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Deputies: Man had 3 pounds of marijuana

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with possessing nearly three pounds of marijuana after an anonymous tip to law enforcement led to a search of his home. Terrell Richard Sweet, 45, of 225 Bynum Road, was arrested of Tuesday when Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators followed up…

Gaston trio accused of cocaine trafficking

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Staff report Three Gaston County residents have been charged with trafficking more than an ounce of cocaine in Lincoln County after a Sheriff’s Office surveillance operation on Tuesday. Deputies said investigators watched a drug deal while conducting surveillance in the 3200 block of Gastonia Highway, south of Lincolnton. They later…

Officials: Morganton man tried to help Islamic State

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — A North Carolina man is in the custody of federal authorities, who say he planned assassinations in the United States in support of the Islamic State terrorist group. Federal authorities said in a news release Monday that 19-year-old Justin Nojan Sullivan of Morganton faces several charges, including…

Charlotte man accused of sexual assault of juvenile

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Lincoln County, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Mark Emmanuel Olivos-Martinez, 26, of the 4600 block of Langden Gate Drive, was arrested on Lincoln County charges of one felony count each of statutory rape and taking…

Suspect in Charleston shooting captured in Shelby

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The Associated Press 11:48 a.m. The police chief in Charleston says the white man suspected of killing nine people inside a historic black church has been captured in North Carolina. Chief Greg Mullen says 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina. Mullen…

Deputies: Morganton woman helped cover up murder

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Staff report A Morganton woman has been charged with helping a man cover up the February murder of his 77-year-old grandmother. Amber Dawn Harris, 28, of 5469 Wallace Road, is accused of helping Chadwick Allen Bean, who was charged with first degree murder for the stabbing death of Lucille Miller…

Iron Station man arrested for kidnapping

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Staff report An Iron Station man was arrested Friday, June 12 on kidnapping charges for allegedly assaulting his father and sister and holding his parents against their will on June 3. Deputies responded to the parents’ home on Mary Ester Modlin Trail in Iron Station on June 3, on a…

Man confesses to murdering grandmother

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the Morganton man accused of murdering his 77-year-old grandmother in February has confessed to the crime. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of 3187 Rabbit Ridge Road, confessed on Thursday to stabbing Lucille Miller Punch to death, prior to being taken to the Lincoln County magistrate’s…

Man accused of murdering grandmother

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Staff report A Morganton man was indicted on Monday, June 8 on charges of murdering his grandmother in Lincoln County in February. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of 3187 Rabbit Ridge Road, is accused of stabbing 77-year-old Lucille Miller Punch to death at her home at 482 Beth Haven Church Road…

Murder charges follow crash on Highway 321

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Staff report A deadly crash on Highway 321 near Exit 20 in Lincoln County on Saturday has resulted in a Lincolnton woman facing second-degree murder charges. Kelley Massey faces multiple charges stemming from the accident that left Anthony Oseguera dead. At the scene, Massey blew a .21 on a breath…

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