Happy July 4th from the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

July 4, 2015

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From Youtube ♦ Happy July 4th from the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

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The Rowan County Commission Meets Monday July 6th at 3 P.M.

July 4, 2015

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County Commissioners

The Rowan County Commission Meets Monday July 6th at 3 P.M at the Rowan County Administration Building at 130 West Innes Street, Salisbury, N.C. ROWAN COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA Call to Order Invocation • Provided By: Chaplain Michael Taylor Pledge of Allegiance Consider Additions to the Agenda Consider Deletions From the Agenda Consider Approval of the […]

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From the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War: Our Position on the Confederate Battle Flag

July 3, 2015

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Press Release (ATLANTA – July 3, 2015)    In 2000, the annual national Encampment of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War passed the below resolution regarding their position on the Confederate Battle Flag.  These men are the descendants of those Union soldiers who fought on the opposite side of the field from […]

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AT&T and DirecTV Merger Gets Thumbs Up from U.S. Department of Justice

July 3, 2015

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CEDMagazine.com/Ben Munson ♦  AT&T & DirecTV Merger Gets Thumbs Up from U.S. Department of Justice:

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Are the Latest Changes in the Salisbury, N.C.’s “Permitting” Process for Public Demonstrations a “Call” for Civil Disobedience?

July 3, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Yesterday the Rowan Free Press learned of yet another rules change in the permitting process for public demonstrations in Salisbury, N.C.  Word out now is that Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins says there are new rules for public demonstrations in Salisbury. The latest guidelines target the Confederate Monument on West Innes Street and […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Home Sweet Home Study–Hardware Retailing Magazine

July 3, 2015

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Letter

Thad Whicker, Cozart Lumber, Rockwell, N.C. ♦ I’m a Rowan Free Press email subscriber and have enjoyed reading your articles for some time. I’ve read your past articles on local business and big national chains. The article I have attached for your reading is informative and thought you may have an interest in reading. This […]

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Misty Dawn Bates and Belinda Johnston Perez, “Dollar General Dollies”, Allegedly Collared with Stolen Goods In Granite Quarry

July 2, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Misty Dawn Bates, 41, of Lexington, N.C. and Belinda Johnston Perez, 39, of Asheboro, N.C., allegedly on a whirlwind shoplifting spree, were arrested by Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies. Driving a Ford Mustang convertible packed with approximately 170 items, our budget-minded “Thelma and Louise” were collared in a Dollar General Store parking lot Wednesday.  Found […]

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Video: Robot Pounces on German Factory Worker and Kills Him. AI Crosses Dangerous Threshold

July 2, 2015

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YouTube/Fredrich Sturm ♦  Video: Robot Pounces on German Factory Worker and Kills Him.  AI Crosses Dangerous Threshold

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Dialogue, Battle Flags, and Iconic Monuments. Do We Get Rid of the Symbols? Or Do We Change Our “Interior Landscape”?

July 2, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ “Men are not disturbed by things, but by the views which they take of them.” Epictetus The battle flags and monuments dedicated to the Southern Civil War fallen have become a national conversation.  What may be needed, after mourning for the 9 AME Church massacre victims, is a dialogue between individuals who hold […]

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Stephen Gilmore Receives the First Student Courage Award at Tuesday’s Rowan-Salisbury School’s Board of Education Meeting

July 1, 2015

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Kenneth Hardin, Salisbury ♦ Nearly 50 people came out Tuesday afternoon and filled every available seat during the Rowan-Salisbury School Board’s Meeting. They were there to support Stephen Gilmore receiving the first Student Courage Award. The aged building itself seemed pleased with the number of attendees because as people walked back and forth, the floor boards […]

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Updated: Arson at 500 N. Clay Street in Salisbury, N.C. Wednesday Morning. Flames Roar through Structure’s Roof

July 1, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦  In a fire now being declared an arson, a vacant house on 500 North Clay Street and Liberty in Salisbury, N.C. was badly damaged by a blaze on Wednesday morning. The fire was started on the back porch and deck area by an arsonist. Witnesses at the scene told us flames tore through the roof […]

