Rowan County Commission Special Meeting: Budget Work Session on Thursday May 28th at 9 A.M.

May 28, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Commission Special Meeting: Budget Work Session on Thursday May 28th at 9 A.M.

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Two Alleged Play-for-Pay Backseat Juliets Busted in Separate Incidents in Salisbury, N.C.

May 28, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Its that time of the year when play-for-pay women, some with few remaining teeth, strut their stuff to pay for crack and meth in the Bury.  Johns tool slowly along Long Street hunting for some back lot action out of the prying eyes of street lights.  On Wednesday the Salisbury Police showed up in unmarked […]

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The Maxwell Chambers “Block” about to be Purchased by a Consortium of Salisbury “Who’s Who” Nonprofits?

May 28, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Over the past week it was brought to our attention that the block currently owned by the Maxwell Chambers Trust, bounded by West Fisher, South Church, West Innes and South Jackson Streets, is about to be purchased by a consortium of Salisbury “Who’s Who” nonprofits.  In a move reminiscent of the 2007 Empire Hotel “purchase”, […]

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Information Sought for the Unsolved Murders of Steven Omario Rosario and Kijuan Dishad Lamont Sweat

May 28, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Information is being sought for the unsolved murders of Steven Omario Rosario in Salisbury, N.C. and Kijuan Dishad Lamont Sweat in East Spencer, N.C.   Anyone with information about the killers is urged to call the Salisbury Police at (704)-638-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245. Previous articles about the murders: http://rowanfreepress.com/2015/05/21/a-man-shot-in-east-spencer-dies-at-novant-health-rowan-medical-center-in-salisbury-n-c-a-4-year-old-child-wounded/ http://rowanfreepress.com/2015/05/18/murder-on-south-fulton-street-near-harrison-street-this-morning-in-salisbury-n-c/ The Late Steven […]

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Video: Rowan County Commissioners “Special Meeting” on Monday May 27th at 6 P.M. No Action on Prayer Issue!

May 27, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commissioners “Special Meeting” on Monday May 27th at 6 P.M.  Commissioners Go into Closed Session for 4 Hours and Adjourn without Taking Action on the Prayer Issue. According to Commissioner Mike Caskey, tonight was the first time all 5 commissioners got to together to discuss this issue as a […]

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Vandals Strike Again in Salisbury, N.C. Gerry Wood Kia, on Jake Alexander, Has Over 50 New Vehicles Badly “Keyed”

May 27, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦  With Salisbury undergoing a wave of significant vandalism with windows being rocked and buildings suffering graffiti attacks,  sometime over the weekend Gerry Wood Kia, one of the city’s leading dealerships at 325 S. Jake Alexander had over 50 of its new Kia vehicles “keyed”.  Its believed this weekend’s keying may be worst ever perpetrated on an […]

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Charter Communications to Merge with Time Warner Cable and Acquire Bright House Networks

May 26, 2015

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TWCCableUntangled.com/TWC News //CEDMagazine.com/Brian Santo ♦ Charter Communications to Merge with Time Warner Cable and Acquire Bright House Networks:

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Slide the City: The Next Sleepy Hollow Fiasco for the Downtown Merchants?

May 26, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ The “Slide in the City”, promoted by Downtown Salisbury Inc. is coming to Main Street in Downtown Salisbury, N.C. on August 29th. The “Slide the City” is giving endless flashbacks to the Downtown merchants who recall when the Sleepy Hollow film crews “iced” local business by shutting down the streets.  Retailers and eateries were hung up on the […]

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Video: Citizen Kenny Hardin Speaks about Chief Collins and the Salisbury Police’s Recurring Challenges with the Communities

May 25, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Kenny Hardin Speaking before City Council about Chief Rory Collins and the Salisbury Police Recurring Challenges with the City’s Communities:

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Historical Questions about Salisbury, N.C.’s “Great Train Robbery of April 29th 2012″

May 25, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Frequently the Rowan Free Press receives email inquiries from historical buffs interested in train robberies and the plain curious about Salisbury’s “Great Train Robbery of April 29th 2012″.  Most questions about the Salisbury Train Robbery fall into the following categories: • Where can I find the Rowan Free Press story about […]

