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Robbery Update: Ruch Arrested, Shell Still Wanted
The Hickory Police Department arrested Joshua Alan Ruch on September 20, 2017.   Ruch was charged with Attempted Robbery with Dangerous Weapon in reference with the attempted armed robbery that occurred on September 13.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lincoln County Man Facing Child Exploitation Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives assisted the F.B.I. Task Force with the execution of a search warrant at 3518 NC 73 Highway, Iron Station, NC on August 31, 2017 that led to local charges.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two Arrested, Two Wanted In Theft Of Church Trailer
Two people have been arrested and warrants have been drawn against two other people in connection with the theft of an enclosed trailer from Real Life Community Church on East Highway 27 in Iron Station.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Alexis Area Man Arrested After Allegedly Setting House Fire
Another incident of domestic violence was apparently behind a house fire and car fire in Gaston County Wednesday night and Thursday morning. An Alexis area man is in jail as a result.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Operation 17-76 Conducted By Catawba County Drug Task Force
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force along with officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office conducted Operation "17-76" this morning, September 20, which consisted of officers attempting to locate (76) individuals which have been involved in ongoing drug related investigations throughout the community.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Man Attempted To Break Into Former Girlfriend's Home
On Friday, September 15, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Lincolnton Police Department received a breaking and entering in progress call to a residence located on the 1000 block of East Catawba Street.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lincolnton Man Runs From Highway Patrol, Wrecks
A Lincolnton man faces a slew of charges after he led officers on a high speed chase at more than double the posted speed limit Monday evening.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Attempted Library Robbery Leads To Chase
19-year-old Jontavious Javez Littlejohn is no stranger to police. He's had multiple arrests--the latest Monday after he allegedly attempted to rob a woman at the library on West Main St. and led police on a chase into Gaston County.  In court Tuesday, he was bound over to Superior Court for an October trial.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Three Vehicle Wreck Causes Multiple Injuries
Three vehicles were involved in a wreck just west of Cherryville Monday afternoon that sent three to the hospital in Charlotte in critical condition.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Stanley Woman Charged With Theft From Where She Was Working
A Stanley, N.C. woman was arrested on charges relating to the theft of jewelry from a residence where she was working for a contractor.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Two Wanted For Attempted Robbery In Hickory
The Hickory Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating Joshua Alan Ruch and Erin Olivia Shell.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division at 704-484-4987.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Drug Charges
Anonymous tips led to the arrest of two Lexington, NC men Wednesday in Catawba County.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

One Of Two Fleeing Bandits Killed In Wreck
A couple who were allegedly involved in a bank robbery at a Gastonia bank were chased by police and crashed headon into another vehicle Wednesday afternoon. The man--who was said to have been the bank robber--was killed. His female getaway driver is in critical condition.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Detectives Searching For Stolen Trailer
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of an enclosed trailer from a Lincoln County church. Church officials reported the trailer was last known to be at the church on Sunday, September 10.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Four From Same Address Facing Drug Charges
The investigation into a shooting incident prompted another investigation into drug activity at a residence near Cherryville. Gaston County Police have now filed drug charges against four residents of that address.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Six Offenders Arrested For Child Solicitation
As of Friday September 8 detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department arrested numerous offenders, after a two month long undercover operation. The operation involved undercover detectives portraying a child on various social media outlets.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bandit Arrested After Chase
A Hickory teenager who allegedly robbed a convenience store Monday afternoon was arrested Monday night by Hickory Police and Catawba County Sheriff's deputies.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Three People Sentenced To Prison On Drug Charges
During the week of September 4, 2017 three individuals facing multiple felony drug charges were sentenced to prison in Lincoln County Superior Court.  All three were arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit in 2016.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Drug Charges
A Maiden man will have a first appearance in court Tuesday on drug charges after being arrested by Hickory Police early Monday morning (Sept. 11th).
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Missing Iron Station Man Has Been Safely Located
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 1:45 p.m. this afternoon, September 11, reported that John Michael Myers had been safely located.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Iron Station, N.C. man.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Follow-Up Investigation Leads To More Drugs & Arrests
On Thursday, September 7 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a follow-up investigation at a residence near the 1200 block of Betterbrook Lane in Lincolnton.
Friday, September 08, 2017

Rinkines, Shutz Caught In Maryland
The man wanted for a murder in Catawba County Wednesday night has been apprehended in Maryland along with his girlfriend who fled the scene of the homicide with him.
Friday, September 08, 2017

