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Lincolnton man arrested on child pornography charges

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Staff report A 37-year-old Lincoln County man was arrested on Thursday on multiple child pornography charges by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives said information from the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force led to the residence of…

McHenry named chairman of Jeb Bush’s NC campaign

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush named Rep. Patrick McHenry chairman of his North Carolina presidential campaign on Thursday. McHenry represents North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, which includes all of Lincoln County. State Rep. Charles Jeter will serve as co-chairman for the state campaign, as will state…

Lincolnton trio arrested for drugs

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Staff report Two men and one woman were charged with possessing methamphetamine, prescription pills and marijuana on Wednesday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Jason Lee Self, 33, Amber Danielle Scism, 32, and Danny Eugene Dean, 36, all of 2008 Bill Lynch Road in Lincolnton, were charged in connection with…

Deputies: 60-year-old woman had crack cocaine

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Staff report A 60-year-old Vale woman has been accused of possessing crack cocaine and prescription opiates by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrested Patricia Ann Banks, of 7410 Palm Tree Drive, a convicted felon, after a citizen tip led to the execution of a search warrant at the home…

Deputies: Convicted felon charged with assault of ex-girlfriend

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Staff report A Stanley man has been charged with luring his ex-girlfriend into his vehicle and assaulting her. Deputies said Gregory Clifford Houser, 24, of 2403 Clemson Lane, went to his ex-girlfriend’s Clintwood Drive address in Stanley on Monday to visit a 6-month-old child the two had together. After several…

Deputies accuse teens in church break-in

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Staff report Two teenagers, including a 15-year-old boy, have been charged with breaking into the Palm Tree United Methodist Church in Vale on Wednesday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person call at the church Wednesday afternoon after the teens were seen walking around…

Deputies ask for public’s help to locate runaway girl

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 17-year-old girl who ran away from home on Wednesday. Marlee Griffith is a white female who is 5-foot-4 and weighs 100 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. Griffth has run away…

Commissioners create new prayer policy for meetings

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Duston Barto started Monday night’s Board of Commissioners session by becoming the first person to deliver a Muslim invocation at a Lincoln County government meeting. By the end of the night, commissioners passed a motion that likely ensures he’ll be the last person to open their…

Felon charged with graveyard theft

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Staff report A Dallas man has been charged with stealing a cemetery plaque and a granite slab containing human ashes from Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton, where he formerly worked. Ray Ellis Herron Jr., 32, was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. He is accused of stealing…

County workers evacuated after carbon monoxide scare

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer County workers were evacuated after a carbon monoxide scare necessitated testing within the facility of Transportation Lincoln County (TLC) at 1323 Gaston Street in Lincolnton. The call was made to emergency crews after concern over carbon monoxide levels in the facility were brought by county workers.…

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