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Sheriff’s Office: Copper thief targeted Denver business, stole $12,000 in wiring

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are searching for the cuplrit who cut thousands of dollars in copper wiring out of the walls of an eastern county business under construction. Ross Bulla, owner of Black Site, LLC, in Denver, contacted deputies about the incident around 10 a.m. Friday after noticing the…

Man convicted of raping Lincoln Co. teen, sentenced to decades in prison

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A convicted killer will now spend more than three decades in prison for raping an Iron Station teen nearly four years ago. A jury found James Fred Reeves Jr., 39, also of Iron Station, guilty on all four charges filed against him including statutory…

Police: Union Co. man at-large following drug bust, vehicular chase in Lincolnton

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Police are on the hunt for a Union County man accused of leading officers on a vehicular chase through Lincolnton Thursday night following an undercover drug bust. Jonathan Christopher Wise, 28, allegedly sold Methadone pills to an undercover city officer just after 7…

Rape trial to begin Tuesday

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The trial for an Iron Station man accused of raping a teen in the county nearly four years ago is set to start Tuesday. A 12-member jury, including two alternate jurors, was chosen Monday for the Superior Court case. Defendant James Fred Reeves Jr., 39, has…

Deputies: Heroin suspect recently accused of three break-ins, theft

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 21-year-old man is accused of breaking into three different locations last month in Iron Station, deputies said. Jordan Ray Vanzandt, of 5693 Nora Drive in Iron Station, broke into a storage garage and unoccupied residence on Dec. 24, taking metal parts, copper tubing, a box…

House fire displaces two, injures pet dog

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two people were displaced from their Lincolnton home early Thursday morning following a mysterious blaze, fire officials said. Firefighters believe the incident stemmed from a pick-up truck at the property just before 3:40 a.m. on Shady Lane, according to Lincolnton Fire Chief Mitch Burgin. Flames gutted…

Man crashes into parked vehicle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A man was rushed to an area hospital late Wednesday morning after his van crashed into a parked vehicle along N.C. 16 in Denver, troopers said. Officers have yet to identify the victim, who was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte with non-life-threatening injuries, officers…

Deputies: Denver couple lied about stolen property, filed fake insurance claim

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An eastern Lincoln County couple attempted to illegally gain funds by hiding pricey possessions in a house closet and reporting the items as stolen with both the Sheriff’s Office and an insurance agency, deputies said. Scott and Rebecca Nazworth told officers on Nov. 30 that while…

Lincoln County Schools on 3-hour delay Tuesday and Wednesday

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LTN Staff Report Lincoln County students will operate on a three-hour delay twice this week due to threats of frigid temperatures. Each school will follow the delay on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Unseasonably cold weather, set to break records, forecasters have said, will affect the entire state, bringing snow to…

Deputies: Homemade New Year’s cannon explodes, severely injures Lincolnton man

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man’s homemade cannon exploded in his face during a New Year’s celebration, sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Timothy Crouse Hester was with family and friends around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday when the black-powdered device went off,…