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Man arrested for selling drugs, fleeing from officers in 2013

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Jonathan Christopher Wise, 28, of 5806 Woody Grove Road in Indian Trail, was arrested on Thursday by the Union County Sheriff’s Office for outstanding warrants from the Lincolnton Police Department stemming from an undercover narcotics operation in 2013. During a controlled buy initiated by undercover narcotics…

Ballard: Going from a pollywog to a shellback

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist On one of my Saturday morning trips to Hardees, I met Mike Manning and his wife. I asked him if he recalled anything he’d remember forever and without hesitation he told me it was when he was in the Navy. In 1972 he was aboard the…

Teen charged after one-pot meth lab found

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a “one-pot” meth lab that was found on South Poplar Street on July 24. Detectives Dwayne McAllister and Dennis Harris conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of Joseph Scott Cirillo, 19, on July…

Sheriff’s Office investigating theft of batteries

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in investigating battery thefts that recently occurred in western Lincoln County. During dates ranging from July 25-Aug. 3, a total of 14 batteries were stolen from several trucks, farm tractors and church busses. Between July…

Criminal Charges — 8-8-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Melvin Darnell Pharr, 55, of 4018 East Highway in Iron Station was charged August 5 with one misdemeanor count sexual battery. An unknown bond was set. Daytona Sieatia Adams, 29, of 2805 Highland Drive in Lincolnton was charged August 5 with one…

Partnership for Children offers back-to-school tips

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist It’s almost time for Back to School! Here are some tips to keep in mind to make sure your children are safe. Review your family’s walking safety rules. Walk on the sidewalk if available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic. Officer Tommy Crosby…

Local conservationists lauded at district banquet

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Staff Report The Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District honored several local conservation activists during an awards banquet on Thursday. According to a press release, the annual banquet allows the district an opportunity to recognize individuals in Lincoln County that are working hard to protect natural resources. This year,…

Around Town — 08-08-14

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Today Concert Michael Wayne Smith will be singing at Landmark Baptist Church, located at 4321 Reepsville Road in Vale, at 6 p.m. For more information, please call (707) 308-8191. Saturday Concert The River Oak Band will perform at 2910 Killian Road in Lincolnton beginning at 6 p.m. Children under 12…

Bringing out the big guns

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SWAT team leader discusses rationale behind raids ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Hollywood movies and mainstream media portray SWAT teams in many ways, from every day average Joe heroes that save the day to corrupt villains that abuse their power. The public perception of tactical units tends to vacillate between favorable…

Commissioners mull changes to waste sites, noise rules

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners discussed possible courses of action regarding backlash received from recent changes to the county’s noise ordinance and solid waste program at a meeting on Monday. County Manager Tracy Jackson began each discussion by updating commissioners on the staff’s latest research regarding…