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Suspect on LCSO “Most Wanted” list arrested

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Staff report One of the suspects on the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit’s “Most Wanted” list has been arrested. Charles Montgomery Fitzgerald, 59, formerly of Fitzgerald Stowe Lane in Lincolnton, was arrested in a trailer park on Borders Road in Shelby on Friday. Detectives said Fitzgerald was living with…

Officers: Lincolnton man set wife’s car on fire

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with setting his wife’s car on fire. The Lincolnton Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance on South Aspen Street in the early morning hours Sunday and spoke with a woman who said her husband, James William Jenkins, IV, 28, of 1869…

Women arrested on prostitution charges

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two Lincolnton women on prostitution charges after they allegedly agreed to have sex with an undercover detective in exchange for money. Adrienne Dawn Pennell, 24, and Jordan Leigh Williams, 23, both of 1001 West Hwy 150, were arrested on Monday. Deputies…

Model Citizen: Lincolnton man driven by hobby

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer It didn’t take long for Lincolnton resident Daniel Fulton to find his place in the world. When he isn’t working on or around trucks, he is sketching them or building elaborate customized models of them. “My daddy was a truck driver and he also built models…

Braylon Beam supports Panthers on Super Bowl run

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Braylon Beam keeps pounding. The 6-year-old Rock Springs first grader, whose dances in the midst of a brain cancer battle garnered national headlines almost as soon as the disease was first diagnosed, was in Charlotte again on Jan. 24, cheering on his beloved Carolina Panthers. A…

Lincoln County Animal Services schedules community meetings

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services announced a series of community meetings beginning this week to discuss potential changes at the animal shelter. LCAS Director David Workman will be on hand Wednesday at East Lincoln High School, Thursday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center and Feb. 8…

Fun is No. 1 at Kids Rock Fun Factory

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer There’s a place in Lincolnton where kids 12 and younger can go and enjoy 20,000 square feet of inflatables, games, music and prizes. Parents appreciate the family atmosphere and “safety first” approach of Kids Rock Fun Factory. What began a year ago with the lease of…

Hickory man charged with trafficking meth

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Staff report A Hickory man has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine after a joint operation between the Lincolnton Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Kenneth Otto Jones, 50, of 407 26th Street SW, was arrested on Thursday after “detectives with both agencies utilized physical surveillance techniques and encountered…

Neighbors voice opposition to proposed Denver neighborhood

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer About 50 people turned out to the East Lincoln Community Center for a community involvement meeting on Tuesday to discuss their issues with the proposed Newton Crossing neighborhood in Denver. Much of the dissension hinged on traffic, specifically residents of Sarah Drive concerned about the development’s…

LPD makes felony meth arrests

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department has charged a man and woman with felony possession of methamphetamine. Arthur Joshua Houser, 25, of 2158 Lewis Road in Lincolnton, and Laura Kathryn Drew Smith, 31, of 402 Madison Street in Lincolnton, were served outstanding felony warrants at a home at 401 North…