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Babysitter Arrested for Murder
A Kings Mountain man has been arrested for murder in the death of a child left in his care.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Catawba County Investigation Results in California Arrest
A California man has been arrested on charges that he attempted to arrange sex via the internet with an underage victim in Catawba County.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Attempted Murder in Domestic Case
A Denver man has been charged with attempted murder after a domestic incident in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday Incident Leaves Two Dead in Bessemer City
A 62-year-old Dallas man drove his Jeep SUV into the Surf & Turf Lodge restaurant in Bessemer City during lunch hour Sunday, killing his daughter and saughter-in-law. The action appeared to be intentional according to Bessemer City Police Chief Thomas Ellis, Jr.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Siblings Arrested, Two Stolen Vehicles Recovered
A late night traffic stop  led to two arrests and the recovery of two stolen vehicles.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Missing Denver Man
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing Denver man.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Police Asking for Help in Izard's Murder
Lincolnton Police are asking for the public's help in finding who killed Johnny Ray Izard, Jr. the night of May 4th.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lowell Man Arrested After Incident at Stanley Park
A 34-year-old Lowell man, Christoper David Hayes, has been arrested after he allegedly took photos of a 10-year-old boy urinating in the bathroom at Stanley's Harper Park on Blacksnake Road.  
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

National Police Week
Perhaps you knew--or perhaps not--but Tuesday was Law Enforcement Memorial Day.  It's a part of National Police Week celebrated this week.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Shooting Incident in Mt. Holly
Mt. Holly Police say an officer shot a man Monday after he threatened to kill a child.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A young mother from Iron Station was arrested early Monday morning in southeastern Lincoln County on drug charges.  
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Belmont Man Arrested for Shooting at Vehicles
A Belmont senior citizen has been arrested by Gaston County Police for allegedly shooting at vehicles passing his home near Belmont.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Attempted Robbery Lands Maiden Man in Jail
A Maiden man was arrested Monday after he allegedly attempted to rob the Food Lion grocery store.
Monday, May 14, 2018

22 Suspects Indicted in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
Hickory Police say that a multi-county investigation into drug trafficking has resulted in 22 being arrested and more arrests are expected.  
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Wreck Closes US321 in Catawba County
A wreck involving a car and a tractor-trailer closed down US321 northbound near I-40 in Catawba County Thursday evening.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

More Skimmers
Skimmers have been found on gas pumps at a convenience grocery on highway 150 east of Lincolnton.  There has been a rash of such incidents in our area recently.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Smash & Grab Breakins Reported at Four Denver Businesses
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating four smash and grab breakins at businesses on highway 16 business.  Two of the businesses were at Natalie Commons Drive; the others on the other side of highway 16.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Missing Teen, Possibly Runaway
Gaston County Police have issued a missing person report for a 13-year-old Gastonia girl, Andrea Leann Wildcatt.
Monday, May 07, 2018

Missing Man Found, Arrested
A Lincolnton man who had been reported missing has been found--and arrested.
Monday, May 07, 2018

Police Investigating Homicide
A young Lincolnton man was apparently gunned down on Newbold Street shortly before midnight Friday night.
Saturday, May 05, 2018

Iron Station Man Charged After Attempting to Flee
An Iron Station man was arrested Friday after he allegedly attempted to flee Catawba County officers to avoid arrest.
Saturday, May 05, 2018

Missing Person Report
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has issued a missing person report for a Lincolnton man.
Friday, May 04, 2018

More "Skimmers" Found in Hickory
Hickory Police say another credit card "skimmer" has been found in use in that city.  
Friday, May 04, 2018

Shooting at Eastridge Mall
A Gastonia man was shot while sitting in a parked car in the parking lot at Eastridge Mall on New Hope Road Thursday afternoon.  Gastonia Police say the shooting was most likely targeted and not a random act.
Friday, May 04, 2018

