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LPD buys body cameras for officers

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Department officials said they have taken proactive measures in the fight against crime and the pursuit of transparent law enforcement by purchasing 10 body cameras. Manufactured by Taser International, the lightweight cameras are designed to clip onto sunglasses, a band around the back of…

Shotgun stolen in 1987 recovered by deputies

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Staff report A shotgun that was stolen from an eastern Lincoln County home in 1987 has been recovered and was returned to its owner on Sept. 30. The theft of the firearm was investigated by then-rookie deputy David Carpenter, who is now sheriff of Lincoln County. The shotgun was located…

Film about toxic water, featuring House candidate, to be screened

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Democrat Tate MacQueen featured in film about polluted water table in Buncombe ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For the past several years, residents of one Buncombe County community have been fighting for a vital necessity that is often taken for granted: clean drinking water. “My Toxic Backyard,” a documentary by Emmy…

No trial date set for former doctor’s suit against rape accuser

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A trial date has not yet been set for the civil suit a former Lincolnton doctor who was accused of rape filed against his accuser. John Everett Marshall, 59, of 466 Jerry Crump Road in Lincolnton, was indicted on felony charges for first-degree rape, conspiracy and…

Art on Main offers a space for disabled artists

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Art on Main is unlike any other gallery. The walls are covered with an array of artwork and jewelry, made by resident artists, much like other galleries, but the artists themselves are the true gems of the Lincolnton Main Street staple. A UMAR affiliate, Art on…

Police policies, trash can purchase on city agenda

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council members will consider incorporating language regarding the use of body cameras to the police department’s Standard Operating Procedures at their meeting Thursday night. According to the policy, a body worn camera (BWC) is “‘an on-the-body’ video and audio recording system assigned to an…

OUR VIEW — Domestic violence ends with the perpetrator

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The recent spate of domestic violence incidents allegedly perpetrated by NFL players has brought the issue once again into the national spotlight and has spurred a conversation that absolutely needed to happen. But, unfortunately, the narrative has been co-opted into an opportunity for pundits and politicians to rail against the…

United Way to host meeting about community issues

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Staff report United Way of Lincoln County will lead a community-wide meeting at the Lincolnton YMCA on Thursday, in an effort to collectively identify and address local community issues. “I invited all of the non-profit organizations, city police, county government officials, charities, etc. to attend,” United Way of Lincoln County…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL — Roseboro decommits from Michigan

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Darian Roseboro may not play for the maize and blue after all. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound four-star Lincolnton High recruit announced on Twitter shortly after 8 p.m. Monday that he has decommitted from the University of Michigan. Roseboro gave a public, verbal commitment to play defensive end…

VOLLEYBALL — ‘We just can’t win’

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NL falls again in NPC play RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor PUMPKIN CENTER — Things keep getting worse for North Lincoln’s volleyball team. The Knights couldn’t shake pesky Mooresville on Tuesday, which bounced back after blowing a big lead in the first set to beat North Lincoln 3-1 and hand it…