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1- Jackie Dameron Farm Bureau

Fake 'Cop' Reported in Catawba County
A man impersonating a law enforcement officer has made two vehicle stops in Catawba County.  The Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Hickory Police reported the incidents happened Wednesday morning (Oct. 20th).  They are asking for help from the public in identifying the person.  
Thursday, October 21, 2021

No Children Injured in Fatal Crash Involving School Bus
No children were on the bus, so none was injured, but a fatal crash happened Thursday afternoon south of Newton that involved a school bus.
Thursday, October 21, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Eight
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about some of the LCSO special teams, during their eighth week in the program.
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Drug Bust
Maiden Police, with assistance from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, served a search warrant on a Holly Street residence Monday and arrested two young people on drug charges.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

HP Focusing on Violators of School Bus Laws
This is National School Bus Safety Week.  As a part of the observance, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is conducting Operation Stop Arm, focusing attention on those who violate the legal requirement to stop for stopped school buses.  
Monday, October 18, 2021

Altercation Involving Shot Fired Leads To Arrest
Two people were arrested on October 13, 2021 following an altercation where a shot was fired but no one injured.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Lengthy Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Lincolnton Woman
On October 13, 2021 following a lengthy narcotics investigation into the sale of illegal drugs from a residence at 725 North Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC, narcotics investigators were able to gather enough information to secure a search warrant for the residence.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Gaston Co. Man Faces Multiple Charges of Sex With a Child
A man who lives on the Alexis-High Shoals Road near Hoyle's Creek was charged Thursday with multiple felonies related to alleged sex with a child in his home.
Thursday, October 14, 2021

Man Charged With Stealing Neighbor's Lawnmower
A Vale, N.C. man was arrested on October 12, 2021 charged with stealing a lawnmower belonging to his neighbor.
Thursday, October 14, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Seven
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about some of the department’s special operation teams, during their seventh week of the 12-week program.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Detectives Locate Missing Child
Four-year-old Justin Antwan Tillman was located today and returned to his biological mother. His maternal grandmother, Johannah Lavonne Tillman, was taken into custody.
Monday, October 11, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Locate A Missing Child
Lincoln County Sheriff's Detective K. Harrington is investigating a missing child that was supposed to have been returned to his mother today.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Lincoln County Man Facing Child Exploitation Charge
LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with sexual exploitation of a child.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Prisoner Awaiting Sentencing Hangs Himself
A man who was in the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Detention Center awaiting sentencing died by hanging overnight.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Missing Lincoln County Man Located, Silver Alert Cancelled
A missing Lincoln County man has been located in Davidson County, N.C. and is safe.
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Police Seek Help Finding Missing Teen
Lincolnton Police are askng for help from the public in locating a Lincolnton High School student missing since Monday (Oct. 4th).
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Silver Alert Issued For Elderly Lincoln County Man
The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for an 89-year-old Lincoln County man who went missing on October 6, 2021.
Thursday, October 7, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Six
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants continued their lesson on the use of force, as it relates to law enforcement duties, during their sixth week of this program.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Man Pleads Guilty To Assault And Robbery
A man who brutally beat and robbed the operator of Corner Market on Confederate Road, Lincolnton, NC on February 27, 2019 entered a guilty plea in Lincoln County Superior Court today.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Quick Action By Deputies Stop Wrong Way Driver In Denver
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies used their patrol vehicles Saturday night to stop a wrong way driver before she could hurt anyone.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Officer Involved Shooting
A Hickory man who was shot by police last week has now been charged with two felonies.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Five
On Monday, September 27, 2021, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about the use of force, as it relates to law enforcement duties, during the fifth week of this program.
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Missing Father And Son Located In Georgia
LCSO Detective M. Lookadoo was notified by authorities in Jackson County, Georgia and the Georgia Highway Patrol that Adrian Paul Vancleave, 44, and his son, Lincoln Paul Vancleave were located overnight at an exit off I-85.
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Man Who Failed To Return To Court Has Been Arrested
A Lincoln County man who was found guilty by a jury in Lincoln County Superior Court last week has been taken into custody.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest Of Woman On Drug Charges
A traffic stop for an obscured 30 day tag led to the arrest of a Lincoln County woman on drug charges.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Sheriff's Deputy Escapes Injury
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy escaped injury when his vehicle was rammed head-on by a truck driven by a wanted person.
Monday, September 27, 2021

