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Woman walking in road at night struck, killed

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A vehicle struck and killed a Denver woman who was walking down an eastern Lincoln County roadway Wednesday night. Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the incident happened on Forney Hill Road in Denver. Trooper C.M. Casey identified the woman as Nellie Presly,…

House guest charged with massive identity theft

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A woman was charged with more than 50 felony counts after allegedly racking up thousands of dollars in credit-card debt by stealing personal information from a couple she was living with for nearly a year. The Sheriff’s Office said Judith Ann Hamm Rishel, 57, of 1966…

3 of 38 still at large in drug roundup

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LTN Staff Reports Three alleged drug dealers continue to elude law enforcement officials following last month’s countywide round up entitled Operation .38 Special. Timothy Shontay Baxter Jr., 32, of 133 Laura Jeanne Ln. in Statesville, was the most recent arrest made in the effort, authorities said. According to deputies, Baxter…

More candidates file for state, local offices

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor With filing for public offices getting under way Monday and continuing through the end of the month, office-seekers have continued to make their intentions clear this week. Former Buncombe County Commissioner and current N.C. Rep. Patsy Keever, D-Asheville, has filed for U.S. House District 10. Already…

Subway planning move as gas station expands

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Subway currently located in the Times Food Store and gas station on East Main Street in Lincolnton will soon be relocating to the old Generation Bean facility in the Carolina Shopping Center. Construction on the facility has been under way for a few weeks. Willie…

Surprises as candidates begin filing

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  Commissioner Jim Klein to challenge Rep. Saine FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Candidate filing for 2012 local, state and federal political races in North Carolina got under way at noon Monday with several surprise challenges to sitting candidates, plus some familiar faces jumping into this year’s contests. Due to a…

Man fatally burned in yard fire

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    JENNA-LEYHARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County man is dead following a fiery accident Monday afternoon in the backyard of his residence, located in the north-central part of the county. Edward Rowe Sr., 75, of 2304 Maiden-Salem Rd. in Lincolnton, was burning grass when flames somehow jumped onto…

Woman injured in blaze

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Apartment fire sends resident to hospital   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton woman was transported to a Winston-Salem hospital Monday night after a blaze started in her bedroom, burning her body, fire officials said. Lincolnton Fire Chief Mike Lee said the 57-year-old woman was lying in bed inside…

Judge: No bond for murder suspect

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County murder suspect appeared disoriented and disheveled Monday morning during his first court appearance. Jerry Alvin Black Jr., 41, of 1225 Untold Way in Lincolnton, told Judge Ali B. Paksoy that he was not aware of the charges he faced and that…

Chinese manufacturer schedules announcement for Thursday in Denver

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  Staff reports   When a small power-equipment company in Denver was purchased by a Chinese firm last month, the news received some attention and speculation in regional news media. But an industrial announcement event Thursday morning for Chongqing-based RATO that is being held at Verdict Ridge Country Club in…