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Family mourns murdered Denver woman

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An elderly Denver woman who was the victim of what the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is calling a homicide has been identified as Lucille Miller Punch, 77, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road. Punch was found deceased by her son-in-law on Feb. 22 after she had…

Deputies investigating first homicide of 2015

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UPDATED: Deputies have identified the victim as Lucille Miller Punch, 77, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road in Denver. Her body was sent to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for an autopsy. Staff report The body of a 77-year-old Denver woman who was stabbed to death was discovered by her son-in-law…

Vale man arrested for impersonating officer

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Staff report A Vale man has been accused of pretending to be a cop after threatening to arrest two people during a dispute at a gas station in western Lincoln County, according to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The Lincoln County Communications Center received an anonymous call…

Early morning fire displaces Lincolnton family

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A house fire off of Highway 150 in Lincolnton has left a family displaced and their home a loss. The Boger City Fire Department was the first to respond and was assisted by the Lincolnton Fire Department, North 321 and Pumpkin Center departments. Firefighters were dispatched…

McHenry releases statement on Congressional passage of Keystone XL bill

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Staff report Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose district includes all of Lincoln County, released the following statement about Congress’s passage of the bill authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline: “After six years of reviews, court cases,…

ANALYSIS: Website appears to plagiarize daily newspapers

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A writer for a Lincolnton news website appears to have plagiarized from articles in the Charlotte Observer and the Gaston Gazette in a story about transgender bathrooms and new legislation related to same-sex marriage. The story, published under the byline of journalist Wayne Howard and posted…

Denver fire under investigation by Forestry Service

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer What began as a brush fire influenced by specific weather conditions resulted in massive property damage in Denver on Sunday. The North Carolina Forestry Service has been tabbed as the investigating agency. “We are in the very early stages of this investigation,” Chase Payne said. The…

SWAT gear, weapons stolen in break-in

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Staff report A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was damaged and duty firearms and SWAT turn-out gear were stolen in a break-in on Feb. 8 in Catawba County. Sgt. Robert Jefferies returned on Sunday morning from a weekend trip to find that his home and vehicle had been burglarized.…

Crews battling large fire in eastern Lincoln County

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A brush fire off of Deer Track Drive in eastern Lincoln County resulted in an East Lincoln plant being destroyed by fire on Sunday. Universal Rubber Products, just off of Highway 16, is located just adjacent to Forest Oak Drive. The call initially came in to…

Couple arrested for drugs after SWAT raid

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team executed a drug raid at a home on Kent Street in Maiden on Wednesday and arrested a husband and wife on several felony charges. Narcotics agents seized several grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and weapons from the home at 4160 Kent…