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Man who escaped Lincoln County patrol car arrested

LINCOLNTON – A handcuffed man who escaped from a patrol car Sunday night has been arrested. Clarence Jackson Crutchfield, 50, was charged with two felony counts each of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretenses, three counts of posse


Here's how Lincoln County has addressed student safety since the Stoneman Douglas shooting

DENVER – Valentine’s Day marked the one-year anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which a gunman killed 17 students and staff members while injuring 17 others. While the changes inspired by this tragedy and others like it might not be enough for gun-control


Woman sentenced for child sex charges

A Maiden woman will spend four to six years in prison after she was convicted on child sex charges Thursday. Amy Norris Branch, 38, of Maiden, was sentenced after she pleaded guilty to three counts of solicitation to commit a sexual offense with a child during Catawba County Superior Court, accordin


NCDOT Continues To Study Options In I-77 Toll Lanes Project

NCDOT officials say they are still studying a list of options for changing the I-77 toll lanes project north of Charlotte. At a meeting in Cornelius this afternoon, an advisory group of local business and government leaders was told the state likely will not start negotiating any changes with the pr


Board provides relief for septic backlog

LINCOLNTON – Lincoln County Health Director Maggie Dollar updated the county commission on plans to address a three-month backlog of inspections for septic systems, and the board of commissioners agreed to allocate up to $100,000 to reimburse residents who decide to hire a more expensive independent


Prep Hoops: Kennedy’s OT buzzer-beater sends Newton-Conover boys past Bandys

It took the last second of 36 minutes of action before the Newton-Conover boys could claim a 79-78 win in overtime over Bandys thanks to a floater in the lane by Trey Kennedy at the buzzer.


Maiden Woman Sentenced On Child Sex Crime Charges In Catawba County

A woman convicted of several child related sex crimes has been sentenced to four to six years in prison. Amy Branch, 38, was sentenced on Thursday after being convicted of three counts of Solicitation to Commit a Sexual Offense with a Child. Her sentence will run concurrent with an existing sentence


Commissioners differ on travel funding

LINCOLNTON – Funding for travel has been a topic of discussion among the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners since commissioner Anita McCall proposed a pay increase to help cover the money she’s been paying out of pocket to attend an assortment of government leadership conferences.


Bigamy charge against North Carolina man accused of being married to two women at same time

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man is accused of being married to two women at one time. David Roe Jones II, 44, was charged Monday by the Jacksonville Police Department with felony bigamy.


Former Gaston Co. doctor sentenced to 3 years in prison after trading pills for sex

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - A former Gaston County doctor will go to prison for trading prescription drugs for sex. Michael Smith worked in Mount Holly and was sentenced to three years in prison after he admitted that while he was a doctor, he traded prescription drugs for sex with three different patient


HP: Vehicle stolen during armed Atlanta carjacking involved in Lincoln County chase

NEWTON – On Sunday, 17 February 2019 at approximately 11:40 a.m., Trooper J.L. Craig of the State Highway Patrol was in Lincoln County on US 321 when he observed an Infiniti QX60 speeding 83 mph in a 65 mph zone. The driver of the Infiniti began eluding authorities, initiating a vehicle pursuit. Dur


No children inside when portion of roof collapses at Conover daycare

CONOVER, N.C. - Emergency crews were on the scene early Thursday morning at a Catawba County daycare after part of the roof collapsed. Police and firefighters were called around 7 a.m. to the Rainbow Child Care Center off Fairgrove Church Road SE in Conover.


North Carolina Man Stopped by Maryland Transportation Authority Police Found with Loaded Stolen Handgun

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at approximately 4:55 p.m., Officer Philius of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department was in a marked patrol vehicle, on US Route 301 observing traffic, when they observed the driver of a white Hyundai Sonata following the vehicle closer than reasona


Search underway for inmate who escaped from North Carolina prison

SPINDALE, N.C. – Authorities are looking for an inmate accused of escaping from a North Carolina prison. WJZY reported that 22-year-old Jeremy Keith Fincannon went missing Thursday morning from the Rutherford Correctional Center.


Local industry still Blum-ing for international manufacturer

STANLEY – County officials gathered alongside Blum executives and staff from the Lincoln Economic Development Association Thursday, Feb. 14, for a groundbreaking ceremony in honor of the company’s upcoming 62,000-square-foot expansion at its U.S. headquarters in Lincoln County.


North Carolina to Eliminate Duplicate Driving Records

RALEIGH, NC (February 20, 2019) — The N.C Division of Motor Vehicles will start using new technology to protect people from identity fraud by making sure people have a driver license in only one state at a time.


North Carolina lagging behind as marijuana legalization sweeps nation

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Marijuana legalization is spreading across the country. More than 30 states and the District of Columbia have now legalized cannabis for either medical or recreational use.


Mark Harris calls for a new election in 9th District race

RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican Mark Harris is calling for a new election in the 9th District race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready. Mark Harris testified Thursday morning about what he knew about an absentee ballot operation during last November's election.


40 Hate Groups Are Active In North Carolina, Up From 2018: Report

CHARLOTTE, NC — North Carolina is home to 40 radical groups that spew hate – eight more than last year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups across the nation.


Shooting for the stars: Gabriel becomes N.C.'s most prolific high school 3-point shooter

DENVER – A who’s who of basketball legends have honed their skills in high school gymnasiums across North Carolina, but none of them, including noted 3-point marksman Stephen Curry, made more 3-pointers over the course of their high school career than Lincoln Charter’s Jackson Gabriel.