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Taylorsville woman arrested for statutory rape

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A 22-year-old Taylorsville woman is currently being held in Alexander County on warrants issued for a statutory rape that occurred in the Lincolnton city limits. According to a press release from the Lincolnton Police Department, Sara Elizabeth Ray, of 132 River Hills Court in Taylorsville, had…

Deputies charge man for 2010 breaking and entering

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a breaking and entering case from 2010 with the help of the FBI. Sgt. Brandon Posey secured warrants on a suspect after being alerted that a palm print found following a break-in on April 8, 2010…

Charlotte man arrested for rape of a juvenile

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Staff report A Charlotte man was arrested by a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday on charges related to a sexual assault of a juvenile. Andre Keith Bracey, 19, of 2610 Alleghany Street, was charged by the Lincolnton Police Department with five counts each of second degree rape and first…

Police searching for missing LHS student

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate a Lincolnton teen that was last seen on Sept. 12. Taylor Love Blake, 16, was last seen at her residence in the city limits. Blake is 5-foot-9 and 170 lbs. and has hazel eyes…

County man arrested for child sexual assault

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Lincoln County man was arrested Sept. 12 and is facing charges of sexual assault against a child. Michael Adrian Rodriquez, 33, of 897 Terra Cotta Drive in Lincolnton, was charged with one felony count of statutory rape of a person 13/14/15 years old by a…

Accident leaves one dead, one seriously injured

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer An early morning accident left one Lincolnton resident dead and another seriously injured. The Lincolnton Police Department responded to a call at 12:03 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, concerning a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of North. Cedar Street and East Hoke Street. Upon arriving…

Bank employee arrested for fraud

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A former employee of the Fifth Third Bank in Boger City has been arrested on fraud charges by Lincolnton Police officers. Jeffrey Dean Etchison, Jr., 33, of 113 West College Street, Apartment E in Stanley, was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation into a fraudulent withdrawal…

Iron Station man charged with child sex offense

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged an Iron Station man on Friday with five felony counts of first degree sex offense of a child under the age of 13. Edward Nathan Hicks, 33, of Will Schronce Road was arrested by Detective Lt. Tim Johnson and Detective Dan Renn…

Fugitive nabbed in Denver

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Denver man wanted in California and Florida was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives secured a search warrant for 2896 Sweeping Pines Drive in Denver and took Justin David Goulet, 27, into custody. In Lincoln County,…

Arson suspect charged

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Burgess has arrested one person and charged another in connection with a suspicious house fire that was set on June 15. Susan Starlene Waldenville, 38, of 6717 Charleston Trail in Cherryville, was taken into custody and charged with one felony…