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SWAT team arrests man after threats made to law enforcement

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Staff report A Lincolnton man was taken into custody by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team on Wednesday after threatening narcotics officers and the probation department on his personal Facebook account. Timothy Cornwell, of 1753 Lutz Dairy Farm Road, was removed from his home without incident. According to the…

Deputies: Man, 71, was drug supplier

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Staff report A 71-year-old Gaston County man has been accused of being a supplier of illegal prescription drugs in Lincoln County by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they executed a buy-bust operation targeting Alvis Clatis Coon, of 101 Helen Avenue in Bessemer City, on Saturday. Narcotics investigators initially…

City of Lincolnton names Heavner fire chief

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Staff report City of Lincolnton officials have confirmed that interim fire chief Ryan Heavner has been named the official replacement for former chief Mitch Burgin, who retired Feb.1. Heavner, 37, grew up in Vale and began his rise through the ranks as a volunteer in 1997 and then as an…

Dog shot by officer serving warrant

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Staff report A Lincolnton Police Department officer shot a dog on Friday while serving a warrant on a city man. Johnathan Christopher Gibson, 22, of 204 Hubbard Street, was accused of violating a domestic violence protection order. Officers said he knew there was a warrant out for his arrest and…

Iron Station man nabbed with 13 bags of marijuana

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Staff report An Iron Station man was arrested on felony drug charges after a traffic stop in Lincolnton on Tuesday. Lincolnton Police officers said Curtis Anthony Nixon, Jr., 48, of 319 Old Barn Road, had 13 plastic bags of high-grade marijuana, five dosages of Oxycodone, digital scales and cash in…

Stanley man accused of sexual assault of teen

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Staff report Lincoln County deputies have arrested a Stanley man for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Robert Anthony Douglas Waldrup, 23, of 1992 Cardinal Loop, was arrested on Wednesday by Detective Dan Renn on one felony count of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old victim by…

Charlotte man arrested after car chase in city

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with fleeing from highway patrolmen after a car chase in downtown Lincolnton on Wednesday evening. Trooper B. Black with the State Highway Patrol arrested Jonathan Leonard McCorkle, 40, of 7409 Icon Way, and charged him with felony fleeing to elude and more…

Gaston County felon charged with fleeing from deputies

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Staff report A Gastonia man was arrested on numerous traffic charges, outstanding warrants and a felony after fleeing from officers on Feb. 28. Travis Orlando Leach, 32, of 213 N. Highland Street B, was served warrants on Tuesday, March 3 after his release from a Lincolnton hospital where he was…

County hires new department leaders

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County named replacements for two retiring department leaders at a Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday. County manager Kelly Atkins told the board that John Davis would be replacing Erma Deen Hoyle as director of Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, beginning March 11. Board of…

County to explore moving courthouse to old hospital, keeping other offices downtown

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Commissioners voted Tuesday to change gears on the plan to relocate county offices to the former Lincoln County Hospital and instead focus on finding a new home for the county’s judicial system. Commissioners instructed county staff to evaluate the feasibility and cost…