Disposable Income Report Card for Salisbury, N.C.: Beyond Dismal

January 28, 2015

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  Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Hate to break it to you.  I checked the “Disposable Income Report Card” for Salisbury, N.C. and “America’s Gig City” gets an F this semester and likely for many semesters to come unless the city does a major turnaround.  The future shows the very high probability of a worsening disposable income situation […]

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Rural High-Speed Internet Present and Future in Rowan County, N.C.

January 28, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Recently someone asked me about the status of rural high-speed internet availability in those difficult to reach areas of Rowan County where major cable providers (TWC, Windstream, or AT&T U-verse) are not yet running either cable or fiber. In those rural areas far from enough houses to make profit motivated cable companies interested, folks can still receive relatively high-speed […]

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David Joe Holshouser, a Fugitive from Colorado Justice, Nailed at Family Lair by Rowan Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday

January 27, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ David Joe Holshouser, 44, a Rowan County career criminal and fugitive from justice in El Paso, Colorado, was arrested at his family’s home on Lillian Circle along with his girlfriend Deborah Cherie Meazell, Kimberly Norine Lee, and Bobby Holshouser.  The Sheriff’s Office received a tip from authorities in El Paso, Colorado that David Joe […]

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Store Closings Continue Unabated in Salisbury, N.C. Hallmark Cards Closes in Tinseltown Area February 24th

January 27, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ With retail stores shuttering left and right in Salisbury, N.C. another long timer at the Innes Street Market (Tinseltown area) “Ann Crittenden Hallmark”, famous for their cards and knick-knacks, is officially closing their doors on February the 24th.  Currently the aging greeting card giant is conducting a closing sale with many items […]

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Dr. Chaunte Garrett, RSSS Director of Accountability, Overview of the State READY Report Performance Grades for District Schools

January 27, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦  Yesterday at the Board of Education meeting Director of Accountability Dr. Chaunte Garrett discussed the Rowan-Salisbury School District’s upcoming State Education performance grades for each school in the system.  The State READY Report, not yet released to the public, will assign performance grades to each school and they will based on achievement and growth.  Here […]

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Fibrant Phones Out Nearly Two Days on January 22nd and 23rd. Fibrant Internet Out 18 Hours on January the 10th

January 26, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Received numerous complaints about Fibrant’s phones being out for nearly 2 days on Thursday, January 22nd and Friday, January 23rd (Some longer).  They finally did restore most of the service to its phone customers today.  Fibrant is laying the blame on its alleged phone signal provider Metacom. This loss of phones must be incredibly problematic for […]

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Video: Rowan County Commissioner’s “Special Meeting” Monday, January 26th at Noon

January 26, 2015

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RFP ♦ Video: Rowan County Commissioner’s “Special Meeting” Monday, January 26th at Noon:

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Has Salisbury’s Downtown “Death Valley” Reached a Critical Mass?

January 26, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Downtown Salisbury observers are noting the alarming growth of vacant store fronts and closed restaurants throughout the Downtown area. Brick Street (East Fisher) seems to be melting down before our eyes.  Expressions, a head shop prospering like a roach surviving the Jurassic age, stands stoically by while the the stores and restaurants around it […]

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Video: Susan Kluttz, Cultural Resource Secretary, Seeking Alms for Her Salisbury Historic Preservation Cronies

January 26, 2015

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Raleigh Protect Our Taxpayers! ♦  Video: Susan Kluttz, Cultural Resource Secretary, Seeking Alms for Her Salisbury Historic Preservation Cronies:

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Demarcus Dawann Stalling, of Salisbury, N.C., Arrested Saturday for Alleged Armed Robbery on Hawkinstown Road

January 25, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Demarcus Dawann Stalling, 28, 1005 Hawkinstown Road in Salisbury, N.C., was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with an armed robbery on the 900 block of Hawkinstown Road on the outskirts of Salisbury, N.C..  Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies report Stalling along with a second unidentified suspect wearing ski masks and all black clothing held up […]

