Salisbury Police Lose Only Certified Crime Scene Investigator Det. Sherri Curry to Norfolk Southern

November 24, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ The migration of officers out of the Salisbury Police Department continues at a high rate to other law enforcement agencies and leaves large gaps in staffing.  An especially damaging hit is the loss of the Salisbury Police’s only certified Crime Scene Investigator Det. Sherri Curry to the Norfolk Southern Railway.  Det. Curry, a highly regarded certified […]

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The Most Recent FBI Crime Statistics for the City of Salisbury, N.C. (2013)

November 24, 2014

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ♦ The Most Recent FBI Crime Statistics for the City of Salisbury, N.C.(2013).  Scroll down the page until you locate Salisbury’s crime statistics:

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Carolina Journal Reports: Smaller Firms Brace For Obamacare Price Shocks

November 23, 2014

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Carolina Journal/Dan Way ♦ Carolina Journal Reports: Smaller Firms Brace For Obamacare Price Shocks:

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Letter-to-the Editor: Why Not Declare “Knock Out Game Day” In Downtown Salisbury on November the 29th?

November 23, 2014

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Jonathon Morris, U.S. Army Ranger Ret. and Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ With all this threat of city-wide violence in Salisbury, N.C. and elsewhere across the United States because of Ferguson, it might be a good idea to defuse that anger in constructive ways like the Olympics or that giant graffiti easel on 329 S. Main.  “The Knockout Game Saturday” would […]

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Where will Rowan County Do Its Holiday Shopping This Year: The Internet and South on I-85

November 23, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Every year for the last 3 years Rowan County consumers are making more and more purchases on the internet where they discover super deals and just about everything they wanted. They don’t have to drive some distance, waste gas money, battle for a parking spot, or fend off a stick-up artist in downtown Salisbury.  On the […]

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Dustin Aaron Wilson, 23, Sought for Allegedly Physically Assaulting an Infant. Child Brought to Novant Rowan Medical Health Center

November 23, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦  Dustin Aaron Wilson, 23, of Kannapolis is sought by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly assaulting a two-month-old infant.  The infant, suffering from injuries consistent with a physical assault, was delivered to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center who reported it to the Sheriff’s Office several weeks ago. The Rowan County Department of Social Services […]

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U.S. Census Demographics Shows White (Non Hispanic) is Only 48.6% of Salisbury, N.C.’s Population

November 22, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Latest Salisbury, U.S. Census Bureau demographics for Salisbury’s N.C.  shows white (non-Hispanic population) is only 48.6% of an ever shrinking proportion of Salisbury’s populace.  Perhaps if Salisbury’s city council and its city employees mirrored the large diversity of the city’s population there would be a far better distribution of the city’s power structure and its economic “pie”.  City […]

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Recent By-Invitation-Only Economic Development Presentation in Salisbury Raises Disturbing Questions

November 22, 2014

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RFP Research ♦ In a presentation to community luminaries a short time ago, according to several who attended the by-invitation-only event, the presenters emphasized the need for allowing economic development funds to be “flexible and discretionary”.  They warned against too many restrictions on those funds.  This seems to be taken as a cue that county commissioners […]

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POLL: What Should Be the Fate of Four Death Row Inmates in N.C.: Firing Squad? Lethal Injection? Electric Chair? Hanging? Or Life?

November 22, 2014

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RFP Poll ♦ Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers this past week endorsed a proposal to allow firing squads again to avoid difficulties with lethal-injection drugs. This drew our attention to four Death Row Inmates in North Carolina.  What should be there fate?  Firing Squad? Lethal Injection? Electric Chair? […]

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South Main Internet Cafe Proves Mucho Bad Luck for Gunman During Armed Robbery in Salisbury, N.C.