Lincolnton Man Arrested After Wild Friday Incident
He allegedly rammed a Lincoln County Sheriff's Office patrol car, fled into Gaston & then Cleveland counties while shooting at officers, wrecked and ran, still firing at officers.  Now 22-year-old Austin Nathaniel Hannon is in the Gaston County jail facing multiple charges.
Sunday, September 26, 2021

Lincoln County Residents Charged With Area Break-Ins
Catawba County and Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged two Lincoln County residents in connection with area break-ins.
Friday, September 24, 2021

Man Found Guilty Failed To Return To Court
A Lincoln County man has been found guilty by a jury in Lincoln County Superior Court but has not been sentenced because he failed to return to court after the first day of the trial.
Friday, September 24, 2021

Woman Charged With Stabbing Man, Leaving The Scene & Crashing Vehicle
A Lincoln County woman is in jail after she assaulted a man with a knife, left the scene in a vehicle and crashed on the Buffalo Shoals Road near the Catawba-Lincoln County line.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Abandoned House Used For Drug Activity Has Been Torn Down
An abandoned house at 1718 Power Line Road, Lincolnton, NC has been torn down and is no longer a blight on the community.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Four
The fourth week of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Police Academy 2021 covered the LCSO Detention Center and wrapped up Week Three Crime Scene Processing.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Missing Girl
Lincolnton Police are asking for help from the public in finding a 15-year-old girl who has been reported missing.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Police Asking Help in Finding Stolen Trailer
The Gaston County Police Department is investigating the theft of a dump trailer stolen from a house under construction off Weaver Dairy Road in Bessemer City that occurred sometime between last Tuesday (Sept. 14th at 6:00 PM and 9 AM on Friday (Sept. 17th).
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Victim of Monday Morning Wreck Identified
The victim of a single vehicle accident Monday morning (Sept. 13th) on Interstate 85 near McAdenville has been identified as a 64-year-old Arden, NC, man.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Man Stabbed To Death, Domestic Partner Charged
Gaston County Police have made an arrest in a Tuesday evening stabbing.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Murder Charge In Death Of 14-Year-Old
Gastonia Police have charged a 19-year-old from Shelby, Santonio Azanier Eskridge, with second degree murder in the shooting death of a Gastonia girl, 14-year-old Nivia Danner on Tuesday (Sept. 14th).
Thursday, September 16, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Three
On Monday, September 13, 2021, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about crime scene processing during their third week of the program.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Gaston County Police Search For Man Reported Missing
On September 3, 2021 Jody Wayne Ledford, age 51, of the 1200 block of Mayberry Rd. Dallas, NC was reported missing by family members.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

One Seriously Injured At Betty Ross Park
Lincolnton Police are seeking help from the public as they continue to investigate a Friday (Sept. 10th) incident at Betty Ross Park.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Cause Of Fatal Crash Unknown
One person died in a single vehicle accident between exits 22 and 23 on Interstate 85 Monday morning (Sept. 13th).  The Highway Patrol hasn't yet been able to identify the victim.
Monday, September 13, 2021

Arrested After Hiding In Convenience Store Ceiling
A Lincolnton man was arrested today (September 13, 2021) after hiding from officers in the ceiling of a Denver convenience store.
Monday, September 13, 2021

Missing Girl
Detectives from the Gastonia Police Department are asking the public for help in locating a missing 16-year-old girl.
Monday, September 13, 2021

