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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…

Sheriff’s Office: Lincolnton house guest confessed to sexually touching 7-year-old resident

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A man receiving housing assistance from a Lincoln County family was jailed Wednesday after confessing to deputies that he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old resident during his stay at the home. Clay Allen Rudisill, 51, was arrested around 5:30 p.m. after officers located him walking along Springs…

Deputies: Catawba County man caught with 2 lbs. of pot

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics Investigators said they stopped a vehicle carrying nearly two pounds of hydroponic marijuana on Tuesday on U.S. 321 South. While conducting drug interdiction work along the busy roadway, officers spotted the driver of a black Nissan Murano not wearing a seatbelt and initiated…

Deputies: Maiden teen choked dog during argument

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Jason Hilderbran JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An area teen is accused of choking a dog during an argument with his mom this week, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies responded to 3999 Benny Shrum Lane in Maiden on Monday in reference to a domestic disturbance, according to an agency…

Sheriff’s Office: Lincolnton man inappropriately touched teen girl

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  Belton   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton man was placed behind bars Monday for his alleged involvement in a sex-related incident with a teen girl this month, deputies said. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Dan Renn arrested Timothy Dennis Belton, 26, and charged him with one felony count…

Fire crews attack flames at Lincolnton textile plant

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A fire broke out at a Lincolnton manufacturing plant Sunday evening, damaging a compressor, fire officials said. The incident took place just before 5:15 p.m. at Mohican Mills, located at 419 Gaston Street. Before realizing the fire stemmed from the plant, fire crews responded to an…