Another Arrest in Vault Lounge Shooting
Three men have now been arrested in relation to an April 8th shooting that left a man dead outside a Hickory nightspot.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Lincoln County Woman Charged With Felony Identity Theft
A Lincoln County woman has been charged with fraudulently opening a DirecTV account in her daughter’s name.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Traffic Changes Coming
In case anybody missed our report on the Lincolnton City Council meeting for April, one of the things that was approved was a group of changes to city traffic laws related to safety issues.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Bill Beam, Candidate For Sheriff
Bill Beam is one of six candidates facing off in the Republican Primary for Sheriff of Lincoln County.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Traffic Stop Leads To One Charged With Trafficking Cocaine
According to detectives, the man was the passenger of a vehicle that was stopped for a stop sign violation. Upon approach to the vehicle, detectives noticed the passenger was extremely nervous and began profusely sweating.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Carrol Mitchem Running For Sheriff
Carrol Mitchem is one of six candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Sheriff of Lincoln County in the May 8th Primary Election.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Jon Propst--Candidate For Sheriff
This is another of our series of articles about and interviews with the candidates running for Sheriff, County Commissioner, NC House and NC Senate in Lincoln County in the May 8th Primary Election.  Jon Propst, currently a lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office, is one of six candidates seeking the office of Sheriff in the GOP Primary.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Missing Man Safely Located
Jeremy Tony Adams, 30, formerly of 1609 Broome Street, Lincolnton, NC was located overnight in Gastonia and is safe.  He has been removed from NCIC.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Gas Pump "Skimmers" Strike Again
Maiden Police are investigating another incidence of gas pump "skimmers' that are used to steal credit card information.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jason Munday--Running For Sheriff
The Lincoln Herald is conducting interviews and posting articles about the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff, County Commissioner, NC House and NC Senate in the GOP Primary May 8th.  This is the interview with one of those candidates.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Public's Help Needed To Help Locate Missing Man
Adams was last seen around 3:40 a.m. on April 21, 2018 when he was discharged from the emergency room at CHS-Lincoln.  Due to substance abuse problems in his past the family fears for his safety.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Anthony Huss--Running For Sheriff
Anthony Huss is running for Sheriff--again.  He made a write-in effort four years ago.  This time around, he's running for the Republican nomination.  He's one of six candidates in the GOP Primary May 8th.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Iron Station Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
An Iron Station man has been charged with several child abuse charges after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a sexual assault on a child.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Traffic Accidents Update
Traffic accidents in our area have sent multiple people to hospitals over the past week.  The latest of the more serious incidents sent a 15-year-old to the hospital in Charlotte Thursday afternoon.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Woman Charged With Stealing, Cashing Mother's Checks
A Lincoln woman is in jail after being accused of writing blank checks of a family member to herself for a total of $6,200.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Man Charged With Kidnapping
Brian Edward Leatherman, 43, of Matthew Miller Road, Vale, NC was found sleeping in the basement of his parent’s home and arrested without incident earlier tonight (April 16).
Monday, April 16, 2018

Stolen Truck Located; Man Still Wanted On Kidnapping Charges
Sheriff’s Deputies locate stolen truck near old North Brook Fire Department; still looking for 43-year-old western Lincoln County man wanted on kidnapping and assault charges.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Information Still Being Sought 10 Years Later
Gaston County Police continue to seek information regarding the whereabouts of Jamie Michelle Fraley who 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 32-years-old now.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Young Gastonian Charged In Fatal Saturday Night Wreck
Gastonia Police say that 20-year-old Clarence Gilbert Bailey III had been drinking and was texting while driving when his truck crossed the center line and collided head-on with a car Saturday night, killing the driver of the car.
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Tim Johnson, Candidate For Sheriff
The May 8th Primary Election will likely decide the next Sheriff of Lincoln County.  Alan Hoyle is running as an Unaffiliated candidate, but the winner of the GOP Primary is considered by most the likely winner in November.  This is our second article with one of the candidates for Sheriff.  Others will follow.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Western Lincoln County Man Wanted On A Number Of Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a 43-year-old western Lincoln County man on a number of charges including kidnapping and domestic violence.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sheriff Recognizes Lincoln County Telecommunicators
This week honors telecommunicators nationwide and the Lincoln County Communications Center workers who answer emergency calls, and dispatch law enforcement and emergency services personnel to render assistance to Lincoln County residents.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sherrills Ford Man Faces Drug Charges
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office has reported another arrest for drug offenses.
Monday, April 09, 2018

One Dead, Three Injured After Late Night Incident
Hickory Police are investigating a shooting incident outside a nightclub that left one man dead and three others injured.
Sunday, April 08, 2018

Alan Hoyle: Independent Candidate For Sheriff
Over the next several weeks, the Lincoln Herald will be interviewing the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff, County Commissioner, NC Senate and NC House.  This is the first in our series.
Sunday, April 08, 2018

Charlotte Teen Charged In Fatal Gaston Wreck
A 16-year-old from Charlotte was speeding and driving recklessly according to the investigating officer.  He has been charged in the Wednesday accident that killed an elderly Gastonia man.
Saturday, April 07, 2018

