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Landis jeweler dies in accident

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Fred Talbert, 89, owner and operator of Talbert’s Jewelry, Inc., died this afternoon in an accident not far from his home.

According to Landis Police Chief Wood, Talbert was riding a motorized scooter down his home road of South Zion Street when he was struck by a car. CPR efforts failed and Talbert died at the scene. No other information is available at this time.

The driver of the car that struck Talbert had not been charged Wednesday evening. Wood said the investigation is ongoing, and authorities planned to meet with the Rowan County district attorney on Monday.

Talbert has been operating as Landis’ watch mechanic since 1945, and is remembered by community members as a determined, hard-working man who was fond of telling stories.

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