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Men charged with theft of trailers

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Staff report Two men have been charged with stealing trailers from separate locations in the Denver area. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Johnny Dwayne Allison, 41, of Mount Pleasant Road in Sherrills Ford, on March 3, and charged Randy Everette Spivey, 43, of Eli Lane in Denver, who is…

Council supports plan to move city election years

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council has voiced its support for a bill filed last month by state lawmakers that would move all municipal elections in North Carolina to even-numbered years, starting in 2022. Councilman Dr. Martin Eaddy, a Democrat, casted the lone dissenting vote on Thursday in…

Lincoln Charter considers $2 million expansion in Denver

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter school board members will soon be voting to authorize construction of an addition to the school’s Denver campus. The addition will add approximately 15,000 square feet on two floors, including 12 classrooms, to be constructed on the west side of the building. The…

Public speech permits up for hearing

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will conduct a public hearing tomorrow evening to discuss proposed changes to the city’s code of ordinances regarding public speakers at city events. The proposed ordinance, crafted by city attorney T.J. Wilson following a series of meetings with city officials and Lincolnton…

Sex offender charged in jailhouse assault

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Staff report An inmate at the Lincoln County jail has been charged with assaulting detention officers who were trying to move him from his cell. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Christopher Neil Chastain, 29, of Daybrook Court in Stanley, assaulted the officers as they tried to remove him from…

Body identified as missing woman

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Staff report Lincolnton Police Department officers have confirmed that the “badly decomposed body” found in a wooded area off of Hollis Henderson Road was a woman who was reported missing in 2015. Officers said Patricia Linn Loveless was reported missing in March 2015. A public works crew with the City…

Nine facing felony drug charges

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Staff report Eight people were arrested on felony drug charges on Wednesday and Thursday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said one person is still at-large following the arrests, which were the result of investigations into the sale of methamphetamine and prescription drugs in Lincoln County. Teresa Louise Dellinger,…

Mooresville man charged with TV theft

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Staff report A Mooresville man has been charged with stealing a television from a Lincolnton home he had visited. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Jeremy Neal McDougal, 26, allegedly stole a television from the home on Sun Valley Trail after arguing with the homeowner. Deputies said the television was…

Man charged with child sexual assault

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 2016. Phillip Wayne Vrchota, 34, of Pinewood Drive, is accused of inappropriately touching the girl, who is a relative, at his home in June and July. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies first received a report…

Woman killed in car crash

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Staff report A 22-year-old Iron Station woman died in a car crash in Catawba County early Wednesday morning. Troopers said Marissa Billings was killed at around 4:30 a.m. on Slanting Bridge Road, near Highway 150, when her car crossed the centerline and was hit by another vehicle. The driver of…