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Criminal Charges — 7-31-15

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Criminal charges for July 31, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jorge Armando Nolasco, 36, of 5442 Pinbrook Dr. in Granite Falls was charged July 28 with one count each of simple assault and battery or affray and harassing or obscene phone call. Cecil Brandon Hester,…

Deputies: Man stole ashes from cemetery

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Staff report A Dallas man has been charged with stealing a cemetery plaque and a granite slab containing human ashes from Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton, where he formerly worked. Ray Ellis Herron Jr., 32, was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. He is accused of stealing…

Keep on Trikin’: Trident Trikes continues to innovate

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Inspired by a love of bicycles that has led him to be a near 30-year member of a Lincolnton bicycle club, Tom Flohr set out to build a tandem bike more than six years ago. “I wanted a tandem (two-seater) bike and the only company out…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting set to begin

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Faithful meet for 185th time at Denver campground SHELBEY COOK LTN Intern The 185th year of the Rock Springs Camp Meeting begins on Saturday in Denver. The first meeting on the campground was held in 1830, making the Rock Springs Camp Meeting the oldest religious campground meeting in the U.S.…

Communities unite for National Night Out

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the 32nd year in a row, a national initiative called “National Night Out” will kick off on Tuesday and serve as a strong and unified front against crime. There will be 13 different “block parties” established that will serve as meeting places for the community…

County workers evacuated after carbon monoxide scare at TLC

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer County workers were evacuated after a carbon monoxide scare necessitated testing within the facility of Transportation Lincoln County (TLC) at 1323 Gaston Street in Lincolnton on Wednesday. The call was made to emergency crews after concern over carbon monoxide levels in the facility were brought by…

Police investigating Cherryville murder/suicide

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Staff report A Cherryville man was shot and killed inside a home on Bates Avenue just after midnight on Friday morning. The victim was identified by law enforcement as Andy Heath Hartman, 40, who resided at the residence. The suspect in the killing was identified by a witness as Yates…

Van destroyed by fire

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A van fire on Wednesday in the parking lot of the Lowe’s Home Improvement in Lincolnton prompted a call to the Lincolnton Fire Department at 11:20 a.m. According to assistant fire chief Bill Fortenberry, the fire started in the engine compartment and spread from there, leaving the Ford…

Working on their game

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Leith steps down after seven years

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Former LHS coach: ‘I truly am going to miss it’ RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Ian Leith is passionate about soccer, but now that he’s a father, the sport he loves must take a back seat. The longtime Lincolnton head coach is putting his coaching career on hold so he can…