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Time Warner Cable on Schedule to Roll Out “TWC Maxx” in Seven Markets Including the Charlotte Market in 2015

January 24, 2015

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Press Release NEW YORK, NY – Time Warner Cable (TWC) today announced it will begin transforming the TV and Internet service experience in seven markets in 2015: Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Kansas City, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego. These markets will join Los Angeles, New York City and recently announced Austin, where the service transformation […]

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Visit the Tsunami Development Literacy Program on Facebook and Follow This Important Literacy Initiative’s Progress

January 24, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Visit the Tsunami Development Literacy Program on Facebook and Follow This Important Salisbury Literacy Initiative Progress at the West End Plaza:

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Tyree Badger, 22, and Omari Badger, 20, were Busted Thursday Night for Drugs and Stolen Goods in Salisbury, N.C.

January 23, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Tyree Elijahjuantaye Badger, 22, and his brother Omari Deionate  Badger, 20, were arrested at their residence Thursday night on the 600 block of S. Cherry St. in Salisbury, N.C.  Salisbury Police assisted by probation and parole officers made a warrantless search of S. Cherry St. residence and located a Smith & Wesson .45 […]

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Mapping the Left: North Carolina’s Leftwing–The Movements, The Bosses, The Big Money

January 23, 2015

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MappingTheLeft.com ♦ Mapping the Left: North Carolina’s Leftwing–The Orgs, The Bosses, The Big Money:

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Lessons in Crime? Why Protecting Schools Matters

January 23, 2015

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ♦ Corruption is school systems across the United States is all too common although often unsuspected.  Who would think that highly educated school administrators would involve themselves in greed and unscrupulous behavior?  Yet they do.  School systems regularly handle many millions of taxpayer dollars providing countless opportunities for corruption. Frequently we read about […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: The Criminal Element in Salisbury, N.C. has Become Master of that City. Pack if You Go There at All

January 22, 2015

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Rabbi Will McCubbins, China Grove, N.C. ♦ It’s increasingly clear that the criminal element in Salisbury, N.C. has become the master of that city.  Hardly a day goes by without the two-legged wolves there seeking out fresh victims.  The body count in Salisbury is mounting.  In 2014 the murders and shootings doubled over the previous year.  Its […]

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Salisbury City Council Delays Search for a New City Manager. Claim They Desire More Candidates

January 22, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury City Council is delaying their search for a new city manager, claiming they desire more applicants. Previously council had penciled in the new hire in time for their annual retreat in February. Now they want a larger pool of applicants. Council announced their search, conducted by Developmental Associates in Chapel Hill, […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: “A Petition to Arm Code Enforcement Officers”

January 21, 2015

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Kenny Lane, Rowan County, N.C. ♦ Yesterday I saw Salisbury’s City Council meeting on city hall’s website and caught where the Interim City Manager John Sofley told City Council the city was writing up fewer code enforcement citations owing to staff cuts.  That comes as no surprise because the city hall has been chopping more […]

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Cartucci’s Grapevine Short Run in Salisbury, N.C.’s Struggling Downtown Now Officially Ended

January 21, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Cartucci’s Grapevine on North Main in Downtown Salisbury, N.C. has officially closed.  Will be replaced sometime in the future by a music bar billing itself as “Jack Rabbit Slim”. It is unrelated to several clubs across the United States named after “Jack Rabbit Slim’s” the dance club appearing in Pulp Fiction. On […]

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Golden Moments at Tuesday’s Salisbury City Council Meeting: “A Petition to Arm Code Enforcement Officers”

January 21, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ At Tuesday’s Salisbury City Council meeting one of our staffers was taken back when they were handed a petition from the “Concerned Citizens in the Neighborhoods” titled “REQUEST REGARDING BLIGHT ABATEMENT AND ENHANCED CODE ENFORCEMENT”.  Two statements on the petition surely must have sent shivers up the spines of Clyde and the […]

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Important Information about the VA Choice Card

January 21, 2015

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Rodney Cress, Veteran Advocate ♦ Many Veterans will now have the option to receive non-VA health care rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. Beginning November 5, 2014, the new Choice Program will begin to cover non-VA care for eligible Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans are eligible if […]

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Monday at 6 P.M. January 20th

January 20, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Monday at 6 P.M. January 20th:

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Homeless Man, Hustling a Gift Card at Burger King Lot, was Robbed and Knocked Down by a Ford Ranger Driver in Salisbury, N.C.

