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Stanley man accused of sexual assault of teen

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Staff report Lincoln County deputies have arrested a Stanley man for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Robert Anthony Douglas Waldrup, 23, of 1992 Cardinal Loop, was arrested on Wednesday by Detective Dan Renn on one felony count of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old victim by…

Charlotte man arrested after car chase in city

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with fleeing from highway patrolmen after a car chase in downtown Lincolnton on Wednesday evening. Trooper B. Black with the State Highway Patrol arrested Jonathan Leonard McCorkle, 40, of 7409 Icon Way, and charged him with felony fleeing to elude and more…

Gaston County felon charged with fleeing from deputies

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Staff report A Gastonia man was arrested on numerous traffic charges, outstanding warrants and a felony after fleeing from officers on Feb. 28. Travis Orlando Leach, 32, of 213 N. Highland Street B, was served warrants on Tuesday, March 3 after his release from a Lincolnton hospital where he was…

County hires new department leaders

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County named replacements for two retiring department leaders at a Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday. County manager Kelly Atkins told the board that John Davis would be replacing Erma Deen Hoyle as director of Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, beginning March 11. Board of…

County to explore moving courthouse to old hospital, keeping other offices downtown

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Commissioners voted Tuesday to change gears on the plan to relocate county offices to the former Lincoln County Hospital and instead focus on finding a new home for the county’s judicial system. Commissioners instructed county staff to evaluate the feasibility and cost…

Deputies asking for public’s help to locate missing girl

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Update: Deputies reported Saturday morning that Pelletier returned home safely. Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 14-year-old girl. Sophie Anne Pelletier was last seen on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 27 at Lincoln Charter School’s Denver campus at 7840…

Main Street restaurant burns

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Staff report A fire caused traffic to be interrupted in Lincolnton on Friday morning as China 1, a restaurant located at 1411 East Main Street, became engulfed in flames shortly after 10 a.m. The grease fire, which began in the restaurant’s kitchen, traveled through the cooking hood and into the…

Commissioners will revisit Denver solar farm vote

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will soon have to revisit its 2013 vote against a rezoning application for a solar panel farm in Denver. The owners of the land on Webbs Road where the proposed 36-acre solar farm would be built by Strata Solar — Gary,…

Family mourns murdered Denver woman

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An elderly Denver woman who was the victim of what the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is calling a homicide has been identified as Lucille Miller Punch, 77, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road. Punch was found deceased by her son-in-law on Feb. 22 after she had…

Deputies investigating first homicide of 2015

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UPDATED: Deputies have identified the victim as Lucille Miller Punch, 77, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road in Denver. Her body was sent to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for an autopsy. Staff report The body of a 77-year-old Denver woman who was stabbed to death was discovered by her son-in-law…

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