November 21, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦  Every so often the big roulette wheel in the sky comes up bad for a bandito.  A gunman tried his luck at the South Main Internet Café Thursday in the badlands of Salisbury and had his .38 Rossi snatched from a counter and fired at him.  This scene went down at 10 […]

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The Major Issues of the 2015 Salisbury, N.C. City Council Election: Issue I–Municipal Transparency

November 21, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦  Certainly one of the largest issues in the upcoming 2015 Salisbury’s City Council election is the city government’s extreme lack of transparency.  It was witnessed in the cover-up of the former city manager’s “mutual termination” and “golden parachute”.  Information that clearly best be made available in response to public information requests according to state statutes is repeatedly dodged […]

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Board of Education Votes 5 to 1 to Authorize the Purchase of the Shulenburger Property at 500 N. Main St.

November 21, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦  At yesterday’s 4 p.m. meeting of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education at N. Ellis Street the board voted 5 to 1 to authorize the purchase more property on the 500 block of North Main.  Voting for the purchase were Richard Miller, Jean Kennedy, L.A. Overcash, Kay Wright Norman, and Susan Cox.  Chuck Hughes voted against […]

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Gunman Robs Park Sterling Bank on West Innes in Salisbury, N.C. This Afternoon. Vanishes with Cash in a Trashbag

November 20, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police are hunting for a 6’2″ black male with a slim build who held up Park Sterling Bank on the 400 block of West Innes in Salisbury at around 1 p.m. today.  The Bandit handed the teller a note demanding cash and informing her he had a gun.  The gunman took a white trash […]

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Convicted Sex Offender Larry Wayne Putnam of Rockwell Caught Living Near Knollwood Elementary School

November 20, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Convicted sex offender Larry Wayne Putnam of Rockwell was picked up by Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies for living too close to Knollwood Elementary School.  In 2006 Putnam was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child. He must maintain a lifetime registration as a sex offender. Putnam is charged  with failing to notify the Rowan […]

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Coming This Weekend: The Towering Issues of Salisbury’s, N.C. 2015 City Council Race

November 20, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Coming this weekend: The Towering Issues of Salisbury’s 2015 City Council Race. As Salisbury, N.C. sinks deeper into mediocrity and its 300th city/town rating at Areavibes.com.  America’s Gig City is being left far behind.  Issues in desperate need of addressing and solution are: • Mushrooming crime, murder, violence, and property crime and its affect on urban […]

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Salisbury, N.C.: America’s Gig City

November 20, 2014

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Only a few blocks from Fibrant Hq. resides this household that is “Fibrant ready” for its residents. ♦

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City Council Hears that Salisbury, N.C. Only Suffers from 23% Poverty. Salisbury Among the Worst Poverty Cities in N.C.

November 20, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ At the most recent City Council meeting Robert Van Geons of RowanWorks optimistically reported that Salisbury, N.C. now only suffers from 23% poverty still an extremely discouraging statistic and a real turnoff to families and businesses considering Salisbury as a possible place to set down roots. A perusal of the U.S. Census Bureau 2013 Quick Facts […]

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Ferguson, Mo and Black Communities Across the U.S. Brace for a Grand Jury Decision that Could Ignite a Powder Keg

November 19, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Across the nation tension grows as Ferguson, Missouri and black communities across the United States await a Grand Jury decision that might ignite a powder keg.  The grand jury will decide whether to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year old African-American Michael Brown.  Any community with […]

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Veterans Have Earned Access to Quality Health Care. Do Your Part to Speed Up VA Wait Time

November 19, 2014

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Rodney Cress, Veteran Advocate ♦ A special note from Rodney Cress: VETERAN ALERT: Do you part to speed up VA wait time. I was contacted today by Jonathan Felts, former Sr. advisor to Gov. McCrory, advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, and politicial director under President George W. Bush. With his efforts and yours, enough letters […]

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Salisbury City Council Wisely Nixes Paying for Frivolous Green Dome and Sends Only $656,000 toward the Central Office Project

November 18, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury City Council wisely voted to reject paying for the frivolous green metal dome ($341,000) for the Central Office at 500 N. Main and instead granted $656,000 ($500,000 in Cash and $156,000 in-kind services) toward the Central Office Project. The Rowan-Salisbury School Board will still require funding for the Central Offices parking lots, sidewalks, and storm drains.  The project will do well without the […]

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David Lucas Dyson, 24, of Salisbury, N.C. Arrested for Spitting on a Police Officer and Grabbing an Officer’s Tazer

November 18, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ David Lucas Dyson, 24, of the 100 block of Ashley Drive in Salisbury, N.C. was charged with misdemeanor assault on a government official, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony malicious conduct by a prisoner when a spat on a police officer and grabbed at another officer’s Taser.  The incident occurred Monday at […]

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Woman Battles for Her Life in Nightmarish Kidnap Attempt on South Main Street in Salisbury, N.C.