Florida Woman Charged With Child Abuse While Visiting Here
A Homosassa, Florida woman is facing child abuse charges in connection with incidents that occurred while she was visiting in Lincoln County in late February and early March of 2018.
Friday, April 06, 2018

Denver Man Arrested On Weapons Charges
A Denver man was scheduled for a first appearance in district court in Newton Friday (April 6th) after being arrested on multiple weapons charges earlier in the morning.
Friday, April 06, 2018

Victims Identified
Gastonia Police are continuing their investigation of what has been termed a "double homicide" in that city.
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Theft of County Road Signs Increasing, Costing Taxpayers
The theft of county road signs has dramatically increased during the Easter Holiday week with 12 signs reported stolen. The thefts occurred in the Reepsville and Highway 182 areas in western Lincoln County.
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Ten People Facing Drug Charges; 5 Arrested, 5 Still Wanted
On Wednesday, April 4, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit announced 10 people are facing multiple drug charges this week following a several month long investigation.
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Gastonia Police Investigating Double Homicide
Gastonia Police are investigating what they say appears to be a double homicide at a residence on Mary Avenue, off Bessemer City Road in West Gastonia.
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Hickory Police Investigating "Skimmer" At ATM
Hickory Police are investigating a "skimmer" found at an ATM (automatic teller machine) in that city.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Missing Teen Returns Home
A 17-year-old female reported missing has returned home and is safe.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Teen
Amy Jo Helms, 17, was last seen leaving her residence in the 1900 block of Noles Circle around 4 p.m. on April 2, 2018.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Teen Convicted Of Making Threats Against Schools
A Gastonia teen has been convicted of making threats against two Gaston County schools.  The incidents there occurred the week before a threat of violence at Lincolnton High School earlier this year.
Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Lincolnton Woman Facing Misdemeanor Child Abuse Charge
A Lincolnton woman has been charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse after she allegedly pulled the hair of an 18-month old child at the children’s academy daycare where she worked.
Monday, April 02, 2018

Shootout On US74
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shootout on US74 near Kings Mountain early Saturday morning (March 31st).
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Husband And Wife Linked To Home Break-Ins
The Gaston County Police Department has identified and charged two suspects involved in a home break-in that occurred on Oates Road, Bessemer City, N.C. on March 10, 2018. The same two suspects have been linked to another home break-in on South New Hope Road that occurred on the same day.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Two People Charged In Vehicle Break-In
Chandler Alex Clark of Vale, N.C. and Isaac McKinley Dixon of Lenoir, N.C. have been charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny, larceny of a firearm and possession of stolen goods. Clark is in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center while Dixon has not been located.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Police Car Strikes Child
Gaston County Police say one of their patrol cars struck a child in a parking lot off Hudson Boulevard near Robinwood Road Wednesday morning (March 28th).
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Two Gastonia Officers Win "Top Cop" Awards
Two detectives with the Gastonia Police Department are to receive "Top Cop" Awards at a national gathering in May.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Three Teens Arrested For Weekend Vandalism
Three teens, one from Lincolnton and two from Union County, have been charged in connection with weekend vandalism in downtown Lincolnton, on Clark Creek Road and Startown Road.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Shelby Man in Custody After Hours-Long Standoff
Shelby Police finally took a man into custody shortly after 8:30 Monday evening after an hours-long standoff at a home near Hope Community Church on South Lafayette Street. [Updated information added Tuesday.]
Monday, March 26, 2018

Credit Card Skimmer Found In Maiden Convenience Store Gas Pump
On Monday, March 26, 2018 Maiden Police Officers were notified that a credit card "skimmer' device had been located inside a gas pump at the Circle K convenience store located at 1200 East Main Street in Maiden.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Vandals Strike Downtown
Vandals used spray paint to vandalize several buildings in downtown Lincolnton.  Chief Rodney Jordan told the Lincoln Herald Monday that the police have 'some strong suspects' they'll be interviewing Tuesday and charges are likely.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Shoplifters Beware--Going Back To Store Could Be Felony
The North Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Gaston County man for felony breaking and entering after he was caught stealing a coat from the Belk store in Hickory after having been banned from Belk stores for stealing from a Charlotte store the year before.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Attempt To Serve Outstanding Warrants Leads To Vehicle Chase
An attempt to serve outstanding warrants on a woman in western Lincoln County Friday afternoon (March 23, 2018) led to a vehicle chase of a truck with drugs and various items of drug paraphernalia seized. The driver was on supervised probation for drug charges.
Sunday, March 25, 2018

