Lincoln County

  Lincolnton student explains decision not to return to college campus for fall semester

Lincoln County resident Kaylee Tackett is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but this coming semester she will be doing all of her learning from her home in Lincolnton.

Coroner: Mother, son killed in four-vehicle crash along Highway 76 in Florence County

  Man arrested after body found in driveway in Lincoln County

  Federal investigators probing Atrium, sheriff’s office after assault on teen

Driver killed in Lincoln County crash

Former N.C. principal sentenced to up to 3.5 years in prison for sex acts with student

17-year-old driver to be charged after ‘United We Stand’ mural vandalized in Lincolnton

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Lincoln County fireworks show canceled over corornavirus concerns

  Business owner charged for violating governor’s mask order in Lincolnton, N.C.

  Retired Gaston County assistant police chief dies in head-on Lincoln Co. crash

Woman reported missing in Lincoln County not seen for nearly a week

  Lincoln County man charged in death of 2-year-old son

Sheriff: Man left ID, wallet in car after police chase in Lincoln County

Missing Lincoln Co. mother found safe

Kourtney Lynn Ash, 31, was reported missing on June 12 from a home on Church Hill Lane in Lincolnton.

Deputy involved in crash following chase from Gaston to Lincoln County

The chase came to an end near the intersection of NC-27 and Hwy 321 in Lincoln County.

Missing Lincoln County teen found safe

A 15-year-old reported missing in Lincoln County has been found safe and returned home, deputies said Wednesday.

N.C. high school valedictorian, star athlete will begin college with associate’s degree

West Lincoln High School Class of 2020 valedictorian and star athlete Kelton Towery will begin his college career at North Carolina State University with an Associate in Science degree.

Registered sex offender charged in sex assault involving young girl

  Lincoln Co. commissioner reopens restaurant for dine-in day after receiving citation

  Lincoln Co. Commission chairman cited for opening restaurant dining room, defying N.C. orders

2 arrested on drug charges following traffic stop in Lincoln County

Deputies: Neighborhood altercation leads to shots fired, pistol whipping in Lincoln Co.

A party, an open phone line and screaming lead to arrest of Va. fugitive in Lincoln County

21-year-old killed in Lincoln County crash

The wreck happened around 5:55 p.m. on Buffalo Shoals Road at Poarch Road. Officials say a 1994 Chevrolet Geo Prizm failed to yield right of way during a turn and collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

World War II veteran dies in Lincoln County at 101 years young

Tuesday afternoon, World War II veteran Len McCutcheon died at 101-years young.

Lincoln Co. man arrested, accused of inappropriately touching young girl

The 48-year-old was arrested on April 6 and charged with statutory sex offense of a child and indecent liberties with a child.

  VIDEO: Paramedic nearly struck by alleged impaired driver while walking out of house

A close call was caught on camera Tuesday when a paramedic in Lincoln County was nearly struck by an alleged impaired driver while leaving his house.

  No school does not mean no schoolwork in Lincoln County

The food is available for all students, 18 years old and younger.lin

Lincoln Co. declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19 pandemic

A state of emergency has been declared in Lincoln County, North Carolina, in an effort to help fight the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Deputies find missing Lincoln County man

Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have found a man who was reported missing after reportedly last being seen visiting a friend over the weekend.

Man accused of setting home on fire, smashing car windows after argument with mom

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Scott Andy Norman has been charged with one count of second degree arson and injury to personal property.

  Teen takes plea deal after Atrium ER assault

A 16-year-old boy who was violently assaulted by hospital security guards and then punched in the face by a sheriff’s deputy with his hands cuffed behind his back took a plea deal in juvenile court Monday afternoon.

Man accused of breaking woman’s spine, ribs in assault in Lincoln Co.

A man has been charged with kidnapping and assault after a woman suffered broken ribs and a broken spine after an attack in Lincoln County.

Lincoln Co. deputy off the job after WBTV investigation into assault on teen

A Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy left the sheriff’s office following a WBTV investigation into the deputy’s use of force on a 16-year-old outside an emergency room.