January 20, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Ernest Erdman, 41, trying to sell a Chick-Fil-A gift card in the Burger King Parking Lot on E. Innes, had his gift card snatched along with $10 cash by a Ford Ranger pick-up driver who sped away, knocking Erdman to the ground.  Erdman attempted to grab the wheel of the Ford Ranger, but wound up […]

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David Clayton Moore, 32, Shot While Driving His SUV on the 700 Block of Park Avenue in Violence Riddled Salisbury, N.C.

January 20, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ David Clayton Moore, 32, was shot in his SUV while pulling into a driveway on the 700 block of Park Avenue Friday Night in Salisbury.  Moore, suffering from blood loss from his gunshot wound to his back, was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery.  His condition is not yet known. […]

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Salisbury, N.C., Long Known for Its Crackpot Ghost and Psychic Fringe, Reports Downtown UFO Sitings

January 20, 2015

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Examiner.com/U.S. Air force “Project Bluebook” ♦  “The fabulous city of Salisbury comprises a total area of 17.8 square miles surrounded by reality” Steve Mensing, Editor Salisbury, N.C., long known for crackpot ghost and psychic phenomena fringe, reports UFOs over Downtown.  Perhaps when Salisbury again makes wild claims of vibrancy for their destitute and vacancy strewn Downtown they […]

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Salisbury’s Daniel Real Albarran, 30, “The Motor Vehicle Break-in King of Rowan County”, Back in Jail Sunday with Serious Charges

January 20, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Daniel Real Albarran, 30, “The Motor Vehicle Break-in King of Rowan County”, was back in the Rowan County Detention Center Sunday on serious charges and secured bonds totaling $280,000 from alleged incidents on the 100 block of Faith Road in Salisbury, N.C.  On Sunday Albarran was charged with: • Two counts of felony […]

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Letter-to the-Editor: Booking Photos Galore from Salisbury, N.C., the Kill Crazy Capital of North Carolina

January 19, 2015

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Jonathon Morris, U.S. Army Ret. and Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ The bullets never stop flying in Salisbury, N.C.  Killings every two or three weeks or less.  People dying from drug overdoses.  Stick-ups, train robberies, kidnappings, street thrashings,–you name it.  Salisbury has it all.  Here’s a little treat for America’s Gig City likely the perfect setting for […]

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Another Murder in Salisbury, N.C.! Oscar Miquel Aguilera, 24, Gunned Down at Lakewood Apartments Monday

January 19, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ The body of an apparent murder victim Oscar Miquel Aguilera, 24, was found lying on the ground between two apartment buildings at the Lakewood Apartments at approximately 7 a.m. on Monday.  The apartment complex is situated near Statesville Blvd. in Salisbury, N.C.  The murder victim, who was shot, lived on the 500 block of Lakewood Drive […]

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Mayor Woodson’s Triumphant Return From the Gig Cities Summit: “Salisbury Will Become a Magnet for Business!”

January 19, 2015

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Stop the Violence! ♦ Mayor Woodson’s Triumphant Return From the Gig Cities Summit: “Salisbury Will Become a Magnet for Business!” (If Fibrant could only sell two 100 Mbps subscriptions in 5 years of operation, think how many more gigabit subscriptions the “debacle” can sell.)

