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Three Inmates Charged With Assault Of Detention Officers
Three inmates in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center have been charged with assaulting four detention officers.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Lincoln County Man Charged With Kidnapping &Assault
A Lincoln County man is in jail under a no bond hold after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Deputies Arrest Three People In Larceny & Vehicle Chase
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people following a late night chase that ended in Gaston County when the suspect vehicle caught fire.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Vale Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A Vale, N.C. man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Missing Teen Found Dead
The body of that Gaston County boy who had been missing since Monday was found Friday about noon not far from where he and a friend decided to go swimming in a flood swollen South Fork River.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Man Arrested For Shooting Into An Occupied Denver Business
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a shots fired call at a business in Denver around 5:40 p.m. on June 13, 2019.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Deputies Investigating Shots Fired Call At Denver Business
Deputies were dispatched to 422 North NC 16 Business in Denver at 5:40 p.m. June 13. The caller reported that two individuals were involved in an argument at Chemistry Lab Paint and Fab and shots were fired.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Missing Since Monday
The search for a missing Gaston County 14-year-old who went missing when he and a friend went into the storm-swollen South Fork River on Monday evening continues--but the hopes of finding Ethan Britt alive are fading with time.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Missing Man Located
Lincolnton Police located Andrew Thomas Dawson, 23, of Tait Street, Lincolnton, NC when he returned home today.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Denver Man Dies From Gun Shot Wound
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 4500 block of North NC16 Business Highway on June 8, 2019 reference a subject with a gunshot wound.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
Andrew Thomas Dawson, 23, of Tait Street, Lincolnton, NC was being processed at Atrium Health – Lincoln when he fled the facility on June 12, 2019.  He was last seen running toward the Boger City Fire Department wearing green hospital scrubs and no shoes.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Two Facing Charges Following Theft At Denver Stores
Two people were charged after taking property from Lowe’s Hardware and Walmart in Denver.  An off duty officer reported that one of the men loaded a generator onto the back of a pickup truck at Lowe’s and then drove across the street to the Walmart.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Search Continues For Missing Teen
The search continues for a Gaston County teen who went missing after apparently being swept away by swift water on the South Fork River near Spencer Mountain Monday (June 10th).
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Two People Arrested On Drug & Stolen Gun Charges
Following complaints and tips from the public, narcotics investigators began surveillance of a residence in the 2100 block of Swanson Road in Crouse, NC.  The investigation developed enough information to secure a search warrant which was executed at the residence.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Rickey Dale Waldrop, Sr. Sentenced to Over 100 Years
A Maiden man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted Friday (June 7th) on seven sexual offense charges involving his children.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Sex Offender Fails To Register Change Of Address
A Lincolnton man has been charged with failing to register a change of address as a sex offender living in Lincoln County.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Check Presented To Fallen Police Officer's Family
A Go Fund Me page set up by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jay Little to raise $500 for fallen Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Sheldon’s family reached out to people across the United States with the total reaching over $12,000 in two weeks.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Another Drug Arrest
A Claremont man was arrested Sunday (June 2nd) on drug charges, the latest in the continuing arrests on such charges in area counties.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Fatalities
Two men died in incidents that involved single vehicle crashes in Gaston County Thursday and Friday.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Family Dispute Leads To One Person Injured, Another Arrested
On May 31, 2019 Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a call at the Home Run Market in the 3500 block of East NC Highway 27 in connection with an assault that had occurred.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Lincoln County Man Charged With Vehicle Theft
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincolnton man with the theft of a pickup truck on May 24, 2019 that was involved in a vehicle chase in Cleveland County that ended in Lincoln County on May 30, 2019.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Rice Still Missing, Last Seen In May Of 2014
It’s been more than five years since Toasha Nicole Rice, also known as Nikki Green on her Facebook page, was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Dalton Apprehended, Charged With Murder
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 32-year-old Newton man and charged him with murder in a Wednesday morning homicide.
Friday, May 31, 2019

UPDATE: Person Of Interest Found, Being Questioned
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office apprehended a man wanted in connection with a homicide investigation. Warrants for Larceny of a Motor Vehicle had been issued for Justin Drew Dalton who is also a person of interest in a Wednesday (May 29th) homicide. Dalton was apprehended Thursday evening and was being questioned.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Couple Arrested After Attempted Robbery/Shooting
Stanley Police arrested a couple who allegedly attempted to rob a convenience grocery on Mariposa Road just off Highway 27 Wednesday morning. The store clerk, although shot multiple times, was expected to recover from his injuries.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Assaulted Medic
Gastonia Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man wanted for assaulting a medic earlier this month.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Arrest Made In Walking Trail Assault & Robbery
A Hickory man has been charged with assaulting and robbing a Taylorsville man after the two men met at the Lincoln County Walking Trail in the 2600 block of Laboratory Road, Lincolnton on May 22, 2019.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Financial Card Fraud May Involve Skimmers
Hickory Police are searching for a couple who may be using skimmers to help them steal card information, then fraudulently getting funds at area ATMs.
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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Taylorsville Man Assaulted & Robbed At Walking Trail
A Taylorsville man was assaulted and robbed after meeting a man at the Lincoln County Walking Trail in the 2600 block of Laboratory Road, Lincolnton today. The suspect goes by the profile name of “Ethan” on the dating website where the two men met.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Landen Johnson, 9, Honorary Sheriff's Detective
When the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office heard the story of Landen Johnson’s fascination with law enforcement and crime scene investigations, officers went into action to make that happen.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Student Arrested For Threats Of Mass Violence
A North Gaston High School student was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly made threats of violence against a number of students at the school.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Deputy Shoots Dog After Being Bitten, Knocked To Ground
A Lincoln County deputy shot a dog after he was attacked while investigating stolen property in High Shoals Tuesday morning (May 21st).  The deputy sustained minor injuries and the dog, a pit bull, appears likely to survive.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Inmate Who Attempted Suicide Removed From Life Support
An inmate at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center who attempted to hang himself on Monday, May 13, 2019 died Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Atrium Health in Charlotte after being removed from his life support per the request of family members.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Gaston County Police Arrest Man & Woman Wanted In Murder
Gaston County Police arrested a man and woman Wednesday who were wanted in connection with the death of a Stanley woman on May 5th. They were apprehended at a residence near East Gaston High School.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Murder
Two Gaston County residents have been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Shelby man early Wednesday morning.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Wreath Placed In Honor Of Sgt. John H. Howell II
May 15, 2019 is National Peace Officer Memorial Day and a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sergeant who was killed on August 26, 1973 is honored with a wreath placed at his grave site at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Inmate In Critical Condition After Attempted Suicide
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center inmate is listed in critical condition after an attempted suicide on Monday, May 13, 2019.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Wreck Victim Identified As Cherryville Man
Gastonia Police released information about a Saturday (May 11th) fatal crash Monday.  The victim was a Cherryville man, Deric Durell Clayton.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Father Charged With Misdemeanor In Child Shooting Incident
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged the father of a child in connection with an accidental shooting incident involving a one-year-old child and a two-year-old child.
Monday, May 13, 2019

