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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…

Police round up church theft suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two suspects have been taken into custody while a third person remains at large in connection with a break-in last week at Without Walls Freedom Center in Lincolnton. Dallas Police have arrested Ralph Alexander Hall, 23, of Bessemer City, while Lincolnton police have apprehended Jennifer Smith…

DA quits panel over veto

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SHELBY (AP) — District Attorney Richard “Rick” Shaffer has resigned from Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue’s crime policy panel because she vetoed a bill that would have essentially repealed a 2009 law focused on capital punishment and racial bias. Shaffer, a Democrat who prosecutes crimes in Cleveland and Lincoln counties, wrote…

Plugs on Christmas tree lights blamed in house fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A woman and her daughter escaped their burning Lincolnton residence Friday evening after fire officials said a multi-plug adapter on the home’s artificial Christmas tree sparked a fire. The incident occurred just after 7:30 p.m. at a two-story home on 107 Mauney Drive. The Lincolnton Housing…

Celebrating a season of sharing

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Volunteers help deliver food, gifts More than 300 volunteers show up at Christian Ministry in Lincolnton on Tuesday to help deliver food for families who find themselves in need of assistance at this time of year. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Christian Ministries in Lincolnton handed out food boxes and toys…

‘Blue Christmas’ service unites those who mourn

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   While Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, there are many individuals throughout the community who are feeling more so the effects of suffering and sadness. As a result, three Lincoln County churches and one in Catawba County have come together…

County OKs request from proposed subdivision

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on a request for preliminary plat approval for a proposed commercial subdivision during Monday’s meeting. Andrew Bryant of the county’s Planning and Inspections Department presented the recommendation from the Planning Board’s Dec. 5 meeting regarding Austin…

Iron Station sex offender arrested for going on Facebook

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An Iron Station man, who was found guilty of a sex crime more than a decade ago, recently accessed a social networking site, leading to his arrest, deputies said. On Dec. 12, Van Williams, 45, of 1848 Brevard Place Rd., was charged with one felony count…