Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastMore >>
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:50:22 GMT
MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentMore >>
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:56:05 GMT
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her. A statement from the Nash County Sheriff's Office said 24-year-oldMore >>
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her.More >>
Jane Roberts stood at the gun counter at Burkemont Pawn and Trade in Morganton Thursday carefully looking at three different handguns. She was looking to buy one as soon as possible, she said, fearing there will come a time when she won't be allowed to.
"The law's gonna change," she said. "Obama and the others are going to see to it."
Roberts is one of many who feel changes are coming and now is the time to buy a firearm. At the Burke County Sheriff's Office, more than 800 applications for handgun permits have been filed since September.
The application gives authorities the go ahead to check the background of applicants. The sheriff's records are checked, then the Clerk of Court records, then the state data base is checked.
"The person has to meet all the criteria before he or she is given a permit," said Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant.
Felonies and certain misdemeanor convictions can result in denial of a permit. Those seeking to purchase long rifles and shotguns go through a background check initiated by the gun seller.
With so many applications to deal with what used to be a one or two day turnaround to complete the background check process has now stretched into several days and longer. "The entire system is backlogged," said Whisenant.
Every county contacted by WBTV News said near record number of applications have come in there too.
Officials say there is no way to tell when the buying frenzy will let up. "It depends on what happens in Washington," said one buyer at the pawn shop Thursday.
Jane Roberts says she is not going to wait and see what happens. Just after lunch she went home to get her permit with plans to purchase at least one new handgun in the afternoon.