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Christopher Evandol Evans, on the Lam from Justice for an Alleged Armed Robbery in Salisbury, N.C., Captured Saturday

May 24, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Christopher Evandol Edwards Evans, 24, of 500 West McCubbins Street in Salisbury, on the lam from justice for an armed robbery and other crimes, was captured Saturday in Salisbury. On April 30th Evans allegedly stuck-up Gregory Lee Crawford and Matthew Alan Moore with semi-automatic handgun and robbed them of $425 and a 16 ounces of reefer.  Allegedly Evans threated to  kill the pair if they “didn’t […]

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N.C. House Bill 595 Eases the Transition for Military Police into North Carolina Law Enforcement

May 24, 2015

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Rodney Cress, Veteran Advocate ♦ Thanks to all the North Carolina Senators and Representatives who worked hard to pass this bill allowing former military police an easier path to become NC law officers. A Letter from State Senator Tom McGinnis about the bill:

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N.C. School Performance Grade Scale Signed by the Governor

May 24, 2015

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Press Release ♦ Raleigh, NC – A bill allowing North Carolina public schools to continue receiving A-F school performance grades based on a 15-point scale was signed into law this past week. House Bill 358 will provide a consistent benchmark for student achievement for state schools. Sen. Tom McInnis (R-Richmond) sponsored an identical bill in […]

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Four Arrested and Charged Friday in Rockwell, N.C. Multiple One-Pot “Shake and Bake” Meth Case

May 23, 2015

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RFP  Staff ♦ On Friday morning Michael Ray Logan, 56, of Rockwell, Danny Lee Logan, 37, of Rockwell, Gary Lee Kelly, 24, of Granite Quarry, and Brittany Leanne Kelly, 22, of Granite Quarry were arrested and charged in the Rockwell Multiple One-Pot Shake and Bake Meth Case. Michael Ray Logan, Sr. of the 1400 block […]

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Patrick LeWayne Evans, 23, of Salisbury, N.C. Allegedly Arrested for Probation Violation and Multiple Drug Offenses

May 23, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Patrick LeWayne Evans, aka LaWayne 23, of the 500 block of W. McCubbins Street in Salisbury, was arrested May 21st by the Salisbury Police after the probation office searched Evan’s car and residence and found him in possession of MDMA, over an ounce of Marijuana, a scale, a .22 Caliber rifle, a large box […]

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Rep. Harry Warren’s Newsletter–House Budget Issue

May 23, 2015

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Rep. Harry Warren (District 77), (919) 733-5784, Harry.Warren@ncleg.net ♦ Hello Friends! Today is Friday, May 22, 2015. The North Carolina House adjourned at 1:18 a.m. this morning, after completing the consideration of eight or so amendments to the House budget proposal and casting the third and final vote for the House budget proposal. The final […]

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Art Form or Communication: Salisbury, N.C.’s Gang Tag Graffiti Found Throughout the City

May 22, 2015

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PoliceMag.com/El Gato Negro (photographer) ♦ Salisbury, N.C., well known for its gang life and violent crime, appears here in a photographic study of its most noted folk art form Gang Graffiti: All of the Graffiti posted here is vintage Salisbury, N.C. gang tag style graffiti photographed Downtown, around Salisbury High, and in several Salisbury communities. This form […]

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Sheriff’s Office Deputies Bust a Multiple One-Pot Meth Lab Operation in Rockwell, N.C.

May 22, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ In the never ending battle with the meth epidemic in Rowan County and Salisbury, N.C., Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies uncovered a 10 one-pot “shake and bake” meth lab operation and 2 chlorine gas generators in trailer home on the 1400 block of Canon Street in Rockwell. Late Tuesday deputies showed up […]

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Photo Journey: Remembering the Late Steven Omario Rosario

May 21, 2015

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Living Real with Boom ♦ Photo Journey: Remembering the Late Steven Omario Rosario. “Be Strong” “Chillin'” “Soldier things” “Boom” “Hey” “I am with you always.”

