Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lunch Break (6/7/16): Family, friends and fellow volunteers speak on death of local firefighter

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Family and friends held a press conference this morning for Captain Bradley Long, the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue volunteer who died yesterday during a dive rescue on Lake Norman. Long was attempting to recover the body of a 29-year-old swimmer who went missing on Sunday. His body was found very near the missing swimmer in waters said to be between 35 and 75 feet deep. Three firefighters involved in the recovery, including Long, were caught in an "underwater emergency," according to Karyn Yaussy with Catawba Co. Emergency Services. The two other divers resurfaced, but Long did not. (Fox46 Staff) 

A man was arrested following a wreck in Steele Creek yesterday that killed one and left another critically injured. CMPD says Louis Gomez was driving a work van down Shopton Road West at around 5:40 p.m. when he ran off the side of the road, overcorrected, crossed the yellow line and slammed into a Hyundai Elantra coming the other way. Gomez's passenger, 22-year-old Luis Gomez-Espino, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the Elantra, Raymond Lipscomb, was transported to Carolinas Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. Police do not believe speed, alcohol or drugs were factors were in the crash. Gomez was transported to CMC where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He was then arrested for misdemeanor death by vehicle and driving with no operator's license. (Ryan Pitkin) 

City officials released a statement yesterday announcing that current Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble will take Ron Carlee's position as city manager beginning on July 1. Carlee's employment agreement expired on March 31 and he did not seek an extension, although he agreed to stay on until June 30 to finish work on the new budget. Kimble has served in his current position for nine years and previously served as city manager of Greenville, North Carolina. (Ryan Pitkin) 

CMPD released the details yesterday of an arrest made after a seemingly random shooting incident that occurred in east Charlotte on Sunday afternoon. Police responded to the 6600 block of Idlewild Road on Sunday just before 1 p.m. responding to reports of someone shooting into 
  • John Johnson
 an occupied vehicle. A woman told officers she was driving when the man in front of her suddenly stopped and got out of his car and began yelling at her. When she tried to drive around him, the man allegedly retrieved a gun from his car and fired one shot at her car. The shot hit her vehicle but she was not injured. When the victim reached a safe space, she called police. While police were speaking with the woman, the suspect drove by and she identified his vehicle. Police stopped the man, John Johnson, and he was positively identified as the shooter. A search warrant was then executed on his house, where police found a "sophisticated marijuana growing system" consisting of 15 plants at about two feet tall each. Johnson has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault by pointing a gun, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, discharging a weapon in the city limits, maintaining a dwelling for keeping controlled substance within 1,000 feet from a school and manufacturing marijuana. (Ryan Pitkin) 

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