November 18, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Saturday Afternoon around 2 p.m. a woman, walking alone on South Main Street near Heilig Avenue, suddenly found herself locked in mortal combat during a fearsome kidnap attempt. As the woman strolled along the street she heard someone calling her over to his vehicle. The vehicle started following her. She ignored the voice […]

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“Planned Shrinkage”: A Covert Way Cities Cleanse Undesirable Neighborhoods and Speed Gentrification

November 18, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ “During the Westward Expansion Native Americans were driven off their lands and their hunting grounds decimated by the government in league with vested interests.   150 years later the government and vested interests are still at it.  Now they possess the accelerated  ability to mask what’s being done.  In municipal playbooks they’re calling it “planned shrinkage”.   […]

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Two Wannabe Thieves Scram During Confrontation at M & L Mini Stop in Salisbury, N.C. Saturday

November 18, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ A pair of wannabe thieves breezed into M & L Mini Stop about 2 p.m. Saturday located on 1126 N. Main Street in Salisbury. Carrying a backpack, the pair immediately drew the cashier’s suspicions. Described as thin black male teenagers, both about 5’4, wearing black hoodies and obscuring their faces with white scarves, the duo were noticed […]

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Video: The Rowan County Commission Meeting on Monday November 17th at 6 P.M. Summit Retail Approved 5 to 0

November 17, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: The  Rowan County Commission Meeting on Monday November 17th at 6 P.M:

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Woodleaf Home Completely Destroyed by Fire on Cool Springs Road Monday Afternoon. Fire under Investigation

November 17, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ A Woodleaf home was completely destroyed by a blaze on 10100 block of Cool Springs Road around 3 p.m. Monday. The Fire started in the one-story home’s attic and quickly engulfed the structure, sending smoke billowing into the air. No injuries were reported. The house was a complete loss. Red Cross responders […]

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MISSING PERSON: Elisha Maurice Walker, 20, from Salisbury, N.C. Missing Since October 23rd

November 17, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing person: Elisha Maurice Walker, 20, from Salisbury who has been missing since October 23rd. Mr. Walker was reported missing by his mother.  Family and friends say he usually keeps in close contact with them through Facebook, phone calls, and texting.  It is highly […]

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Video: Concerned Parents Battling Porn Gateways on School System Computers

November 17, 2014

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Enough.org ♦ Video: Concerned Parents Battle Porn Gateways on School System Computers.  A universal problem in all school systems employing digital technology.  Is your school system doing enough?  Likely not.

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Rowan-Salisbury School Board Requesting $1,023,227 from Salisbury for Central Office’s Dome, Parking Lot, and Other Expenses

November 17, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan Salisbury School Board will request $1,023,277 from Salisbury’s City Council at Tuesday’s 4 p.m. meeting to help defray costs for the Central Office project at 500 N. Main Street in Salisbury. Funding is being requested for the Central Office dome installation ($341,115), parking lots ($368,915), stormwater drainage ($236,315), sidewalks ($44,382), wastewater taps ($15,000), […]

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Will Salisbury, N.C.’s Number One Retailer Walmart Be Hit with “Black Friday” Protests?

November 16, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦  Will Salisbury’s number one retailer Walmart Super Center be hit by “Black Friday” protests planned by a group of Walmart employees who hope to disrupt some 1,600 Walmart stores across the United States on the largest shopping day of the year?  The protest group, mostly centered in Western states, hopes to draw attention […]

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The Slammer: One of the Fastest Growing Print Newspapers in the U.S.A.