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A Man Shot in East Spencer, Dies at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury, N.C. A 4-Year Old Child Wounded

May 21, 2015

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RFP Staff **This story is being continuously updated as more information arrives.** ♦ Just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday Kijuan Dishad Lamont Sweat, 22, of East Spencer, N.C. was shot at West Cauble Place, an apartment complex on the 800 block of South Long Street in East Spencer and later died at the Novant Health Rowan Regional […]

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Proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 to the Rowan County Board of Commissioners

May 21, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 to the Rowan County Board of Commissioners:

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Matthew Darrell “Twiggy” Curtner of Salisbury, N.C. Gets from 21 to 30 Years for Sex Crimes with Children and Dogs

May 20, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Matthew Darrell “Twiggy” Curtner, 32, of Salisbury is behind bars tonight in Raleigh’s Central Prison facing between 21 years (252 months) to a maximum of 30.25 years (363 months) after being convicted of sex crimes with children and dogs. Last week in Rowan County Superior Court, Judge Vance Bradford Long handed down Curtner’s sentence which includes […]

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Mayor Woodson of Salisbury, N.C., the Acknowledged Gay Mecca of North Carolina, Lamely Danced Around a Gay Pride Proclamation

May 20, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Yesterday I watched the city hall’s website stream the City Council meeting.  Paul Woodson, the “current” Mayor of Salisbury, the acknowledged Gay Mecca of North Carolina, lamely dance around a Gay Pride proclamation with his habitual side-step of “being too controversial”.  On top of that he gave his all too familiar excuse to avoid taking action “I’ll take […]

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The House Historic Preservation Tax Credit Bill Appears All, but “Dead” in the State Senate

May 20, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ It’s looking grim for the House’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit Bill receiving any interest in the N.C. Senate.  Not even threats to forgo signing the budget by Pat McCrory did anything to advance the bill. Its only affect appears to have made the Senators to dig their heels against this example of cronyism and taxpayer waste.  The Historic […]

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N.C. Mobile Justice–Free Smartphone App to Hold Law Enforcement Agencies Accountable

May 20, 2015

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All-Seeing-Eye ♦ According to the N.C. ACLU, civilians have the right to video law enforcement. The N.C. ALCU is offering a free N.C. Mobile Justice App to “empower individuals to hold North Carolina law enforcement agencies accountable for their actions.”  A detailed description of the N.C. Mobile Justice App:

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Why are Working Class People of All Colors Packing Up and Scooting Out the Bury?

May 19, 2015

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I-85 Visions ♦ Why are Working Class People of All Colors Packing Up and Scooting Out the Bury?  Under Siege from Break-ins, Gangs, Killings, D- Schools, Pandemic King Heroin, Meth, and Crack, Tanked Water and Sewer Funds, Soaring Poverty, Vandalism Gone Wild, City Hall Cover-Ups, Call the Federales on Your Way Out and Don’t Look Back! 

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Moody’s Finds Salisbury No Better, No Worse Since the 2014 Bond Rating Downgrade. Stabilized in Mediocrity

May 19, 2015

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Moodys.com/research ♦ New York, April 03, 2015 — Moody’s Investors Service affirms the City of Salisbury’s (NC) General Obligation bond rating of A3 affecting $1.9 million of outstanding parity obligations. Additionally, Moody’s affirms the city’s Certificates of Participation (COP) and Bank Certificates rating of Baa3 with parity debt obligations totaling $33.8 million. Lastly, Moody’s affirmed […]

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Monday May 18th at 6 P.M. in Salisbury, N.C.

May 18, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Monday May 18th at 6 P.M. in Salisbury, N.C.:

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Murder on South Fulton Street near Harrison Street this Morning in Salisbury, N.C.

