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Motorcyclist Killed In Wednesday Collision
A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on highway 16 south of Newton Wednesday evening (Feb. 24th) and a 65-year-old Newton man has been charged in the case. 
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Double Homicide Update
Gaston County Police have three suspects in jail in what appears to have been a drug deal that went bad resulting in a double homicide.  Two young men are charged with murder, the third, who was a victim but escaped with his life, faces drug charges.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Sheriff's Office Gets New Body Cams/Tasers
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office recently received new body cameras that will become standard wear for all deputies.  New tasers are also being phased into use.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Iron Station Woman Facing Assault Charges
An Iron Station woman is facing assault charges after she stabbed a man with a knife.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Two Children Dead In Hickory Fire
Two children were found dead after fire destroyed their home Saturday afternoon in Hickory.  The boy and girl were apparently left home alone according to neighbors.  The fire was reported at 4 PM at a mobile home park in southwest Hickory.
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Suspect Sought By Police
Gaston County Police have filed murder charges against a Taylorsville youth in a double homicide in western Gaston County Thursday night (Feb. 18th).
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Two Dead In Thursday Night Shooting
Gaston County Police are investigating a Thursday night shooting in a rural area northwest of Bessemer City that left two young men dead.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Possible Suspect In Larcenies From Cars
Gaston County Police are asking for help from the public in identifying a possible suspect in larcenies from vehicles in the Dallas area.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Residents Continue To Receive Phone Scam Calls
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports from citizens in the area being targeted by scammers claiming to represent the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Lincoln County Man Charged With Sexual Assault & Kidnapping
A Lincoln County man is facing a number of charges including sexual assault and kidnapping in connection with an incident that occurred over the weekend.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Gaston County Police Investigating Theft Of Dog
Gaston County Police are investigatinfg the theft of a dog from a Dallas residence over the weekend.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

16-Year-Old Charged With Murder, Robbery
Gastonia Police have made an arrest in the homicide of a woman whose body was found in a car down an embankment on W. 10th Avenue in January.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Fiery Wreck Results In Fatality
A collision in far northwestern Lincoln County Monday afternoon resulted in the death of one of the two drivers.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

New Look For Gastonia Police Vehicles
The Gastonia Police Department is getting a new look.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Two People Arrested After Fleeing In A Stolen Vehicle
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people after they tried to elude the officers in eastern Lincoln County.
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Denver Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Denver man with child sexual assault charges.
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Officer-Involved Shooting
An officer-involved shooting has now claimed the life of a Gastonia woman.  Shae Jones died Tuesday at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Missing Mt. Holly Man Died In Hickory Accident
Gaston County Police issued a news release Monday (Feb. 8th) that told the bad news:  that missing elderly Mt. Holly man had been located.   He apparently died in a one-vehicle accident in Hickory.
Monday, February 8, 2021

Two Killed In Head-on Collision
A head-on collision claimed two lives Sunday evening in eastern Lincoln County.  
86-year-old Mahlon Brewster Strope and 21-year-old Cooper Gregory Snipes, both of Iron Station, died when Snipes' Camaro crashed into Strope's Altima.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Officer Involved Shooting
An overdose call turned into a shooting incident early Monday morning in Gastonia.  An officer shot a woman said to have been armed with a gun.  Neither the name of the officer nor the woman was yet released as of 8:30 AM Monday (Feb. 8th).
Monday, February 8, 2021

Detectives Serving Warrants, Find Illegal Drugs In Residence
On February 4, 2021 detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division were attempting to serve warrants on an individual at 725 North Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC.
Friday, February 5, 2021

Silver Alert Cancelled For Missing Man
We are awaiting further information from Gaston County Police.  The Silver Alert for Donald Edwin Joy, 91, who had been reported missing after leaving Green Meadows Golf Course on Kelly Road near Mount Holly on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, was cancelled at 8:15 PM Sunday evening (Feb. 7th).  Gaston County Police said they would issue a further update later.
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lengthy Investigation Leads To Drug Arrest
A lengthy Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Lincoln County man following the execution of a search warrant at his residence today, February 3, 2021.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Help Locate Missing Woman
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives are looking for a woman who has been missing for approximately two weeks.

UPDATED: She has been found and is safe.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Detectives Asking For Public's Help In Locating Missing Teen
She is described as a white female, five feet-three inches tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Dallas Man Accused In Road Rage Incident
Gastonia Police have charged a Dallas man in an alleged road rage incident earlier this month.  Two other people may also be charged in what has been described as a possible ethnic intimidation incident.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Man Charged With Kidnapping, Assault & Other Charges
A Lincoln County man is facing a number of charges after he kidnapped a woman from her Cowan’s Ford Road home during a domestic situation on January 27, 2021.
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Lengthy Narcotics Investigation Leads To Two Arrests
Narcotics officers began their investigation into possible drug activities occurring at 3553 Eaker Road, Cherryville in May of 2020.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Dallas, NC Man Charged In Lincoln County Kidnapping
On January 25, 2021 deputies were dispatched to a possible disturbance between a man and woman near Will’s Food Store at 3687 Gastonia Highway.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Lincoln County Implements Teen Court Program
Lincoln County has recently implemented a Teen Court program, which is an alternative system of restorative justice where youth, who are responsible for an illegal or disruptive action, are tried for (mostly) misdemeanor offenses. 
Monday, January 25, 2021

