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Threatening letters found at NLMS, student suspended

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating three threatening letters that we allegedly written by a student at North Lincoln Middle School. Deputies responded to calls on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 after a letter threatening students, teachers and the school was found under the suspected student’s…

Judge strikes down NC same-sex marriage ban

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Staff report A federal judge in Asheville has struck down North Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. issued the ruling on Friday, authorizing the first same-sex weddings in the state to begin immediately. “North Carolina’s laws prohibiting…

City man arrested for forging prescriptions

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A man accused of passing fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers was charged with a class C felony Tuesday, following a two0-month investigation by the Lincolnton Police Department. Tony Franklin Cline, Jr., 38, of 1788 Furnace Road Ext. in Lincolnton, was charged with 17 counts each of trafficking…

Lawndale man sentenced for shooting at vehicle

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Cleveland County man was sentenced in Lincoln County Superior Court on Wednesday to 27-42 months in the North Carolina Prison System for shooting at an occupied vehicle. Mickey Gene Mellon, 46, of 245 Boyles Road in Lawndale, was sentenced for a Sept. 28, 2013 shooting…

Iron Station man sentenced to 5 years for burglary

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Staff report An Iron Station man was sentenced to 63 months in prison by a U.S. district judge on Monday for burglary and violations of federal firearms laws. According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, Miquan Limik Smith, 27, of…

Curtis, Saine endorsed by NC Chamber

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Staff Report The North Carolina Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) announced it has endorsed state Rep. Jason Saine and state Sen. David Curtis, and several other judicial and legislative candidates seeking election this fall, in a press release on Monday. Saine represents Lincoln County, referred to as District 97. Curtis’s…

Heroin, cocaine seized in separate traffic stops

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized nearly an ounce of heroin and a half-ounce of cocaine in two traffic stops on Saturday. Following a month-long investigation, members of the Sheriff’s Office narcotics division received information regarding individuals that were allegedly transporting narcotics from Charlotte to Lincoln…

Lawndale man arrested for stalking

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Lawndale man was charged with misdemeanor stalking following an investigation by the Lincolnton Police Department. A female victim filed a report on Sept. 17 that a white male was behaving suspiciously in the parking lot of her place of business. According to a press release…

Two Bunker Hill students die in crash

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Staff report Two Bunker Hill High School students were killed in a car crash in Catawba County on Friday. Troopers said the vehicle, a 2002 Mercedes, was traveling east on Riverbend Road in Conover, near Highway 16, around 10 p.m. when it approached a right-hand curve at a high rate…

Body found in Lincolnton home

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1800 block of Arrowood Road in Lincolnton on Friday in response to a call that a deceased male was found in a home. At press time, the cause of death is unclear, but Lt. Tim Johnson with the…