Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

This is National Peace Officers Memorial Week, Wreath Placed in Honor of Sgt. John H. Howell, II


May 14, 2019


Lincolnton, NC – May 15, 2019 is National Peace Officer Memorial Day and a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sergeant who was killed on August 26, 1973 is honored with a wreath placed at his grave site at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton.

John Hugh Howell, II was only 24 years old when he was shot and killed when he responded to a domestic dispute in which a man had assaulted his daughter. Sgt. Howell was familiar with the family because of previous trips to diffuse domestic incidents so when he arrived at the location the man’s son let him into the house.

While inside he exchanged shots with the father, who was armed with a .22 caliber rifle. Sergeant Howell was struck in the chest and hand. He was able to make it to his patrol car and radioed for assistance before succumbing to his wounds.

The suspect was arrested and charged with murder and assault. He was convicted of second degree murder on March 1, 1974 and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He served just over eight years of the sentence and was released on May 28, 1982. In May of 1995 he was killed when a tractor overturned on top of him.

Sgt. Howell joined the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star.

Each year during the week surrounding May 15th communities across the United States come together to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Sergeant John H. Howell, II is honored with a plaque on the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial is located in the 400 block of E Street between 4th and 5th Streets, NW. His name is located on the 2nd row in the 47th panel on the East Wall.

First Sergeant Thomas R. Taylor also died while on duty. Sgt. Taylor died from a medical condition on December 30, 2003.

The Lincoln County Commissioners issued a proclamation honoring National Police Week.

The proclamation reads as follows:


MAY 12 - MAY 18, 2019

Whereas, in 1962, John Fitzgerald Kennedy signed the Joint Resolution entitled Joint Resolution to authorize the President to proclaim May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week" (36 U.S.C. 136); and

Whereas the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, dedicated on

October 15, 1991, is the national monument to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty; and

Whereas Federal, State, local, and tribal police officers, sheriffs, and other law enforcement officers across the United States serve with valor, dignity and integrity; and

Whereas law enforcement officers are charged with pursuing justice for all individuals and performing their duties with fidelity to the constitutional and civil rights of the individuals that the law enforcement officers serve; and

Whereas the resolve of law enforcement officers in the service of their communities is unyielding, despite inherent dangers in the performance of their duties; and

Whereas the vigilance, compassion, and decency of law enforcement officers are the best defense of society against individuals who seek to do harm; and

Whereas Peace Officers Memorial Day 2019 honors the 144 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during 2018, and nine of those were in North Carolina; and

Whereas, during the first four months of 2019, 35 law enforcement officers across the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Now, therefore, be it Proclaimed, that the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners:

(l) designates the week of May 12 through May 18, 2019, as "National Police Week" in Lincoln County;

  1. expresses strong support for law enforcement officers across the United States for their efforts to build safer and more secure communities;
  2. recognizes the need to ensure that law enforcement officers have the equipment, training, and resources necessary to protect their health and safety while the law enforcement officers are protecting the public;
  3. recognizes the members of the law enforcement community for their selfless acts of bravery;
  4. acknowledges that police officers and other law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice should be remembered and honored;
  5. expresses condolences to the loved ones of each law enforcement officer who has made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty; and

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit Seizes Record Amount of Cocaine


May 9, 2019


Lincolnton, NC – A traffic stop has led to the seizure of the largest ever amount of cocaine in Lincoln County.

Narcotics Investigators and Baker District deputies stopped a vehicle on the Gastonia Highway on May 8, 2019 because of suspicious activities and several traffic violations. After speaking to the driver, narcotics officers used the drug dog, Anya, to conduct an open air sniff around the vehicle. The K-9 alerted officers to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up cocaine weighing 117 pounds. The street value of the cocaine was estimated at $6.4 million and is by far the largest drug bust ever in Lincoln County.

The driver of the vehicle Jason Evan Williams, 48, of Spring Street, Goldsboro, NC was arrested and charged with felony trafficking in cocaine by possession, by transport and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance. Williams was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $2,000,000 secured bond.

The investigation is continuing along with Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Huntersville Police Department, Cornelius Police Department and Pineville Police Department.

Sheriff Bill Beam with seized cocaine

                                        Jason Evan Williams

Retired Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Long passed away on May 8, 2019.  He served the Sheriff's Office in several capacities including road patrol and detective. 


 Jerry Franklin Long

( March 20, 1946 - May 8, 2019 )


Jerry Franklin Long, age 73, of 1942 Rhyne Land Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.His funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jaie Warlick and Chaplain Greg Hager officiating.  Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.

  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the funeral home.Jerry was born March 20, 1946, in Lincoln County to the late J.D. and Carrie Faulkenbury Long.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters. 

Prior to his retirement, he served 18 years at Lincoln County Sheriffs Department in various roles. He is survived by his loving companion, Joyce Elmore of Lincolnton;  son, Scott Long, and wife Maureen, of Plantation, FL;  daughter, Julie Haupt of Hickory; three grandchildren, Ian McMahon, Hunter Long, and Dakota Long; and special brother, Jerry Lowe of Newton.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501     St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959.

LCSO Participated in Maiden PD Adopt-A-Cop Program


Lincoln County Sheriff's Office units participated in the Maiden Police Department Adopt-A-Cop program on May4, 2019.  80 second graders from Maiden Elementary School attended and received safety educational tips and were given a tour of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Dive Team Unit and MRAP.  The MRAP is a term for United States military light tactical vehicles produced as part of the MRAP program that are designed specifically to withstand improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes.

The event was held at Maiden City Park and included members from the Maiden Police Department, Hickory Police Department, the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Atrium Health Care, Maiden Rescue Squard and the Maiden Fire Department.