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Deputies: Home invasion victim contacted escort services

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Staff report An eastern Lincoln County man who was pistol whipped and robbed at gunpoint during a home invasion made phone calls to several escort services the night of the incident, deputies said. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the Jan. 10 home invasion uncovered information that the homeowner…

Police looking for missing teen

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate a 16-year-old black female who has been missing for a week. Aniya Symone Mikki Weeks was last seen leaving her school on Friday, Jan. 9, according to a press release issued Jan. 16. She is described…

UPDATED: Runaway teens found

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Staff report A Lincoln County teenager and his girlfriend, who were reported missing on Tuesday, have been located in South Carolina. Blake Gerardo Artavia, 16, a student at Lincoln Charter School’s Denver campus, and his girlfriend, Halla Jackson, 18, of Charlotte, were located in Myrtle Beach after a traffic stop…

Deputies investigating home invasion

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a home invasion and assault that took place at a home on the county’s eastern end on Saturday, Jan. 10. Deputies said the victim, Robert G. Sholette, II, was awakened in his home on Starboard Lane in Stanley shortly before midnight…

Men arrested for theft of trail cameras

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Staff report More than two dozen calls to law enforcement have resulted in the arrest of two Lincolnton men accused of stealing a pair of trail cameras from a Lincolnton property. Billy Ray Green, Jr., 29, of 305 Elizabeth Avenue, and Scottie Andrew Brooks, 33, of 828 Hoffman Road, were…

Lincoln County Schools on 2-hour delay Jan. 8

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Lincoln County Schools is on a two-hour delay for students on Thursday, Jan. 8, due to a forecast of frigid temperatures. Staff is on a regular schedule.…

Deputies: Stolen trail cameras send back photos of suspect

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has a pretty good idea about what the suspect in a recent theft of two trail cameras looks like. That’s because one of the cameras happened to snap photographs of the suspect and then emailed those photographs to the cameras’ owner. Now deputies…

UPDATED: Woman reported missing left home willingly

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Staff report A 30-year-old Denver woman who was reported missing by Lincoln County deputies on Dec. 29 was found to be willingly away from home and is not in danger, according to a press release. Deputies said that Dana Thompson Luther, of 2294 Beth Haven Church Road, was reported missing…

Lincolnton police nab fugitive

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Efforts by the Lincolnton Police Department have resulted in the arrest of a fugitive. Jeffrey Dean Tucker, 49, was arrested on Dec. 27 by patrol officer Isaiah Mathews and was charged with felony breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a felon at a…

Vale man arrested for rape of child

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Staff report A Vale man is facing several felony charges related to the sexual assault of a child. The Lincolnton Police Department received a report about a child molestation on Dec. 14. According to a press release, Danny Lee Hensley, 40, of 7873 Matthew Miller Road was arrested on charges…