The US Attorney's office says a Gastonia man who was considered a major drug dealer in Gaston County may now face a federal prison sentence of 10 years up to life after being convicted Friday in federal court in Charlotte.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

Speed Limit Now 35 MPH On Portion Of Unity Church Road
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to announce that the speed limit on a portion of Unity Church Road near Lantana Drive has recently been reduced to 35 mph from 45 mph.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Hickory Stabbing
A Hickory man has been charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed two people; one of them, his mother, died from the injuries; the other, a man, is expected to survive.  The suspect barricaded himself in a home but surrendered after a two-hour standoff.
Monday, January 18, 2021

Suspect Arrested In Downtown B&E's
Hickory Police arrested a Boone man Saturday after he allegedly broke into several downtown Hickory businesses on Friday.
Sunday, January 17, 2021

Scronce Jailed On Drug & Other Charges
A Lincoln County man is back in jail in Catawba County after being arrested again on Thursday.  Christopher Reid Scronce faces multiple charges.
Friday, January 15, 2021

Woman Charged With Breaking Into Occupied Dwelling
A woman is facing charges after she broke into an occupied dwelling on Lander’s Church Road on January 13, 2021.
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Lincoln County Man Arrested On Child Sexual Assault Charges
A Lincoln County man was arrested on January 13, 2021 on child sexual assault charges.
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Two Wanted For Murder
Hickory Police are looking for two subjects from Alexander County in connection with a shooting Wednesday afternoon that left a 51-year-old Hickory woman dead.
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Two Arrested From Nov. 2020 Shooting Into Occupied Dwelling
Two people have been arrested in connection with shooting into an occupied Willis Road, Vale, NC dwelling on November 1, 2020.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Fatal Wreck In Maiden
A 75-year-old Maiden man died in a single vehicle accident Monday (Jan. 11th).
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Deputies Recover A Stolen Vehicle, Make Arrest
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Dallas woman and recovered a pickup truck reported stolen in Belmont.
Monday, January 11, 2021

Mark Baker Named Maiden Officer Of Year
The Maiden Sportsmen Club recently presented the Maiden Police Department Officer of the Year Award to Officer Mark Baker.
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Dive Team Assists In Gaston County Recovery From Pond
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team assisted Hughes Pond Fire Department recovering a vehicle and a body from a pond near the intersection of Mount Zion Church Road and Highway 274 in Gaston County.
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Missing Girl Found Safe Overnight
12 year old Yasmine Analyse Nicole Pless was returned home overnight after reports of her missing on local news outlets.
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Public Help Wanted
The Gastonia Police Dept. is seeking help from the public in finding the vehicle involved in a fatal hit & run on Christmas Eve.
Friday, January 1, 2021

Two People Charged With Shooting Into An Occupied Dwelling
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for two people charged with shooting into a Willis Road, Vale, NC home on November 1, 2020.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Gastonia Police Recognize New Officers And Sergeants
The Gastonia Police Department recognized eight officers and four sergeants during a virtual Promotional and Swearing-In Ceremony on Dec. 17.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Rash Of Break-Ins To Unlocked Vehicles In Eastern Lincoln
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of break-ins to mostly unlocked vehicles at homes east of Lincolnton.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Samuel Dunlap, Jr. Completes BLET
He’s certified to protect and serve. He’s Samuel Lee Dunlap, Jr., and he’s a recent graduate of the BLET (or basic law-enforcement training) program at Gaston College. Now state-certified, he works as an officer for the Belmont Police Department.
Monday, December 28, 2020

Man Who Shot Cop Arrested
The man who allegedly shot a Kings Mountain Police officer on Saturday Dec. 19th will have a first appearance in court Tuesday (Dec. 29th).  Antonio Cortez Anthony faces multiple charges.  The officer, Cpl. Frank Lee Whittington, Jr. was released from the hospital last week.
Monday, December 28, 2020

Can You Identify This Man?
Gastonia Police are asking for help from shoppers who may be able to identify a suspect who allegedly assaulted several women at Gastonia stores in early December.
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Taylorsville Woman Charged With Setting Fire
It's a domestic violence case, but not the typical kind.  Nobody was physically injured (at least not during the Christmas eve incident), but someone could have been.  The Catawba County Sheriff's Office arrested a Taylorsville woman an charged her with first degree arson.
Friday, December 25, 2020

Gastonia Police Searching For Hit & Run Vehicle
Christmas Eve was marred by a traffic fatality in west Gastonia.  A Kings Mountain man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on W. Franklin Blvd. The hit and run fatality was reported early Thursday morning.
Thursday, December 24, 2020

