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Lawndale man jailed over attempted shooting


A Lawndale man was placed behind bars last week for allegedly firing shots at and intentionally crashing into another man’s vehicle this spring.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office said the arrest comes after months of investigation and a decision from the District Attorney’s Office.

Earl Ted Aldridge, 36, of 113 Knob Creek Road, shot at William Anderson Helton’s vehicle in a chase that started near Food Country in the western end of Lincoln County, deputies said.

Upon responding to the grocery store, deputies were initially unaware of the chase and found no indications of a domestic dispute. However, two witnesses told them Aldridge chased Helton to Jake Seagle Road and Vance Hull Lane.

Deputies finally apprehended Alridge on North Brook III School Road where the two men’s vehicles had collided, sending both drivers to the hospital.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol initially investigated the crash and later handed the case over to the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, authorities said.

The Lincoln County District’s Attorney’s Office eventually determined what charges to press in the case.

Aldridge was booked in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on Wednesday under a $40,000 secured bond. He faces two felony charges including one-count each of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill — inflicting serious injury.

Also charged in the incident was Rebecca Ann Brown, 33, of the 1700 block of Peeler Road, located off Reeps Grove Church Road in the county’s western end. She faces one count of felony possession of a firearm, deputies said.

Authorities noted that some shots fired in the incident came from the residence where Brown was living.

According to her criminal record on the North Carolina Department of Correction Website, Brown was convicted in Lincoln County in 1998 for robbery with a dangerous weapon in an incident that occurred three years prior.

After spending more than five years behind bars for the felony offense, she was released from prison in March 2002.

Both Brown and Aldridge have since been released from the Lincoln County jail. Brown posted bond at $5,000.

JENNA-LEY HARRISON, staff writer

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