November 16, 2014

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“The Slammer is kicking the Post’s butt out here in the county.”  A Rockwell convenience store clerk Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ In many convenience stores in Rowan County the largest seller of print news is a tabloid called “the Slammer”.  One of the fastest growing print newspapers in the United States makes its living on regionally printed mugshots.  Every week […]

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Rowan-Salisbury Schools Pays Out $105,000 Settlement for Erwin Middle School Student’s Sexual Assault

November 15, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan-Salisbury School System paid out a $105,000 settlement for an Erwin Middle School male student who was sexually assaulted by classmates during a “Sound of the Sea” overnight field trip taking place in October of 2010. The assault took place at the Trinity Center in Cartaret County, N.C. when the boys eighth […]

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Video: The Nut Drivers Looming Large on the Salisbury and North Carolina Music Scene

November 15, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: The Nut Drivers Looming Large on the Salisbury and North Carolina Music Scene:

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Walter Pete Horton, Jr., 60, was Arrested Thursday for Heroin Trafficking in Salisbury, N.C.

November 15, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Walter Pete Horton, Jr., 60, residing in 100 block of Chestnut Street in Salisbury, N.C., was served 10 warrants and was arrested by Salisbury Police Thursday on multiple charges of heroin trafficking. Horton, held on a $5,000 bond, is now in the Rowan County Detention. http://rowanfreepress.com/2014/07/17/king-heroin-number-1-in-salisbury-n-c-s-out-of-control-hard-drug-scene-meth-places-2nd/ http://rowanfreepress.com/2014/03/24/video-smoking-heroin-and-oxycotin-hillbilly-heroin-an-epidemic-in-salisbury-and-rowan-n-c/ **This article will be updated as more information becomes […]

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“Just the Thing” is Closing After an 8 year Run on Struggling Main Street in Salisbury, N.C.

November 14, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ “Just the Thing”, an educational toy store on North Main Street in Salisbury, N.C., is closing after moving its inventory out of the Literary Bookpost at the start of the week.  After opening on North Main Street, the owner moved into the Literary Bookpost a year ago to share expenses, but that did not […]

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The Incoming Rowan-Salisbury School Board Has Plenty of Time to Examine the Proposed Central Office at 500 N. Main

November 14, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ It appears the incoming Rowan-Salisbury School Board has plenty of time to study the proposed Central Office at 500 N. Main and make any required adjustments to it, scuttle it, or permit it to go to forward.  It seems not to be a done deal due to some apparent missing pieces. Keep in mind the NC Local Government […]

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Updated: Speculative Industrial Buildings for Manufacturing: “Build It and They Will Come” High-Risk Gambles

November 14, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ A popular game played in economically struggling and desperate parts of the United States is squandering taxpayer money on speculative industrial buildings for manufacturing. We’re not talking about “flex” buildings for distribution centers and warehousing where interior walls can be adjusted for floor space requirements–-they are less of a gamble unless […]

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WANTED: Rowan County “Deadbeat Dads”! Rowan County Sheriff’s Office New Child Support Website

November 13, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦  The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office recently put up a new child support website to assist in rounding up fathers and mothers who are not supporting their children.  Visit it and check out the mug shots:

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Eric Hillard, the Accused Jake the Dog Shooter, Has Probable Cause Hearing Postponed until December 17th

November 13, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Wednesday’s probable cause hearing for Eric Hillard a man accused of shooting “Jake” the dog paralyzed by the brutal incident was postponed until December 17th.  According to the District Attorney’s Office it had not had a chance to meet with the defense attorney in the case. Jake’s owners the Hausmanns and animal rights activists across North […]

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Updated: Suspicious “Multiple Points of Origin” Fire Being Investigated on the 1300 block of Standish Street in Salisbury, N.C.

