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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…

Commissioners table request for development on Lake Norman

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved four rezoning requests and tabled a fifth during a meeting on Monday evening. Jerry Reese, a Charlotte attorney requesting an amendment to a previously approved residential development on Lake Norman, made some last-minute changes to his updated master plan…

Board of Education to discuss search for superintendent

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education has called a special meeting on Wednesday, at 6 p.m. to discuss the county’s search for a new superintendent. At the meeting, the North Carolina School Board Association and Campbell Shatley, PLLC will do presentations detailing their available superintendent…

Charlotte women charged with prescription fraud

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Staff report Three Charlotte women have been charged with passing fraudulent prescriptions at Denver pharmacies. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives said the prescriptions, passed on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, were produced using the name of a Charlotte business and a forged prescription and were for opioid-based pills. Deputies said…

Man charged with theft from construction site

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged in connection with the December theft of a trailer loaded with lumber from a construction site on Ernest Houser Road. Deputies were dispatched to the construction site on Dec. 13 after Travis Lawing of Travis Lawing Builders told officers that sometime between…

East Lincoln Speedway event to aid man’s cancer battle

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Even as a child, Manuel Johnson had a history of headaches, according to his oldest sister, Kathy Johnson. He simply lived with them until the day he went to work, reached down into his tool box to get a tool and couldn’t remember what tool…

Saine-sponsored bill would help connect rural areas to high-speed internet

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine has co-sponsored a bill designed to equip rural communities with high-speed internet. “This is an opportunity for local governments to partner with private enterprise to help spread broadband in a very directed way if there’s a need for infrastructure,” Saine…

Pair arrested in connection with carjacking

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Staff report Two people charged in connection with an armed robbery and carjacking in Lincoln County have been arrested in Caldwell County. Destiny Dawn Bentley, 21, of East Berkley Street in Granite Falls, turned herself in to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. She was charged with one felony…