MAN, WIFE FORCED INTO COOLER DURING RESTAURANT ROBBERY

GREENSBORO - A man and his wife were beaten and forced into a cooler by two men during a restaurant robbery early Wednesday.The incident happened about 1:28 a.m. as Masaharu Tsujii took out the trash at Akshi Japanese Restaurant, 2528 High Point Road. Tsujii was confronted by three to four men wearing bandannas over their faces, according to police. They pushed him back into the business. Once inside, the robbers demanded money.

They assaulted Tsujii and his wife, Hyun Suk Tsujii, by kicking, hitting and striking them with some type of weapon, police said. The men then forced the couple into the cooler, where they waited about an hour before coming out and calling police.

Hyun Tsujii was taken to Moses Cone Hospital for a laceration to her head. Her injuries were not life-threatening, police said. Hyun Tsujii was treated and later released from the hospital. Police ask anyone with information to call Greensboro Crime Stoppers at 373-1000.

\ MAN DIES OF HEAD INJURIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY CAR

GREENSBORO - A Greensboro man died Thursday morning of head injuries suffered the previous night when he was struck by a southbound car on North Church Street.

Kenneth Herman Cales Jr., 34, of 4625 McKnight Mill Road, Lot 6, stepped in front of evening rush hour traffic Wednesday south of East Cornwallis Drive, police said. He died shortly before 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Moses Cone Hospital. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. Wednesday, when Cales was struck by the 2005 Toyota Corolla driven by Megan Laine Daniel, 20, of 1320 Seminole Drive, Apt. H, in Greensboro . Police said Daniel was not at fault.

Cales was wearing dark clothing and was in a dimly lit section of road, said P.C. Uehlein of Greensboro police.

No charges are expected in the accident.

\ 2 MEN SOUGHT IN ROBBERY OF BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE

GREENSBORO - Police are investigating the armed robbery of a beauty supply store Wednesday evening.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to EO Beauty Supply at 1602 E. Market St. Store owner Emadeldin Saad told police two men entered the store and acted as if they were looking at beauty products. When they approached the counter to make a purchase, one took a chrome revolver from his waistband and demanded money. Saad opened the register, and the men snatched the money.

A police dog tracked the robbers to Perkins Street, where it lost the trail. But the dog did recover a hat one of the men wore from the railroad tracks behind the store.

Police describe the first robber as a black man in his late 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall. He has a thin build and braided hair. He was wearing a do-rag, black jeans and a black leather coat with sewn-on patches .

The second robber is described as a black man in his late 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has a thin build and was wearing a tan T-shirt and fishing hat. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 373-1000.

\ ASHEVILLE ORCHESTRA GETS NEW CONDUCTOR, DIRECTOR

ASHEVILLE - The Asheville Symphony Orchestra named Daniel Meyer its new conductor and music director Wednesday, ending a two-year search to replace its former longtime leader Robert Hart Baker.

Meyer, 32, is resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Youth Orchestra. He will commute to Asheville about 12 weeks a year to lead the masterworks concert season.

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