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Blood Brother Police Chiefs Separated Only by Time and Space

January 18, 2015

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Friends of Jack the Loyal Salisbury Police Dog ♦ Blood Brother police chiefs separated only by time and space.  Heaven forbid if anyone wants to jump ship for better pay and better morale. (Biko the K-9 dog and his former handler who left for greener pastures) http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-international/Midlothian-Police-Chief-Apologizes-for-Threatening-to-Kill-Police-Dog-288731691.html

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Here was the Lost City of Salisbury, N.C. They were Duped into a Fiber Optic Network and a Bat Infested Flophouse

January 18, 2015

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Vaporous Master Plans Artist Collective ♦ Here was the Lost City of Salisbury, N.C.  They were Duped into a Fiber Optic Network and a Bat Infested Flophouse.

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The Unearthing of the “The Fibrant Debacle” Written in Early 2011 Chronicling Salisbury, N.C.’s Greatest Misadventure

January 18, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦  Saturday afternoon one of the Rowan Free Press staff unearthed a pamphlet written back in early 2011 about the history of the City of Salisbury’s greatest misadventure: “The Fibrant Debacle”,  This pamphlet was the very first PDF.s on “Anti-Fibrant.com”.  The words of our truly visionary Editor are as true then as they are now. His eminence, with much […]

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Manhunt Underway in Salisbury, N.C. After Police are Drawn into a West End Firefight Early Saturday Morning

January 17, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ After being dispatched to the 800 block of W. Bank St. in Salisbury on several complaints of gunfire around 2:30 a.m., police became engaged in a firefight with an unknown shooter.  Sources report multiple gunshots coming from an area around 815 W. Bank St.  The first responding officer, forced to take cover behind a nearby building, […]

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Corruption in City Hall: You Scratch My Back–I’ll Scratch Yours

January 17, 2015

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ♦ Corruption in City Hall: You Scratch My Back–I’ll Scratch Yours: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2007/january/cityhall_010807

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Rowan County Commission Meets Tuesday, January 20th at 6 P.M. at the County Administration Building in Salisbury, N.C.

January 17, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Commission meets Tuesday, January 20th at 6 p.m. at the Rowan County Administration Building at 130 West Innes Street in Salisbury, N.C. ROWAN COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA Call to Order Invocation • Provided By: Commissioner Caskey Pledge of Allegiance Consider Additions to the Agenda Consider Deletions From the Agenda Consider Approval […]

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Brandon “The Menace” Rumple, 20, Enochville Heroin King, Gets 11 to 15 Years in the Slammer

January 16, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Brandon Lee Rumple, 20, aka “The Menace” plead guilty to a lesser charge of attempted trafficking heroin and was convicted in Cabarrus County Court Thursday.  He will receive 11 to 15 years in a state penitentiary. Rumple still faces drug trafficking charges in Rowan County for which he has a court date […]

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Historic Preservation Tax Credit Abuses are Many. Time to Protect the Taxpayers and Our Communities

January 16, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ At the end of 2014 the North Carolina State Budget pulled the plug on the ugly and abusive history of Historic Preservation Tax Credits in North Carolina.  Former Speaker Tillis said the Historic Preservation Tax Credit is inconsistent with the Republican’s tax reform plan which aims to spur economic development and level […]

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IPTV’s Growing Open Source Favorite KODI.TV (Formerly XBMC). “Cord Cutters” Listen Up

January 16, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ XBMC, a growing open source favorite among cord cutters (people who use digital antennas and IPTV devices like ROKU 3 and Apple TV), has transitioned onto KODI.  Here is an introduction to KODI.TV from their website: “Kodi (formally known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media […]

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Ex-East Spencer Cop Arrested by SBI for Allegedly Breaking into the East Spencer Police Department and Stealing $5.50

January 15, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Ex-East Spencer Policeman Alan Wayne Bridges, 30, living on the 100 Block of Shadow Creek Road in China Grove, was charged early Thursday by the SBI for felony breaking and entering for a crime occurring on November 29, 2014.  Bridges was alleged to have broken into East Spencer Police Department on 105 South Long Street […]

