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Man arrested for prescription fraud, woman still at-large

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Staff report Lincolnton Police Department officers have arrested a man for allegedly passing a forged prescription. Officers charged Toni Danielle Sronce and Jason Lee Self with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery. Self was arrested by the Cherryville Police Department in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Sronce…

Curtis called for special session to repeal Charlotte LGBT ordinance

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory isn’t ready to call state lawmakers into Raleigh early for the purpose of combating the Charlotte City Council’s recently passed transgender rights ordinance. Lincoln County Sen. David Curtis, a Republican, said he reached out personally to the first-term governor, who is…

Council could approve new engine for Lincolnton Fire Department

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council will consider awarding a bid to Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks for the purchase of a 2016 Spartan Metrostar (Smeal) Triple Combination Pumper truck for $468,275. Lincolnton Fire Chief Ryan Heavner will address council on Thursday and express the department’s need and to show…

Lincolnton man charged with manufacturing meth

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Samuel Allen Hight, 46, of 4493 Maiden Highway, was arrested on Monday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Officers with the North Carolina Probation and Parole office called for Sheriff’s Office assistance with a search at a probationer’s home, where…

Linker Guitars opens in Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Franklin Linker’s journey took him from rural Georgia to a private university in Tennessee, included an ocean-crossing decade in Jerusalem, featured a brutal Michigan winter and involved more than five years of learning from one of the best in his craft in the live music capital…

Lincoln County early voting begins Thursday

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer North Carolinians can get a head start to the primary election season when early voting begins tomorrow. Lincoln County residents can register and fill out a ballot any time from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Lincolnton’s James W. Warren Citizens Center, in Denver at the…

Lincoln County to seek new animal services director

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins announced Tuesday afternoon that the county is seeking a new animal services director. David Workman, who has served in the role since August, requested a transfer to a code enforcement officer position within the Lincoln County Planning and Inspections Department. Workman,…

Alexis woman arrested in triple homicide

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ALEXIS (AP) — Police have arrested a Gaston County woman and charged her with killing her husband and said she will face charges in the deaths of two other people in the home. Police told local media outlets that 42-year-old Crystal Leah Gambino, of Alexis-Lucia Road in Alexis, was arrested…

Heroin, gun seized at home, suspects at-large

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Staff report Lincolnton Police Department officers have obtained warrants for two city residents on felony heroin possession charges. Brandon Scott Barnette, 24, and Chassidy Nicole Leming, 24, both of 1621 Sigmon Road, are suspected of possessing “a significant amount of high-quality black heroin, several dosage units of prescription medication, a…

Commissioners considering 1-cent tax increase

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners appear willing to discuss the possibility of a small tax increase to cover local water needs. Commissioner Bill Beam brought the subject up Thursday when county officials convened for a scheduled budget meeting to discuss utilities and solid waste. The fiscal year ends…