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Business and Community Development director Brad Guth resigns

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Staff report After almost 16 years as Lincolnton’s Business and Community Development Director, Brad Guth has decided to resign. According to City Manager Jeff Emory, Guth submitted his resignation on Friday. Emory was unable to elaborate on the reasons for the letter of resignation. “I want to thank Brad for…

MAN WANTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man is wanted for raping a teen earlier this year, deputies said. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Friday afternoon seeking the public’s help in locating Jose Manuel Palafox Vasquez, 25, of 410 South Flint Street. Deputies said the suspect goes…

Sheriff’s Office: thieves stole 18 tires, wheels from Lincolnton business

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly 20 tires and wheels were stolen over the weekend from trailers parked at a Lincolnton business, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Employees with TRT Trailer Sales, located at 3302 Gastonia Highway, reported the missing items to the county law enforcement…

Vale woman charged with theft of saddles from church

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office charged a Vale woman on Saturday with stealing saddles from Cross Creek Cowboy Church in January. Sylvia Juanita Minteer, 43, of 3627 Bridle Path Drive in Vale was charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny…

Troopers: Hickory man overturns vehicle on U.S. 321 ramp in Lincolnton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba County man was rushed to an area hospital Thursday evening after his vehicle overturned on a ramp off U.S. 321 in Lincolnton. Troopers said Jesus Diaz Flores, 30, of Hickory, was taken by ambulance to Catawba Valley Medical Center after his Ford Explorer overturned…

Sheriff’s Office: Lincolnton man, 40, sexually assaulted 13-year-old girls

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  Jesus Moreno   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A 40-year-old Lincolnton man is accused of sexually assaulting two teen girls last year, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Jesus Martinez Moreno, of 2546 Teague St. in Lincolnton, on Thursday and placed him under an $80,000 secured…

Oakes, Hatley receive most votes in local elections

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Staff report Republican Board of Commissioners candidate Martin Oakes and incumbent Republican Clerk of Superior Court Fred Hatley led the field in their respective races in Tuesday’s primary election. Oakes finished with an unofficial tally of 2,495 votes, ahead of Bill Beam’s 2,222 votes and Anita McCall’s 2,091 votes. Barring…

Lincoln Cafe closed after fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton eatery will be closed through Tuesday following a small-scale fire at the business Sunday morning. According to Bryan Greene, owner of Lincoln Cafe and a former Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy, a fire started near one of the facility’s burners, damaging a wall. The restaurant,…

Sheriff’s Office: Three pipe bombs exploded in Iron Station neighborhood

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Deputies: Vale man illegally harbored $800 in prescription pills

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A western Lincoln County man accused of illegally possessing several hundred dollars’ worth of prescription pills this month is scheduled to make a first court appearance in the case today, according to deputies. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lieutenant, Tim Johnson, head of the Major Crimes Unit, initiated…