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Iron Station man arrested for kidnapping

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Staff report An Iron Station man was arrested Friday, June 12 on kidnapping charges for allegedly assaulting his father and sister and holding his parents against their will on June 3. Deputies responded to the parents’ home on Mary Ester Modlin Trail in Iron Station on June 3, on a…

Man confesses to murdering grandmother

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the Morganton man accused of murdering his 77-year-old grandmother in February has confessed to the crime. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of 3187 Rabbit Ridge Road, confessed on Thursday to stabbing Lucille Miller Punch to death, prior to being taken to the Lincoln County magistrate’s…

Man accused of murdering grandmother

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Staff report A Morganton man was indicted on Monday, June 8 on charges of murdering his grandmother in Lincoln County in February. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of 3187 Rabbit Ridge Road, is accused of stabbing 77-year-old Lucille Miller Punch to death at her home at 482 Beth Haven Church Road…

Murder charges follow crash on Highway 321

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Staff report A deadly crash on Highway 321 near Exit 20 in Lincoln County on Saturday has resulted in a Lincolnton woman facing second-degree murder charges. Kelley Massey faces multiple charges stemming from the accident that left Anthony Oseguera dead. At the scene, Massey blew a .21 on a breath…

One arrest, few incidents for Hog Happenin’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer One driving while impaired arrest was made during the 2015 Hog Happenin’ barbecue and motorcycle festival, held Friday and Saturday in downtown Lincolnton. A major change for this year’s festivities was that beer consumption was allowed within the entirety of the event area. In previous years,…

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…