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Fire Officials: At-large bank robber also set ex-girlfriend’s home on fire

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man accused of robbing a bank in Lincoln County earlier this week has also been charged with setting his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire in Gaston County days before the alleged robbery, fire officials said. The Gaston County Police Department has filed a…

Maiden bank robbed

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Staff Report Maiden Police are looking into a bank robbery that took place Wednesday afternoon, agency officials said. The incident took place just before 2 p.m. at the BB&T on East Main Street in Maiden, the police department said. There is no word yet if the incident was related to the bank robbery that…

Suspect shot by SWAT team

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A suspect in a Lincolnton murder and an attempted shooting of a police officer was shot and killed by county SWAT officers in the early morning hours on Friday. The suspect, who has yet to be named by law enforcement, is believed…

Suspect in murder, attempted shooting of officer is shot by SWAT team

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  UPDATED (12:40 a.m., 03/28): Sheriff Carpenter has confirmed that the suspect has been killed. He exited the apartment in which he was taking refuge with his weapon pointed at SWAT officers and fired a shot. Officers returned fire and struck the suspect multiple times. UPDATED (10:45 p.m. 03/27): Lincoln…

Lincolnton police searching for man who fired at officer

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A swarm of officers is currently on scene near a Lincolnton apartment complex, searching for a man witnesses said fired a gun at police Thursday evening. Witnesses told the Times-News an officer stopped the man’s vehicle along a Lincolnton roadway near Colonial Village. When the officer…

Police investigating woman’s death

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Lincolnton police are currently investigating a woman’s death at 876 Salem Church Road. Our sources are telling us an Aaron’s delivery driver found the woman’s body on the porch of the home in a pool of blood. We’re gathering more details and will update as soon as they become available.…

Man arrested for sucking woman’s toes at Lincolnton Wal-Mart appeared in court Friday

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Concord felon who attempted to suck on a woman’s toes at a Lincolnton Wal-Mart on Monday has waived his right to a court-appointed attorney. Detectives said Monday’s incident was at least the fourth time the man has tried to perform the sexual act on strangers…

Brother stabbing ruled self-defense

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Staff report A Vale man was transported to Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby with life-threatening injuries on Wednesday after being stabbed by his brother. Rodney Scott Wright, 45, was stabbed in the abdomen with a pocketknife by his brother, John A. Wright, 43, according to an incident report from…

Medical supplies company announces Lincoln County facility

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies in the United States has announced plans to open a new, state-of-the-art medical supply distribution center in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. Medline Industries, Inc.  announced its decision to expand to North Carolina today. Construction is…

Troopers: Shelby man crashes vehicle, travels down Lincolnton embankment

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Shelby man was rushed to a Lincolnton hospital Thursday evening after his vehicle traveled down an embankment on N.C. 150 Bypass, troopers said. Michael Harris, 60, was traveling west down the area roadway when his white Honda Accord hit a fire hydrant and brick column,…