Suspect In Shooting Of Kings Mountain Officer Identified
The suspect in that Kings Mountain shooting has been identified.  He remains hospitalized, but the injured officer was released on Wednesday.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

GC Police Need Help To Locate Runaway Juvenile
Emily Avelar-Guttierez was last seen leaving her residence on Camp Rotary Road near Gastonia. She is a 14-year-old Hispanic who is 5’3” tall, weighs approximately 130 pounds and has dark hair and brown eyes.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Sheriff's Deputies Deliver Toys For Tots; Award Presented
The toys and other surprises were delivered to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and distributed over the last 10 days in each of the three districts in the county.
Monday, December 21, 2020

Two Charged In June Overdose Deaths
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office has charged two people with Death by Distribution after they supplied a drug that resulted in the deaths of two Cleveland County residents.
Monday, December 21, 2020

It Has Happened Again!
It has happened again!  For the third time in the last two weeks, an area law enforcement officer has been shot while doing his job.  The difference this time is that officer Frank Lee Whittington, Jr. of the Kings Mountain police will likely survive.
Sunday, December 20, 2020

Conover Man Gets Federal Prison Sentence
A Conover man is the latest to be convicted as a part of  Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Saturday, December 19, 2020

Deputies, Swift Water Rescue, Locate Lost Juveniles
Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies and the Swift Water Rescue located and brought to safety three boys who became lost in a wooded area off Brevard Place Road in eastern Lincoln County.
Friday, December 18, 2020

Sheriff's Detectives Locate Missing Teen
A teen missing since December 16, 2020 has been located in Gaston County.
Friday, December 18, 2020

Lincoln County Man Charged With Kidnapping & Other Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies charged a western Lincoln County man with kidnapping and other charges after he threatened family members with a machete.
Thursday, December 17, 2020

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Teen
Ambreal Renay Watson, is a white female who is 13 years old.  She is 5 feet tall and weighs 110 pounds.  She has brown hair and brown eyes.  When the teen was discovered missing, the guardian also stated the girl’s gray and neon green in color medium sized bicycle was gone.
Thursday, December 17, 2020

Shoplifting Incident Escalates To Murder
Shelby Police say a shoplifting incident earlier this week escalated into a homicide when a store employee pursued and fatally shot a man apparently trying to steal items from a sporting goods store at Cleveland Mall.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Grand Jury Indicts 11; One Suspect In Custody
Eleven people were indicted on drug charges by the Lincoln County Grand Jury on December 14, 2020 and one suspect is already in custody.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Lincoln County Man Charged With Several Break-Ins
A traffic stop following information the vehicle may have been used in a theft has led to charges against the driver in several break-ins in the county.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Stolen Generator
Gaston County Police are asking for help from the public in identifying a vehicle and possible suspect in a theft over the weekend in Bessemer City.  
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Mt. Holly Pays Respect To Fallen Officer
The city of Mount Holly paid respect Sunday evening to a young police officer killed in the line of duty on Friday.  Photographer Bill Ward was there and provided photos of the memorial vigil to the Lincoln Herald.
Monday, December 14, 2020

Public Help Needed
Gastonia Police are seeking help from the public in identifying a suspect who stole a tray of gold rings at a jewelry store in Eastridge Mall last Monday (Dec. 7th).
Saturday, December 12, 2020

Officer Killed While Answering Call
A Mt. Holly police officer was killed while answering a breaking & entering call early Friday morning.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

LC Sheriff's "Officers Of The Year 2020" Awards Announced
Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam presented law enforcement officers of the year awards Wednesday to a dedicated detention officer and a two patrol officers.
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Drug Busts
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office reports it has made four new arrests in continuing drug sales investigations.
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Recognize This Man?
Gaston County Police are asking for help from the public in identifying the suspect in a larceny from a Dallas area residence on Tuesday of this week.
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Sheriff's Office To Get Body Cameras, Tazers, Phone App
Among other items of business at their session Monday night (Dec. 7th) Lincoln County Commissioners approved requests from Sheriff Bill Beam to purchase body cameras and new tazers for his officers as well as a phone app for the Sheriff's Office.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Video Tells The Rest Of The Story
You may have seen a Charlotte TV station's report on an incident at the Lincoln County Courthouse on November 10th.  We believe our readers deserve to know the rest of the story.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Reward Offered In Nov. 1st Burglary/Arson Case
A reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in a fire that was set to cover a burglary in early November.
Monday, December 7, 2020

Two Charged In Saturday Incident
Two Shelby men are facing charges after what police described as a 'shootout' at a local business Saturday afternoon.
Sunday, December 6, 2020

Police Ask For Help Finding Missing Teen
Gastonia Police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 16-year-old girl.
Thursday, December 3, 2020

Four Arrested In Cramerton Murder
Four young Gaston County men in their late teens have been arrested in connection with a burglary and murder in Cramerton early Monday morning.  
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Woman Charged With Obtaining Property By False Pretenses
A Lincoln County woman has been charged with obtaining property by false pretenses by using a debit card that did not belong to her.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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