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Theft Of Package From Porch Of Catawba County Residence
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance with identifying the subject in these pictures. On December 4, 2018 a homeowner reported the theft of a package that had been delivered to their residence and left by the front door.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Registered Sex Offender Charged Child Sexual Assault
The incidents occurred between November 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018.  Detectives interviewed Self at his residence on December 7, 2018 where he was arrested on one felony count of statutory rape of a child.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Officers Save Teen Who Threatened To Jump From Bridge
On December 6, 2018 Sheriff’s Deputy C. Palin was on routine patrol on Highway 73 when he noticed a teenage girl walking on the bridge on Ingleside Farm Road over NC Highway 73.
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Mt. Holly Pastor Charged With Multiple Sex Offenses
On December 5, 2018, the Gaston County Police arrested Jerry Lewis Friday, 61, at his residence on multiple sex-related offenses.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Newton Man Attempts To Run, Ends Up In Jail
A Newton man attempted to flee deputies Monday, but he ended up crashing a stolen vehicle and was arrested on multiple charges.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Elementary Principal Charged With Misdemeanor Assault Child
A Lincoln County Schools elementary school principal was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge today (December 4, 2018) in connection with an incident that occurred on November 27, 2018 at Union Elementary School.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Beam Becomes Sheriff; Cesena & Sigmon, Commissioners
Two new County Commissioners and a new Sheriff took their oaths of office Monday night at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.  Bill Beam is now Sheriff and Milton Sigmon and Bud Cesena are now Commissioners.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Deputies Respond To Larceny In Progress, Two Arrested
Baker District deputies responded to the 2300 block of Kettle Creek Court, Lincolnton, N.C. in reference to a suspicious vehicle that was seen loading lumber into the vehicle at a new home under construction on Dec. 2.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Two People Arrested In Robbery Of Stanley Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two eastern Lincoln County men in connection with an assault and robbery of a McIntosh Road, Stanley, N.C. man.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Sheriff Brown Takes Office
Former Newton Police Chief Don Brown became the new Sheriff of Catawba County on Monday (Dec. 3rd).
Monday, December 3, 2018

Community Says 'Thank You' To Sheriff Carpenter
Friday (Nov. 30th) was David Carpenter's last day on the job as Sheriff of Lincoln County.  On Thursday evening, friends held a reception in his honor at the Laboratory Mill.
Sunday, December 2, 2018

No Suspects So Far As Robberies Continue
Hickory Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office are still looking for clues in a rash of armed robberies that have occurred recently in the Hickory area.  The latest occurred this week.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Autopsy Report Says Autistic Child Drowned
There are still many uncertainties about the disappearance and death of a 6-year-old autistic boy at Gastonia's Rankin Lake in September, but police now say they do not expect any charges to be filed in his death.  The results of the autopsy report were released Thursday (Nov. 29th).
Friday, November 30, 2018

Lincolnton Teen Charged With Financial Card Theft
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincolnton teen with attempting to use a debit card that had been reported lost by the owner.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Denver Man Charged In Theft Of Vehicle
A Denver man has been charged in the theft of a vehicle from a residence on Fostall Lane, Maiden, NC.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Register Sex Offender Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A registered sexual offender living in Lincoln County has been charged with child sexual assault in connection with an incident that occurred on November 24, 2018.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

One Person Arrested In Rash Of Vehicle Break-Ins Overnight
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Charlie District deputies arrested one man following a rash of early morning vehicle break-ins at the Riverwalk Apartments in eastern Lincoln County.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sheriff Carpenter To Retire On November 30
Lincoln County Sheriff David M. Carpenter will retire on November 30, 2018 after 34 years in law enforcement. During the last eight years Sheriff Carpenter has worked to give the employees the tools and training they needed to do their jobs as safely and efficient as possible.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Narcotics Investigators Arrest Maiden Man On Drug Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators conducting an ongoing investigation arrested a Buffalo Shoals Road man on drug charges during a traffic stop on November 24, 2018.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Detectives Investigating Western Lincoln County Break-In
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a break-in at a home on Hallman Mill Road, Vale, NC on November 16.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Armed Robberies Continue In Catawba County
The recent proliferation of armed robberies in Catawba County continued last week.  Hickory Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office are asking for public help in trying to identify the suspect or suspects.
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Public's Help Needed To Identify Theft Suspect
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person believed to be responsible for the theft of a pressure washer from the garage of a Waterview Trail, Denver, NC residence.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Know This Suspect?
Hickory Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect in four armed robberies that have occurred in Catawba County since early September.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Amber Alert Cancelled; Child Found, Suspect Arrested
A three-year-old Gastonia child for whom an Amber Alert was issued early Sunday morning has been found; she is safe and has been returned home.  The man who allegedly abducted her is now in custody.
Sunday, November 11, 2018