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Rowan County Sheriff’s Office MOST WANTED LIST

July 1, 2015

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

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Dashon Kyle Johnson Shot Multiple Times in a Salisbury, N.C. Food Lion Parking Lot Drive-by Saturday

June 30, 2015

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Dashon Kyle Johnson

RFP Staff ♦ On Saturday Dashon Kyle Johnson, 35, of Salisbury was shot multiple times in a Food Lion parking lot near Mahaley Avenue in what sources describe as a “drive-by”. The shooting occurred around 2:45 a.m. after Johnson was dropped off from a party.  A shooter, in a yet to be identified white vehicle, drove […]

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Downtown Salisbury Nonprofits Snub the Maxwell Chambers Trust Deal for the 200 Block of West Innes

June 30, 2015

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Maxwell Chambers Block for a Park

RFP Staff ♦ Sources informed the Rowan Free Press that a consortium of major Downtown Salisbury nonprofits concluded that the Maxwell Chambers Trust demanded almost twice the price they were willing to pay for the property bounded by West Fisher, South Church, West Innes and South Jackson Streets.  Sources allege the Maxwell Chambers Trust’s $3 Million Dollar price tag […]

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Shacory Avery Brown, Alleged Salisbury, N.C. Boarding House Shooter and Sex Offender, Arrested June 16th in Davidson County

June 30, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ On the Sheriff’s Office “Most Wanted List” since April, Shacory Avery Brown, 28, sought as the suspected boarding house shooter of Inwar Juvon Griffin and for failing to register as a sex offender in Rowan County, was arrested by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office on June 16th.  He remains in the Davidson County […]

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Videos: Sunday’s Confederate Monument Protest Sparks Counter-Protest at Long Street and East Innes in Salisbury, N.C.

June 29, 2015

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Long Street Protest in Salisbury NC

YouTube/1st video–Dionte Tillman, videographer/2nd video–Thomas MainEvent Takeoff, videographer ♦ Videos: Sunday’s Confederate Monument Protest Sparks Counter-Protest at Long Street and East Innes in Salisbury, N.C.   Salisbury Police Shut It Down for Lack of a Permit:

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Confederate Monument Protest Sparks Counter Black Power Protest at Long Street and East Innes in Salisbury, N.C.

June 29, 2015

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Black Power Signs

RFP Staff ♦ On Sunday afternoon tempers were heating up in Salisbury when word got out in the black community about the Confederate flag wavers and protest down at the Confederate Monument on West Innes and Church Street.  Later in the afternoon crowds of young people created a counter-protest at the intersection of Long Street and East […]

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Video: Dee Dee Wright Speaks Out as Protestors Ring the Confederate Monument in Salisbury, N.C.

June 28, 2015

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Protesters at Confederate Monument

RFP Staff/Pastor Anthony Smith, Photographer/William Peoples, Videographer ♦ Anger boiled up yesterday in Salisbury, North Carolina as 2 dozen Confederate flag waving protestors ringed the Confederate Monument at Innes Street and Church.  In the video Dee Dee Wright a West End activist and sometimes critic of City Hall, expresses her anger about the protestors.  Dee […]

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Family Verbally Assaults Morning Churchgoers at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury, N.C. “You’re Going to Hell!”

June 28, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ In a scene reminiscent of the late Pastor Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church confrontations, a white couple and the 3 children accompanying them stood in front of Saint John’s Lutheran Church at 200 West Innes in Salisbury and verbally assaulted Sunday morning churchgoers, calling out: “Repent or you’re going to Hell!”  The couple’s 3 children, […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about North Carolina Election Law

June 28, 2015

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N.C. Board of Elections ♦ Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about North Carolina Election Law:

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Voter Fraud is a Fact of Life

June 28, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦  Stop for moment and think.  Do dishonest persons exist?  People drive with revoked licenses, cheat on income tax, embezzle, jump bail, cheat on their spouses, duck all manner of responsibilities, take kickbacks and bribes, con folks out of life savings, stick up trains, cheat on exams, and misrepresent themselves on job applications.  Why […]