LPD Responds To Call Of Possible Drug Activity
Various individuals in the Hubbard Street Extension residence were observed utilizing paraphernalia consistent with the sell and delivery of marijuana as well as one individual in possession of marijuana.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Citizen Tip Leads To Marijuana Inside & Outside Apartment
Operating on a citizen tip deputies observed two marijuana plants growing in plain sight near the front door of an apartment on Nottingham Road.  A search warrant for inside of the apartment found more marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Arrest Of Man Following Chase Leads To Father Being Charged
The arrest of a Cleveland County man following a chase into Lincoln County on September 5 has led to drug and weapons charges against his father.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Rash Of Vehicle Break-Ins In Denver Investigated
Residents began reporting the break-ins the morning of September 7 to vehicles parked at homes on Campground Road, Pin Oaks Drive, Cedar Street, Angie Drive, Osprey Trail and Forest Hills Drive, all in Denver.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Catawba County Hunting Murder Suspect
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is hunting a Hickory man wanted in the murder of a neighbor on Wednesday night.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Arrested On Drug Charges
A Lincolnton woman was charged Wednesday with trafficking methamphetamine in Catawba County.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Denver Man Facing Additional Child Sexual Assault Charge
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have filed an additional charge against a Denver man.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Two Gaston County Men Charged With Financial Card Fraud
Kyle Lee Tinley and Kyle Anthony Lauhon of Gaston County, N.C. used a BB&T credit card from a Macon, Georgia church to purchase a dump trailer a golf cart and pressure washers from various Lincoln County businesses.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Traffic Accidents Claim Two Lives
Two women died in separate traffic accidents in Gaston County on Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Police Arrest Suspect Accused Of Shooting Into House
Gaston County Police have made an arrest as part of the investigation regarding the early morning shooting into the residence of a Gaston County Police Officer that occurred on August 28, 2017.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Stolen Vehicle Arrest
On Saturday, September 2 at approximately 8:45 p.m., an Officer with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a larceny of a motor vehicle report on Bonview Avenue in Lincolnton.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Two Arrested For Multiple Drug Charges
On the early morning hours of Sunday, September 3, Lincolnton Police Department patrol officers executed a search warrant at the residence of 2057 Dale Avenue, Lincolnton, NC where various forms of controlled substances were found.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Man Fires AR-15 Rifle At Highway Patrolman
34-year-old Kelly Dwain Parker was in the Cleveland County Jail Tuesday morning (Sept. 5th) after he allegedly fired on a Highway Patrolman with an assault rifle Monday evening.
Monday, September 04, 2017

Crouse Man Killed When Truck Falls On Him
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies, Lincoln County EMS and the Crouse Fire Department were dispatched to the call around 1:26 p.m. when the victim’s wife came home, found him pinned underneath the truck and called 911.
Monday, September 04, 2017

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division.
Friday, September 01, 2017

Suspects Charged In Hickory Murders
Two young Lenoir men have been arrested in connection with a double murder on Thursday (Aug. 31st) in Hickory.
Friday, September 01, 2017

Two Dead From Gunshots In Hickory
Hickory Police are searching for a suspect in a double murder on Thursday (Aug. 31st).
Friday, September 01, 2017

Deputies Complete Training To Administer Opioid Overdose Drug
The last group of Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies (105) received training today, August 31, to administer naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Two People Facing Drug Charges
William Brandon Clinton of Crouse and Tyler McKay Lucas of Pineville were charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance among other charges.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Gaston County Man Charged With Theft From Denver Business
A Mt. Holly man has been charged and arrested in connection with the theft of tools from Triangle Electric on Pine Lake Road in Denver.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hickory Man Arrested On Drug Charges
A man who fled to California after being arrested last year has been arrested again and now faces more drug charges in Catawba County.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Gaston Police Investigating Monday Incident
Gaston County Police say shots were fired into the residence of a Gaston County Police officer early Monday morning, but who fired the shots and why remains a mystery. Nobody was injured.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Argument Between Roommates Leads To Shooting Death
An argument between roommates led to a shooting death in Lincoln County Friday night.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating an Iron Station man who has been missing since July 10, 2017.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Lincoln County Teen Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A Lincoln County teen is facing sexual assault charges in connection with an incident reported on July 21, 2017.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Denver Man Facing Child Sexual Assault Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Denver man with felony child sexual assault charges.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

