Tuesday the LGC will Review Rowan County’s $3.95 Million West End Plaza Loan and a $21 Million Dollar Bond Refinancing

May 3, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Among the items listed on Tuesday’s N.C. Local Government Commission (LGC) agenda are two Rowan County items: • Approval of a $3.95 million dollar loan meant to both replenish the county’s fund balance from the 2013 purchase of the West End Plaza and provide $500,000 for West End Plaza renovations. The loan is the same […]

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How Much Do Your County Commissioners and County Manager Get Paid? Find Out Their Pay in Every N.C. County

May 3, 2015

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Lockerroom.JohnLocke.org/Sarrah Curry/UNC School of Government ♦ How Much Does Do Your County Commissioners and County Manager Get Paid? Find Out Their Pay in Every County:

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Rowan County Commission Meets Monday May the 4th at 3 P.M. at the County Administration Building in Salisbury, N.C.

May 3, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan County Commission will meet Monday May 4th at 3 P.M. at the County Administration Building in Salisbury, N.C. ROWAN COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA Invocation • Provided By: Chairman Edds Pledge of Allegiance Consider Additions to the Agenda Consider Deletions From the Agenda Consider Approval of the Agenda Board members are asked […]

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WARNING: China Grove Police Department Reports an Attempted Abduction at the “Relay for Life”

May 2, 2015

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Public Announcement ♦ Reposted from the China Grove Police Department Facebook Page: “Friends and family we received some information that needs to be shared. Last night at the Relay for Life event a man approached two young girls and attempted to get them away from the crowd by asking them to help him find his […]

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The Week in the House of Representatives with Rep. Carl Ford

May 2, 2015

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Representative Carl Ford – District 76 Fourteenth Week of the 2015 Long Session At 2:00 AM, Thursday morning the House concluded its final voting session in preparation of the crossover deadline. As I indicated in earlier newsletters, after 5:00 on Thursday, unless a bill has a fiscal impact or has crossed from one chamber to […]

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(NEW) Rowan County Sheriff’s Office MOST WANTED LIST

May 2, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office MOST WANTED LIST:

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Gregory Crawford, 37, Found on an East Bank Street Porch in Salisbury, N.C. Thursday Evening. Suffers a Gunshot Wound

May 1, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Gregory Crawford, 37, was found wounded on an East Bank Street porch in Salisbury Thursday at around 10:20 p.m.  Crawford was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for a gunshot wound to the leg. He was discovered when a woman returned home to find Crawford, a stranger, on her porch. She immediately called […]

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A Survival Guide: How NOT to Get Killed by the Police. A FREE Book Written by a Former FBI Agent and Federal Prosecutor

May 1, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ This worthwhile FREE Book “A Survival Guide: How NOT to Get Killed by the Police” is written from the perspective of a former FBI Agent and Federal Prosecutor: M. Quentin Williams, Esq.  Readers are provided with important information to increase the odds of having safe interactions with police. http://www.survivalguideseries.com/ Do NOT wind […]

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A Photographic Essay of Downtown Salisbury, N.C.’s Meltdown into Despair, Vacancies, and Vandalism

May 1, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ A Photographic Essay of Downtown Salisbury, N.C.’s Meltdown into Despair, Vacant Store Fronts, and Vandalism.  As working class citizens melt away from Salisbury and its downtown streets become more dangerous with the rise of crime, poverty, and vandalism, a once bustling community visually reflects its new status as the statistical “per capita” 9th rated “Most Dangerous City […]

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Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Hunting for Ameer Hemang Patel, 22, Alleged Con Artist and Bad Check Passer

April 30, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is hunting for Ameer Hemang Patel, 22, alleged bad check passer and con artist who obtained a car via a bad check at Cloninger Ford & Toyota in Salisbury, N.C.  Patel, a former Highpoint University student and IT for the Kay Hagan Campaign, was last known to […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Finally Salisbury Gets an Award and It isn’t Bogus

