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Granite Falls woman arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report A Granite Falls woman was arrested on felony drug charges after a brief car chase in western Lincoln County on Tuesday. A deputy on patrol on Frank Cline Road in Vale noticed a “suspicious white Honda Prelude” approach the intersection of Hog Hill Road and said the car…

County moves forward on old jail renovation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County is moving forward with plans to renovate the old jail behind the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton for what will become new probation offices. The portion of the jail that was constructed in 1956 has been demolished to make room for 10…

Denver Days gears up with free concerts

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Denver Days festival has entered its 14th year and will celebrate its permanent move to Rescue Squad Park with a “Music in the Park” series. The Rotary Club of Denver Lake Norman event is made possible in 2016 by a sponsorship from Hecht Realty. “I…

Pair arrested in NY for 2015 break-in, car theft

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Staff report Two people have been arrested in New York in connection with a break-in and car theft in October. Anthony Thomas Griffa, 23, and Zariah Kenyatta Wingate, 21, both of Pineview Lane in Gastonia, are accused of breaking into a home and stealing a number of items, including televisions…

Disgraced firefighter back in court

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Former Lincoln County firefighter Lee Keever, who was convicted in May 2014 of stealing money from two departments, is back in court, this time for worthless checks. Lee Keever will appear in court again on July 15 for three worthless check warrants from 2013. Keever admitted…

Bids come in high for First Federal Park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Construction bids for Lincolnton’s downtown First Federal Park have come in higher than city officials had hoped for. Four qualified bids were received for the project, which is working under a construction budget of approximately $305,000. Two of the bids were virtually identical, with base bids…

Three Lincolnton Police Department officers receive certifications

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Three Lincolnton Police Department officers received certifications and were recognized by the City Council during the council’s July 7 regular session. Tiffany Cline and Rick Hensley received their Intermediate Law Enforcement certificates and Billy Siebenhaar received his Intermediate and Advanced Law Enforcement certificates. “Each of these…

Trio arrested in connection with Cherryville break-in

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Staff report Three people have been charged in connection with several break-ins on Clarence Beam Road in Cherryville. One of the suspects, Crystal Lynn Dellinger, 45, of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale, was already in jail on charges that she broke into the Cat Square Family Restaurant, her former…

Criminal Charges — 7-13-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: James Verlyn Reep, 50, of 539 Stony Pt. Rd. in Kings Mountain was charged on July 8 with one count of misdemeanor Larceny. Seth Ross Seeber, 29, of 2306 Putnam St. in Lincolnton was charged on July 8 with one count…

Pair charged with break-in at Cat Square restaurant

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Staff report A former employee and another person have been charged in connection with the June 24, break-in at the Cat Square Family Restaurant in Vale. The break-in through the back door of the business was discovered when employees reported for work on the morning of June 25, according to…