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Plane Goes Down on Lake
Nobody was injured when a small plane went down on Lake Norman just north of Sherrills Ford Wednesday afternoon (May 31st).
Wednesday, May 31, 2023

A murder suspect wanted in Charlotte was apprehended Sunday morning in Gastonia but only after shots were fired at a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police vehicle.  
Monday, May 29, 2023

Dallas Man Arrested on Multiple Child Sex Charges
A Dallas man was arrested last Thursday (May 25th) on a dozen warrants alleging sexual exploitation of a minor.
Monday, May 29, 2023

'Senior Prank' at NLHS Results in Arrests
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has arrested eight students in connection with an alleged 'senior prank' at North Lincoln High School.
Monday, May 29, 2023

Fatal Wreck on NC 274
A Newton woman was killed in a single car wreck on NC 274 in western Lincoln County Friday morning (May 26th).
Friday, May 26, 2023

Charlotte Man Shot During Alleged Attempted Breakin
A Charlotte man was shot and killed Thursday night (May 25th) by a resident of a home on Crescent Lane in west Gastonia.
Friday, May 26, 2023

Long Discusion of School Violence Ends With No Action
The Lincoln County Board of Education and Lincoln County Commissioners held a joint meeting Thursday (May 25th) to talk about school violence and plans for handling any incident in local schools. After three hours of discussion, the two boards took no official action.
Friday, May 26, 2023

Lincoln County Woman Still Missing, Disappeared In May 2014
Friday, May 26, 2023 marks nine 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.
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Man Charged With Break-Ins, Arson On Gastonia Highway
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with breaking into two buildings including a church and attempting to set the outbuilding on fire.
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Three SC Residents Face Drug Charges In Catawba County
Three South Carolina residents have been charged with drug offenses in Catawba County.
Wednesday, May 24, 2023

LCSO Drone Team Assists With Storm Damage Survey
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Drone Team assisted the City of Cherryville and Gaston County Emergency Management from May 20, 2023 to May 22, 2023 with aerial mapping in the aftermath of the recent storm that hit the area.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Sunday Night Shooting at Gastonia McDonald's
Gastonia Police have arrested a suspect in a shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in west Gastonia on Sunday night (May 21st).
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

One Person Shot In Foot During Altercation In Denver
One person received minor injuries after being shot in the foot during an altercation on Mount Zion Church Road.
Monday, May 22, 2023

Commissioners, Education Board Talk School Violence
May 24th is the one year anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 elementary school students and two teachers dead.  The Lincoln County Commissioners and the Lincoln County Board of Educatin will hold a special joint meeting on school violence this Thursday, May 25th.
Monday, May 22, 2023

Public's Help Needed To Identify Theft Suspect
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who stole a purse and credit cards from a business.
Saturday, May 20, 2023

Lincoln County Couple Face Felony Child Abuse Charge
A husband and wife face child abuse charges after it was discovered one of their children had been beaten with a paddle.
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Man Found Deceased On April 4 In Duharts Creek Identified
Gastonia Police Detectives have identified the man who was found deceased on April 4 in Duharts Creek, located in the 400 block of Cox Road, as 46-year-old Michael Hirdler originally from Minnesota.
Thursday, May 18, 2023

NLHS Teacher Charged With Assaulting A Student
A North Lincoln High School teacher has been charged with assaulting a student in connection with an incident that occurred on May 15, 2023.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Whitesides Charged With Murder in Gastonia Home Invasion
A Lincoln County man has been charged with murder in the death of a Gastonia man in late April.
Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Detectives Asking For Public's Help In Locating Runaway Teen
On May 9, 2023 the reporting party told officers her son was missing from the residence on Charleston Trail. Family members had already checked all known locations where Hunter Wright, 15, was known to frequent.  He has been entered NCIC as missing.
Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Misbehaving On Main Results In Arrest
Drunk and disruptive turned into a multiplicity of charges for a Lincolnton man on Monday (May 8th).
Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Gaston County Police FAST Team Arrests Federal Fugitive
Abdur-Rahim was wanted on federal charges for Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.
Saturday, May 6, 2023

Public's Help Needed To Identify Suspects In April Break-In
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of copper wiring.
Friday, May 5, 2023

Public Input Invited For Lincolnton Police Chief Recruitment
Due to the recent retirement of Police Chief Rodney Jordan, the City of Lincolnton is currently recruiting a new police chief. Resident and business owner comments are an important part of the city's hiring process. Please take this VERY SHORT survey to help define the opportunities, priorities, and leadership qualities for the next Lincolnton Police Chief.
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

