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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…

Deputies: Charlotte man wanted for trying to cash fake check at Denver bank

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Charlotte man accused of trying to pass a counterfeit check at an eastern Lincoln County bank on Monday. Deputies said Kyle David Flood, of 945 N. College Street, tried to cash a more than $850 check at People’s Bank…

McHenry, Oversight Committee discuss Obamacare in Gastonia

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Gaston County Courthouse was packed Friday morning as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee listened to local testimonies regarding the impact the Affordable Care Act has made on North Carolinians. U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, R-Calif., led the discussion for “Obamacare Implementation: Sticker Shock of…

Deputies: Nearly half of suspects in drug operation remain at-large

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is looking for nearly 20 suspects still at-large in the agency’s sixth drug operation since 2011. Operation “Top 40” commenced Wednesday after a 6 a.m. briefing, headed by Narcotics Lieutenant Jason Reid. He and fellow drug officers carried out a six-month…

Arrests continue in operation “Top 40″

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to apprehend drug offenders today indicted in the agency’s sixth round-up operation in agency history. Operation “Top 40” commenced after a 6 a.m. briefing. Officers dispersed throughout the county in search of the offenders, who were indicted by a…

Sheriff’s Office: No charges filed after woman flashed knife, robbed man

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man told deputies a woman threatened him with a large knife before robbing him. According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office report, Randy Lee Rinck Jr., had been hanging out with the woman Friday in Maiden before returning to her home on the…

Deputies: Man tried to break into Denver neighbor’s home

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A woman called 911 early Saturday morning after deputies said a neighbor tried to break into her eastern Lincoln County home. Jacob Todd Gladden, 38, of 7355 Executive Circle, is accused of trying to break into the nearby Denver residence around…

Iron Station man charged for stabbing

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A stabbing incident at an Iron Station home over the weekend sent one man to the hospital and another to the county jail, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Justin Trey Brown, 28, of 4841 East N.C. 27 in Iron Station, is accused of stabbing Samuel…

Deputies: 1 of 2 teens escaped handcuffs following an arrest for vehicle break-ins

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     One of two Catawba County teens arrested Thursday morning for breaking into vehicles at a Lincoln County business escaped handcuffs and fled the back of a patrol vehicle, deputies said. Shortly after a Catawba County officer detained Jacob Andrew Royles, 17, of…

House Fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A western Lincoln County home suffered significant damage Thursday following an early morning house fire. Firefighters with Howards Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded first to the scene, located at 1046 West N.C. 27 in Crouse, according to Asst. Chief Mike Huss. Not only did crews witness…