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Just Added to the “RFP Cord Cutters Free Movie Collection” an Enormous Vault of Newsreels from 1900 to the 1960’s

June 27, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Added today is a mammoth collection of newsreels from the 1900’s, 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s through the 1960’s. The entirety of modern history is caught on newsreels shown in movie theaters until the late 60’s when the newsreel died.  Our collection of many thousands of newsreels were produced by: • British Pathe Documentaries and Newsreels […]

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Take It Down! It’s Offensive

June 27, 2015

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9th Ranked.Com ♦ Take It Down!  It’s Offensive:

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N.C. Rep. Carl Ford’s This Week in the House of Representatives

June 27, 2015

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Carl Ford and Grandchildren

    This week in the House of Representatives June 22 – 26, 2015 Representative Carl Ford – District 76   Twenty-Second Week of the 2015 Long Session It was a slower week in Raleigh, as the House received the Senate’s budget proposal, voted not-to-concur, and began the conference committee process. We heard five bills […]

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Patriot Guard Riders of North Carolina Escort for Chief Master Sgt. Edwin E. Morgan, US Air Force Home

June 26, 2015

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YOUTUBE/Rexx Shelton, Videographer ♦ On March 13, 1966, Chief Master Sgt. Edwin E. Morgan US Air Force, along with six other soldiers boarded an AC-47D, known in the ranks as “Puff the Magic Dragon”.  They departed Da Nang, South Vietnam on an armed nighttime mission. Shortly thereafter, contact was lost with the aircraft. Later a […]

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Faith 4th of July 2015: Everything You Would Want to Know about its Schedule, Parade, Fireworks, History, and Faith, N.C.

June 25, 2015

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Faith 4th of July

FaithNC.Com ♦ Faith 4th of July 2015: Everything You Would Want to Know about its Schedule, Parade, Fireworks, History, and Faith, N.C.:

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Burglars Hit “Bounce City” a Kiddie Party Spot in Downtown Salisbury, N.C. Steal Cash Register, Money, and Electronics Tuesday

June 25, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Around 6 a.m. Tuesday burglars broke into Bounce City, a kiddie party spot on 120 North Church Street, and stole a cash register, an undisclosed amount of money, and electronic gear.  The business was entered through a rear window.  Four suspects were said to be involved in the heist.  The burglars, according […]

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Food Lion Alert: Ahold and Delhaize Announce Intention to Merge

June 24, 2015

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Press Release ♦ Ahold and Delhaize announce intention to merge Ahold and Delhaize announce this morning their intention to combine their businesses through a merger of equals The merger will create a complementary base of more than 6,500 stores with 375,000 associates, characterized by trusted brands with strong local identities The combination, Ahold Delhaize, will […]

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Videos: “Slide the City” Hampton Virginia Epic Fail! “Slide the City” Bust Head Compilation!

June 24, 2015

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RFP Staff/YouTube/WAVY-TV/WNFIV/ ♦ Videos: “Slide the City” Forced to Give Refunds for Hampton, Virginia Epic Fail.  “Slide the City” Bust Head Compilation!  Concussions and Lack of Water at Raleigh Disaster!  Complaints about “Slide the City” Grow Nationwide. Epic Fail, Heat Prostration, and Refunds in Hampton, Virginia (WAVY-TV):

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Letters-to-the-Editor: Salisbury, N.C.’s Unsolved Murders and Unanswered Public Information Requests at City Hall

June 24, 2015

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Kenny Lane, Rowan County, N.C. ♦ Recently I read a “Letter-to-the Editor” in the Rowan Free Press questioning why the Salisbury Police Department doesn’t publish unsolved murders in hopes of obtaining new information that might allow them to be solved. I would submit one reason is to avoid comparison to other agencies. The number of […]

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Sara Ann Holdren, of Salisbury, N.C., Allegedly Sold Heroin to a Rowan Sheriff’s Office Undercover Deputy on 3 Separate Occaisions

