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Deputies arrest two on separate drug offenses

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators recently made two drug busts, and utilized surveillance and a national database that tracks methamphetamine precursors to take cocaine and methamphetamine off of Lincoln County streets. Deputies tracked Christopher Lee Sisk, 37, of 1119 Safeway Drive in Gastonia, on the…

Deputies: Lincolnton man arrested after buying cocaine

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday arrested Dershae Mylantus Blackburn, 24, of 339 Car Farm Road, Apt 1, in Lincolnton and charged him with possessing a quarter ounce of cocaine. A tip from a confidential informant indicated that Blackburn was meeting with a supplier buy drugs,…

Gastonia man charged with 2007 sexual assault

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Gastonia man was arrested on Friday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in Lincoln County in 2007. Detective Kelly Paris called in Jonathan Ray Campbell, 23, for questioning after being contacted by the Pottsdam, New York police department…

LHS football coach/AD announces retirement

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Scott Cloninger has done nearly everything a high school football coach can do in 14 years of coaching. The second-winningest coach in Lincolnton High history has one season left to add to his resume. Cloninger, who’s been the Wolves’ head coach since 2000, officially announced…

Arrest made in B&E case

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers arrested Barney Sherlock, 45, of 1242 Edgefield Road, North Augusta, South Carolina after he allegedly pushed his way into a 90 year old woman’s home this month. Sherlock claimed to have been working on nearby power lines and gained entry into the…

Police Department asking for the public’s help

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Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying three persons suspected of shoplifting from the CVS Pharmacy at 1403 East Main Street in Lincolnton. The first incident occurred on April 14 and involves a white male with a tattoo on his neck and a white female. They…

Inmate injured after jumping from second-floor walkway

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sherriff’s Office reported that Crystal Jones Hubbard, 34, of 1841 Ellick Drive, Newton, was seriously injured around 2:15 p.m. on Sunday after intentionally jumping over a second-floor railing at the county detention center. According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, Hubbard complained of…

Sheriff’s Office seeking help to locate runaway

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway, Nicholas Andrew Thompkins, 17, last seen on June 17 at his residence on Highland Bluff Court. Anyone with information that may help locate him is asked to contact Detective Matt Lykins…

Boy in stable condition after accidental hanging

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Staff report A 10-year-old boy is in stable condition after accidentally hanging himself from basketball goal at a Lincolnton home on Sunday. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the boy was playing basketball outside a residence on the 2800-block of Long Shoals Road around 9:30 a.m. when his grandmother saw…

Two brothers killed in car wreck

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Staff report The state highway patrol confirmed two brothers were killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Reepsville Road on the county’s western end on Thursday. Joshua Gantt, 27, of Diamond Lane in Vale, and his brother Casey Gantt, 23, of Sam Houser Road in Vale, were both killed when their…