School Bus Safety: Does Your Child Know The Rules?
Lincoln County School students will return to the classroom beginning on Monday, August 28, 2017. Sheriff David Carpenter encourages school bus safety measures to avoid injury.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hickory Police Still Looking For Hit & Run Driver
Hickory Police continue to search for the vehicle and driver involved in a fatal hit and run accident early Monday morning (Aug. 21st).
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Three Charged In Drug Raid
Three men were arrested Tuesday evening by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force in a contiuing crackdown on crack cocaine sales.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sheriff Carpenter Offers Safety Tips For Back-To-School
Sheriff David Carpenter of Lincoln County offers some safety tips for those youngsters who will be walking back and forth to school or their school bus stops this year.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Shelby Man Charged In Lincoln County Break-In & Larceny
A Cleveland County man has been charged in connection with the theft of tools from a Burnhurst Lane, Denver, N.C. residence.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Arrested Again
A Cherryville woman faces additional charges after being arrested by Hickory Police on Saturday (Aug. 19th).
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back In Jail
A young man who police say is a gang member, on probation after getting a suspended sentence in July despite multiple previous convictions, is back in jail in Gaston County.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Traffic Stop Of Suspicious Vehicle Leads To Drug Arrests
The Officer searched the vehicle and found various forms of controlled substances in the vehicle to include crack cocaine, marijuana, and various forms of opiate prescription pills.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Hit & Run Fatality
Hickory Police are seeking help from the public in finding a vehicle involved in a hit & run accident in that city early Monday morning (Aug. 21st).
Monday, August 21, 2017

Hickory Murder Suspect Arrested In Morganton
On Sunday, August 20 Hickory Police, with the assistance of Morganton Department of Public Safety, Burke County Sheriff and North Carolina State Highway Patrol, arrested and charged Manuel Villarreal Jr., 30, of Hickory, for the murder of Roberto Beltran.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Dirt Bike Rider Killed In Crash
Reckless driving and failure to stop for a red light were deemed responsible for a cyclist's death Saturday afternoon (Aug. 19th) in West Gastonia.
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fatal Shooting In Hickory
Hickory Police are searching for a suspect wanted in the shooting death of another man early Saturday morning (Aug. 19th).
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Detectives Asking For Public's Help In Locating Missing Man
Redmond is described as a white male, six feet tall and weighing 160 pounds.  He has brown hair and blue eyes. Last heard from April 2017 about two weeks after released from Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Detectives Make Arrests In Several Home Break-In
Shawn Scott Bridle, Christopher Ryan Preston, Justin Dru Bragg were charged with a string of home break-ins in eastern Lincoln County.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Educator Arrested On Drug Charge
A West Lincoln Middle School teacher and coach was arrested this week by Cleveland County authorities on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Friday, August 18, 2017

LPD Citizen's Academy Starts In October
The second Lincolnton Police Department Citizen's Academy will be starting in October 2017 and will last six weeks. The academy will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Man Charged With Attempted Murder In Shooting Incident
Deputies were dispatched to the man’s residence in Denver after he reported to the Lincoln County Communications Center that he had shot his ex-girlfriend.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

One Convenience Store Robbery Suspect Arrested
Rozzell had been identified by the license plate on the getaway vehicle and security camera footage from an ATM machine at Jerry’s One Stop at 3778 East Highway 27, Lincolnton, NC.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

One Suspect Identified, Still Seeking Identity Of Second
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have identified and charged one suspect in the strong armed robbery of Jerry’s One Stop convenience store on East Highway 27 on Monday.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Detectives Looking For Person Of Interest In Store Robbery
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have developed a person of interest in the snatch and grab strong armed robbery today at Jerry’s One Stop at 3778 East Highway 27 in Iron Station.
Monday, August 14, 2017

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Convenience Store Robbery
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detective are investigating a snatch and grab strong armed robbery today at Jerry’s One Stop at 3778 East Highway 27 in Iron Station.
Monday, August 14, 2017

