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Another Armed Robbery
Shortly after midnight Thursday morning (April 18th), Hickory Police responded to the Walgreen's at 2915 N. Center St. after yet another armed robbery--at least the tenth with similar details since early September 2018.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Silver Alert Cancelled For Missing Lincoln County Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a missing 19-year-old Lincoln County man has been located and is safe. The Silver Alert for Ayers will be cancelled.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Maiden Woman Charged With Exploitation Of An Elderly Person
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Maiden woman with taking money from an elderly Lincoln County man’s bank account.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Silver Alert Issued For Missing 20-Year-Old
Noah Andrew Ayers, 20, of Lincolnton was last seen leaving his residence around 2 p.m.in an unknown vehicle with unknown occupants. The information for the Silver Alert is based on information provided by a foster parent concerning cognitive impairment and he is on medications.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Missing Man Returns Home & Is Safe
A missing Lincoln County man has returned home and is safe. Higgins returned home last night (April 17, 2019) and is safe. Thanks to everyone who helped get the message out.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Gastonia Police Promotions, New Officers
The city of Gastonia has announced multiple promotions and new officers recently sworn in as a part of the Gastonia Police Department.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
Higgins was last seen by his fiancée around 7:30 a.m. on April 15, 2019 as she was leaving for work.  Higgins left his cell phone at the residence and did not report for work at a business on Highway 150 west of Lincolnton, NC.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Another Armed Robbery In Hickory
Hickory Police are investigating yet another armed robbery.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Shooting Suspect Arrested In Gaston County
Gaston County Police arrested a Charlotte man Friday (April 12th) who was wanted in a South Carolina shooting.
Monday, April 15, 2019

County Police Still Seeking Information Regarding Jamie Fraley
Jamie Michelle Fraley was reported missing on April 11, 2008 from 1850 Lowell Bethesda Road, Gastonia, NC. Jamie was 22-years-old when she disappeared and would be 33 years of age now.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Three People Charged With Breaking, Entering & Larceny
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies have charged three people in connection with a break-in and larceny from a storage building on Elm Grove Road.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Lincoln County Schools Conduct Reunification Drill
In preparation for a natural disaster or shooter evacuation event, Lincoln County Schools in conjunction with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Services, Lincoln County Communications Center, and the Fire Department practiced reunification of students and staff during a school-wide drill at West Lincoln Middle School on Friday, April 5.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Sheriff Bill Beam Appoints Sheriff's Office Chaplain
Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam has appointed Detective Greg Hager as Chaplain for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Lincoln County Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with child sexual assault.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Detectives Investigating Theft Of Commercial Equipment
On April 3, 2019 deputies were dispatched to a work site on Christalina Lane reference the theft of equipment.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Local Officers Visit West Lincoln High School Class
Law enforcement officers from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincolnton Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol visited West Lincoln High School on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 to speak to students about many topics including how to conduct yourself if you are ever pulled over in the traffic stop.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sheriff's Deputies Investigating Carjacking
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a carjacking that occurred today in the parking lot of Murphy’s Convenience Store in Denver.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

LC Sheriff's Office Upgrades Communication System
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office recently switched to the 800 MHz Viper Radio System.  The system is state owned and is a state wide system.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

LC Residents Still Receiving Scam Calls About Jury Duty
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 and telling residents they have outstanding warrants for not showing up for jury duty.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Methamphetamine & Marijuana Drug Seizure In Newton
On Monday, April 1 the Catawba County Narcotics Unit, assisted by the Hickory and Newton Police Departments conducted a search warrant upon 3025 Hielman Street, Newton, NC. Investigators discovered approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, approximately 11 ounces of methamphetamine and a trafficking amount of opioids.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Mother Charged In Lawn Mower Accident That Injured Son
A Lincoln County woman has been charged with felony child abuse in connection with a lawn mower accident that injured her eight-year-old son.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Late Night Trip To Walmart Lands Two Men In Jail
A late night trip to the Denver Walmart on March 24, 2019 led to the arrest of a Fort Mill, South Carolina Man and a Southport, North Carolina man.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Vehicle Chase Leads To Drug, Traffic & Probation Charges
An attempt to locate a probation absconder led to a chase through western Lincoln County and northern Gaston County Friday, March 22, 2019.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Carjacking Vehicle Found In Lee County Following Chase
A vehicle stolen in a carjacking in eastern Lincoln County early Wednesday morning (March 20, 2019) wrecked during a chase with Sanford Police overnight.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Drug Surveillance Operation Leads To Arrests
On March 21 Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers, acting on a tip, set up a drug surveillance operation in the parking lot of a business near the intersection of Car Farm Road and Highway 321 Business.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Investigation Continuing In Accidental Shooting Incident
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing the investigation into an accidental shooting incident that occurred on March 20, 2019 at the Lake Norman Quarry.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lincolnton Man Charged With Cruelty To Animals
A joint investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Animal Services has resulted in animal cruelty charges against a Lincolnton man.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