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Attention Veterans: An Important Message on Military Service and Social Security

January 15, 2015

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Rodney Cress, Veteran Advocate ♦ Attention Veterans: An Important Message on Military Service and Social Security:  

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Billy Pless, Jr., Spencer and Salisbury, N.C.’s “One Man Human Crime Wave”, was Charged with Felony Habitual Assault

January 14, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Billy Floyd Pless, Jr, 62, Spencer and Salisbury, N.C.’s “one man human crime wave” was charged with felony habitual assault based on prior assault convictions in 2003 and 2013 due Sheriff’s Office investigators having discussions with the Rowan District Attorney’s Office. Pless was also charged with probation violation.  After receiving a $20,000 secured […]

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Meth Epidemic Ratcheting Up in Rowan County. Joseph Orlando Murdoch Busted for Meth Lab in Salisbury Area

January 14, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ With the meth epidemic ratcheting up and threatening to overtake heroin in Salisbury, N.C. and Rowan County, another meth lab was put out of commission by Rowan County Sheriff Office deputies this past Monday.  Joseph Orlando Murdoch, 34, was arrested at his home 1153 Twin Chapel Drive on the outskirts of Salisbury, N.C. […]

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Jerry Lynn Beeler, Jr. Allegedly Batters and Strangles Woman in Salisbury, N.C., Sending Her to the Hospital Tuesday

January 14, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police were called to 417 S. Merritt Ave. on Tuesday evening to a reported disturbance.  On their arrival they found Jerry Lynn Beeler, Jr., 42, his clothes soaked with blood as well as hands and face. It appeared he had been drinking.  In the dwelling they found a badly battered woman […]

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PBS Documentary “Klansville U.S.A.” Can Be Viewed HERE in Its Entirety

January 14, 2015

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PBS/WGBH/American Experience ♦ If you happened to miss the Tuesday evening’s American Experience showing of “Klansville U.S.A.” a documentary focusing on Rowan County’s N.C. Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Bob Jones from Granite Quarry, we are showing it HERE in full screen HD.  Many scenes from Salisbury and Rowan County N.C.  Follow Bob Jones Klan career from its […]

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Salisbury, N.C.’s CVS and Walgreens Pharmacies Being Terrorized by Hillbilly Heroin Bandits

January 13, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Over the last few months Salisbury CVS and Walgreens pharmacies were robbed by gunman stuffing their plastic bags with Oxycodone and any cash they can score.  Rockwell’s CVS and Spencer’s Wallgreens were tipped over by these hillbilly heroin bandits.  Apparently oxycodone pills are highly valued on the streets of Salisbury, N.C. and out in the […]

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Monday Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Meeting. Moving Closer to Videoing Board of Education Meetings

January 13, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ In Monday’s Board of Education meeting the star of the show was the much anticipated plan to video and broadcast the board of education proceedings not only for transparency sake, but for citizens who want to keep up with the Board of Education and what’s going on with the Rowan-Salisbury Schools.  Videoing the Board of Education proceedings allows persons […]

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SBI to Investigate “Misappropriation” of City Funds by Former City Customer Service Employee

January 13, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Monday evening we received several phone calls and emails concerning an article by David Purtell, the Post’s city reporter, about city funds being “misappropriated” by a terminated employee working in the city’s customer service department (The department doing the city’s utility billing).  Last week we heard sketchy details about this matter through the city grapevine because […]

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Hillbilly Heroin Luv Story Goes Bad in Rockwell. Dynamic Drug Duo Brought Down by Sting Op

January 12, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Undercover narcotics deputies from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office arrested an alleged drug dealing Rockwell couple: Ryan Anthony Everhart, 28, and Leslie Nicole Helms, 25 both of the 100 block of Rock Olive Drive.   An undercover deputy from the sheriff’s office was said to have purchased 5 Oxymorphone tablets from Everhart at an apartment […]

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