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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…

Deputies: Person spotted on surveillance near area of vehicle break-ins

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies are on the hunt for a person photographed on scene of recent vehicle break-ins near N.C. 150 in Lincoln County. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the incidents took place Wednesday in the 6200 block of N.C. 150 East and on…

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Troopers said they are searching for a person believed to have struck and killed a Lincolnton woman Wednesday night in a hit-and-run. The incident happened around 8:45 p.m. on Maiden Highway at Summerow Road in Lincolnton, according to Trooper C. Casey with the North Carolina State…

2 men charged for thefts, deputies seeking 4 at-large suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following almost a year of unsolved residential break-ins across western Lincoln County, deputies have finally made arrests in the incidents. Deputies have apprehended two western Lincoln County men but are looking for four other individuals, including at least one teen, connected to the break-ins, according to…

Sheriff’s Office: Trio stole goods from Lincoln and Mecklenburg Counties

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Darrell Driver, Christopher Honaker, George Stone JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Three Lincoln County men face a total of 15 felony counts after breaking into various locations in Denver and Mecklenburg County, stealing a variety of electronics, equipment and other items earlier this month, deputies said. According to a Lincoln County…

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…