April 30, 2015

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Jonathon Morris, U.S. Army Ranger Ret. and Rowan Rescue Rancher ♦ I was heartened to read yesterday that Salisbury achieved a national award of sorts by being proclaimed the “per capita” 9th ranked most dangerous city in North Carolina. Finally an award that isn’t bogus. 9th ranked most dangerous city in North Carolina is really […]

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Drew Thomas Charleston, of Salisbury, N.C. Convicted of Shooting into Ex-Girlfriend’s House. Gets 7 to 10 Years

April 30, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Drew Thomas Charleston, 25, of Salisbury was convicted in County Superior Court of shooting into his ex-girlfriend’s West Kerr Street home on January of 2014 after becoming angered at being told to leave. Charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling (felony) and possession of a firearm by a felon (felony), […]

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Rowan-Salisbury Schools Thanks Its School Resource Officers for the Difficult Job They Do in Maintaining School Security

April 30, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan-Salisbury Schools thanks its School Resource Officers for the difficult job they do in maintaining school security. In Salisbury and County schools the School Resource Officers do an outstanding job of keeping schools a safe environment for our youngsters. These officers are there to quell disturbances, lock down schools when necessary, resolve […]

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Sen. Tom McGinnis’s UNC Professor Bill to Be Studied

April 30, 2015

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Press Release Raleigh, NC – Sen. Tom McInnis (R-Richmond) issued the following statement Wednesday in response to his proposal to help ensure students enrolled at UNC system schools have more professors teaching their classes and is being referred to a legislative committee for more in-depth study: “There is no substitute for a quality professor in […]

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Police Bust Alleged Salisbury, N.C. Crack Palace, Arresting Demarcus Deshawn Tracey and Marquise Sential Robinson

April 29, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ With the stink of low grade reefer in the air, the Salisbury Police followed up a tip that they would find “crack” at house on the 1000 block of Grady Street.  Upon arrival the police spotted Demarcus Deshawn Tracey, 22, of Salisbury, headed to his vehicle parked in front of the Grady house in […]

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UPDATED: Senate Bill 472 “Local Incentives for Historic Rehabilitation” Advances. If Passed, SB 472 Would Be a Win for State Taxpayers

April 29, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ N.C. Senators Andrew Brock and Robert Rucho co-sponsored Senate Bill 472: “Local Incentives for Historic Rehabilitation”.  On Tuesday April 28th SB 472 received a favorable reading the Senate Committee on Finance and advances. Today Wednesday the 29th SB 472 passed its 2nd and 3rd readings in the Senate which means it has […]

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Salisbury, N.C. Man Allegedly Stabs a Coworker in the Back with an Industrial Box Cutter

April 28, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ On Monday a fight broke out between two Copart Auto Salvage employees a distance from the Copart auction yard at a site on 245 Madison Road in China Grove.  Kabruim Carnell Stewart, 28, of West 14th Street in Salisbury, was arrested for stabbing coworker Fabian Lamarr Maura, 31, of Concord in the back with an industrial box cutter.  This left […]

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Darius Jamal Smotherson of Salisbury, N.C. Pleaded Guilty to Murdering Teenager Daniel Lee Cooper. Gets Over 33 Years Monday

April 28, 2015

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RFP  Staff ♦ Darius Jamal Smotherson, 22, of Salisbury pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in the 2012 killing of Kannapolis Teenager Daniel Lee Cooper.  Judge David Lee sentenced Smotherson to over 33 years in prison for all three offenses. (33 to […]

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Salisbury, N.C. Ranked 9th Most Dangerous City in North Carolina

April 28, 2015

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HomeSnacks.Net ♦ Salisbury, N.C. Ranked 9th Most Dangerous City in North Carolina by Evaluating Per Capita FBI Crime Statistics:

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Heroin Bust Sunday Near Food Lion on Avalon Drive in Salisbury, N.C. Christina Marie Moore Arrested