June 24, 2015

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Sarah Ann Holdren

RFP Staff ♦  Sara Ann Holdren, 26, of 100 Redmond Drive in Salisbury, N.C. allegedly trafficked heroin to a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office undercover deputy on 3 separate occasions in April. Holdren was arrested and charged Friday with 6 counts of trafficking 4 – 14 grams of heroin or opium (felony) a single count of […]

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Melvin Dwayne Chalk, a Homeless Man, Died after Being Struck by a Car at MLK, Jr. Avenue and Cherry Street in Salisbury, N.C. Tuesday

June 23, 2015

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Melvin D. Chalk

RFP Staff ♦ Melvin Dwayne Chalk, 56, a homeless man, died after being struck by a car at the intersection of MLK, Jr. Avenue and Cherry Streets in Salisbury just after midnight Tuesday.  Mr. Chalk was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Chalk, crossing at the intersection, is alleged to have stepped in front of an […]

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Help for Salisbury, N.C.’s Heroin, Meth, Crack, and Alcohol Abuse Epidemic

June 23, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ While alcoholism and major narcotics abuse afflicts many in Salisbury, N.C., the city’s numerous treatment centers offer hope for Alcoholics and Crack, Heroin, and Meth Addicts.  Salisbury also has a roster of Alcoholic’s Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and various faith-based sobriety groups operating in the city just about every night. Alcoholism and drug addiction […]

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Updated: Bobby Ray “Peanut” Cabe, Jr., Jailed for Armed CVS Robberies in Salisbury, N.C. and Rockwell, Broke Out of Jail in Davidson County

June 22, 2015

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RFP Staff **Updated: Bobby Ray “Peanut” Cabe was captured this evening by Deputies from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office with help of a K-9 named “Valor”. “Valor” inflicted a bite on “Peanut” which led to the escapee being hospitalized. “Peanut” is expected to recover and return to the Davidson County Jail.** ♦ Bobby Ray “Peanut” […]

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“Slide the City” Events Being Cancelled across the USA Often Due to Dangers, Public Health Laws, and Poor Registration

June 22, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ “Slide the City” events are being cancelled all over the United States this spring and summer often due to cities reviewing the dangers, public health laws, and water conservation.  Poor ticket sales and parental concerns about injuries are other major factors. To learn more about the “Slide the City” cancellations simply put “Slide […]

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A Photographic Tour of Alleged Mass Murderer and White Supremacist Dylann Roof’s “The Last Rhodesian” Website

June 21, 2015

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RFP Staff/Dylann Roof, Photographer ♦ Gathered here, from alleged mass murderer and white supremacist Dylann Roof’s website “The Last Rhodesian”, are a collection of photographic “selfies”.  Many of these photographs were culled from web archives and caches of “The Last Rhodesian”: Dylann visits the Slave Quarters: Dylann Setting on his Porch: Visiting the Museum and Library of Confederate History: His […]

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“The Last Rhodesian Manifesto” by Dylann Roof, Alleged Perpetrator of the Charleston AME Church Massacre

June 20, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Obtained early this morning from the internet and verified later by the N.Y. Times and other news sources as “The Last Rhodesian Manifesto” by Dylann Roof, the alleged perpetrator of the Charleston AME Church Massacre.  The “Manifesto” reveals a virulent racist. **Warning: The language and the thoughts expressed in the “Manifesto” are alarming, repugnant, and […]

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The Value of Sincerely Felt Forgiveness. Real Forgiveness Helps the Forgiver and Not the Perpetrator

June 20, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ While I don’t hold membership in any traditional religion or spirituality, I do see a great value in sincerely FELT forgiveness.  I helps the forgiver and not the perpetrator. Real forgiveness takes time–its an internal emotional process where someone feels through their anger, rancor, and hatred and other related emotions that eat away […]

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Assessing New A-F School Grades in North Carolina. New Grading Systems Helpful for Parents and Taxpayers

June 20, 2015

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School Buses

CarolinaJournal.com/C.J. Staff ♦ Assessing New A-F School Grades in North Carolina. New Grading Systems Helpful for Parents and Taxpayers

