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Jun. 06, 2014 @ 04:21 AM

Man shot, another stabbed in altercation

ELLENBORO — Shortly before 10 a.m. on Thursday, deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office responded to 119 Cowl Court in Ellenboro concerning an altercation between resident Buster Cash and a man identified as Kenneth Thomas.

According to Lt. Kelly Aldridge with the Sheriff's Office, during the altercation Cash sustained a gun shot wound to his leg and Thomas received a stab wound to his leg.

While their injuries were not life-threatening, Cash and Thomas were admitted to Cleveland Memorial Hospital, according to the sheriff's report. Thomas underwent minor surgery for his injury and both men were released from the hospital Thursday.

As of Thursday afternoon, Aldridge said there were outstanding warrants for Thomas for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill and felony breaking and entering.

The incident is still under investigation by sheriff's deputies.


Man in motorized wheelchair struck by vehicle

FOREST CITY — Rocky Lane Bailey, 61, of Forest City, was transported to Rutherford Regional Medical Center on Tuesday evening after he was struck by a motor vehicle while riding his motorized wheelchair in Forest City.

Around 9:36 p.m., officers with the Forest City Police Department responded to a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle on South Church Street.

According to a report filed by police, when officers arrived at the scene Bailey was lying in the middle of the road and bleeding from his head.

Officers spoke with Nikki D. Crawford, 27, of Rutherfordton, who stated she was traveling down South Church Street toward U.S. Highway 74A, when her 2001 Honda struck Bailey's motorized wheelchair in the road. She told officers Bailey was traveling in the same direction as her, but he did not have any lights on the wheelchair. As a result, Crawford did not see the wheelchair until it was too late, the report said.

Officers also spoke with a witness, Mark Morrow, who was walking beside Bailey when his wheelchair was traveling on the road. Morrow stated Crawford's vehicle came from behind them and struck the wheelchair, sending Bailey into the air, the report said.

During the collision, a 2003 Volkswagen being driven by Olivia Eve Dowling, 20, of Forest City, was traveling in the opposite direction down South Church Street when the battery from Bailey's wheelchair came across the lane and struck the Volkswagen, causing a flat tire.

According to the report, officers located open beer cans in the roadway, which witnesses said came from Bailey's wheelchair.

When officers spoke with Bailey at the hospital, he said he did not remember being hit by the vehicle.

No vehicles were towed, but the Honda sustained around $1,000 in damages and the Volkswagen nearly $100.

No charges have been filed at this time.


Accident victim moved to neuro-trauma ICU

RUTHERFORDTON — Ilene Patricia Trombacco, 68, of Cove Road near Shingle Hollow, has been moved into the neuro-trauma intensive care unit at Mission Hospitals in Asheville as she continues to recover from a motor vehicle accident that happened on Tuesday, May 20.

Trombacco was standing in her driveway washing her car before lunch when Joan Voboril, 72, drove into the driveway, the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP) reported.

According to friend Patricia Jenson, Trombacco told Voboril she was washing her car and to bring her car on up. The ladies, who were best friends, exchanged conversation.

NCHP Sgt. Kevin Owens said Voboril isn't sure exactly what happened but for some reason, Voboril's foot slipped off the brake and she hit the accelerator. The car pinned Trombacco between her own 2011 Chevrolet and the 2004 Mercury Mountaineer Voboril was driving.

Trombacco sustained severe bruises and cuts. When the accident first happened, the NCHP reported the injuries did not seem critical and was told Trombacco would likely be released from the hospital a day after the accident.


State totals released for 'On the Road, On the Water'

FOREST CITY — In an effort to reduce alcohol-related accidents on North Carolina roadways and waterways, state and local law enforcement officers were diligent during the "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive" campaign over Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26.

The campaign is a statewide, multi-agency initiative that is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure everyone can safely travel on highways and waterways during the holidays and summer months, a time of year that sees increased traffic.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP), in conjunction with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and additional law enforcement agencies and organizations, set up sobriety checkpoints and special increased patrols to zero in on drunk drivers — both on land and water.

On the roadways, Highway Patrol officers in District 2 Troop G (G2), which includes Rutherford and McDowell counties, issued 155 citations including three DWI charges, 16 seat belt violations, one child restraint violation, 26 registration violations, 12 driver's license violations, 18 equipment violations and 79 other violations.

The NCHP recently released statewide results, totaling 7,497 citations. These consist of 172 DWI charges, 1,398 seat belt violations, 133 child restraint violations, 912 registration violations, 931 driver's license violations, 372 equipment violations and 3,485 other violations.

On the waterways, in District 8, consisting of 11 counties including Rutherford, the Wildlife Resources Commission came in contact with 950 boaters and checked 447 boats. Wildlife officers arrested one individual for operating a boat while impaired, issued 105 boating citations and gave 140 boating warnings.

Statewide totals included 6,727 boaters contacted and 2,753 boats checked. Twenty-three individuals were arrested for operating a boat while impaired, 529 boating citations were issued and 841 boating violations were handed out.


Did you know?

North Carolina scanner code 10-95 refers to an incident involving a subject with a knife.