May 18, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ A full scale homicide investigation was launched this morning at 1006 S. Fulton Street near Harrison Street in Salisbury, N.C.  Yellow crime scene tape stretched across the front of the red brick apartment duplex.  Investigators on the scene questioned neighbors and gathered evidence. The victim was identified as Steven Omario Rosario, 18, who was […]

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The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office “Cold Case” Files

May 18, 2015

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Rowan County Sheriff’s Office ♦ Rowan County, N.C.’s unsolved murders with all the known facts and photographs going back several decades. The Sheriff’s Office “Cold Case” files:

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Ain’t Coming Back to Salisbury, N.C. until They Find a Cure for the Common Bullet

May 17, 2015

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Moving Day ♦ Ain’t Coming Back to Salisbury, N.C. until They Find a Cure for the Common Bullet:

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Someone Asked Me Why I “Hated” Downtown Salisbury, N.C. The Reality is I Don’t “Hate” Downtown Salisbury

May 17, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Someone recently asked me why I “hated” Downtown Salisbury.  I don’t hate Downtown Salisbury.  Hate really isn’t a part of my emotional makeup.  How I think and feel about Downtown Salisbury is as follows: When I lived in Salisbury from 2008 to 2014 I seldom if ever shopped for anything in Downtown […]

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Free Coffee, Doughnuts, and Veteran Fellowship at the Frontier Coffee Shoppe Every Tuesday at Thelma’s at the West End Plaza

May 17, 2015

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Public Announcement ♦ Free coffee, doughnuts, and veteran fellowship at the Frontier Coffee Shoppe every Tuesday from 0900 to 1100 hours in Thelma’s Down Home Restaurant  located at the West End Plaza in Salisbury, N.C.  Thelma Lucky has set aside a corner of her restaurant for veterans to meet, eat, and greet.            

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As Crime Ramps Up In Salisbury, N.C., Tips Go Down. Pizza Hut Driver Bipped for Wings, Pizza, and Cash by Hungry Robbers

May 16, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦  Its getting rough out there in the Bury for food delivery drivers and the people who cabbie at night.  Never know when your number will get punched by some tip beating desperados. Sticking up food delivery persons is a much easier score in Salisbury than home break-ins where the homeowner may have left an […]

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Kayla Leigh Brown of Salisbury, N.C. Busted in Rowan for an Alleged Iredell Armed Robbery

May 16, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Kayla Leigh Brown, 28, with addresses in Salisbury and Hickory, was arrested Tuesday on the 7600 block of Jones Road in Rowan County for allegedly participating in a May 7th armed robbery of an Iredell County man.  Both Brown and Candace Lee Reid, 32, also of Salisbury, allegedly stuck up a man and relieved him of a wallet, prescription pills, […]

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City of Salisbury Rearranges Lounge Chairs on the Deck of the Titanic‏! Magic Math John Sofley Tasked with Fibrant Finances

May 15, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦  “You Breakka–You Fixxa.”  Sicilian Proverb City of Salisbury Rearranges Lounge Chairs on the Deck of the Titanic‏!  Magic Math John Sofley Tasked Now with Fibrant Finances and to Make the Enterprise Fund More Solvent.

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Salisbury City Manager Announces Management Appointments

May 15, 2015

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Press Release ♦ Salisbury, North Carolina May 15 – City Manager Lane Bailey announced this morning he has promoted Rodney Harrison to Transit Director. Harrison has been with the City since 1996 and has served as Transit Manager since 2010. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Troy University and an undergraduate degree from […]

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How Does Salisbury, N.C. Grade on the “Alternatives and Opportunities Test for Keeping Young People Out of Gangs”?

May 14, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦  “If the children aren’t initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth.” African Proverb The first time I heard about gangs and finding valuable alternatives to them was in the very early 50’s.  As an 8-year old boy I recall sitting at the top of the […]

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Donald Ray Morgan, ISIS Disciple and Islamic Center of Salisbury, N.C. Founder, Pleaded Guilty and Gets 20 years and 3 Months

May 13, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor **Being updated from earlier this morning with new information.** ♦ Donald Ray Morgan, 44, ISIS Disciple, Founder of the Islamic Center of Salisbury near Salisbury High School, a former Sheriff’s deputy, and who once shot up Las Palmas Restaurant in Salisbury, pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Winston-Salem and today Judge Thomas Schroeder […]

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Tiny House Movement: Potential Homegrown Economic Development for Impoverished Salisbury, N.C. and Rowan County

May 13, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Rowan County and especially its county seat Salisbury are struggling with major poverty.  When I first opened Salisbury’s eyes to the “Wall Street 24/7″ story on Salisbury’s 5th ranked 28% soaring poverty (now 25% poverty according to the U.S. Census Bureau), I heard from Salisbury’s deniers: “Oh he’s just making this up–he’s a Salisbury hater”.  Same […]

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

May 13, 2015

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

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Is Ferguson, MO Safer than Salisbury, N.C. the 9th Ranked Most Dangerous City in North Carolina?