GCPD K9 Unit Makes Drug Trafficking Seizure
On Thursday, April 20, 2023, the Gaston County Police Department K9 Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of WH Kiser Road, outside of High Shoals.
Friday, April 28, 2023

Gaston County Police FAST Team Arrests Wanted Felon
On Thursday, April 27, 2023, the Gaston County Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension and Suspect Tracking (FAST) team located Robert Eugene Lowe in the area of Windermere Road outside of Mount Holly.
Friday, April 28, 2023

GC Police Announce New Unit
The Gaston County Police Department announces the formation of a unit specifically designed to track and apprehend Gaston County’s most wanted fugitives. 
Friday, April 28, 2023

Detectives Asking For Public's Help In Locating Missing Man
On April 26, 2023 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person.  The reporting party told deputies that the last time Jim Dale Rathbun, 36, who list himself as homeless, was missing.
Thursday, April 27, 2023

School Resource Officers Continue Active Shooter Training
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers continued active shooter training last night (April 25, 2023) at Lincolnton Middle School.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Land Search & Drone Team Assist In Locating Elderly Man
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Land Search and Drone Team assisted in locating an elderly man who walked away from his home in the early morning hours today.
Monday, April 24, 2023

Driver Charged in April 13th Hit & Run Fatality
A Hickory man has been charged with felony hit & run in connection with a fatality on NC 70 east of Conover on the night of April 13th.
Saturday, April 22, 2023

Gaston County Shooting Incidents (Updated)
Police in Gaston County have filed charges in two shooting incidents.  Two men are in jail in Gaston County and a man sought in the other has been apprehended in Florida according to news releases from the Gastonia and Gaston County police departments.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

GPD Detectives Ask For Public's Help Identifying Man Found Deceased On April 4
Today, April 18, 2023, investigators are releasing information about tattoos found on the man’s body and are asking the public for any information that may help to identify him.  
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Teacher Charged for Indecent Liberties With Children
Lincolnton Police have charged a teacher with taking indecent liberties with students at Battleground School.
Monday, April 17, 2023

Missing Juvenile Located & Returned Home
The juvenile has been located safe and returned to her mother.  Thanks for all the help.
Friday, April 14, 2023

Detectives Asking For Help In Locating Missing Juvenile
According to her parent, Sydney Grace Music left home sometime after 5 a.m. on the morning of April 13, 2023.  It is unknown where she might be or who she might be with.
Friday, April 14, 2023

Five-Year-Old Child Safe After Being Taken From Home
A five-year-old child has been found safe after being taken from the home of her grandmother who had temporary custody of the child while the case was in court.
Friday, April 14, 2023

Pedestrian Killed by Hit & Run Driver
A Conover man was killed when struck by a vehicle on US 70 Thursday night.
Friday, April 14, 2023

Woman Arrested for Armed Robbery
Officers from the Gastonia Police Department  have charged 24-year-old Laparis Carothers of Gastonia for the armed robbery of a gas station on N. Chester Street last Wednesday.
Thursday, April 13, 2023

Vale Woman Charged with Attempted Armed Robbery
A Catsquare area woman has been charged with atttempted armed robbery of a Gastonia restaurant on Monday of last week.
Thursday, April 13, 2023

Citizen Complaints Lead To Drug Investigation, One Arrest
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested a Cherryville man Tuesday, April 11, 2023, on drug charges following a six month long investigation.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Traffic Stop In Sherrills Ford Leads To Trafficking Charge
Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling along Ted Lane in Sherrills Ford on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
Monday, April 10, 2023

Man Arrested After Stealing from Nurses Inside Hospital
Melton was charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny from a motor vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He is being held on a $30,000 bond.
Friday, April 7, 2023

Detectives Investigating Theft Of Enclosed Trailer & Tools
The trailer is dark blue with the bottom portion of the front of the trailer painted black.  The trailer, valued at $6,000, contained about $5,000 worth of tools.
Thursday, April 6, 2023

Shooting Incident
A Tuesday afternoon incident has left a Lincolnton man in the Harven Crouse Detention Center facing multiple charges.
Thursday, April 6, 2023