November 13, 2014

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RFP Staff UPDATE: Salisbury Police investigators are now calling the Standish Street fire an arson. ♦ According to Salisbury Fire Department and Salisbury Police Department sources, a suspicious “multiple points of origin” fire is being investigated on the 1300 block of Standish Street in Salisbury, N.C.  The Salisbury Fire Department, the Spencer Fire Department, and Granite Quarry Fire […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Holiday Shopping Season in Salisbury, N.C. Calls for Increased Vigilance. Be Alert and Be Armed

November 13, 2014

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Rabbi Will McCubbins, China Grove, N.C. ♦ Look Salisbury, N.C. is not the city it once was.  In fact it is a far cry from what it was a decade ago.  The city has fallen on hard times and all neighborhoods report spiraling out-of-control crime.  Hardly a day goes by without a robbery, a break-in, […]

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Eric Hillard, 47, Could Face the Full Force of “Susie’s Law” for Brutally Shooting a Dog in Faith N.C.

November 12, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Last October, Eric Hillard, 47, was charged with cruelty to animals.  The Granite Quarry-Faith Police say Hillard shot “Jake” a dog who belonged to Karen and Carl Haussman.  “Jake” survived the February shooting which left the pet paralyzed and requiring constant care from the family.  Area animal rights activists are livid with the […]

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Gunman Robs BP Rushco at W. Innes and Statesville Boulevard in Salisbury, N.C. on Tuesday

November 12, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ A black male gunman, wearing a black park and black  hoodie, stuck up the BP Rushco convenience store at 1901 W. Innes near Statesville Blvd and the Walgreens in Salisbury after 8 p.m. on Tuesday.  The gunman jumped the counter and pressed his face against the female clerk’s face as he held an automatic to her head.  The clerk […]

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Updated: Outrun the Salisbury, N.C. Housing Stampede. Sell Your House FAST!

November 12, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ With thousands of homes on the market in Salisbury, N.C., a tsunami of vacant and abandoned houses, foreclosures on sheriff sale–unloading a house in Salisbury, N.C. is rough go in the overstocked housing market as more and more folks seek greener pastures elsewhere.  On the positive side Salisbury is a buyer’s market where falling housing […]

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Police Discover 2 Unconscious Men in a Vehicle in Downtown Salisbury, N.C. Police Seize .38 Special from One

November 12, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police discovered Denerio Robinson, Sr., 30, of Salisbury and Demario O’Bryan Bost, 26, of the 400 block of Henderson St. in East Spencer passed out in a Honda on the 100 block of East Innes around 11 p.m. Saturday night. When police arrived on the scene, they found both men unconscious […]

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Man Shoots from Passing Car Widow Near “Benchwarmers” in Downtown Salisbury, N.C. Saturday

November 11, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police caught up with Jaquan Kamai Morris, 24, allegedly after he fired shots from the rolled down window of a Nissan Altima as it passed by “Benchwarmers Bar” on Brick Street in downtown Salisbury. Soon after blazing away with his 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, Morris was arrested and charged with of going armed to the terror of the […]

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Fine Dinning at 500 North Main

November 11, 2014

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Wallace Land Swap with the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Continues to Raise Questions. The Wallace AGREEMENT with RSSS

November 11, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Why was the land swap hidden from the public view? Who benefits from this “swap” and how? Why is the N. Ellis Street property coveted? Does it have some hidden value? Does the school system come out on the losing end on this swap in someway? Why wasn’t the “owner” of the […]

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The Siege of Bastogne: Forgotten Battles of WWII

November 11, 2014

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Rodney Cress ♦ The Siege of Bastogne lasted from December 20-27, 1944 between the forces of the American and German armies as part of the Battle of the Bulge. Generals McAuliffe and Middleton both felt Bastogne was necessary because of the seven roads leading into Bastogne would also lead west where Allied troops could regroup. […]

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Pipe Bomb Found at Southeast Middle School Friday in Rowan County, N.C. Bomb Squad Called

November 10, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office was alerted Friday when a suspicious package containing a pipe bomb was found at Southeast Middle School at 1570 Peeler Road. A pair of 13-year olds, who were since suspended, constructed the bomb which was removed from the school premises by the Cabarrus Bomb Squad. A school resource […]

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