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Sheriff’s Office: Deputy arrested wrong-way driver on N.C. 16

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies locked up a Denver man early Sunday morning for driving the wrong-way down N.C. 16 while under the influence. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Communications Center alerted the law enforcement agency about the driver, stating he was traveling against…

Fire officials: One firefighter injured followed a second blaze at an abandoned mill since June

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton firefighter received head injuries while responding to a Sunday morning fire at an abandoned textile mill, fire officials said. The firefighter was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln for treatment after Lincolnton Fire Chief Mitch Burgin said part of the building’s wall collapsed…

4.4-magnitude earthquake felt in Lincolnton

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS A small earthquake shook South Carolina and Georgia late Friday, and could be felt as far away as Lincolnton. The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.4, said USGS Geophysicist Dale Grant. It was centered 7 miles west of the town of Edgefield,…

Emergency Management: Low call volume surprising during storm, EMS vehicles stuck in snow

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer With nearly a foot of snow piling up across the area this week, emergency crews and other first responders in Lincoln County have responded to a surprisingly limited number of incidents. According to Bill Summers, deputy coordinator for Lincoln County Emergency Management, calls from area residents…

Deputies: Vale man, 32, had sex with 13-year-old

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  Jose Freddy Ambrosio-Gorgonio JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A western Lincoln County man appeared in district court Monday morning for raping a teen girl last year, deputies said. Jose Freddy Ambrosio-Gorgonio, 32, of 7500 Palm Tree Drive in Vale, was charged Friday with three felony counts of statutory rape/sexual…

Troopers: Three-car crash in Lincolnton hospitalizes two

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Troopers said a man and woman were rushed to area hospitals Friday afternoon after their vehicle flipped multiple times during a three-car collision at a Lincolnton intersection. According to Trooper J. C. Craig with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a Ford Escape was traveling down…

Troopers: Lawndale mother of two killed in N.C. 182 crash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lawndale woman died Friday morning after the vehicle carrying her and two children overturned on N.C. 182, troopers said. The incident took place around 11 a.m. Ashley Mull, 26, had been driving down the area roadway when she ran off the right side, and…

Sheriff’s Office: Maiden man with meth led deputies on vehicular, foot chase in stolen car

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said a Maiden man accused of methamphetamine possession led them on a foot chase through the woods after crashing a stolen vehicle into a tree Tuesday evening in Denver. Deputies stopped Trent Brandon Carpenter’s vehicle around 7 p.m. on Eastwind Cove after noticing he had…

Police: Lincoln County deputies apprehend Newton man accused of robbery at Cherryville Wal-Mart

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Newton man accused of his involvment in a common law robbery last month at a Gaston County Wal-Mart was apprehended Tuesday during a traffic stop in Lincoln County. Cherryville police said Dana Nile Johnson, 45, knocked an elderly man to the ground while in line…

Sheriff’s Office: Detectives finally nab trio accused of January store break-in

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Three out-of-county men, including one teen, have been charged with breaking into a convenience store on the county’s western end last month, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the suspects worked together to steal knives, cigarettes, rolling paper, lighters,…