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Five arrested for drugs in surveillance operation

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested five people during a surveillance operation on the afternoon of Dec. 3. Investigators were conducting a surveillance operation in the parking lot of the Bi-Lo grocery store at 742 Highway 27 West in Lincolnton when they observed two vehicles converge and…

Restraining order application against sheriff dismissed

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An attempt to secure a restraining order against Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter was dismissed in district court on Dec. 1 after it was determined by District 27B judge Ali Paksoy, Jr. that accuser Wayne Anthony Huss must file a verified complaint to the court in…

Mitchem named chairman of county board, Jackson fired as county manager

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A dramatic shift in Lincoln County’s leadership took place at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. Once inducted, newly elected commissioner Bill Beam nominated veteran county commissioner Carroll Mitchem to serve as the board’s new chairman, a position most recently held by county commissioner Alex…

Buy-bust operation leads to drug arrests

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Staff report A buy/bust operation that was executed Monday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators led to the arrests of two men on the following morning. According to a press release, an undercover officer infiltrated an organization where Timothy Teen Gaddy was allegedly selling methamphetamine near the High Shoals…

Vale woman facing assault charges

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Staff report A Lincoln County woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly crashed her vehicle into a garage door where two small children and one man were hiding following a domestic dispute. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 3000 block of Baxter Deaton…

Deputies asking for public’s help to solve theft

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding the heist of over $1,000 worth of appliances at 126 Springs East Road in Lincolnton. The Nov. 21 incident included the theft of an electric stove and refrigerator. The appliances had been placed outside, behind a brick wall, while…

Substitute teacher, husband cited for underage drinking at party

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has served a criminal summons on a Lincoln County Schools substitute teacher and her husband related to a recent party involving underage drinking that was held at their home. Amanda Michelle Watts, 36, a substitute teacher, and Alfred Wayne Watts, Jr., 40, of…

Deputies asking for public’s help to locate missing Stanley man

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help to locate a missing 55-year-old Stanley man on Thursday. Deputies said Jeffery Odis Hoyle, of 2033 Cabin Lane, was reported missing by a family member on Nov. 6 and was last seen around Nov. 1. According to a…

Lincolnton mayor won’t seek re-election

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Staff report Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland announced Monday, Nov. 10 that he will not run for re-election in 2015. “While it has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Lincolnton, I feel that I need to give more time to my family, church and business,” Gilleland said…

Shelter officials: More than 130 animals to be euthanized Friday

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Local non-profit and animal rescue group Helping Animals to Survive is making a last-minute effort to save over 130 animals from being euthanized on Friday, Nov. 7. According to an email sent out to rescue groups in the area from Assistant Shelter Supervisor Ryan M. Curry,…