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Sheriff’s Office seeking help to locate runaway

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway, Nicholas Andrew Thompkins, 17, last seen on June 17 at his residence on Highland Bluff Court. Anyone with information that may help locate him is asked to contact Detective Matt Lykins…

Boy in stable condition after accidental hanging

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Staff report A 10-year-old boy is in stable condition after accidentally hanging himself from basketball goal at a Lincolnton home on Sunday. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the boy was playing basketball outside a residence on the 2800-block of Long Shoals Road around 9:30 a.m. when his grandmother saw…

Two brothers killed in car wreck

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Staff report The state highway patrol confirmed two brothers were killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Reepsville Road on the county’s western end on Thursday. Joshua Gantt, 27, of Diamond Lane in Vale, and his brother Casey Gantt, 23, of Sam Houser Road in Vale, were both killed when their…

UPDATED: Missing teen found

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UPDATE: The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Kalvin Michael Charles returned home on Friday. Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Lincolnton teenager. According to a press release, Kalvin Michael Charles, 16, of 976 Horseshoe Lake Road was last seen by…

Lincolnton man charged with damaging patrol cars

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Lincolnton man with damaging two patrol cars and resisting arrest. Deputies said they were called to a residence on Beaver Dam Lane in Lincolnton on Monday around 6:30 p.m. to investigate an incident in which a man was damaging property.…

Lincolnton icon Dr. John Gamble, Jr. dies

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Staff report Dr. John R. Gamble, Jr., a local icon, died on Monday, CMC-Lincoln officials confirmed. He was 92 years old. Gamble, a former Democratic county commissioner and state legislator, was known for his unceasing activity in his old age and his love of fishing. He was instrumental in the…

Sheriff’s Office seeking public’s help to locate missing woman

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Toasha Nicole Rice, 27, of 6887 Lackey Road in Vale was last seen on May 26 by relatives when she left her residence with another white female in a black, four-door car, according…

Sheriff’s Office: Three Gaston Co. residents stole items from Alexis man’s outbuildings, trailer

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Three Gaston County residents are accused of breaking into two storage buildings and a trailer Wednesday morning on the southeastern end of Lincoln County. One of the suspects even used a vehicle to injure the homeowner in the incident, deputies said. The victim contacted the Communications…

Suspect charged for fatal hit-and-run

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Just one day after troopers made a break in a fatal hit-and-run investigation in Lincoln County, an arrest has been made. Travis Kirk Fitzpatrick, 33, of Catawba, was charged Saturday morning after troopers said they received an anonymous tip. He’s accused of striking Sherry Kittle, 53,…

Man in Maiden falls from bridge, taken to hospital

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man in Maiden fell off a bridge and suffered injuries, according to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened Friday morning, and the victim was transported by Catawba County Emergency Medical Services to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Sheriff’s Office officials…