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GOP: Tillis coming to local rally

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Staff report The Lincoln County Republican Party announced on Thursday that U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis will be attending the party’s “Take Back America Rally” at North Lincoln High School on Saturday. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to have as our special guest U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis,”…

Deputies: Denver man tried to rob pharmacy

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Staff report A Denver man was taken into custody by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies after allegedly attempting to obtain narcotics from a Walgreens on Highway 73 on Oct. 24. According to a press release issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Benjamin Michael Lineberger, 22, of 8346 Unity Church…

Teen arrested for sexual assault

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies placed a Stanley man under arrest in connection with an alleged statutory rape that occurred on Oct. 24. Joshua Keary Robinson, 18, of 1723 Forest Ridge Drive in Stanley, was charged with felony statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old by…

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…

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