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Police: City man inappropriately touched child

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Staff report A Lincolnton man was arrested by the Lincolnton Police Department on Oct. 22 on charges that he took indecent liberties with a child. Officer Travis Jones of the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a call regarding a juvenile that reported allegedly being touched inappropriately by a male friend…

City woman charged for meth sales

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman was arrested Oct. 23 following a two-month investigation of the sale and distribution of methamphetamine within the city limits. According to a press release issued by the Lincolnton Police Department, Christy Michelle King, 36, of 1859 Beaumont Lane in Lincolnton, was charged with one count…

Commissioners OK Schedule of Values

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The county Board of Commissioners approved the proposed 2015 Schedule of Values at a meeting Monday night. The decision, however, was not unanimous, with Commissioner Carroll Mitchem in opposition. Discussions regarding the 2015 Schedule of Values has been quite heated in the past, with citizens and…

Deputies investigating smash-and-grab break-in

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect that is wanted in connection with a break-in at a Denver business. Deputies were dispatched to the Meineke on Highway 73 in Denver on Oct. 15 around 3:40 a.m. When they arrived at…

Threatening letters found at NLMS, student suspended

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating three threatening letters that we allegedly written by a student at North Lincoln Middle School. Deputies responded to calls on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 after a letter threatening students, teachers and the school was found under the suspected student’s…

Judge strikes down NC same-sex marriage ban

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Staff report A federal judge in Asheville has struck down North Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. issued the ruling on Friday, authorizing the first same-sex weddings in the state to begin immediately. “North Carolina’s laws prohibiting…

City man arrested for forging prescriptions

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A man accused of passing fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers was charged with a class C felony Tuesday, following a two0-month investigation by the Lincolnton Police Department. Tony Franklin Cline, Jr., 38, of 1788 Furnace Road Ext. in Lincolnton, was charged with 17 counts each of trafficking…

Lawndale man sentenced for shooting at vehicle

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Cleveland County man was sentenced in Lincoln County Superior Court on Wednesday to 27-42 months in the North Carolina Prison System for shooting at an occupied vehicle. Mickey Gene Mellon, 46, of 245 Boyles Road in Lawndale, was sentenced for a Sept. 28, 2013 shooting…

Iron Station man sentenced to 5 years for burglary

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Staff report An Iron Station man was sentenced to 63 months in prison by a U.S. district judge on Monday for burglary and violations of federal firearms laws. According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, Miquan Limik Smith, 27, of…

Curtis, Saine endorsed by NC Chamber

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Staff Report The North Carolina Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) announced it has endorsed state Rep. Jason Saine and state Sen. David Curtis, and several other judicial and legislative candidates seeking election this fall, in a press release on Monday. Saine represents Lincoln County, referred to as District 97. Curtis’s…

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