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Hit and run driver strikes school bus

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Staff report A school bus carrying 27 children was rear-ended at the intersection of Rock Dam Road and Highway 27 West late Wednesday afternoon. Jeffrey Wayne Powers, of 2279 Fulton Trail in Lincolnton, was the driver of a green 1997 GMC pickup truck that fled the scene. Powers was later…

Bank of America’s Boger City branch to close

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Staff report The Boger City branch of Bank of America will shut its doors on June 23, a Bank of America spokesperson confirmed to the Lincoln Times-News on Friday. “After careful consideration, we have decided to close our Boger City banking center on Jun 23, 2015,” Nicole Nastacie said in a…

Lincoln County, Catawba County deputies target 100 suspects in drug roundup

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Staff report Narcotics investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office joined forces this morning to arrest 100 suspected drug offenders. Teams of officers from both jurisdictions were assigned lists of suspects that were the target of warrants in “Operation 50-50,” according to a press…

Commissioners vote for new building to house offices

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer After more than five years of planning, Lincoln County commissioners finally reached a conclusion on county office moves at a meeting on Tuesday. The board voted 3-2 against using an old building and 4-1 against constructing a new building behind the James W. Warren Citizens Center. The…

Dispute between neighbors ends with drug arrest

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Staff report A dispute between neighbors over burning leaves in eastern Lincoln County ended with a man’s arrest of drug charges on Thursday. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said a man called 911 to complain about a neighbor coming onto his property to tell him to put a leaf fire…

Pair arrested for drugs after being found passed out at gas station

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Staff report A man and woman are facing drug charges after deputies allegedly found them passed out inside a vehicle at a gas station in western Lincoln County on Saturday. Whitney Doral Sain and Travis Shane Bivens were found in a vehicle parked in front of West Express on Highway…

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…