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Customer data at risk after breach at Zaxby’s

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Zaxby’s restaurant on East Main Street in Lincolnton has been identified as among those locations affected by a recent data security breach that may have resulted in unauthorized access to credit and debit card information. Suspicious computer files believed to have originated from…

Demand for gun permits soars

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Gun purchase permits and applications for concealed carry handgun permits are on the rise across the country and state, and Lincoln County and its neighboring counties are no exception after the Sheriff’s Office witnessed a nearly 35 percent increase in purchase permits alone from 2011…

Feds: Two more guilty pleas in Cherryville

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two former City of Cherryville employees agreed in federal court Tuesday to each plead guilty to using their positions to embezzle thousands of dollars apiece in city funds over at least the last three years, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in the…

Deputies: Meth lab shut down

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Catawba County deputies and the officials with the State Bureau of Investigation assisted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Friday in destroying a meth lab at an Iron Station residence, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. Narcotics investigators discovered the lab two days earlier…

Suspect charged in bomb hoax at Bosch

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A tool manufacturing warehouse in Lincolnton was evacuated Monday night after deputies said a man called in and claimed he had loaded the building with explosives and was going to blow it up. Deputies arrested Chris Carl Lee, 29, of 1042 Mountain Crest Drive…

Deputies say Denver man growing drugs

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics investigators arrested a Denver man last week after they said he was growing marijuana inside his residence. Deputies searched Bryan Edward Lanning’s home on Hagers Ferry Road after someone contacted the county’s Drug Tip Line about the suspect, an agency press release…

Lincoln woman arrested for shooting at Gaston cars

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County woman with a Stanley address is accused of firing a gun at two passing vehicles last week along a Gaston County roadway. Mt. Holly police arrested Ashley Nicole Hunsucker, 26, of 5719 Country Lane Road, on Wednesday and placed her under…

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Suspect, 57, charged with sex assault on girl, 14

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A 57-year-old eastern Lincoln County man is accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl last month, the Sheriff’s Office said. The Department of Social Services reported the alleged incident to deputies, who in turn, charged Glenn Andrew Morgan, of 1865 N. Highway 16 in…

Cooperative Extension plant sale under way

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  LTN Staff Reports   The Lincoln County Cooperative Extension’s annual plant sale is under way, offering a variety of muscadine and blueberry plants for the picking. “Muscadines are the best type of grape for our area,” said County Extension Director Kevin Starr. “The vines will be 2 years old…