Due In Court On Monday
A Catawba County man who allegedly fired a pistol at a woman on Highway 274 last March as both his and her vehicles sped down the highway will have his day in court Monday (August 14th).
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Crawley Charged With Possessing Drugs In Jail
A Vale woman has been charged with possession of drugs while incarcerated in the Harven Crouse Detention Center.
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Thieves Hit Vehicles Near Alexis
Thieves struck homes on Rhyne Road west of Alexis early Saturday (Aug. 12th), stealing items from vehicles, damaging some, and stealing another.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Wanted Man Barricades Himself In Building Near Crouse
Marcus Tyler Holloway and Hannah Elizabeth Hawkins were apprehended by U.S. Marshals and Sheriff’s Deputies after hiding in the basement of a Crouse business. The Lincoln County SWAT team was also called to the location.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ten Charged In Undercover Drug Operation
The undercover and surveillance operation being dubbed “Summer Time Blues” targeted individuals selling a wide range of drugs including opioid pain pills, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Teen Killed On I-40
A Catawba County teen was struck and killed by a car Wednesday night (Aug. 9th) on Interstate 40 near Hickory.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Latest Update On Saturday Fire
A Newton teenager has now been charged with the murder of a man whose body was found in his home when it was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning (Aug. 5th).
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Saturday Morning Fire Update
The man who was found dead after that Saturday morning fire north of Maiden died of a gunshot wound.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Active Shooter Training Exercise At LMS On Thursday, Aug. 10
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office along with other emergency services and the Lincoln County Schools will conduct active shooter response training on August 10 at Lincolnton Middle School on Startown Road, Lincolnton, N.C.
Monday, August 07, 2017

Missing Runaway Teen Located And Safe
A Lincoln County teen reported missing on August 1, 2017 has been located and returned home.
Monday, August 07, 2017

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Theft Of Lottery Tickets
Holloway is charged with obtaining property by false pretenses in Lincoln County but has a number of outstanding warrants in surrounding counties.  Anyone with information about Holloway’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Nurse Charged With Stealing Drugs From Patients
A nurse who worked at Cardinal  Healthcare in Lincolnton has been charged with stealing meds intended for patients and planning to sell them.  Wendy Faye Jaynes was arrested Tuesday (Aug. 1st) by Lincolnton police.
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Police Arrest Seven, Hunting Four More In Drug Bust
Seven Dallas residents have been arrested and four others are being sought in connection with a drug roundup that concluded a year-long investigation by Gaston County Police, Dallas Police, ATF agents and other law enforcement into drug problems in the Gaston County town.
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest
On August 3, 2017 around 10 p.m. a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol stopped a motorcycle on NC 16 Highway North near Optimist Club Road intersection for not having tail lights on the vehicle.
Friday, August 04, 2017

Update On July Home Invasion; More Photos Released
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit released additional photos today of a vehicle and person of interest in a Thursday, July 20, 2017 home invasion.
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Lincolnton Man Faces Drug Charges
A 25-year-old Lincolnton man faces two felony drug charges after being arrested Tuesday (Aug. 1st).
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Sheriff's Deputies Help Family Out Of Burning House
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies helped a western Lincoln County family escape from their burning home in the 6600 block of NC 27 Highway West.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Great Night For National Night Out In Lincolnton
Great weather provided the backdrop for 10 block parties in neighborhoods in Lincolnton to promote cooperation between communities and the police department.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Public's Help Needed In Locating Runaway Teen
Gloria Marie Castillo, 15, of NC 27 Highway West, Lincolnton, NC was last seen at the family residence on Sunday, July 30, 2017, around 11p.m.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Woman Arrested Trying To Return Stolen Merchandise
Suspect was attempting to return merchandise that was stolen from Walmart and was charged with attempted felony obtaining property by false pretense. 
Monday, July 31, 2017

Sign Up For Hickory Citizen's Police Academy
Are you interested in learning more about law enforcement to include patrol techniques, community policing, criminal investigation, firearms, or just want to become more familiar with the Hickory Police Department in general?
Monday, July 31, 2017

Tuesday Is National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1st is National Night Out. Celebrations are planned in Lincolnton, Dallas, Gastonia, Stanley, Belmont, Mt. Holly, Shelby and Kings Mountain.
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Surveillance Camera Leads To Arrest In Home Break-In
On July 27, 2017 Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a breaking and entering call on Todd Lane, Denver, N.C.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Daughter Charged In Theft From Parent's Home
The daughter of a Stanley, N.C. man has been charged with larceny after being accused of removing items from the home after spending the night at the residence.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Denver Man Arrested For Altering Court Document
Christopher Todd Moore altered the Domestic Violence Protection Order issued by Judge Paksoy in Lincoln County to grant him possession of a Gray Chrysler van which was not in the original court ordered document.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Cyber-Tip Leads To Arrest Of Denver Man
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit received a cyber-tip in early July in reference to a Lincoln County resident uploading child pornography on his computer.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tip Leads To Drug Arrest For Patrol Deputies
A tip about drug activity at a residence on NC Highway 27 East led to the arrest of one person on drug charges.
Thursday, July 27, 2017


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