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Council approves salary increases for city employees

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Almost 150 City of Lincolnton employees will get pay raises thanks to action taken by the City Council on Thursday. The Lincolnton City Council approved three recommendations made by consultants from the Piedmont Triad Regional Council in an effort to become more competitive in the job…

Lincolnton City Council discusses cruising ordinance

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council meeting Thursday was marked with opposition to a 1994 ordinance that outlawed cruising. Caroline Brown, who announced her intentions to run for mayor of Lincolnton last month, spearheaded a group of 10 or so citizens that brought their protest to the council…

Citizen tip leads to felony drug arrest

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Staff report A Vale man has been charged with selling prescription drugs after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies followed up on a citizen tip. Gennis Kirby Mitchem, 56, of 6670 Lackey Road, was arrested on Thursday. Deputies said complaints about Mitchem’s home started coming in about a month ago. Detectives…

Lincolnton PD busts 6 in child predator sting

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Staff report Six men are facing felony charges following a Lincolnton Police Department child predator sting operation conducted between Sept. 15 and Tuesday. Delvin Roger Fox, 47, of 1842 Fingerbridge Road in Hickory, Chris Scott Nance, 43, of 611 W. Wilson Avenue in Mooresville, Matthew Wade Packard, 30, of 2204…

K9 unit helps deputies make felony drug arrest

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office drug detection dog helped deputies charge a felon with possession of meth and a handgun on Tuesday. Deputies said Nathan Charles Ross, 34, of Peeler Road in Vale, was arrested following a traffic stop near South Laurel Street and South Generals Boulevard in…

McCall’s ‘desire to serve’ drives run for county seat

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Anita McCall isn’t afraid of a challenge. The Republican, making her second run at a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, said she has always been inspired by seemingly monumental tasks. “It just isn’t in me to give up,” she said. “I like to…

Man arrested after car chase

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Staff report A Greenville man is facing several felony charges after allegedly leading Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a car chase. Jeramie Quortez Hawthorne, 29, of 125 Hicks Road, was arrested on Monday and charged with being involved in a hit-and-run and fleeing from officers. Deputies said that at…

Officers search for missing woman

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing woman. Officers said Carla Jean Wilson, 45, who has no permanent address, according to a press release, was reported missing on Oct. 4 by a relative. Officers said she was last seen on Sept.…

Deputies looking for missing woman

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 24-year-old woman. Relatives said Hannah Christine Lanning, of Wallace Lane in Denver, was last seen on Sept. 22 by her bondsman in Lincolnton. Deputies said she is a 5-foot-1 white female who weighs…

Men charged with possessing stolen handgun, meth

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Staff report Four people have been charged with possessing meth and a stolen handgun. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested James Alfred Rhyne, 33, Phillip James Preston, 33, Bradley James Flowers, 19, and Justin Dru Bragg, 29, after serving a search warrant at 921 South Ingleside Farm Road in Iron…