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division at 704-484-4987.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Gaston County Has 1st Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2018
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 the Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement Division received a call from a citizen in the 2400 block of Gelsinger Ave., Bessemer City who reported a sick raccoon in the backyard of the home.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Task Force Arrests Texas Man For Drug Trafficking
Information from the Grayson County Sheriff's Office in Independence, Virginia on Thursday, March 22 led to the seizure of over three and one half (3-1/2) pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine in Catawba County.
Friday, March 23, 2018

One Arrested, Still Looking For Another In Bad Drug Deal
Michael Lee Etters Jr. (left) was arrested Tuesday, March 20 by Kings Mountain Police; Bobby Eugene Morton (right) remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Are Facebook Comments Public Records?
At Monday night's (March 19th) Lincoln County Commissioners meeting, Anthony Huss, one of six candidates seeking the GOP nomination for Sheriff, asked the Commissioners to have the Records Auditor assigned to the county to investigate what he alleges were public records destroyed by Sheriff David Carpenter.  
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hickory Woman Charged With Felony Cyberstalking
A Hickory woman was arrested today (March 20, 2018) on the felony charge of Disclosure of Private Images by an Adult more commonly known as “Revenge Porn.”
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Huss Asks Commissioners To Investigate Carpenter
Anthony Huss, one of six candidates seeking the GOP nomination for Sheriff, asked Lincoln County Commissioners to have a state agency investigate what he termed illegal destruction of records by current Sheriff David Carpenter.  It was part of the Public Comments portion of Monday night's meeting.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division at 704-484-4987.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Armed Robbery Investigation At Iron Station Family Dollar
Three suspects entered the store this morning and held the clerk at gunpoint. No one was injured in the incident.  The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash in a silver in color car with silver wheels (photo of suspect vehicle now included in article).
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Four People Charged After Bad Drug Deal Leads To Robbery
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives have charged four people after a drug deal went bad and the victim was robbed of cash. The two women have been arrested and the two men remain at large and are considered armed and dangerous.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Three People Charged With Selling Drugs
The charges come after the conclusion of separate investigations into the sale, transport, and distribution of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and methamphetamine.  One person has been taken into custody while the other two people have avoided arrest.
Friday, March 16, 2018

National School Walkout
The student protest over the Parkland, Florida, school shooting incident drew mixed reaction in our area.  Most of the protests occurred inside the schools.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lincoln County Man Facing Another Charge Of Child Abuse
A Lincoln County man has been charged in connection with an incident reported to the Sheriff’s Office on March 1, 2018 from the Lincoln County Department of Social Services concerning bruising on an 11-year-old child.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Detectives Investigating Old Plank Road Area Vehicle Break-Ins
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins to unlocked vehicles in an area near Old Plank Road, Iron Station, NC.
Monday, March 12, 2018

Missing 15-Year-Old Runaway
Derrika Lamonte Fields is a 15-year-old female, 5-foot, 4-inches, approximately 175-pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Friday, March 09, 2018

Drug Charges
A Hickory woman is among the latest arrested in the continuing drug dealers roundup in Catawba County.
Friday, March 09, 2018

Man Charged With Making False Bomb Threat
A Lincolnton man has been charged with calling in a false bomb threat to the Timken Company on February 27th.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Five People Facing Gun & Drug Charges
The charges come after the conclusion of several investigations into the sell, transportation, and possession of methamphetamine, opioid pain pills, crack cocaine, and marijuana.
Monday, March 05, 2018

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division at 704-484-4987.
Saturday, March 03, 2018

Man Missing Since February 21
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man.
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Kings Mountain Man Charged With Attempted Drug Store Robbery
A Kings Mountain man was jailed Wednesday after he allegedly tried to rob the Walgreen's in Dallas on Tuesday.
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Missing Teen Returns Home
Gastonia Police report that the missing teen for whom they had asked for the public’s help to locate has now returned home safely.  
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Third Arrest In Early February Incident
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office has made another arrest in connection with an incident in early February that left a Lincolnton teen dead in an alleged armed robbery attempt.
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Escaped Convict Dies In Single Vehicle Wreck
A prisoner serving a life sentence for murder escaped Monday (Feb. 26th) but was killed a little over an hour later when he crashed a stolen truck on Interstate 85 just north of Exit 14, the Bessemer City Road exit, in Gastonia.
Monday, February 26, 2018

Teen Sentenced After Admitting To Sex Crimes
A Maiden teenager got a 16 to 24 year sentence last week after pleading guilty to sex crimes with children.
Monday, February 26, 2018

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division at 704-484-4987.
Saturday, February 24, 2018

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