Friday, February 22 2013 2:25 AM EST2013-02-22 07:25:48 GMT
Hickory Police Department and the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office say the NC State Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that a skull found off of Winkler Way near Hwy 268 in April 2012 was Zahra Baker'sMore >>
The NC State Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that a skull found off of Winkler Way near Hwy 268 in April 2012 was Zahra Baker's remains.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -
For a couple of hours Wednesday night into Thursday morning, a 66 year old man - trapped in a manhole - wondered if he would ever see the light of another day again.
It was about 8 o'clock Wednesday night. Ronald Ervin had just finished playing cards with friends and was walking to store. He decided to walk along the railroad tracks off the 400 block of East Long Avenue in Gastonia. He thought he was about to step on dirt surrounding by rocks.
"When I stepped on it, it went straight down" says Ervin. "I was very scared because I looked up and that manhole looked to me like it was 15 feet deep."
Ervin says he called out for help, and tried to climb up the ladder rungs inside the manhole but his legs were hurting. "If I put weight on one leg, the other leg still hurt" said the retiree, who talked to WBTV from his bed at Gastonia Memorial Hospital.
Along with the injuries to his legs, he says his hands had frost bite. "I tried to get out many times but I fell back down" said Ervin. "Next day this man going to work, he heard me."
About 11 hours later Ivory Floyd came along.
Floyd was not supposed to be in the area Thursday morning but his job called him in for some hours.
"I heard the cry help me, help me" says Floyd." I ran over to the hole and said sir how did you get in there. He said I was crossing the barrier and I was gone.
Floyd says he gave Ervin a bottle of water, called for help, and stayed at the hole talking to Ervin to keep him company and take the elderly man's mind off the ordeal.
According to firefighters, when crews got on the scene they found the man trapped in the hole nearly ten feet down. The man told rescuers he had been in the hole all night.
The Gastonia Fire Department and Gaston EMS were dispatched just before 8 am Thursday.
One rescuer went into the manhole to check on the man's condition while others set up a hoist to raise him out of the hole.
The rescue took about 20 minutes to complete.
EMS transported Ervin to Gaston Memorial Hospital where surgeons were scheduled to operate on his leg.
Ervin says "if God hadn't sent that man I might be still out there. Very blessed."
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>