Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

Three Inmates Charged with Assault on Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers


June 23, 2019


Lincolnton, NC – Three inmates in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center have been charged with assaulting four detention officers.

Around 9:30 p.m. on June 22, 2019 inmate Larry Wade Stanley, Jr. was acting unruly and refused to go back to his cell. As officers were physically moving Stanley to his cell, two other inmates, Thomas McDonald and Dustin Ensley, got behind the officers and began assaulting them.

Sheriff Bill Beam described the assault that left one officer with a concussion and another with stitches as “savage”. Four detention officers sustained injuries to their face, head and arms. They were transported to Atrium Health – Lincoln by detention staff and treated for their injuries.

Sheriff’s deputies and Lincolnton Police were dispatched to the detention center but officers had regained control and put everyone back in their cell by the time they arrived.

Larry Wade Stanley, Jr., 43, of Lincolnton, NC was charged with felony attempted first degree murder, assault by strangulation, four felony counts of assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer and conspiracy. He was placed under a no bond hold.

Thomas Utah McDonald, 24, of Denver, NC and Dustin Logan Ensley, 29, of Lincolnton, NC were charged with four felony count of assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer and conspiracy. They were placed under a $100,000 secured bond each.

Larry Wade Stanley, Jr.                                          Thomas Utah McDonald

Dustin Logan Ensley

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

Two People Facing Charges Following Theft at Denver Walmart and Lowe’s Hardware


June 12, 2019


Lincolnton, NC – Two people were charged after taking property from Lowe’s Hardware and Walmart in Denver. An off duty officer reported that one of the men loaded a generator onto the back of a pickup truck at Lowe’s and then drove across the street to the Walmart.

Deputies located the vehicle with the generator on the back in the parking lot of Walmart around 8:30 p.m. on June 11, 2019. As they approached the vehicle the driver was making suspicious movements inside the vehicle but deputies were able to remove him from the truck without incident. A search of the glove compartment of the truck revealed multiple needles, a black pouch and digital scales. In the black pouch deputies found various pills and possible illegal drugs in clear plastic bags. Also located in the vehicle was a loaded .22 caliber handgun.

The driver of the truck was identified as Larry Van Clark, 42, of Hickory, NC. He was charged with larceny, possession of stolen goods, possession of a firearm by a felon, conspiracy, carrying a concealed weapon, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance Schedule I, possession of a controlled substance Schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed under a $43,000 secured bond.

A witness to the incident told officers a male and female had left the truck and went inside the Walmart. Officers along with Walmart security located the male as he was leaving the store and the female still inside on a bench. Officers checked the male and located two Gerber knives that had been taken from the Sporting Goods department. Deputies charged Bill Casey Hinson, 42, of Hickory, NC with misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods and conspiracy. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. No charges were filed on the female.

Investigating officers were Deputies T. Chapman and P. Metcalf, Sgt. K. Monday and First Sgt. S. Grinnell.

Larry Van Clark                                                                  Bill Casey Hinson