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LINCOLNTON – Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested one man following a number of early morning vehicle break-ins at the Riverwalk Apartments in eastern Lincoln County.

Deputies were dispatched to the area around 1 a.m. Nov. 28 after the Lincoln County Communications Center received a call about vehicles in the parking lot being broken into, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived they located one suspect who ran from the scene but was apprehended after a brief foot chase.

After a search of the parking lot, deputies identified as many as 12 vehicles that were broken into, but not all had been reported. All of the vehicles that were entered were unlocked. The incidents are still under investigation to determine what items may have been stolen from the vehicles, the release states.

The suspect arrested in the case was Antonio Shaquille Williams, 25, of Hickory. He was charged with 11 felony counts of breaking and entering a vehicle and one misdemeanor

count each of larceny, possession of a controlled substance and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond.

Anyone with additional information on the break-ins is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.


Santa house, carriage rides offered in Lincolnton

LINCOLNTON  – The city will be continuing its holiday celebrations throughout the month.

Santa will be visiting the area between 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Santa House on Northeast Court Square at Sycamore Street now through Dec. 22. The offering is free of charge.

Carriage and wagon rides will tour historic downtown Lincolnton 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It departs from the 100 or 300 block of East Main Street.
Carriage rides cost $10 a person, wagon rides are $5 a person, and youth younger than 2 can ride free of charge. Carriages accommodate two to four people, and wagons hold eight to 10 people.

No reservations are needed, but only cash is accepted.


Animal adoption holiday special offered until Dec. 22

LINCOLNTON – Lincoln County Animal Services is offering a home for the holidays adoption special.

The event runs through Dec. 22. People can adopt the animals who have been there for more than 30 days for free, and others that have been there 14-29 days can be adopted for 50 percent off.

People can come to Lincoln County Animal Services at 650 John Howell Memorial Drive, Lincolnton.

For more information, go to the Lincoln County Animal Services Facebook event page.


Children’s Christmas Shop opens for youth

LINCOLNTON – Emanuel Reformed Church is having a Children’s Secret Christmas Shop to allow youth to buy for their families for the holidays.

All gifts are $1, and children are escorted by church volunteers into the Children’s Secret Christmas Shop. Parents aren’t allowed to peek, and all items are wrapped. Other vendors include a bake sale and raffle.

The event takes place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at Emanuel Reformed Church, 329 E. Main St., Lincolnton.


Sex offender arrested again

LINCOLNTON – A registered sexual offender living in Lincoln County has been charged with child sexual assault in connection with an incident that occurred Nov. 24.

Andre Keith Bracey, 24, of Lincolnton was arrested on one felony count of statutory rape of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old victim by a defendant at least six years older.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a statutory rape that occurred at the suspect’s residence Nov. 25, according to a release from the sheriff’s office that also notes the victim was related to the suspect.

Following the investigation into the incident, detectives arrested Bracey Nov. 27. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.

Bracey had been released from the North Carolina prison system Oct. 9 after completing a four-year sentence for taking indecent liberties with a minor in 2014. He registered in Lincoln County as a sex offender Oct. 15, 2018.


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