Sheriff David M. Carpenter

Maiden Man Arrested on Facebook Threats

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

Maiden Man Arrested For Facebook Threats on Law Enforcement, Probation Absconder

March 19, 2015

Lincolnton, NC – Local, State and Federal officers arrested a Maiden man at a Lincoln County location after he issued threats against law enforcement on his Facebook page.Image

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics Lt. Jason Reid said, “The incident started on Thursday, March 12, 2015, when probation/parole officers conducted a probation search at the home of Timothy Lee Cornwell’s daughter in Lincoln County.  Nothing was found.”

Following that incident Cornwell started calling out officers by name on his Facebook page.  One officer was a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigator and the other was a Probation officer.  He continued by making death threats and giving information that identified patrol officers and their patrol vehicles by car number.  Cornwell was trying to form a militia through his Facebook page to harm law enforcement officers.

Lincoln County narcotics investigators were notified about the threats and along with Probation/Parole and the U S. Marshal’s Office they formed a task force to locate Cornwell.  The task force met Wednesday afternoon to discuss apprehension of Cornwell who was an absconder from Burke County.  Using aggressive investigative techniques law enforcement was able to identify the residence where Cornwell was staying.

Due to verbal threats officers choose to apprehend Cornwell using the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.  On Wednesday Agents from the U S Marshal’s Office set up a perimeter around a mobile home on Lutz Dairy Farm Road then a 5:52 p.m. the SWAT team made entry into the residence.  Cornwell failed to comply with verbal commands and had to be forcefully restrained and taken into custody.  EMS treated Cornwell at the scene and released him to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators.

Lt. Reid said, “Timothy Lee Cornwell is the type person Sheriff David Carpenter promised to protect the citizens of Lincoln County from when he was elected.  Cornwell choose to use social media to broadcast an attempt to form a militia and to attack law enforcement officers.  Lincoln County is a better place with people like Timothy Cornwell in prison and removed from the community.”  He went on to say, “We encourage residents to go onto Cornwell’s Facebook page and read the posts which Timothy Cornwell has made before he has an opportunity to take them down.”

Cornwell is charged with one felony count of Probation Violation and one misdemeanor count each of Resist, Delay and Obstruct a Public Officer and Communicating Threats.  He is in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $28,000 secured bond.

IRS Repeats Warning about Phone Scams

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

IRS Repeats Warning About Phone Scam, Local Residents Still Getting Calls



Lincolnton, NC – A local resident called the Sheriff’s Office to say that she had received not one but three calls from an individual claiming to be with the IRS and telling the resident there was a problem with her taxes and she needed to mail money immediately to clear the account.  She had heeded the warning issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the IRS that this was a scam and did not comply with the demands.


There is only one thing that people need to know to keep from being caught up in the scam.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a recent news release, “Taxpayers should remember the first contact with the IRS will not be a telephone call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail.”  He went on to say, “A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment.  This is not how we operate.  People should hang up immediately and contact the IRS or TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration).”


Other characteristics of these scams are:

·         Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.

·         Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.

·         Scammers use a toll free number and make it show up on your caller ID to appear the IRS is calling.

·         Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site

·         After threatening victims with jail time scammers hang up and call back pretending to be from the local law enforcement.


TIGTA has received 90,000 complaints through its telephone hotline and to date they have determined approximately 1,100 victims have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams.


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New Rules When Applying for Gun Permits



  • Applications for pistol purchase permits may be submitted in person at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with payment of the $5.00 fee per permit.  There is no limit on the amount of permits that can be purchased.  There is no limit on the number of gun permits that can be purchase at one time.


  • The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, as a convenience and courtesy to the public, is also accepting on-line applications submitted through a private company's on-line application procedure. This option is strictly VOLUNTARY and any handling fee is between the company and the applicant.


  • The $5.00 fee is payable for each pistol permit application received.

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