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Federal court delays portions of NC voting law

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Staff report North Carolina voters will be able to participate in same-day registration and out-of-precinct provisional voting during this year’s election after a federal appeals court ruled that several sections of the state’s new voting regulations could not be implemented for the midterm election. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals…

Police: Men stole $2,000 of merchandise from Wal-Mart

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify two men suspected of stealing $1,900 worth of merchandise from the Lincolnton Wal-Mart. According to a press release issued by the Lincolnton Police Department, officers were called to the North Generals Boulevard location on…

Shotgun stolen in 1987 recovered by LCSO

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Staff report A shotgun that was stolen from an eastern Lincoln County home in 1987 has been recovered and was returned to its owner on Sept. 30. The theft of the firearm, investigated by then-rookie deputy David Carpenter, who is now sheriff of Lincoln County, was closed when the firearm…

Couple under arrest after three month surveillance operation

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County narcotics investigators placed a Catawba County couple under arrest Wednesday afternoon, following a three-month surveillance operation. According to a press release, Melissa Rachelle Sipe, 34, of 25 North Davis Avenue in Newton, and Jason Matthew Owen, 30, of 2151 Kool Park Road NE in…

Lincolnton man accused of pointing gun at deputy

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is accused of pointing a gun at a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy. Eugene Edwin Goodson, Sr., 46, of 2945 Loviee Road, was charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and one misdemeanor count each of assault…

Denver man charged with felony child abuse

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Staff report A Lincoln County man is facing felony child abuse charges after allegedly breaking his 3-month-old child’s leg. David Lawrence Simmons, Jr., 24, of 8578 Unity Church Road in Denver, was taken into custody on Sept. 19 by Detective Dan Renn of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after hospital…

Taylorsville woman arrested for statutory rape

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A 22-year-old Taylorsville woman is currently being held in Alexander County on warrants issued for a statutory rape that occurred in the Lincolnton city limits. According to a press release from the Lincolnton Police Department, Sara Elizabeth Ray, of 132 River Hills Court in Taylorsville, had…

Deputies charge man for 2010 breaking and entering

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a breaking and entering case from 2010 with the help of the FBI. Sgt. Brandon Posey secured warrants on a suspect after being alerted that a palm print found following a break-in on April 8, 2010…

Charlotte man arrested for rape of a juvenile

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Staff report A Charlotte man was arrested by a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday on charges related to a sexual assault of a juvenile. Andre Keith Bracey, 19, of 2610 Alleghany Street, was charged by the Lincolnton Police Department with five counts each of second degree rape and first…

UPDATE — Police searching for missing LHS student

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According to a press release issued by the Lincolnton Police Department, Taylor Blake was located by her family in the early morning hours of September 17 after Blake contacted them by phone. She has been removed from the N.C.I.C database. The Lincolnton Police Department would like to thank local media…