April 27, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Responding to an shoplifting call at the Food Lion Super Market at 251 Faith Road in Salisbury, N.C., Salisbury Police pulled over a white Chrysler Town & Country mini-van on Avalon Drive.  The stop led to the arrest of Christina Marie Moore, 33, of Roy Cline Road in Rockwell.  A search uncovered 2 knives, several […]

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“Willful Ignorance”: Facts Do Not Cease to Exist Because They are Ignored

April 27, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Aldous Huxley The Urban Dictionary Defines Willful Ignorance as: “The practice or act of intentional and blatant avoidance, disregard or disagreement with facts, empirical evidence and well-founded arguments because they oppose or contradict your own existing personal beliefs.” According to Rational Wiki: […]

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14 Overwhelming Reasons to Avoid Subscribing to the “Fibrant Debacle”

April 26, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ I like the idea of having several broadband provider choices. Salisbury is overloaded with them. Time Warner Cable, AT&T U-verse, DirecTV, Dish, and Salisbury’s municipal “utility” Fibrant. I had all these bargaining chips when it came time to face off with Time Warner Cable’s “retention specialist”. I told the retention specialist […]

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Annual Rowan Public Library Book Sale Starts Friday May 1st. One of the LARGEST Ever!

April 26, 2015

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Public Announcement ♦ Friday May 1st will be the kickoff of the Annual Rowan Public Library Book Sale said to be one of the LARGEST ever! 20,000 books will be on display!  Huge selection of nonfiction, fiction, and children’s books on sale!  Audio books, DVDs, and Kindle E-book readers for sale!  Most items are $2 or […]

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“Consumer’s Reports Electronic Buying Guide” Rates the Top 10 IPTV Streaming Media Players

April 25, 2015

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RFP Staff/Consumer Reports Tech Electronics Buying Guide (June 2015) ♦ In the recently published “Consumer’s Reports Tech Electronics Buying Guide” (June 2015) whose  “independent testing labs” tested and rated over a 1,000 electronic products for this issue, the top IPTV streaming media players were rated.  Listed here are just the top ten highest rated devices and just their scores.  […]

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Delbert and Christie Roys of Salisbury, N.C. Arrested for Allegedly Trafficking Narcotics Near Granite Quarry Elementary

April 24, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Delbert Dean Roys, 46, and his wife Christie Michelle Roys, 47, of 255 Edgewood Road Farm Road in Salisbury were arrested by deputies from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and are allegedly involved with a sizable scheme to obtain prescription narcotics.  The couple’s arrest resulted from a stop by the N.C. State […]

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Protecting Your Vehicle from Break-in Artists: Law Enforcement’s Top Tips

April 24, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Okay it’s morning in Salisbury, N.C. or just about anywhere in Rowan County and as you walk out of your old “Home Sweet Home” you notice your pimped out junker has its side window busted out. Maybe some homeless dude is “speaking in tongues” bunked out in your front passenger seat?  It flashes though your mind: “Why me?” “Well, why not you?”  Stuff […]

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Jeremy Warren Price and William Trevor Keller, alleged Teen Car Break-in Artists, Busted for Multiple Vehicle Break-ins

April 23, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Jeremy Warren Price, 17, of the 1200 block of N. Main Street in Salisbury, N.C. and his alleged accomplice William Trevor Keller, 16 of Dino Lane in the County were arrested this past Monday by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office for multiple car break-ins, breaking into a building, and stealing money and other valuables […]

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North Carolina Unlawful Workplace Harassment and “Zero Tolerance” Professional Conduct Policy

April 23, 2015

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NC Department of Public Safety ♦ North Carolina Unlawful Workplace Harassment and Professional Conduct Policy:

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N.C. House Moves 2016 Presidential Primary to March. Major Bipartisan Support

April 23, 2015

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CarolinaJournal.com/Barry Smith ♦ N.C. House Moves 2016 Presidential Primary to March:

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N.C. Senate Advances Bill Increasing Penalty for Passing Stopped School Buses

April 23, 2015

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Press Release ♦ Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Senate on Wednesday tentatively passed a bill that would increase the punishment for drivers who jeopardize children’s lives by passing stopped school buses. Senate Bill 298, sponsored by Sens. John Alexander (R-Wake) and Tom McInnis (R-Richmond), would allow counties to adopt an ordinance creating a $500 […]

