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Police: Man caught in the act of stealing TV

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Staff report Lincolnton police officers caught a man in the process of stealing a television set from a South Aspen Street residence on Sunday, according to a press release. Officers said they found Reginald Eugene Jones, 46, of Catawba Street in Lincolnton, trying to leave a residence while carrying a…

Man struck and killed by train in city

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Staff report A Lincoln County man was struck and killed by a train in the Lincolnton city limits on Sunday, according to police. Officers responded to the railroad tracks near the 1200 block of East Gaston Street early on the morning of Dec. 7 about a call regarding a subject…

ABC store in the works for western Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Commission is currently working with state officials to develop a liquor store for western Lincoln County at the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 18. According to Lincoln County ABC Commission Chair Mike Baker, the venture is still in its…

Police asking for public’s help to identify purse thief

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a white man who allegedly stole an elderly woman’s purse at the city’s Wal-Mart on North Generals Boulevard on Thursday around 5:20 p.m. Officers said the orange purse, which contained a black wallet, check book, credit…

Three nabbed in drug busts

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested three people Thursday in two separate incidents during a surveillance operation south of Lincolnton. On Dec. 4, narcotics investigators were conducting an undercover operation near the Dollar General store in High Shoals and completed a hand-to-hand drug transaction with the suspects,…

Arrest made in storage unit break-ins

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives have made an arrest in connection with a rash of break-ins that occurred at Harris Mini Storage at 6135 E. Highway 150 and Guardian Storage at 4150 Business Highway 16. The break-ins allegedly occurred between September and November. In November, the mini-storage property…

Five arrested for drugs in surveillance operation

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested five people during a surveillance operation on the afternoon of Dec. 3. Investigators were conducting a surveillance operation in the parking lot of the Bi-Lo grocery store at 742 Highway 27 West in Lincolnton when they observed two vehicles converge and…

Restraining order application against sheriff dismissed

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An attempt to secure a restraining order against Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter was dismissed in district court on Dec. 1 after it was determined by District 27B judge Ali Paksoy, Jr. that accuser Wayne Anthony Huss must file a verified complaint to the court in…

Mitchem named chairman of county board, Jackson fired as county manager

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A dramatic shift in Lincoln County’s leadership took place at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. Once inducted, newly elected commissioner Bill Beam nominated veteran county commissioner Carroll Mitchem to serve as the board’s new chairman, a position most recently held by county commissioner Alex…

Buy-bust operation leads to drug arrests

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Staff report A buy/bust operation that was executed Monday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators led to the arrests of two men on the following morning. According to a press release, an undercover officer infiltrated an organization where Timothy Teen Gaddy was allegedly selling methamphetamine near the High Shoals…