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SC Deputy Cleared of Shooting Lincolnton Man

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STAFF REPORT Prosecutors announced Thursday that the South Carolina deputy who shot a 70-year old Lincolnton man after mistaking his cane for a shotgun during a traffic stop will not be charged. According to The Charlotte Observer, the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division received a letter from Solicitor Kevin…

Man drowns in Lake Norman

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UPDATE: The Sheriff’s Office has identified the drowning victim as Richard Terry Locklin, 53, of 4699 Dick Wilson Road in Denver. Staff report A 53-year-old man has drowned in Lake Norman, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. The man’s body was found in the lake, near Dick Wilson Road in…

Vale man gets federal prison term for soliciting arson

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Staff report A Vale man is expected to serve nearly three years in prison on a federal arson charges, according to Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Zulfiqar Ali Kacho, 40, was sentenced Wednesday to serve a 33-month sentence in federal prison. Based on…

Silver Alert cancelled for missing Lincolnton man

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Silver Alert issued on Thursday has been cancelled after a Lincoln County man was located in a Statesville hospital. Johnny Cecil Brooks, 68, of 3659 Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton, was last seen by a neighbor on Aug. 4 at his residence. Unable to contact Brooks,…

Cherryville man charged for stealing motorcycle

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Cherryville man was placed under arrest early Thursday morning after attempting elude a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on a stolen motorcycle. Coley Phillip Craft, 43, of 207 Bell Street in Cherryville, was charged with one felony count each of operating a motor vehicle while attempting…

Teen arrested for meth lab found in city

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a one-pot meth lab that was found on South Poplar Street on July 24. Detectives Dwayne McAllister and Dennis Harris conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of Joseph Scott Cirillo, 19 on July…

Lincolnton man charged with taking indecent liberties with a child

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Following an investigation stemming from a report filed on July 21, the Lincolnton Police Department charged Dwayne Bercell Sledge Jr, 31, of 144 Ross Street in Lincolnton with taking indecent liberties with a child. The warrant for his arrest was issued on Thursday and Sledge was…

Silver Alert canceled for county man

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UPDATE: The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Troy Scronce was found in Chapel Hill by a good samaritan around 8 p.m. on Thursday. ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a West Lincoln man that was last seen on Wednesday.…

Deputies: Domestic disturbance leads to drug arrests

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Mooresville couple was placed under arrest on drug charges following a domestic disturbance at the Rock Springs Campground on Monday. Holli Heather Hawkins, 30, and Bobby Ray Williams, Jr., 35, both of 131 Chuckwood Road in Mooresville, were approached by Lincoln County Sheriff’s officers following…

Police rounding up drug suspects

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department took to the streets bright and early on Wednesday for Operation Summertime Sweep. The drug round up was the result of over nine months of investigation on the part of Lincolnton Police Department narcotics investigators Detective Dwayne McAllister and Detective Dennis Harris,…