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Criminal charges — 1-16-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Brandon Scott Houser, 16, of 213 Bynum Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Jan. 8 with one count each of injury to personal property, resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer, stalking and second-degree trespassing. A $5,000 secured bond was set. Vega…

Customer data at risk after breach at Zaxby’s

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Zaxby’s restaurant on East Main Street in Lincolnton has been identified as among those locations affected by a recent data security breach that may have resulted in unauthorized access to credit and debit card information. Suspicious computer files believed to have originated from…

Demand for gun permits soars

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Gun purchase permits and applications for concealed carry handgun permits are on the rise across the country and state, and Lincoln County and its neighboring counties are no exception after the Sheriff’s Office witnessed a nearly 35 percent increase in purchase permits alone from 2011…

Feds: Two more guilty pleas in Cherryville

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two former City of Cherryville employees agreed in federal court Tuesday to each plead guilty to using their positions to embezzle thousands of dollars apiece in city funds over at least the last three years, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in the…

Deputies: Meth lab shut down

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Catawba County deputies and the officials with the State Bureau of Investigation assisted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Friday in destroying a meth lab at an Iron Station residence, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. Narcotics investigators discovered the lab two days earlier…

Suspect charged in bomb hoax at Bosch

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A tool manufacturing warehouse in Lincolnton was evacuated Monday night after deputies said a man called in and claimed he had loaded the building with explosives and was going to blow it up. Deputies arrested Chris Carl Lee, 29, of 1042 Mountain Crest Drive…

Obituaries 1-16-13

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  Clyde William Lutz CONOVER — Clyde William Lutz, 87, of Conover passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Conover Nursing Home and Rehab in Conover. Born June 22, 1925 in Gaston County, he was the son of the late Samuel Cordie and Edna Plonk Lutz.  He worked for…

Deputies arrest man for bomb hoax at Bosch

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A tool manufacturing warehouse in Lincolnton was evacuated Monday night after deputies said a man called in and claimed he had loaded the building with explosives and was going to blow it up. Deputies arrested Chris Carl Lee, 29, of 1042 Mountain Crest Drive in Kings Mountain,…

Deputies: Meth lab bust in Iron Station

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Catawba County deputies and the State Bureau of Investigation assisted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Friday in destroying a meth lab at an Iron Station residence, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. Narcotics investigators discovered the lab two days earlier at a home on Scenic…

Criminal charges — 1-14-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Albert Luis Cortes Jr., 22, of 286 Colonial Village Dr. in Lincolnton was charged Jan. 10 with one count each of simple assault and second-degree trespassing. A $1,500 bond was set. Jeremy Preston Surgeon, 33, of 426 Old Park Rd. in…