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Deputies asking for help to locate missing girl

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UPDATE (06/04, 3:35 p.m.): Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Pelayo has been located. Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a teen who has been missing since Wednesday afternoon. Detective Greg Hager identified the girl as Vanessa Marie Pelayo, 15, according…

East Lincoln High, Catawba Springs Elementary briefly placed on lockdown

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Staff report East Lincoln High School and Catawba Springs Elementary were placed on lockdown for approximately an hour on Thursday morning. Lincoln County Schools officials said a modified lockdown was initiated as a precaution when a “suspicious person” was seen walking near the schools. The lockdown was lifted around 10:30…

Apple Queen applications due Friday

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Staff report Applications for the 37th annual Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen Scholarship Pageant are due on Friday, June 5. Contestants must be residents of Lincoln County and a rising high school senior as of fall 2015 and no older than 23 by Sept. 30. The first 20 qualified applicants…

Students arrested after school break-in for senior prank

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Staff report Seven Lincolnton High School students were arrested on Friday after allegedly breaking into the high school in a plan to release live chickens in the halls as a senior prank. Lincolnton Police Department officers found the suspects, all except one charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to…

Stanley man charged with statutory rape

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Staff report A Stanley man has been arrested in connection with a statutory rape that allegedly occurred on Feb. 27. Joshua Keary Robinson, 19, of 1723 Forest Ridge Drive, was charged with two felony counts of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old victim by a defendant more…

Lincolnton woman facing felony drug charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman is facing felony drug charges after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies allegedly made undercover drug buys from her and later searched her residence. Kimberly Lynn Bivens, 40, of 1231 Betterbrook Lane, was charged with three felony counts, one each of possession with the intent to…

South Fork VFD receives state grant

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Staff report The South Fork Volunteer Fire Department has announced that it has been awarded a grant from the North Carolina Department of Insurance: Office of State Fire Marshal in the amount of $55,500 for the purchase of a breathing air compressor system. The grant is a 50-50 match, with…

Crouse couple charged with felony drug possession

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Staff report A Crouse couple was charged with felony drug possession after community tips led Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and state probation and parole officers to search a Shoal Road home. Deputies said they found nearly a gram of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and prescription medication at the home of…

Teen charged in crash that killed girl

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Staff report Juan Leonardo, 18, was served arrest warrants on Saturday by the Lincolnton Police Department in connection with a May 17 accident in Lincolnton that left 14-year-old Beatriz Garcia dead. In the accident, Leonardo hit a curb while traveling on North Aspen Street and crashed into Jesus Name Ministerial…

Band of Knights to hold new uniform fundraiser

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Staff report North Lincoln High School Band of Knights members and the North Lincoln Band Boosters are currently seeking sponsorships and donations to purchase new uniforms. The band’s current uniforms were purchased 11 years ago when the school first opened and are in dire need of replacement. The band needs…