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Ralph Brown, Charity Organizer, Robbed at Gunpoint in his Salisbury, N.C. Emerald Street Home. Robbers Clip $300 Monday

April 22, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Ralph Brown, a former school administrator and charity yard sale organizer, had just returned to his home on Emerald Street in Salisbury when he confronted two hooded black males in his basement.  Within moments the duo held a black semi-automatic pistol on Brown and demanded he turn loose his wallet and cash.  In a gutty instant, […]

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HB 726: Ending School Boards Suing the County Taxpayers

April 22, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ A  few days ago we ran an article on House Bill 726 that would end expensive School Board litigation against counties.  The focus of that article was mainly about how attorneys from both sides profited at great expense to the county taxpayers, stretched out the mediations clock, and created unrequired ill-will between these […]

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EZ Rider Matthew Lowry on a 94′ Honda Motorcycle Leads Police on a High-Speed Chase from Salisbury, N.C. to Rockwell

April 21, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ On Monday, Matthew Ryan Lowry, 22, of Lauren Lane in the “unreconstructed county”, outdueled pursuing Salisbury Police in a high-speed chase on a 94′ Honda CBR at times roaring between 80-90 miles per hour from Salisbury to Rockwell where he was finally pulled over and arrested by the Rockwell police. Lowry began his flight when […]

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Dominic Roshad Corradetti, 16, Busted Allegedly for a Handgun, Smashing Windows, and Reefer in Downtown Salisbury, NC.

April 21, 2015

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RFP Staff, ♦ Dominic Roshad Corradetti, 16, of the 1300 block of North Church Street in Salisbury, was arrested early Saturday morning along with two other teen “associates” for hurling rocks at an apartment building on the 300 block of East Council Street in Downtown Salisbury.  A neighbor alerted Salisbury police that 3 male vandals were “rocking” the area.  […]

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Rowan-Salisbury School Board Highlights: West Rowan Elementary Becomes the Top Priority

April 21, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ In Yesterday’s School Board Meeting in East Spencer the School Board unanimously opted to make West Rowan Elementary the top priority for its next building project.  For nearly 20 years a new school for West Rowan youngsters was put off.  Now the West Rowan Elementary School construction project, to be funded from funds previously allocated […]

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The West End Plaza Master Plan PDF.

April 21, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ The West End Plaza Master Plan PDF.

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Video: The Rowan County Commissioners Met Today April the 20th and are Presented the West End Plaza Master Plan

April 20, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: The Rowan County Commissioners Met Today April the 20th and Receive the West End Plaza Master Plan:

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TWC Business Class Rolling Out 10 Gig x 10 Gig Internet in Rowan and Salisbury. Will Offer Up to 300 Mbps for Standard Business

April 20, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ As Time Warner Cable rolls out its super high-speed TWC Maxx upgrades throughout the Charlotte region for all residential customers in Rowan County and Salisbury, Time Warner Cable Business Class is rolling out up to 10 Gig x 10 Gig symmetrical fiber optic to businesses requiring immense bandwidth. Time Warner Cable has preexisting fiber optic […]

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Where to Buy Books CHEAP! Buying Books On Line at Bargain Prices is How Book Buying is Done in America

April 20, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ With that steady attrition of brick and mortar chain bookstores and the mass extinction of independent bookstores selling at list price, on line bargain book sellers have moved way in front. In small towns and cities, where the few remaining independents hang on by a tenuous thread, you can hear their wheezing death rattle.  The fact is the […]

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The Best and Least Expensive VOIP Telephones for Home or Office Use

April 19, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ The day of the expensive home or office telephones is over. Today all home and office VOIP phones or landlines operate over the internet and are called Voice Over the Internet Protocol or VOIP. Because so much competition exists among VOIP phone providers, prices are generally super cheap and in some […]

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Public School Open Enrollment: It’s Time has Arrived