UPDATE: Abducted Gastonia Child Found; Suspect Arrested
The Gastonia Police Department has issued an AMBER ALERT for an abducted child.  Three-year-old Destiny Boykins was last seen Saturday (Nov. 10th).  An AMBER ALERT was issued early Sunday morning (Nov. 11th) for a suspected vehicle: a brown 2015 Nissan Altima #DBL4139 (NC)
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Detectives Investigating Suspicious Phone Call
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a suspicious phone call made to the Mini Academy Day Care on Unity Church Road on November 6, 2018.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Woman Arrested On Counterfeit Money Charge
A Charlotte, N.C. woman arrested at a business in Denver was also wanted on nine outstanding warrants in Mecklenburg County.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Officers Seeking Suspects
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Hickory Police are working to find suspects in three armed robbery attempts.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

County 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.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Funeral Tuesday For Dallas Police Officer Travis Wells
Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Nov. 6th) at 2 PM at the First Assembly of God, 777 S. Myrtle School Road in Gastonia, for Travis Lee Wells, the Dallas police officer killed in an accident Thursday morning (Nov. 1st).
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Dallas Officer Dies In Wreck
A Dallas police officer died in an accident on the Dallas-Bessemer City Highway about 10 AM Thursday morning.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Arrest Made In 2017 Vehicle Break-Ins At Boat Access
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Charlotte man in connection with two vehicle break-ins that occurred at a boating access area in June of 2017.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio Man Charged With Lincoln County Thefts
A Cleveland, Ohio man has been arrested on theft charges and returned to Lincoln County, N.C. to stand trial. He is accused of stealing landscaping equipment from a Denver, N.C. business two years ago.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Registered Sex Offender Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Kevin Dale Gray, 47, of Lincolnton, N.C. was charged with felony indecent liberties with a child and misdemeanor probation violation on October 27.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Marijuana Grow Operation Found In Western Lincoln County
A traffic stop shortly after midnight on October 23, 2018 led deputies to a residence where a marijuana grow operation was located.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Traffic Stop Drug Arrest; Seizure Of Cash & Firearms
Steven Daniel Harrison was charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm, a stolen firearm, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance. Nicole Danielle Hester was charged with driving while license revoked.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Detectives Investigating Theft Of Mini Excavator
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of a mini excavator from a bridge construction work site in western Lincoln County.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Gastonia Woman Stole Daughter's Checkbook & Driver's License
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Gastonia woman with stealing a checkbook and driver’s license from her daughter’s home in Lincoln County.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Attempted Robbery At Local Convenience Store
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Gaston County woman in an attempted robbery at an Iron Station, N.C. convenience store.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

