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Police: Murder suspect acted alone, knew his victims

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police investigators are denying rumors that they have additional suspects in the slaying of a Broome Street couple at their residence last month. “We believe he acted alone,” Lt. Brian Greene, head of Lincolnton Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, said of 43-year-old Wilbert Lester Fair, whom…

Faithful return to historic camp

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer George “Heck” McAlister and Kirby Dellinger met at the Rock Spring Methodist Camp Meeting more than half a century ago. During the 1940s, the campground served as a prowling location for the teenage pranksters and a spot for budding romance since both men met their future…

Jury: Hoffman guilty of bank robbery

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A southeastern Lincoln County man has been convicted of robbing a Denver bank earlier this year. Sidney Noel Hoffman, 43, of 2310 Alexis-Lucia Rd. in Stanley, disguised himself with various clothing items in April and demanded money from a bank employee at First Citizens Bank, located…

Developer accused of plan to cut and run during public hearing

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Crosland Southeast’s request to rezone property in Catawba Springs Township and essentially put it in a holding pattern drew accusations that the company plans to “cut it up and run” during at public hearing at Monday’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting. Austin Williams, a partner…

Judge: Death penalty possible for suspect in double slaying

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Suspect’s family claims he’s incapable of violent crimes   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Tears were flowing heavy inside a Lincoln County courtroom Friday morning as family members of murdered Lincolnton couple Mike and Bonnie Vincent listened emotion-filled while Judge K. D. Black told accused killer Wilbert Lester Fair he…

School Board to vote on repairs to track

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincoln County Board of Education members are set to take action at their meeting Wednesday night to revamp the Lincolnton and West Lincoln high schools’ track fields, in lieu of a majority vote at a Building and Site Committee meeting last month. Board member…

County to consider gaming center regulation

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   County commissioners will consider regulating Internet sweepstakes gaming operations during tonight’s board meeting. Zoning Administrator Randy Hawkins will present a suggested amendment to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance, defining electronic gaming centers as “as any business enterprise where persons utilize electronic machines to conduct…

Witness describes fatal crash on NC 150

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Joni Stone still trembles when her mind flashes back to the deadly scene she encountered after a vehicle crashed into a tree across the street from her residence Thursday evening along N.C. 150, she told the Times-News on Friday. William Franklin Baker, 56, of 202…

Mini-society Camp auction

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Deputies: Couple lost $6K to phone scam

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A scam artist living in Montreal, Canada, pretended to be an eastern Lincoln County couple’s family friend in order to swindle them out of more than $6,000 last month, deputies said. As a result, the Sheriff’s Office administered an agency press release late last…