Stolen Motorcycle Recovered; Suspect Arrested After Foot Chase
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a motorcycle stolen from Catawba County and arrested the person operating it after a foot chase.
Friday, September 10, 2021

Detectives Investigating Truck Theft From A Denver Residence
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of a truck from a residence in the 5100 block of Turtle Creek Drive in Denver.
Thursday, September 9, 2021

"Project Lifesaver" Training
Eighteen Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and a South Fork firefighter completed certification training on Project Lifesaver this past weekend.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Two
In week two of the 12-week program, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about controlled substances and narcotics investigations.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Teen
On September 2, 2021 around 9 p.m. officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to an address in reference to a missing 14-year-old girl.
Friday, September 3, 2021

Inmates Receive Covid-19 Vaccines
A group of inmates in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center were administered the Covid-19 vaccine on August 31, 2021.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

LCSO Citizen's Police Academy Gets Underway
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Police Academy got underway on August 30, 2021 with the first night of the 12-week program.  Thirty-one participants were accepted into the program.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Argument at Party City Ends in Hit & Run Fatality
Hickory Police have charged a 20-year-old Maiden man, Austin Wayne Edmonson, of 5021 Raintree Lane, with murder after an incident on Saturday.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Child Porn Charges Filed After Investigation
A young Gastonia man who reported an alleged fraud got himself arrested by police on child porn charges last week.
Monday, August 30, 2021

Missing Lincoln County Teen Located
Johnathan Keith Merchant, who turns 18-years-old today, has been in contact with Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective D. Snellings and is safe. 
Friday, August 27, 2021

John Hugh Howell Memorial Service
A memorial service was held on the Courtsquare Thursday (Aug. 26th) on the anniversary of the death of the only Lincoln County law enforcement officer ever shot and killed in the line of duty.
Friday, August 27, 2021

LCSO Charlie District Office Moving To Temporary Location
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Charlie District Office will move to a temporary location effective September 1, 2021.
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Teen
Johnathan Keith Merchant was last seen by his mother on August 13, 2021 when she dropped him off at a friend’s residence for a week-long trip to the beach.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Gaston County's 5th Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2021
On Wednesday, August 19, 2021 at 1:13pm, Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement answered a call for service in the 400 Block of Woodlawn Ave., Gastonia. The caller advised a dog, which had been brought to the residence as a stray, attacked and killed a raccoon in the backyard of the property.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Memorial Service To Honor Fallen Sheriff's Deputy Aug. 26
Memorial Service for Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy, John Hugh Howell II,  Who died in the line of duty in 1973 will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, August 26, on the east side of the Lincoln County Courthouse.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Theft Of Travel Trailer
Deputies were dispatched to the Riverwalk Apartments storage lot on August 19 reference the trailer being stolen.  The owner told deputies the camper was last known secure on August 18, 2021.
Friday, August 20, 2021

Suspect Arrested For Armed Bank Robbery In Gastonia
Detectives from the Gastonia Police Department (GPD) have charged Franklin Earl Lawrence Jr., age 48, of Gastonia, with armed robbery-related offenses for the robbery of a BB&T bank that occurred this morning in Gastonia.
Thursday, August 19, 2021

School Traffic Volume Increases With Return Of Full-Time Schedules
Students attending Lincoln County Schools will be returning to the classroom next week to a full-time, 5-days a week schedule. With this comes an increase in overall school traffic in the mornings and afternoons. 
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Missing Lincoln County Man Located
A Lincoln County man reported missing on August 13, 2021 has been located and is safe.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Sheriff's Detectives Locate Missing Juvenile
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives located a runaway juvenile who was reported missing on August 16, 2021.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Help Needed To Locate Stanley Runaway Teen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway juvenile.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

High Speed Chase Ends In Fatality
A Charlotte man made a decision to flee police and it cost him his life early Monday morning (Aug. 16th).
Monday, August 16, 2021

Lincoln County Man Facing Arson Charge
A Lincoln County man has been charged with setting a house on fire east of Lincolnton.
Monday, August 16, 2021