One Arrested On Drug Charges; Second Jumps From Ambulance
Arrested was John Wayne Goins and he was transported to the magistrate’s office. Brian David Arnold is still wanted – upon being transported to the hospital in Gastonia he jumped from the ambulance near Dallas, N.C. and fled on foot.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Kidnapping & Attempted Robbery Suspect Arrested
Gastonia Police arrest kidnapping and attempted robbery suspect after off duty Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy spots him walking down a street in Gastonia.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Maiden Man Arrested In Connection With Two August Break-Ins
A Maiden Man was arrested on October 8 in connection with break-ins that occurred on Willis Road and Philadelphia Church Road. Two others are also charged in connection with the Willis Road break-in.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tips Needed In Gaston County Hit & Run Fatality
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help with any possible tips in a hit and run fatality that occurred between 6:45 a.m. - 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 on Jenkins Dairy Road in Gastonia.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Gastonia Police Seeking Attempted Murder & Burglary Suspects
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help to locate suspects in a home invasion and shooting on Pineview Lane on September 18.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Kidnapping & Attempted Robbery Suspect Still Wanted
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives continue to search for a man who is accused of kidnapping a Lincoln County woman and forcing her to attempt to withdraw money from a local bank.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Help Needed To Locate Armed Robbery Suspect
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a suspect wanted in a string of armed robberies.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Park Reopens, Investigation Continues
Rankin Lake Park off US321 just north of I-85 in Gastonia reopened Thursday morning for the first time since a 6-year-old autistic boy, later found dead about a mile away, disappeared there on September 22nd.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Cleveland Co. Suspect Arrested In Gaffney
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is searching for a young Cliffside man wanted for the murder of his stepfather.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hickory Shooting
Hickory Police say a man wanted in a shooting last week turned himself in and had his first court appearance on the latest charge Monday.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Stanley Man Found Guilty Of Child Sexual Assault
A Stanley, N.C. man was found guilty today (October 1, 2018) in Lincoln County Superior Court after pleading guilty on felony child sexual assault charges in connection with incidents that occurred between January and December of 2016.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Woman Wanted In Theft Of Valuable Jewelry
On Thursday, September 27, 2018 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office filed charges on a woman for stealing a valuable ring.  The theft occurred on August 10, 2018 at the victim’s residence after she had hired the suspect to clean her home on Christopher Road in Denver.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Six Arrested On Drug Charges After Grand Jury Indictments
Six people are facing drug charges following indictments handed down by the August 2018 Lincoln County Grand Jury.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Hickory Police Search For Robbery Suspect
On Wednesday, September 26 at approximately 11:28 p.m. Hickory Police responded to CVS Pharmacy located at 1504 2nd Street NE in reference to an armed robbery.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Body Of Missing Boy Found
A body, believed to be that of Maddox Scott Ritch, the 6-year-old boy missing since last Saturday, was found Thursday afternoon in Long Creek, about a mile east of Rankin Lake Park where he went missing.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Search Continues For Missing Child
The search continued Wednesday (September 26th) for an autistic six-year-old Gastonia boy missing since Saturday.  Police and the FBI wouldn't comment on the tips they've received in the case, but said they are investigating all of them to try to find Maddox Scott Ritch.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Detectives Investigating The Use Of Stolen Debit Card
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a vehicle break-in and theft that occurred on September 21, 2018.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Second Degree Murder
Hickory Police have made an arrest in connection with a shooting death in July.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Police & Deputies Searching For Wanted Man
Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies and Lincolnton Police are searching for a man who allegedly tried to force his girlfriend to give him money, held her captive, and escaped on foot Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

$10,000 Reward Now Offered
The search continues for an autistic six-year-old Gastonia boy missing since Saturday.  Those conducting the search for the child held a news conference Tuesday afternoon and announced a $10,000 reward is now offered for help in finding Maddox Scott Ritch.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Public's Help Still Needed To Locate Missing Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man who was last seen in western Lincoln County on August 26, 2018.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Search Continues For Missing Child
The search continues for a missing six-year-old autistic child.  Maddox Scott Ritch was last seen Saturday afternoon at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia.  As the length of the search stretched into another day, authorities feared the worst.

One Arrested In Theft From Denver Store; Looking For Second
On September/19 detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division arrested a Charlotte man for stealing several Dewalt tool combo kits from Lowes on Hwy 73 in Denver. Public’s help is needed to identify the second subject.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Former Day Worker Found Guilty Of Misdemeanor Child Abuse
A Lincolnton woman who worked at a children’s academy daycare in Denver has been found guilty of one count of misdemeanor child abuse in Lincoln County District Court.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Local First Responders Helping Out After Florence
For us, the storm is over--but in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, eastern North Carolina is still in a state of emergency and will be for days to come.  Local firefighters, police and others from our area are helping out during the recovery period.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest
A vehicle traveling US Highway 321 northbound near High Shoals with an expired license plate has led to the arrest of a Gastonia man on drug charges.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Can You Identify?
The Lincolnton Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying two suspects in a Gaston County theft and use of stolen bank and credit cards in Lincolnton.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Drug Busts Continue In Cleveland County
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office continues to make drug arrests a priority. Here's a report on arrests made this past week.
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Charged With Two Counts Of Murder
Few details have been released, but a Catawba man was charged Friday with two murders after a medical call to his residence on Thursday.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Runaway Teen Located
Lexus Dawn Abernethy, 15, was last seen by a friend of the family around 6:30 p.m. on September 13 at the Walmart on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton, N.C. She was located around 10:45 a.m. this morning, September 14.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Sixteen Indicted In Methamphetamine, Cocaine & Marijuana Conspiracy
United States Attorney Andrew Murray announced today (Sept. 13) that 16 individuals are facing federal drug conspiracy charges for their involvement in a drug distribution ring.  They are from Texas, Tennessee, and in North Carolina (Conover, Hickory, Lincolnton, New London, Newton and Taylorsville).
Thursday, September 13, 2018


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