One Person Injured In Possible Unintentional Shooting
One person suffered a non life threatening gunshot wound to the leg while working on a crane tower at the Lake Norman Quarry.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Early Morning Carjacking
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an early morning carjacking on Sage Court, Denver.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Young Child Injured In Fall From Lawn Mower
An 8-year-old boy suffered severe injuries when he fell from a zero turn lawn mower Tuesday, March 19.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Man Charged With Making False Bomb Threat
A Gaston County man has been charged and arrested in connection with a false bomb threat against the business where he worked.
Monday, March 18, 2019

Wright, Deese Arrested Sunday
A Vale couple were arrested Sunday by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers.
Monday, March 18, 2019

Deputy Assaulted While Serving Felony Warrants
On Friday, March 15, 2019, a detective with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was assaulted while attempting to serve felony arrest warrants for two individuals in western Lincoln County.
Sunday, March 17, 2019

No Charges
The North Carolina Highway Patrol released its findings Tuesday (March 12th) in the investigation of a fatal accident February 13th involving a Catawba County Sheriff's Office vehicle.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

SC Man Charged With Drug Trafficking
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigation in western Lincoln County led to the seizure of 478 grams of methamphetamine and the arrest of a South Carolina man.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Vehicle Chase Ends With Driver Facing Traffic & Drug Charges
On Saturday, March 9, 2019 deputies observed a suspicious vehicle in the Walmart parking lot at 7131 NC 73 Hwy moving from parking space to parking space.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Another Armed Robbery In Hickory
The rash of armed robberies that began last September continued Thursday night in Hickory.  At least seven armed robberies that have occurred since early September remain unresolved so far.
Friday, March 8, 2019

Four Hickory Police Officers Sworn-In
Richard J. Reeves of Valdese, Casey L. Willis of Newton, Adam L. Curtis of Drexel and Jaleel D. Smith of Greenville, S.C. were sworn in on March 6 as new officers for the Hickory Police Department.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Two Lincoln County Men Facing Drug Charges
Matthew Blaine Helms of Maiden and Christopher Oneil Smith of Lincolnton are facing drug charges in unrelated incidents.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Charlotte Man Arrested In Georgia On Lincoln County Charges
The arrest came after an investigation into fraudulent credit card use from a local Denver trucking company where several thousand dollars’ worth of goods and services were illegally obtained.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Two Women Arrested For Assaulting Handicapped Man
The charges came after an investigation into an incident that occurred on February 28, 2019 at a group home the man was living at near the 1700 block of Riverview Road in Lincolnton.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Man Arrested For Common Law Robbery & Assault
A Shelby man has been arrested in connection with the assault and robbery of a Johnstown Road woman.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Man Faces Attempted Murder, Arson & Kidnapping Charges
A Claremont man for whom an involuntary commitment order was issued by a Catawba County Magistrate on Saturday now faces multiple charges after an early Sunday morning incident.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Retired Lincoln County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dies At 65
On February 28, 2019 retired Lincoln County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Larry Wade Stanley, Sr., 65, of Guy Heavner Road, Lincolnton, NC passed away.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Couple Being Sought For Using Stolen Card
The Maiden Police Department is looking for a couple who allegedly used a stolen debit card to purchase gas earlier this week.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Couple Arrested After Assault, Stealing Van
Billy Joe Franklin and Jessica Mae Nations are now in jail after the couple were allegedly involved in an assault and theft at the Corner Market at 1118 Confederate Road, Lincolnton, Wednesday morning.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Convenience Store Owner Assaulted, Vehicle Stolen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an assault and theft at the Corner Market at 1118 Confederate Road, Lincolnton, NC. The suspect and a female passenger fled in the owner’s 2001 gold in color Honda Odyssey with NC license plate number WRS1696.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sheriff's Deputies End Maiden Police Chase With Stop Sticks
A vehicle chase that began near Maiden around 1 a.m. on February 26, 2019 ended in Lincoln County when sheriff’s deputies’ deployed stop sticks to bring the vehicle to a halt.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Man Who Escaped From Sheriff's Patrol Car Apprehended
A handcuffed man who escaped from a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office patrol car Sunday night has been apprehended.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Man Escapes From Sheriff's Deputy Patrol Car In Handcuffs
A Denver, N.C. man eluded deputies Sunday night (February 17, 2019) after he managed to escape from a patrol car in handcuffs and flee into the nearby neighborhood.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Iron Station Man Charged In Shooting Incident
An Iron Station man has been charged in connection with a shooting incident where shots were fired into an occupied vehicle late Saturday night (February 16, 2019).
Monday, February 18, 2019

