Solid Hometown Hospitality.”  
As part of our initiative, employees are recognized for their exemplary customer service. Recognition is given to employees on a “You Rock” card posted at our respective departments.
This week, two Blowing Rock Police officers received “You Rock” cards. Anthony Biard received recognition following a letter from a motorist involved in an accident in our town. The motorist praised Biard for his politeness and taking extra time to assist her.
Troy Reynolds was also recognized following a letter commending his willingness to assist some of our visitors who had broken down at Tanger Outlets. The writer commended Reynolds for stopping what he was doing to come to their aid. Officer Reynolds was able to resolve the problem with their vehicle and get them back on the road.
Thanks guys, and keep up the good work.

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