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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…

Police searching for missing LHS student

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate a Lincolnton teen that was last seen on Sept. 12. Taylor Love Blake, 16, was last seen at her residence in the city limits. Blake is 5-foot-9 and 170 lbs. and has hazel eyes…

County man arrested for child sexual assault

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Lincoln County man was arrested Sept. 12 and is facing charges of sexual assault against a child. Michael Adrian Rodriquez, 33, of 897 Terra Cotta Drive in Lincolnton, was charged with one felony count of statutory rape of a person 13/14/15 years old by a…

Accident leaves one dead, one seriously injured

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer An early morning accident left one Lincolnton resident dead and another seriously injured. The Lincolnton Police Department responded to a call at 12:03 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, concerning a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of North. Cedar Street and East Hoke Street. Upon arriving…

Charlotte man arrested on assault, kidnapping charges

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has taken a Charlotte man into custody in connection with an assault and kidnapping that occurred in Iron Station on Sept. 3. Christopher Scott Fore, 39, of 330 Goff Street in Charlotte, was charged with one felony count each of breaking…

Bank employee arrested for fraud

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A former employee of the Fifth Third Bank in Boger City has been arrested on fraud charges by Lincolnton Police officers. Jeffrey Dean Etchison, Jr., 33, of 113 West College Street, Apartment E in Stanley, was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation into a fraudulent withdrawal…

Iron Station man charged with child sex offense

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged an Iron Station man on Friday with five felony counts of first degree sex offense of a child under the age of 13. Edward Nathan Hicks, 33, of Will Schronce Road was arrested by Detective Lt. Tim Johnson and Detective Dan Renn…

Fugitive nabbed in Denver

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Denver man wanted in California and Florida was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives secured a search warrant for 2896 Sweeping Pines Drive in Denver and took Justin David Goulet, 27, into custody. In Lincoln County,…

Arson suspect charged

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Burgess has arrested one person and charged another in connection with a suspicious house fire that was set on June 15. Susan Starlene Waldenville, 38, of 6717 Charleston Trail in Cherryville, was taken into custody and charged with one felony…