Missing Lincoln County Woman Located
Brianna Allen Frady who was last seen at North Lincoln High School on February 15, 2019 was located this morning near the Food Lion in Denver, N.C.  She has been returned home and is safe.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Silver Alert Issued For Missing Lincoln County Woman
Breanna Allen Frady, who goes by the nickname of 'Bre', was last seen at North Lincoln High School on the afternoon of February 15. Breanna is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Man Charged With Obtaining Property By False Pretenses
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with buying merchandise and charging it to a business where he previously worked.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Hickory Man Killed In Early Wednesday Collision
A Hickory man died when his car collided with a Catawba County Sheriff's Office vehicle and then struck a fence in northeast Hickory early Wednesday morning.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Facing Multiple Charges
A young Lincolnton woman is spending Valentine's Day in jail after being arrested by Maiden Police on multiple charges.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Maiden Police Arrest Two On Drug Charges
Maiden Police arrested two young men in unrelated drug busts.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Maiden Man Found Safe
The Maiden Police Department issued a press release at 3:50 p.m. this afternoon, February 12, that Shanta Kinte Edwards had been found and was safe. 
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Maiden Man
Shanta Kinte Edwards is known to frequent the Lincolnton area, in particular the Oak Lawn neighborhood. Shanta also frequents the Newton and Hickory areas.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Parent Charged With Assaulting Driver's Education Teacher
A Lincoln County parent has been charged with assaulting a driver’s education teacher at West Lincoln High School on February 9, 2019.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Man Goes From A Missing Person To A Wanted Person
A Lincoln County man who was reported as missing on Monday is now listed as wanted on Tuesday.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Thieves Setting Fires?
Gastonia Police are investigating a fire that was apparently intentionally set at the Walmart on Myrtle School Road in West Gastonia Monday evening.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who went missing from a residence in western Lincoln County.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Catawba County Jury Duty Telephone Scam
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports from citizens that have received calls from someone identifying themselves as Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies. The suspect caller states that they missed jury duty and have a warrant out for their arrest.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Business Property Owner Holds Theft Suspect At Gunpoint
A theft suspect met his match when he tried to haul off a pickup truck load of tools from the Cronland Lumber Yard on Highway 73.
Friday, February 8, 2019

NLMS Career Fair Held For Eighth Graders
The eighth-grade students at North Lincoln Middle School were given the opportunity to meet with representatives from the community at a Career Fair to learn about career opportunities on Friday, February 1.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Man Attempted Hanging Himself In Lincoln County Jail
A man tried to commit suicide by hanging himself in his cell at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on February 4, 2019.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Suspect In Custody For Assault On Female In Catawba County
On February 1, 2019 at 7:39 a.m., Catawba County Communications received a call about a male subject assaulting a female on the ground outside of a residence. The suspect ran from the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Woman Says She Won Money, Then Was Stabbed & Robbed
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery and stabbing in an incident that apparently began at one of those gaming locations on Springs Road.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Iron Station Woman Charged With Embezzlement
An Iron Station woman has been charged with embezzlement from the Denver, N.C. business where she was working and had two outstanding warrants from Gaston County for obtaining property by false pretenses and transferring a stolen vehicle.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

LCSO Dive Team Certified In Advanced Swift Water Rescue
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team began training in June of 2018 and completed certification in December of 2018. The eight-member squad trained on the Nantahala River near Bryson City and the South Fork River in Lincoln County.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Three Inmates Facing Charges For Detention Center Damage
Three inmates in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center are facing possible charges after a hole was found punched in the ceiling of the shower in “B” dorm.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

GC Police Seize Large Quantity Of Methamphetamines
On Thursday, January 24 the Gaston County Police Department arrested Careen Lee Harrell, 35, of Grover, N.C., following a traffic stop.  The traffic stop occurred near Cherryville, N.C.
Monday, January 28, 2019

Lincolnton Man Sentenced To 8 Years In NC Prison System
A Lincolnton man was sentenced in Lincoln County Superior Court to a lengthy prison sentence after accepting a plea agreement in connection with crimes that occurred in 2016 and 2017.
Monday, January 28, 2019

Sheriff's Patrol Car Involved In Minor Vehicle Accident
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a minor accident Thursday (January 24, 2019) in Denver.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Gaston County Police Assist In Capturing Fugitive
The Gaston County Police Department assisted the Bessemer City Police Department and the United States Marshals Service on Thursday, January 24 in capturing Akhenaten Alison.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Longtime Sheriff's Office Employee Mike Greene Dies At 71
He was the first person you saw when you came into the Sheriff's Office.  For many of his twelve years with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Mike Greene sat in the small glass enclosed reception desk just inside the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and greeted people.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Lincolnton Woman Facing New Charges In Catawba County
A Lincolnton woman who had previously been convicted of larceny and trafficking meth now faces new charges.  Jennifer Walker Blake was arrested Wednesday in Catawba County.
Friday, January 25, 2019


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