National Police Week
This is National Police Week.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Virginia Women Facing Drug Charges
Two Virginia women were arrested Friday in Cleveland County after they were found to be trafficking drugs with their children in their vehicle with them.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Detectives Investigating Shooting Incident Involving A Child
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting incident involving a one-year-old child and a three year old child.
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Murder Charges Filed
Gaston County Police have filed murder charges in the death of a Stanley woman whose car crashed into the water at Seven Oaks Boat Landing near Belmont last Sunday (May 5th).
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Narcotics Unit Seizes Record Amount Of Cocaine
A traffic stop has led to the seizure of the largest ever amount of cocaine in Lincoln County. Narcotics Investigators and Baker District deputies stopped a vehicle on the Gastonia Highway. A search turned up cocaine weighing 117 pounds. The street value of the cocaine was estimated at $6.4 million.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Maiden Police Arrest Two During Traffic Stop
On Sunday, May 5 at 11:09 p.m., Maiden Police officers initiated a traffic stop for Failure to Display Taillights on Startown Road. During the officer’s interactions they observed several used, uncapped hypodermic needles, and other drug paraphernalia.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lincoln County Man Charged With Theft From Employer
A Lincoln County man has been charged in connection with using his employer’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Drug Arrests In Catawba County
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office has announced two more arrests on charges related to illegal drugs.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Alleged Cherryville Thief Caught In Newton
Cooperation between law enforcement agencies resulted in a quick arrest after an alleged larceny at the Cherryville Walmart early Monday morning.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Lake Patrol Unit Attends Public Safety Boat Class
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lake Patrol Unit joined 12 other agencies in the 2019 Public Safety Boat Class hosted by the Cornelius Fire Department.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Newton Man Arrested For County Vehicle Break-Ins
A Newton man has been arrested in connection with a number of break-ins to unlocked vehicles at homes off the Buffalo Shoals Road.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

No Jail Time For Reid
Jason Reid, a former deputy in both Lincoln and Catawba counties, and candidate last year in the Primary Election for Catawba County Sheriff, entered a guilty plea in court Monday that will end his law enforcement career.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Can You Identify?
Lincolnton Police are asking for help from the public in identifying the person or persons involved in a break-in at the new Lincoln County Communications Center.
Friday, April 26, 2019

More Armed Robberies In Hickory
The plethora of armed robberies continues in the Hickory area.  Since April 2nd, the Hickory Police Department has responded to three separate armed robberies that are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.  Details of the robberies were similar to the others that have been reported over the last eight months.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Murder Suspect In Custody
On Thursday, April 25 at approximately 1:40 p.m. the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office located Joseph Barker and took him into custody. More Information will be forthcoming.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Gastonia Man Charged In Connection With False Bomb Threat
A Gastonia man has been charged in connection with a making a second false bomb threat to a business where he was employed.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Catalytic Converter Thefts
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says it is hoping for help from the public in indentifying thieves who have been stealing catalytic converters from vehicles in that county and at least three others.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Person Of Interest Being Sought In Shooting On Plateau Road
Barker is a person of interest in a shooting at 4700 Plateau Road, Vale, N.C. that occurred on April 23, 2019. Anyone with information about Barker’s location or with other relevant information, is encouraged to contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241. Barker should be considered armed and dangerous, do not approach him.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lincoln County Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with sexual assault of a 15-year-old female.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Narcotics Investigators Arrest Man On Numerous Drug Charges
Narcotics investigators and Baker District deputies executed a search warrant at the residence in the 4100 block of Gladstone Lane, Maiden, N.C. on April 22, 2019.  During the search officers located marijuana, methamphetamine and various prescription pills.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Police Arrest Man After Five-Hour Standoff
A Monday night incident near Dallas ended without injury when police stormed a residence where a wanted man barricaded himself and refused to surrender.  After a five-hour standoff, police entered the house and the culprit was arrested.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Arson
Gastonia Police and Fire Departments say a Saturday (April 20th) fire at a home on Myrtle Street was intentionally set.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Guilty
A Cherryville man has entered a guilty plea to charges he secretly videotaped girls--some of them underage--aboard his yacht at Myrtle Beach and elsewhere.
Monday, April 22, 2019

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


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