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Lincolnton man charged with taking indecent liberties with a child

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Following an investigation stemming from a report filed on July 21, the Lincolnton Police Department charged Dwayne Bercell Sledge Jr, 31, of 144 Ross Street in Lincolnton with taking indecent liberties with a child. The warrant for his arrest was issued on Thursday and Sledge was…

Silver Alert canceled for county man

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UPDATE: The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Troy Scronce was found in Chapel Hill by a good samaritan around 8 p.m. on Thursday. ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a West Lincoln man that was last seen on Wednesday.…

Deputies: Domestic disturbance leads to drug arrests

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Mooresville couple was placed under arrest on drug charges following a domestic disturbance at the Rock Springs Campground on Monday. Holli Heather Hawkins, 30, and Bobby Ray Williams, Jr., 35, both of 131 Chuckwood Road in Mooresville, were approached by Lincoln County Sheriff’s officers following…

Rescuers find drowning victim’s body in Lake Norman

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Staff report Rescuers have recovered the body of a 36-year-old Lincolnton woman who drowned in Lake Norman at a Denver residence on Tuesday. The body of Elisabeth Anna Burford, 36, of 214 Rock Ola Lane in Lincolnton, was located at 6:40 p.m. by divers several feet from the pier where…

Deputies arrest two on separate drug offenses

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators recently made two drug busts, and utilized surveillance and a national database that tracks methamphetamine precursors to take cocaine and methamphetamine off of Lincoln County streets. Deputies tracked Christopher Lee Sisk, 37, of 1119 Safeway Drive in Gastonia, on the…

Deputies: Lincolnton man arrested after buying cocaine

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday arrested Dershae Mylantus Blackburn, 24, of 339 Car Farm Road, Apt 1, in Lincolnton and charged him with possessing a quarter ounce of cocaine. A tip from a confidential informant indicated that Blackburn was meeting with a supplier buy drugs,…

Gastonia man charged with 2007 sexual assault

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Gastonia man was arrested on Friday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in Lincoln County in 2007. Detective Kelly Paris called in Jonathan Ray Campbell, 23, for questioning after being contacted by the Pottsdam, New York police department…

OUR VIEW – City needs commitment from county

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Lincoln County’s $17 million plan to move many of its offices out of downtown Lincolnton and into the old hospital on Gamble Drive will change the city, and not for the better. The list of offices that will remain in downtown, detailed in a story in a recent edition of…

Inmate injured after jumping from second-floor walkway

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sherriff’s Office reported that Crystal Jones Hubbard, 34, of 1841 Ellick Drive, Newton, was seriously injured around 2:15 p.m. on Sunday after intentionally jumping over a second-floor railing at the county detention center. According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, Hubbard complained of…

Sheriff’s Office seeking help to locate runaway

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway, Nicholas Andrew Thompkins, 17, last seen on June 17 at his residence on Highland Bluff Court. Anyone with information that may help locate him is asked to contact Detective Matt Lykins…

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