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Deputies: Catawba County man stole trucks from businesses in Lincoln, four other counties

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  A Catawba County man is accused of stealing trucks from businesses in five different counties including Lincoln, deputies said. Frederick Charles Washburn, 50, of 126 48th Avenue in Hickory, was jailed Tuesday in the case and placed under a $50,000 secured bond. Earlier this month, deputies…

Fire Officials: Lincolnton kitchen fire partially destroys home, displaces three residents

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The American Red Cross is assisting a family whose home suffered siginficant fire damage following an unexpected kitchen blaze on Saturday, fire officials said. The incident occurred around lunch time at a home on Little Street, Lincolnton Fire Chief Mitch Burgin said. A…

A Christmas day blaze displaced a family of seven in eastern Lincoln County

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer    While families relaxed cozy in their homes Wednesday evening savoring the last hours of Christmas Day, seven eastern Lincoln County residents watched their home burn to pieces. East Lincoln Fire Department responded first to the blazing incident just after 6:30 p.m. at Ivey…

Deputies: Man with gun on the loose after robbing fast food eatery

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  Deputies said a man used a handgun to threaten the manager at an eastern Lincoln County fast food eatery Sunday morning before stealing money from the store safe and fleeing the property. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is still on the hunt for the armed robber,…

Deputies: Women stole money, gift cards from 50 eastern county mailboxes to buy Christmas gifts

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Lincolnton women are accused of driving up to 50 different mailboxes on the county’s eastern end, stealing cash and gift cards to pay for their children’s Christmas presents, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies located the suspects’ vehicle on the wrong side of the road around…

Commissioners vote down solar farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 against the contentious construction of a solar farm in Denver during their meeting Monday night. The Times-News reported last week that the Planning Board voted 4-4 against the approval of Strata Solar’s solar farm due to its proximity to…

Troopers: Vehicle struck and killed Denver man riding on lawn mower

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Troopers are investigating a wreck that occurred on the county’s eastern end Wednesday afternoon in which a vehicle struck and killed a man on a lawn mower. The incident took place around 2:30 p.m. on Forney Hill Road in Denver, troopers said. Further details on the wreck were not…

Fire officials: Cause of Lincolnton house fire still a mystery

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  ENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police are still investigating what started a fire that consumed a Lincolnton residence early Sunday morning while residents were out of town. Lincolnton Fire Department and Boger City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the site, located at 504 Huss Street. Fire crews said they…

Sheriff’s Office: Deputies and alleged robber exchange gunfire, injuring suspect

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies shot and injured a 23-year-old Mecklenburg County man in eastern Lincoln County Thursday afternoon after the suspect, who tried to rob a local pharmacy earlier in the day, first fired two shots at officers, the Sheriff’s Office said. Tyler Cameron Kennedy, of 10515 Paces Avenue,…

Lincoln meth lab busts exceed 20 for 2013

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A western Lincoln County man remains behind bars after deputies said they arrested him Monday for harboring a one-pot methamphetamine lab inside his residence. Narcotics investigators located the lab just before 5:30 p.m. on the 7100 block of Doyle Beam Memorial Road in Vale, according to…