May 13, 2015

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AreaVibes.com ♦  Ferguson, MO, according to AreaVibes.com, is safer than Salisbury, N.C. the 9th Ranked Most Dangerous City in North Carolina.  Check out AreaVibes.com safety comparison between Ferguson, MO and Salisbury, N.C.:

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Brian Tracy “Buck Nakkid” Carroll Back in the Clink Again for Allegedly Beating a $34 Cab Fare from Salisbury, N.C.

May 12, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Brian Tracy Carroll, 45, of 3130 Lentz Road and Rowan County’s promoter of one-man nudist colonies, is back in the Rowan County Detention Center. Allegedly Carroll stiffed a cabdriver on a $34 dollar fare from  Salisbury, N.C. to his solo nudist lair out in Rowan County on May 10th.  Only last week Carroll […]

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Alcoa Defeats Governor McCrory and the State of North Carolina’s Attempt to Grab Alcoa’s Land for the So-Called “Common Good”

May 12, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ It’s official.  The Yadkin River along with relevant portions covered by the Alcoa dams were ruled “not navigable at statehood”.  Governor McCrory and the State of North Carolina attempt to expropriate the dams and lay claim to the land beneath the former riverbeds is “dead on arrival”.  No government land grab can be done […]

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A Pair of Bumbling Robbers in Salisbury, N.C. Allegedly Stuck Up a Man at the Citgo on Jake and Get Busted by a Waffle House Cop

May 11, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦  We don’t mean to be critical of criminal life in the Bury, but it appears two alleged robbers “dropped the ball” at the Citgo station at 939 Jake Alexander Blvd at 4 a.m. Sunday. Malik Jaquon Thompson, 18, of Fawn Creek Road and his pal Guye Khan Hunt, 21, of North Lee Street, both from Salisbury, appeared not […]

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Facebook Fight Video Arrests, the South Rowan High Lockdown, and Alleged Threats to “Shoot Up the Place”

May 10, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ The most credible source of information on the South Rowan High School lockdown, the Facebook fight video arrests, and the alleged threats “to shoot up the place” posted on Facebook is the Facebook page of the Landis Police Department, Landis, N.C.  Here Captain Hosey, of the Landis Police Department, posted both commentary and excellent video reports […]

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Eugene William Black, Jr. of Salisbury, N.C. Busted for the Alleged Possession of Stolen .45 Haskell Automatic.

May 8, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ On Thursday afternoon the Salisbury Police looking to serve a warrant on another suspect, smelled the tell-tale aroma of “reefer” drifting through a Green Street backyard. As luck would have it, they found Eugene William Black, Jr., 21, of East Fisher Street in Salisbury and a male associate instead. After a quick check of Black’s […]

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Robert Henry Fink, Jr., a Wheelchair Bound Man, was Arrested for Alleged Kiddie Porn Wednesday in Rowan County

May 7, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Robert Henry Fink, Jr. a disabled man living on Stokes Ferry Road in Rowan County was arrested Wednesday by Rowan Sheriff’s Office deputies after an investigation conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). The SBI tracked Fink’s IP and home address on his computer which later led to the computer’s seizure. Images located on […]

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Forum Fitness Center, in Salisbury, N.C., Badly Vandalized by Gang Tags. Vandalism on the Rise in the Bury

May 7, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ With warmer weather arriving, the uptick in seasonal vandalism is already taking its toll on the troubled city of Salisbury, N.C.  Recently the city’s most popular gym The Forum Fitness Center at 2318 South Main Street had its attractive exterior vandalized by gang taggers.  Over a week ago four downtown Salisbury businesses had their windows “rocked” running up their […]

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