Bill Beam

Primary to decide next Lincoln County Sheriff

DENVER – Without a Democrat in the running, the May 17 primary will determine the next Lincoln County Sheriff. Incumbent Bill Beam is seeking his second term as the county’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, while Erin Long and Ronnie Messer campaign to unseat him. Each candidate was asked to provide an introduction and a summary of their platforms: Bill Beam […]

Parent arrested at Lincoln Charter meeting after refusing to wear a mask 

DENVER — A parent was arrested at Monday’s Lincoln Charter School Board of Education meeting after refusing to wear a mask inside the school.  Shortly after the meeting started, Lincoln Charter School Board President Rob Brown reminded attendees that masks are required on school grounds, and asked those who were not wearing one to put one on or leave the […]

Seven-hour standoff at Denver store ends in arrest


DENVER — A suspect is in custody after a seven-hour standoff at a local convenience store, officials said.  At about 2:30 a.m. Monday, deputies were looking for Zakari David Glode, 34, of Car Farm Road in Lincolnton, with a warrant for his arrest, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. After being notified by the Lincoln County […]

Car crashes into Denver preschool; injuries minor

DENVER – A car caused significant damage after crashing into a Denver preschool Aug. 2, officials said.  North Carolina Highway Patrol officers responded to a call around 7:30 a.m. when the driver of a 2021 Tesla Model Y vehicle struck the front of Chesterbrook Academy Preschool, 7274 N.C. 73.  The driver, who was parked in front of the building, attempted […]

Officers of the year are honored in Lincoln County

LINCOLNTON – Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam recently presented three law enforcement officers with annual awards for exceptional service to the community. The ninth annual Sgt. John H. Howell II Memorial Deputy Sheriff of the Year Award, named for a Lincoln County officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1973, went to deputies Michael Johnson […]

Lincoln County deputies to wear cameras, get new tasers


LINCOLNTON – In an effort to be more transparent with the public during law enforcement investigations, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies will soon be equipped with body cameras.  County commissioners on Dec. 7 unanimously approved a nearly $1.4 million sheriff’s office proposal to lease cameras and new tasers for five years.   Lincoln deputies have fatally shot two suspects this year […]

Here’s what the sheriff recommends for a safe Fourth of July

LINCOLNTON – Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam is offering tips on how to be safe over the Independence Day weekend.  Those participating in holiday festivities should wear a face covering, maintain a 6-foot distance from others and wash their hands regularly to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, said Beam.  Beam also said fireworks, although fun to watch, should […]

Atrium altercation leads to teen’s plea deal


LINCOLNTON – A deputy is no longer with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and a teen has accepted a plea deal more than two months after an altercation at Atrium Health-Lincoln. On Dec. 8 at around midnight, Jessica Long took her 16-year-old son to the emergency room at Atrium Health-Lincoln because he was acting unusually.  When they arrived at the […]