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Video: The Families of the Charleston Murder Victims Reach Out to Dylan Roof with Forgiveness at Today’s Bond Hearing

June 19, 2015

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Dylann Roof Bond Hearing

YouTube ♦ Video: The Families of the Charleston Murder Victims Reach Out to Dylan Roof with Forgiveness at Today’s Bond Hearing.  Unforgettable:

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

June 19, 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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The Most Common Scams Encountered in Salisbury, N.C. and Rowan County. NCDOJ’s Complete Scams & Fraud Booklet PDF.

June 18, 2015

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NCDOJ.GOV “Ma’m I just ran out of gas and I need get to my new job in Rockwell.  My kids and wife are counting on me.  Could you loan me ten bucks until Monday?” ♦ The most common scams and frauds encountered in Salisbury, N.C., Rowan County, and Across the U.S.A.  Here is a Complete Scams & Fraud […]

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The FBI: What are Hate Crimes?

June 18, 2015

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Hate Crime

FBI.Gov ♦ What are Hate Crimes:

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Has Anyone Noticed the Most Successful and Prosperous Cities in the World are Modern?

June 18, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Has anyone noticed the most successful and prosperous cities in the world are modern?  And they are largely constructed with private funding?

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Is This Some Long Hot Summer in the 60’s? It Sure Seems like It

June 18, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Is this some long hot summer in the 60’s? It sure seems like it. Especially this morning. “9 People Dead in a Charleston Church Massacre”. I woke up early this morning, fixed myself a cup of coffee, and turned on CNN to check out what was going on out there in […]

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Sheriff’s Office and SBI Make Major Heroin Trafficking Bust in Rowan. Orion Trevel Adams and Dominique Lynn Davis Go Down

June 17, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the State Bureau Of Investigation (SBI) made a major heroin trafficking bust in Rowan County.  Arrested Monday in Southwest Rowan were Orion Trevel Adams, 23, of Mooresville and Dominique Lynn Davis, 19, of Statesville. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies were tipped off in January Adams was allegedly dealing […]

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Why Don’t the Salisbury Police Post a “Cold Case List” and a “Most Wanted List”?

June 17, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Over the past few months we’ve received numerous requests that the Salisbury Police post a Cold Case List (Unsolved murders) and a Most Wanted List just like the successful Rowan County Sheriff’s Office does.  Readers pointed out that PBS posted a “clearance rate” for the Salisbury, N.C. Police that’s abysmal.  Perhaps if they posted a Cold […]

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Salisbury City Council Voted through One of the Ugliest Election Year Budgets in the Last Decade. A Sure “Blunt Force” Campaign Issue

June 17, 2015

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City Council and The Wall

RFP Staff ♦ On Tuesday afternoon Salisbury’s City Council voted on its election year budget that carries numerous bitter pills for tax and utility payers.  The Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Salisbury City Budget will no doubt be employed as one of a multitude of “blunt force” campaign issues against any incumbent who attempts to retain his or her seat.  At present only one or two incumbents are rumored to try […]

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Maximo Nmn Enriquez, 77, of Salisbury, N.C. Allegedly Lured a 6-Year-Old Girl to His Home and Took Indecent Liberties with Her

June 16, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Maximo Nmn Enriquez, 77, of the 700 block of Victory Street in Salisbury, allegedly lured a 6-year-old neighbor girl to his home on Monday at approximately 7:15 p.m. and took indecent liberties with her in the form of touching. A neighbor reported to the police that he saw Enriquez indecently touching the […]

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As Expected Monday’s N.C. Senate Budget Plan Did Not Include the Historic Preservation Tax Credit

June 16, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ As expected, the Senate budget plan did not include historic preservation tax credits.  Laura Leslie reported yesterday on WRAL .com that the Senate budget: “Does not include the historic preservation tax credit, and funds the film grant program at its current $10 million per year.” Governor Pat McCrory and Susan Kluttz’s dizzying municipal […]

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