Major Brian Greene Will Serve As Interim Chief
No new chief has yet been named for the Lincolnton Police Dept. but Major Brian Greene, who has served as assistant chief, will serve as interim chief until a decision on the successor for Rodney Jordan has been made.
Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Man Charged With Secret Peeping, Child Sexual Exploitation
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives charged a Lincoln County man with secret peeping and child sexual exploitation charges.
Monday, April 3, 2023

Conover Man Killed In Early Morning Wreck
A Conover man was killed early Saturday when his truck ran off the  road and struck a tree on Highway 150.
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Pistol Purchase Permits No Longer Required From The Sheriff's Office
A news release today, March 29, 2023 from Sheriff Bill Beam of Lincoln County states: Effective immediately, pistol purchase permits will no longer be issued by any sheriff in North Carolina.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

House Cleaning Employee Arrested On Felony Theft Charges
An employee of a house cleaning service has been arrested in connection with the theft of more than $25,000 worth of jewelry from a customer’s home.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Shots Fired Into Residence Prompt Meeting on Rentals
Shots fired into a Westport residence two weeks ago prompted a called meeting Thursday night (March 23rd) where the incident and the topic of short-term rentals was the principal discussion.
Sunday, March 26, 2023

Domestic Disturbance Leads To Shooting, One Person Injured
Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies responded to a shooting incident on March 23, 2023 that left one person with a gunshot wound.  The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. at 342 Sunny Hill Drive in Lincolnton.
Friday, March 24, 2023

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Jail Inmate Dies
The North Carolina SBI and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the death.  No foul play was involved.
Thursday, March 23, 2023

Man Facing Child Sexual Exploitation Charges In Two Counties
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective K. Harrington charged Harris with four counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor.  Harris was arrested in Moore County on March 19, 2023 and is being held on an $80,000 secured bond on the Cleveland and Lincoln County charges.  
Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Public's Help Needed In Locating Missing Woman
On March 20, 2023 Laura Redden, 20, of Denver was reported missing from her residence.  Parents say they have not made contact with her for more than a week.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Lincolnton Police File Child Sex Charges
A Lincolnton man who may be or have been a church pastor was arrested Friday (March 17th) on child sex charges. 
Saturday, March 18, 2023

A Lincolnton woman was charged in a Friday afternoon (March 17th) wreck on Startown Road that killed a four-year-old child.  The Highway Patrol says driving while impaired was a factor in the fatal crash.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Motor Vehicle Collision On Friday
St. Patrick’s Day was marred locally by a vehicular collision on the Startown Road. According to Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services Manager Kimberly Campbell, the crash occurred at about 1:13 p.m.
Friday, March 17, 2023

Police Seek Help in Identifying Suspect
Gastonia Police have released a security video of a suspect in an attempted armed robbery earlier this month.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Shots Fired Into Residence
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives are investigating an incident where shots were fired into an occupied residence in eastern Lincoln County.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Search Warrant Nets Methamphetamine Traffickers
On March 9, 2023, a Narcotics Operation was conducted between the Lincoln, Cleveland and Caldwell County Sheriff Offices. The joint operation resulted in a large seizure of narcotics and the arrest of a two Methamphetamine Traffickers.
Friday, March 10, 2023

Hickory Man Charged With Number Of Thefts In Lincoln County
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives charged a Hickory man on March 9, 2023 in connection with a rash of thefts and possession charges in Lincoln County.
Friday, March 10, 2023

Lengthy Investigation Leads To Arrest On Drug & Weapon Charges
A lengthy investigation by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators led to a number of drug related charges against a Lincoln County man.
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Stanley Honors Two Of Its Best Citizens
The Stanley Town Council has honored Rev. Dr. Armstrong and retired SPD officer Carrigan with proclamations and plaques.
Thursday, March 9, 2023

LCSO Will Add New Law Enforcement District On March 10
The current district will be split in half with the Charlie District located from just north of NC 73 Highway in the area of Unity Church Road to the Gaston County line.  The new district will be the Denver District and will cover the area from north of NC 73 to the Catawba County line.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Sheriff's Detectives Investigate Break-In At Denver Business
On March 4, 2023 deputies were dispatched to Denver Construction Company at 4501 N NC 16 Business Highway reference someone cutting through a chain link fence and entering the business.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Driver Found & Arrested in Stopped School Bus Incident
The man who passed a stopped school bus and almost hit two children has been identified and arrested by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Saturday, March 4, 2023

Two Arrested for Threats at Maiden High School
An 18-year-old and a juvenile are in custody after allegedly threatening violence at Maiden High School.
Friday, March 3, 2023

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