  Video shows teen assaulted by Atrium security, Lincoln Co. sheriff’s deputy outside ER

Jessica Long took her 16-year-old son to the emergency room at Atrium Health – Lincolnton because she was worried he was having a mental health emergency. Instead of getting treatment, he was violently assaulted by hospital security guards and a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy.

Owner of stolen urn found

The gold and black urn was found inside a red box on Feb. 1 in a wooded area off Lakeland Avenue, off of Summerow Road.

  Sinkhole causing problems for families in Lincoln County

A giant sinkhole is forcing people in Lincoln County into a potentially dangerous situation. Officials say the hole formed because of heavy rain that caused a culvert to collapse.

Dad tackles burglar after hearing daughter scream, holds him at gunpoint until deputies arrive

The report states the father “tackled” the alleged home invader and held him at gunpoint until deputies got to the scene.

  Lincoln County business floods, cars submerged in several feet of water

Flooding in Lincoln County caused a creek to overflow into the parking lot of a local business. Water rose so high that customers’ cars were submerged in several feet of water.

2 arrested after shots fired into vehicle over tire repair

Deputies have arrested two people after shots were fired into an occupied vehicle during a dispute over a tire repair in Lincoln County.

Driver killed after dump truck trailer hits car in Lincoln Co., weather considered factor

A driver was killed after a trailer being towed by a dump truck slid across the road and slammed into a car in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County man facing additional child sex charges

A Lincoln County man accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl is facing additional child sex abuse charges.

  Overturned gasoline tanker catches fire hours after fatal crash in Lincoln County

A gasoline tanker that overturned in a fatal crash that blocked a portion of Highway 16 and leaked fuel into a creek in Lincoln County caught fire hours later.

Deputies: Man diagnosed with medical conditions reported missing after leaving for work in Lincoln Co.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help to find 38-year-old Rene Garcia Gomez.

15-year-old Lincoln Co. girl found after being missing for nearly two weeks

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office located Alexis Pack in Morganton on Tuesday around 4 p.m.

Lincoln County man charged with sexually assaulting child

Jeffrey Curtis Rikard, 50, of Lincolnton, was arrested and charged with statutory rape on Friday.

Missing Lincoln County teen found safe

Kylie Felice Almstead was reported missing after last being seen at her home on Asbury Church Road. Tuesday, deputies announced Almstead had been found and returned home.

  Coach accused of assaulting female fan in stands after HS basketball game in Lincoln County

Chadwick Rock Wright, 48, is charged with one misdemeanor count each of assault on a female, simple assault and battery and disorderly conduct.

  Commissioners vote, declare Lincoln County a ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary’

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to declare the county a “Second Amendment Sanctuary."

Silver Alert canceled for 73-year-old woman in Lincolnton

A Silver Alert has been canceled for a missing woman believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

  A new NC wildlife conservation center wants your Christmas trees for its animals

They treat animals like possums, squirrels, turtles, and groundhogs. In 2020, because of new laws, they will also be able to treat foxes, skunks, raccoons, and bats.

Lincoln Co. disturbance call leads to arrest of wanted sex offender, two others

During the search of the home, deputies heard shuffling around upstairs and found a man hiding near a chair. They also found a pistol hidden underneath clothing piled on the chair.

  Lincoln County sheriff’s lieutenant remembers colleague killed in motorcycle crash

A Lincoln County sheriff's lieutenant speaks about his colleague who died in an off-duty wreck.

  Lincoln County deputy killed in off-duty motorcycle wreck

Jamie Lavar Jackson, 41, was riding his motorcycle when he lost control and skidded into a vehicle that wasn’t moving.

Missing elderly Lincoln County couple found safe

A Silver Alert issued for an elderly couple in Lincoln County has been cancelled after the man and wife were found safe, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Lincoln County officials investigating string of catalytic converter thefts

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of catalytic converter thefts that took place in Denver and in Iron City last week.

Lincoln County caregiver accused of stealing from elderly client

A man has been taken in custody and charged with the theft of money from an elderly individual, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Fire blazes through woods and property in Lincoln Co.

Lincoln Co. emergency officials responded to a large fire Sunday afternoon off of Wildale Lane, next to Carpenters Lake.

