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LINCOLNTON – Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives charged a Lincolnton teen with attempting to use a debit card that had been reported lost by the owner.

A Kannapolis woman reported Nov. 27 that someone attempted to use a debit card she reported lost Nov. 25, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The victim told officers she lost the wallet containing her debit card, identification and driver’s license while she and her boyfriend were at a park near Pumpkin Center Intermediate School. A search of the area did not locate anything, and she reported the lost debit card to her bank, according to the release.

Later the bank notified her that someone had attempted to use the card at a business on South Laurel Street in Lincolnton. Security camera footage was obtained, and the victim identified the person as a friend of her boyfriend. The wallet and important papers were located and returned to the victim.

Detective Kelly Paris secured warrants charging William David Brenes, 18, of Lincolnton with one felony count each of financial card theft and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

He was arrested at his residence Nov. 29 and taken before a Lincoln County magistrate, who set bond at $3,000 secured.


Parks and Rec to hold winter camp

DENVER – The Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Winter Break Camp for those in kindergarten through fifth grade at the East Lincoln Community Center.

The cost is $25 a day, and it will be held 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 20-21, Dec. 27-28 and Dec. 31.

The camp includes winter games, crafts and more.

For more information, contact Lindsay Ross at 704-483-8980 or email


Principal put on leave

VALE – A Lincoln County Schools elementary school principal was placed on suspension by Lincoln County Schools and was charged Dec. 4 by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies with misdemeanor assault.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office news release, the department received a report Nov. 30 that a Union Elementary student had been assaulted by Patrick Mitchell Nelson, 43, of Hickory.

During the investigation detectives learned that while addressing behavioral concerns with the student in the principal’s office, the student fled the office into the hallway, according to the news release. At that point the principal grabbed the student by the back of the shirt collar, causing the student to fall on the floor. The student was then dragged back into the principal’s office doorway.

Nelson was charged with one misdemeanor count of assault on a child under 12 years old. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and given a $500 unsecured bond.

A statement from the school system said Lincoln County Schools was made aware of the incident and had turned the situation over to the sheriff’s office for investigation.

At the time, Nelson was immediately removed from his position and placed on suspension while the investigation was being conducted, the school statement reads.

Assistant Principal Laurie Sellers is providing leadership for the school until further notice.

Lincoln County Schools representatives declined further comment as it relates to personnel matters.


Denver man arrested for taking vehicle

LINCOLNTON – A Denver man was charged in the theft of a vehicle from a residence in Maiden.

On Nov. 25, deputies responded to a residence in the 3500 block of Fostall Lane in reference to the stolen motor vehicle. The victim told officers the vehicle, which is driven by his daughter, was stolen from the residence while she was spending the night with a friend Nov. 23, according to sheriff reports.

Detective Kelly Paris investigated and determined that Marshall Grant Hartley, 27, had taken the vehicle and driven it to another location in the county.

Hartley was arrested on unrelated charges, and the vehicle was left at that location. The vehicle was recovered in Catawba County Nov. 27.

Hartley, who was already in jail on unrelated charges, was served with felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods warrants. He was given an additional $8,000 secured bond, bringing his total bond to $78,000 secured. Hartley is also on a no-bond hold for probation and parole.


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