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Sheriff’s Office: Narcs locate fourth meth lab of 2014, three arrested

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  Almany, Pardo and Parker   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Three people were hauled off to the Lincoln County jail Tuesday afternoon after the Sheriff’s Office said narcotics officers discovered remnants of a one-pot meth lab inside a Lincolnton home. County investigators conducted surveillance on the suspects, they said,…

Maiden Police: Morganton sex offender accessed Catawba Co. school property three times

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Maiden Police have arrested a Burke County sex offender accused of accessing a school property on three separate occasions throughout March and April. Officers served warrants Friday afternoon on William John Abernathy, 34, for being on site at the Lucille Miller Observatory at…

Sheriff’s Office: Man on the loose after using pry bar to break into Denver store cash register

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies are looking for a man they said used a pry bar to open a store cash register on the county’s eastern end and steal a bag of money early Monday morning. A store employee at the Wal-Mart on N.C. 16 in Denver…

Sheriff’s Office: Lincoln narcs, Catawba Co. K-9 bust Charlotte man for drugs, stolen guns

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  Cathey   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Charlotte man was arrested Thursday night after narcotics investigators located more than 200 grams of marijuana and a stolen shotgun inside a Lincoln County residence, deputies said. Lincoln County Sheriff’s drug officers and a Catawba County K-9 unit responded to a home…

Fire Officials: At-large bank robber also set ex-girlfriend’s home on fire

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man accused of robbing a bank in Lincoln County earlier this week has also been charged with setting his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire in Gaston County days before the alleged robbery, fire officials said. The Gaston County Police Department has filed a…

Sheriff’s Office: DWI suspect dragged deputy with vehicle, charged with 3 felonies

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Jake Nelson JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba County man intoxicated by alcohol used his vehicle to drag a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy several feet down an area roadway after refusing to comply with officers during a traffic stop Wednesday night, the Sheriff’s Office said. The incident took place just…

UPDATED–Police: Man at-large after stealing vehicle in Gaston Co., robbing Lincolnton bank

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have identified a man accused of robbing a bank in Lincolnton Thursday morning before fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle. Officers have secured a felony warrant against Jean Pierre Gendron, 49, for robbery with a dangerous weapon, consider him “dangerous,” according to a Lincolnton…

Sheriff’s Office: Three arrested in traffic stop, officers seize meth, needles, fake IDs

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said they arrested two Catawba County residents and one Caldwell County man Sunday morning after locating a knife, hypodermic needles, counterfeit identification documents and methamphetamine inside the suspects’ vehicle during a traffic stop on N.C. 27 West in Lincolnton. Officers initiated a stop…

Sources have identified man accused of killing wife, shooting at officers

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UPDATED (9 p.m., 03/28): Lincolnton Police said murder victim Tara Lynn Osburn, 39, was killed by a gunshot from a handgun on Thursday. According to a press release, witnesses said they saw a gray pickup truck parked behind the victim’s home earlier that day. Police identified the victim’s husband, Anthony…

Suspect shot by SWAT team

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A suspect in a Lincolnton murder and an attempted shooting of a police officer was shot and killed by county SWAT officers in the early morning hours on Friday. The suspect, who has yet to be named by law enforcement, is believed…