April 19, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ With the Central Office construction now underway at least that part of the Rowan-Salisbury school’s “multi-piece jigsaw puzzle” is in place.  It’s hopeful the board of education will focus now on higher order priorities such as new schools, the consolidation of others, and school maintenance and safety. There seems to be a growing interest among parents, especially in […]

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Benjamin Ross Hollifield, a Kannapolis Church Youth Pastor from Salisbury, N.C., Charged with Sex Crimes

April 18, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Benjamin Ross Hollifield, 25, of Buck Board Lane in Salisbury and a youth and outreach pastor at Piedmont Baptist Church, was arrested Friday night by Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with ten counts of statutory rape/sex offense with a 13, 14, 15 year-old by a defendant 6 or more years younger […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: House Bill 713 Effects on Dash Cam and Body Cam Public Availability

April 18, 2015

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Kenny Lane, Rowan County, N.C. ♦ I’ve looked at the preliminary wording for HB 713 proposed by Rep. John Faircloth and am a little puzzled.  The bill proposes an added subsection to NC 132 – 1.4 that effectively exempts audio and video recordings made by body cameras or in-car cameras from public information laws.    Rep. […]

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N.C. House Bill 713 Suppresses Public Access to Law Enforcement Dash and Body Cam Videos

April 18, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Filed last Tuesday in the N.C. House, HB 713 seeks to block public access to law enforcement dash and body cam videos like those witnessed regularly on national TV.  This ill-advised bill attempts to make dash and body cam videos as only records of criminal investigations.  Under North Carolina statutes, criminal investigation records are not public records. […]

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This Week in the House of Representatives with Rep. Carl Ford (District 76)

April 18, 2015

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This week in the House of Representatives April 13 – 17, 2015 Representative Carl Ford – District 76   Twelfth Week of the 2015 Long Session   Since the legislative spring break, nearly 500 bills have been filed in the House, totaling 941 bills for the Legislative Long Session by the close of business on […]

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Rick’s BBQ Closes Down on South Main in Salisbury, N.C.

April 17, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Sadly I learned last night from friends in the Bury that one of my favorite BBQ spots in Salisbury, Rick’s BBQ at 929 S. Main Street, is closing its doors.  I’m told the Rick Foster, the owner is shutting down the popular restaurant and C&W karaoke venue due to health reasons and the city’s closing […]

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Derrick Dashawn Brown, Subject of an Intensive Manhunt in Salisbury, N.C. was Captured Early Friday Morning

April 17, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Derrick Dashawn Brown, 20, of the 400 block of Grim Street in Salisbury, subject of an intensive manhunt, was captured early Friday Morning.  He was charged with kidnapping (felony) and 2 counts of larceny of a motor vehicle (felony) and placed under a $500,000 secured bond.  He is now in the Rowan County Detention Center. Thursday’s […]

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Gov. McCrory Takes a Bad Spill in Durham. Nowhere Near as Bad as His Historic Preservation Tax Credit Pratfall in the Senate

April 17, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Gov. McCrory Takes a Bad Spill in Durham.  Nowhere Near as Bad as His Historic Preservation Tax Credit Pratfall in the Senate.  

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Super 8 Motel Stuck Up by Lone Gunman Wednesday on Bendix Drive in Salisbury, N.C. Robber Escapes on Foot

April 17, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ On Wednesday the Super 8 Motel at 925 Bendix Drive in Salisbury was stuck up by a lone black gunman in Salisbury. The robber escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported. Anyone with any information on this robbery is urged to call Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at: 1(866)-639-5245. **This article […]

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Police Hunting for Derrick Dashawn Brown, of Salisbury, N.C. Who Allegedly Kidnapped a 3 year-old and Stole 2 Cars

April 16, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police are hunting Derrick Dashawn Brown, 20, of the 400 block of Grim Street in the West End of Salisbury for allegedly stealing a Ford Escape with a 3 year-old child inside it. The car was stolen from the lot of the Pop Shoppe on the 1800 block of West Innes in […]

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