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Man accused of shooting at trooper arrested after standoff

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Staff report A man is in custody at the Cleveland County jail after allegedly shooting at a state trooper with an AR-15 rifle and engaging law enforcement officers in a standoff. At around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sgt. G.S. Johnson of the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a call…

Man accused of stealing car

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with stealing a car. Randy Lee Rinck Sr., 57, of 2647 Keener Road, was arrested on Saturday by the Lincolnton Police Department and charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and driving while license…

Two charged following search warrant

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Staff report Two Lincolnton residents are facing felony drug charges following the execution of a search warrant at their home on Dale Avenue. Nickolas Shawn Wright, 31, and Jerri Lynn Sigmon, 24, both of 2057 Dale Avenue, were arrested on Sunday at their home. Lincolnton Police Department officers served the…

Criminal Charges — 9-6-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Colleen Velma Jewell, 38, of 3718 Fieldhaven Ct. in Maiden was charged Aug. 31 with one count each of failure to transfer title/remove plate and obtaining property by false pretenses. A $6,000 secured bond was set. Joshua Gene Hoyle, 25, of…

Criminal Charges — 9-4-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Joshua Patrick Martin, 28, of 109 Pat Nixon Cir. was charged Aug. 29 with two counts of breaking and entering railroad cars and other motor vehicles; one count each of felony breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering…

Around Town— 9-1-17

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SATURDAY Country breakfast Westside House of Prayer, located at 4260 Flay Rd. in Lincolnton will host an all you can eat country breakfast buffet. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under. SUNDAY Sunday Service The New Bold Alumni Association will have their service at Providence Missionary…

Criminal Charges— 9-1-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Travis Allen Jones, 32, of 5424 W. NC 27 Hwy. in Vale was charged Aug. 25 with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. A $5,000 secured bond was set. Franchon Michelle Williams, 41, of 2329 Fulton Tr. in Lincolnton…

Lincoln County Animal Services, on a no-kill mission, expands staff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In an effort to help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter achieve “no-kill” designation, the county has given animal services director Hannah Beaver permission to hire an animal control supervisor. “Animal control requires someone who is passionate toward animals and people,” Beaver said. “In hiring for this…

Alive After Five concert series wraps up Thursday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The fourth and final series of Alive After Five is this Thursday. The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band will bring their blend of beach music, blues and funk to the stage. The group consists of nine members, with five playing horns, coming up to Lincolnton…

Filmmaker shares tale of Civil War’s aftermath

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer After spending four years in the Army, Michael Helms returned to his hometown of Lincolnton. He attended Gaston College for a year, then Gardner-Webb University for another year before enrolling in the University of North Carolina School of Arts to focus in film studies. Helms’s…