• Shelby man charged after assault at adult video store


    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - A man who had been escorted out of an adult video and novelty store is in jail after authorities say he tried to run over a man with his truck.

    Robert Keith Bland of Shelby was charged with attempted first-degree murder after police were called to Laura's Video, 4008 Kings Mountain Highway, on Saturday night. Herbert Bartz, the co-owner of the store, said Robert Keith Bland hit him with his vehicle and then fled the scene.

    Bland was later caught in Cleveland County, where he was charged with DWI. He was later charged with attempted first-degree murder. He is in custody at the Gaston County Jail on a $750,000 secured bond.

    Bland has been previously convicted on charges of DWI, assault, and drunk and disruptive.

    Bartz was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

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