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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…

Statesville man arrested for child sex crime

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Statesville man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for sending inappropriate messages and photos to an 11-year-old Lincoln County girl, deputies said. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Tim Johnson and Detective Dan Renn arrested Erik Paul Collins, 42, of 110 Bancroft Lane in Statesville without incident. Collins…

City Council members share vision for Lincolnton’s future

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council gathered for a special called meeting Wednesday, with members holding their first Strategic Planning Meeting of the fiscal year. At a City Council meeting earlier this summer, council members expressed an interest in developing a strategic plan or vision for the city’s future,…

UPDATED: Police suspect bank employee in fraud

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department issued a press release on Thursday clearing the original suspect officers identified in a recent bank fraud in Boger City. The suspect, whose photograph was distributed by the department, was thought to have committed bank fraud by withdrawing $2,000 from an elderly…

UPDATED: Missing Lincolnton teen found safe

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UPDATED (Aug. 27): The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Tyler Lee McNeil was located safe and unharmed in Burke County on Tuesday. ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 15-year-old who, it is believed, may be in the Burke…

Thieves hit 2 Denver tobacco stores

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is investigating break-ins at two separate tobacco outlets in Denver that occurred within 30 minutes of each other on Tuesday. Thieves gained access to Tobacco and Beer Outlet at 3598 N. North Carolina Highway 16 and Denver Smokes at 120 S.…

Highway Patrol looking for driver in fatal hit-and-run

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UPDATE (08/19, 9 a.m.): The Highway Patrol has confirmed that a vehicle has been taken into custody and is being processed for DNA transfer. An autopsy of the victim, John Morrison, 35, of Mountain View, will take place around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. More information to follow as it becomes…