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2nd suspect takes plea in ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ spree

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Georgia woman will now follow her boyfriend to prison this month after she pleaded guilty just days after him in a Catawba County courtroom for her involvement in a crime spree and police chase last year in Sherrills Ford. A judge sentenced Diana Michelle Dayton,…

Semi overturns on US 321

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two people were transported to an area hospital after their tractor trailer overturned Saturday morning on U.S. 321 in Lincoln County. According to Lincolnton Fire Chief Mike Lee, the single-vehicle crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. on the southbound lanes near mile marker 21. Fire officials said…

Picking berries

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Sheriff: Sign thieves may be selling metal

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of thefts across the county since the end of last year in which more than 100 street signs have been stolen. Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News Friday that since December, at least 150 county signs have been stolen…

Mother-daughter tea party

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Criminal probe of city leaders ongoing

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor The spotlight on alleged illegal gifts to city officials doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon and could result in criminal charges, a law enforcement source told the Times-News on Thursday. Even though Lincolnton City Council members voted 3-1 last week to halt an…

Cocaine trafficking charges for ex-convict

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies and city police joined with North Carolina Probation and Parole officers this week to execute search warrants at three area residences, resulting in the arrest of an alleged cocaine dealer and two-time convicted felon. Following an undercover investigation that commenced in February, authorities probed homes…

Out for blood at West Lincoln High

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Curtis upbeat about runoff

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Dr. David Curtis of Denver isn’t halting his campaign for a state Senate seat after narrowly finishing second in a three-way Republican primary on Tuesday. “Yes, I plan to seek a run off,” he told the Times-News in an email on Thursday. Curtis finished with about…

Legislators play victims in water rescue exercise

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, and N.C. Sen. Chris Carney, R-Iredell, may have been at their party headquarters on Tuesday, but by Wednesday, they found themselves tied to the end of a rope dangling from a helicopter over the waters of Lake Norman. The politicians served…