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Ex-Panther to speak at Salem Bapt.

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Former Carolina Panther and Mike Minter will speak Sunday at Salem Baptist Church in Lincolnton. “He’s a great speaker — dynamic, good Christian testimony,” said the Rev. Andy Royals with Salem Baptist Church. Minter will speak at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and both services are open to the…

Man reports being struck and robbed in his home

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Authorities are on the lookout for two people accused of robbing a man Wednesday at his western Lincoln County home. The resident of a home in the 2000 block of N.C. 150 West told Sheriff’s Deputy R.L. Grant that two white males came to his residence, to look at some…

Rape added to charges against detainee

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A Cherryville man, recently indicted on fraud charges now faces allegations of rape. Randolph Alexander Watterson, 42, is accused of having sex with two juvenile girls on separate occasions, said Sgt. Chris Reynolds with the Gaston County Police Department. Watterson was indicted by a Gaston County grand jury earlier this…

Most wanted

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Contact intensive surveillance officers Ted Overcash at (704) 732-2229 or David Carpenter at (704) 732-4784 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at (704) 736-8909 if you have information on the following criminal suspects. n Chad Ray Humphreys Wanted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on charges of felony breaking and entering…

Around Town 1/23/2009

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ART STROLL The Art Stroll will be 5:30-9 p.m. this evening in Downtown Lincolnton. The event will feature the work of more than 70 professional and local artists at 15 locations throughout the town. The free event will feature live entertainment and complimentary refreshments at select locations. For more information,…

Ribbon cut

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Hotel ex-manager charged with ‘milking the payroll’

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A western Lincoln County woman is facing felony charges after she allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from a local hotel. Tatiana Gonzalez, 34, Vale, is accused of embezzling about $200,000 from the Comfort Inn on East Main Street, Lincolnton police reported. Hospitality Group Management, which oversees 17 hotels including Comfort…

Undercover narcotics probe prompts Denver man’s arrest

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A Denver man is facing several felony charges following an undercover operation by narcotics investigators. Eugene Henry Porter, 40, was arrested Wednesday in Mecklenburg County on Lincoln County charges, said Larry Seagle, public information officer for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Porter’s arrest was a result of an investigation where…

Lincolnton Firefighter awards

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Classroom without walls

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Braving bone-chilling temperatures, wild animals and methane-spewing mud pits, a Lincoln Charter School teacher Tuesday completed a five-day field trip with his students to one of the most untamed national parks in the United States. And he did it without even having parents sign permission slips. Steve Hall, who teaches…