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Criminal mischief in Lowesville getting deputies’ attention

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate multiple instances of vandalism that have occurred this month in the county’s southeast corner, where several homes and vehicles have been egged. Deputies said the most recent incidents occurred sometime between 1 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday on…

Cody, Reid honored by Sheriff’s Office

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has announced the names of two individuals who are recipients of this year’s Officer of the Year awards.  Plaques with each officer’s name will be on display in the Sheriff’s Office. A press release noted that both awards represent “outstanding…

Suspect charged for indecent liberties with 14-year-old girl

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba County man with a criminal record in at least two other North Carolina counties has been charged with inappropriately touching a teen girl in Lincoln County while the two rode together in a vehicle earlier this month. According to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office authorities,…

Footage shows copper thief in county building

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff writer Several hundred pounds of copper were stolen from the Lincoln County Public Works building early Wednesday morning. A police report said the government building was last secured the previous evening around 5 p.m. Cameras at the site recorded an intruder entering through one of the facility’s…

Wanted in Denver: Skilled workers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer It’s a problem that’s becoming more and more common: As the manufacturing industry looks to make a comeback of sorts, qualified workers are hard to find. Jeff Frushtick, president and CEO of Leonard Automatics in Denver, is experiencing just this. After an article appeared in The…

Roundup nets more than 50 drug suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton Police have been calling on assistance from various local law enforcement agencies to assist them in a 16-day hunt of nearly 100 offenders wanted on more than 400 drug-related charges. The effort, dubbed “16 Days of Christmas,” was purposely drawn out during a more than…

Looking ahead after the ‘Makeover’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer James and Vonda Friday and their seven children, five of whom are adopted, have received one of the biggest gifts this holiday season, a new home built by the cast and crew of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Their eight-bedroom home, located on Moore Street in…

Break-ins target homes in north-central county

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are searching for a holiday thief who stole Christmas presents and other items Tuesday from two homes located in a north-central area of the county where other break-ins were reported earlier this month. In both incidents, the homes’ back doors were kicked in and items…

Murder suspect in court on probation charge

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Contrary to information published in Monday’s edition of the Times-News, Lincolnton murder suspect Matthew Carol Broome appeared in court Wednesday on a probation charge, not the first-degree murder charge he faces in the death of his girlfriend Lynsette Jo Latusek. A date for his second hearing…

McGuire workers donating toys

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The United States Marine Corps loaded more than 220 bicycles and hundreds of other gifts for needy children into moving trucks at Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville on Monday afternoon. According to a press release sent out by the company, employees at the plant…