  N.C. man says expensive bass guitar was stolen from church during funeral reception

A Lincoln County man says his expensive bass guitar was stolen from a church in Stanley during a funeral reception.

Duo arrested after $8K worth of CBD oil stolen from Alternative Health store in Lincoln Co.

The value of the stolen CBD oil was placed at $8,400.

Man arrested in Lincoln County home break-in

Charles Thomas Robinette, 46, of Statesville, was found by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies while trying to report his vehicle stolen on Gladstone Lane, deputies said.

  One dog found, the other still missing after being inside truck stolen at NC Chick-fil-a

An Alabama couple claims their truck, which contained their two dogs, was stolen while they stopped for food at Chick-fil-A in Lincolnton.

Missing man in Lincoln County found, Silver Alert cancelled

A missing Lincoln County man was located overnight in Buncombe County, Asheville.

16-year-old girl reported missing in Lincoln Co. found safe

Detectives are looking for a 16-year-old girl who was reported missing in Lincoln County Thursday.

Dog fight in Lincoln County ends in machete attack

A fight between two dogs in Lincoln County resulted in injuries to one individual and the arrest of another on Monday afternoon.

Lincoln County man arrested after attempting to break into homes, vehicles

A man has been placed into custody after deputies in Lincoln County found him attempting to break into a local residence early Tuesday morning.

Man sentenced to 78-100 years in prison for 2017 deadly shootout in Lincoln Co.

A Raleigh man has been sentenced to 78-100 years in prison after a jury found him guilty on a number of charges stemming from a 2017 deadly shootout in Lincoln County.

REPORT: Couple beat man with brick, two-by-four when he tried to break up their fight

Colby Lane Powers, 26, and Casey Nicole Murphy, 29, are charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

  Man charged after missing NC woman killed, tossed off bridge

A woman reported missing from Lincoln County Wednesday was found dead and a man has been charged with murder in her death.

  Farmers feeling effects of drought in the Carolinas

The heat and dry weather lately now has the early soybean crop ready for harvest a couple of weeks early. In a cloud of dust on Thursday, the combines started doing just that.

  Unsealed warrants point to more victims of Lincoln Co. principal accused of sex with students

Newly unsealed court records say a Lincoln County principal arrested in June on charges of having a sexual relationship with a student engaged in similar behavior with multiple students.

Teen reported missing Sunday found, returned to parents

A teenager who went Sunday night has been found, deputies said Wednesday.

Deputies looking for missing 16-year-old in Lincoln County

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, family members say 16-year-old Selena Rodriguez left a home on Rustic Trail around 10 p.m. on Sept. 5.

Man located after being reported missing from rest home in Lincoln County

Deputies have located a man who was reported missing from a rest home in Lincoln County Monday night.

  Your tax dollars funding new school bus security cameras, already catching cars illegally passing stopped buses

Those watchful eyes come in the form of new security cameras that are constantly recording. They’ve been added to all 108 county school buses both inside and out.

  Police, school district alerted to concerns with Lincolnton principal a decade before arrest for sex crimes, records show

A concerned parent called police about interactions between his son and the principal at his son’s school more than a decade before the principal was arrested on charges related to having sex with students, records obtained by WBTV show.

Lincoln Co. Communications recovering from ransomware attack

Lincoln County Communications is working to recover from a ransomware attack that happened Tuesday night.

  Multiple local government websites attacked by hackers

Multiple local government websites have been attacked by hackers in the last few days, including, but not limited to, Lincoln County, Concord and Anson County.

Man tied up, shot during home invasion in Lincoln County

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened at a home on Country Club Road around 2:15 a.m.

Two killed in Lincoln County crash

Troopers say the fatal crash happened on NC 182 near Sorrells Baxter Road. A 2014 Ford Mustang ran off the road, struck a fence, overturned and struck a utility pole.

  33-year-old man reported missing in Lincoln County

According to the Lincolnton Police Department, 33-year-old Benjamin (Ben) T. Guynn was last seen leaving his home in the City of Lincolnton on Sunday morning around 8:30 a.m.