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Commissioners approve plan to move offices to old hospital

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of moving ahead with a project six years in the making on Tuesday, as plans for relocating county departments to the old Lincoln County Hospital facility will move past planning stages and into the first phase of…

Huntersville man arrested for taking indecent liberties with a child

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Staff report A Huntersville man is being held in the Lincoln County Detention Center for the alleged inappropriate touching of a 14-year-old female. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Phillip James Rucker, 37, of 12714 Asbury Chapel Road in Huntersville, on Friday, Jan. 23 and charged him with two felony…

Virginia murder fugitive caught in Lincoln County

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Staff report A man wanted in a 2003 Norfolk, Virginia murder was apprehended by U.S. Marshals with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, Jan. 23. Adam District deputy J. Lail and Sgt. J. Hutchinson assisted Marshal’s Service agents in apprehending Shawn Terrell Greer, 38, at his…

Former Lincolnton pastor arrested for sexual battery in Florida

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Staff report A former Lincolnton pastor was arrested last week in Volusia County, Florida on a Duval County warrant for sexual battery of a person under 12 years old. Michael Wayne Hill, 52, previously served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor in Lincolnton and Shelby but, when arrested, was serving as…

More charges filed in drug deal robbery

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Staff report An 18-year-old Lincolnton man has been arrested in connection with an assault and robbery that took place during a drug deal on Jan. 17. A 16-year-old has already been arrested in the case and warrants have been secured against another suspect. Tyreke Dreshawn Alexander, 18, of 1125 Buffalo…

Vale man faces 162 new charges for rape of child

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Staff report A Vale man who was arrested in December by Lincolnton Police on charges that he raped a child received a total of 162 additional charges on Tuesday, Jan. 20, according to a press release. Danny Lee Hensley, 40, of 7873 Matthew Miller Road, was charged by police with…

Man charged with shooting roommate

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Staff report After a night of drinking, a Denver man is hospitalized with a gunshot wound and his roommate has been charged with the shooting, deputies said. Charles Edward Harvell, 44, and George Ronald Lovell, 58, of 4827 Maralane Trail in Denver, had spent Monday evening drinking at Twin Oaks…

Two arrested for drugs after sting at grocery store

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Staff report Two people are facing felony narcotics charges after investigators said they saw them conduct a drug transaction in the parking lot of the Lincolnton Ingles grocery store on Saturday, Jan. 17. Investigators observed an exchange between several individuals and attempted to intervene, according to a press release from…

Minor arrested after assault during drug deal

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Staff report A Lincoln County minor is facing robbery charges after a physical altercation during a drug deal on Saturday, Jan. 17. When Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene at Westdale Lane in Lincolnton, Christian Ramos, 20, of Denver, told them that he had been stabbed in…

Deputies: Home invasion victim contacted escort services

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Staff report An eastern Lincoln County man who was pistol whipped and robbed at gunpoint during a home invasion made phone calls to several escort services the night of the incident, deputies said. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the Jan. 10 home invasion uncovered information that the homeowner…