Guilty
Two Hickory men were sentenced to at least 60 years in prison following a guilty plea to three murder charges in Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (Aug. 12th).  Both Greydon Keith Hansen and Dontray Tyrell Cumberlander were 23 years old when they killed three people outside a Hickory bar in April 2017.
Thursday, August 12, 2021

West Lincoln Woman Arrested On Drug Charges
A western Lincoln County woman was arrested August 10, 2021 in connection with a drug investigation that began in October of 2020.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Stabbing Death Investigation Underway In Lincolnton
On August 8, 2021 at approximately 6:32 p.m., officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to the 800 Block of East Lincoln Street in reference to a stabbing.
Monday, August 9, 2021

Gastonia Man Arrested On Drug Charges
A traffic stop in the 700 block of Highway 27 west of Lincolnton led to the arrest of a Gastonia man on illegal drug charges.
Monday, August 9, 2021

Denver Man Facing Drug Charges In Two Counties
A combined investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic’s Unit and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has led to a number of drug charges on a Denver man.
Monday, August 9, 2021

Father Killed by Child
Gastonia Police are still investigating, but initially, it appears the shooting death of a Gastonia man by his two-year-old child was a tragic accident--and a terrible reminder to other gun owners to secure their weapons.  
Monday, August 9, 2021

Missing Man Found, Silver Alert Cancelled
Charles Rickey Carringer, 56, who had walked off from the facility and was located on railroad tracks about five miles from the Lakewood Care Center this afternoon.
Sunday, August 8, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Help Locate Missing Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lakewood Care Center at 7981 Optimist Club Rd., Denver, NC in reference to a missing persons report at 9:12 p.m. on August 7, 2021.
Sunday, August 8, 2021

Vale Man Charged With Sexual Assault, Kidnapping
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Vale man with the sexual assault and kidnapping of a 36-year-old white female.
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Erin Long Files Notice of Intent To Run For LC Sheriff
Erin Long, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, current Patrol Captain of Bessemer City Police Department and former Lieutenant of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office, has announced her intent to run for Sheriff and return to Lincoln County with a “New Vision, New Direction.”
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Stolen Vehicle
The Dallas Police Dept. is searching for two young men, one of whom is wanted for the theft of a vehicle from a Dallas residence Monday night (August 2nd).
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

LC Sheriff's Office Announces New Smartphone App
This app will serve as a new way for the sheriff’s office to connect with Lincoln County residents and visitors, providing information quickly and efficiently to anyone with a smartphone.
Monday, August 2, 2021

One 18-Year-Old Charged In Death Of Another
Hickory Police have charged a Hickory man in a fatal hit and run early Saturday morning.
Saturday, July 31, 2021

LPD Needs Help To Locate Missing Teen
The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a runaway teen.
Friday, July 30, 2021

Runaway Teen Has Been Located
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives say a runaway teen has been located.
Friday, July 30, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Help Locate Runaway Teen
Abbie Elizabeth Yates, 14, of Lincolnton apparently left her sister's residence sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on July 29, 2021.  Family members believe she may be in the company of a 24-year-old male, whom she knows, and may possibly be in the Hickory area.
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Former Lincoln County Man Extradited From Florida
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies extradited a former Lincoln County man from Florida on child sexual assault charges.
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Second Driver Charged in Street Racing Fatality
The second driver who allegedly engaged in a street racing incident that led to a crash that killed a six-year-old Kings Mtn. boy on Saturday night June 26th has now been charged.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Public Assistance Needed In Locating Missing Catawba County Man
Anthony John Jaworsky, 29, was last seen by his family in the Conover area of Catawba County on July 13, 2021. He has connections in Caldwell and Burke counties.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Grand Jury Indicts Ten People On Drug Charges
On July 26, 2021, the Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted ten people on a number of drug charges. The names of the individuals indicted by the Grand Jury will be released as they are arrested.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
























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