Salisbury: David Michael Yarboro Arrested Wednesday on Mooresville Road for Allegedly Trafficking Heroin and Opioid Medications

August 26, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to sources in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office David Michael Yarboro, 43, living at 2206 Mooresville Road in Salisbury, was arrested Wednesday at his home after a joint undercover narcotics investigation by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the Salisbury Police Department.  An undercover deputy allegedly purchased significant amounts of heroin from Yarboro on […]

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Salisbury: Rufus Jerome Smith Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Sidney Smith at his Home on East Lafayette Street Thursday Night

August 26, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The knife and box cutter are gradually moving on up as the weapons of choice in Salisbury, N.C.  The city of Salisbury is crawling with blade runners and slice and dicers, criminals who prefer the impact of an eight inch blade all the way up to the haft or sound of ripping flesh. […]

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With Fibrant’s Director Kent Winrich Gone, What’s Next for the Debacle? Can It Even be Sold?

August 26, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Yesterday the city announced that Fibrant Director Kent Winrich resigned. Winrich is the third Fibrant Director to resign since the municipal broadband began. The other two were Mike Jury and Michael Crowell. Winrich had an extensive background in network and broadcast engineering, but no experience running a cable television and internet business. While a […]

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Salisbury: Burglars Heist 4 Firearms During Ackert Street Break-In and Burglars Score 4 TVs and a Pistol During Barbour Street B and E

August 25, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Burglaries and car break-ins continue to be on the rise throughout Salisbury since last winter. Especially hard hit are Fulton Heights, the Historic District, and the West End. With fewer police answering calls because of understaffing, much of the city has become easy pickings. On Monday Salisbury Police Sources report a home […]

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Kent Winrich, Tasked with Fibrant’s Mission Impossible, “Resigned” Wednesday. Evans Ballard Named Interim Fibrant Debacle Head

August 25, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ For over a week we heard from sources in city hall that Kent Winrich was on the doorstep of becoming another casualty in Fibrant’s massive debacle as the City of Salisbury continued its freefall into the municipal broadband’s deepening financial sinkhole.  Winrich’s salary increasingly became expendable as Fibrant kept hemorrhaging multiple millions per year in losses and […]

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Rowan County Republican Open House at Party HQ on Saturday August 27th at 628 N. Main Street in Salisbury. From 12 P.M. to 2 P.M.

August 25, 2016

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Public Announcement Rowan County Republican Open House! Join us on Saturday August 27th at our County Headquarters 628 N Main Street Salisbury between the hours of 12pm and 2pm to learn how you can make a difference in this year’s election. This is a great opportunity for any Republican who has ever wondered how they might […]

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Two Rockwell Women Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Prescription Pads and Forging Prescriptions to Illegally Obtain and Sell Opioids

August 24, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff Office sources report that Renee Hale Stowe, 42, a plastic surgeon’s assistant in Concord living at 230 Middlebrook Drive in Rockwell and her friend Denise Kay Furgeson, 48, a felon living on Lower Stone Church Road in Rockwell were arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing prescription pads and forging prescriptions to illegally […]

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Salisbury: Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest 3 Men Tuesday Afternoon for Alleged Heroin Dealing. Car Flees Down Super 8 Motel Embankment

August 24, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources Sheriff’s deputies arrested a trio of Salisbury and Rowan County area men around 4 p.m. yesterday after an undercover heroin purchase went sour. Allegedly Andre Rodrico Clodfelter, 22, Winslow Cherry, 25, and Justin Drew Peterson, 35, took off in gray Toyota going 60 miles-per-hour through […]

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After 13 years of City Hall Negligence, Councilman Hardin Enlists the County to Empty the Vanderford “Spite Hole” Varmit Preserve

August 24, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ After two years of West End residents complaining at City Hall led SNAG meetings about the number of wild animals in the infamous Vanderford “Spite Hole” (a stormwater runoff surrounded by a virtual weed jungle at Vanderford, West Bank, and Horah Streets in the West End) and with no response from the […]

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Want to Outfit a Buffet? Salisbury’s Ryan’s Buffet Equipment and Furniture Being Auctioned Off on August 25th

August 24, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Want to Outfit a Buffet? Salisbury’s Ryan’s Buffet Equipment and Furniture Being Auctioned Off on August 25th:

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery Monday Night at E. 11th and N. Main Streets and a Strong Arm Robbery at Burger King Parking Lot Sunday

August 23, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that Jaylon Armon Wimbley, 17,  of the 400 block of Best Street in Salisbury, was held up at gunpoint in a parking lot at the 100 block of East 11th Street and North Main Street on Sunday at 10:20 p.m.  Facing a handgun, Wimbley gave up $20 to […]

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Ryan’s Budget Friendly “All You Eat” Buffet on Jake Alexander Boulevard South in Salisbury Closed Forever Monday

August 23, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Yesterday sometime after 11 a.m. Monday I received phone calls from several friends in Salisbury telling me Ryan’s, the budget friendly “all you can eat” buffet on 730 Jake Alexander Boulevard South and now the former meeting place for the Rowan Republican Breakfast Club, failed to open.  A sign inside Ryan’s front door window read: “To our valued guests, this location […]

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Salisbury: Curtis White Arrested Monday Morning for Alleged Box Cutter Assault on a Man at the Speedway Gas Station on East Innes

August 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that Monday at around 6:39 a.m. that an alleged altercation broke out at the Speedway gas station (formerly Wilco Express) at 500 East Innes between Curtis David White 47, of the streets of Salisbury, and Shaun Michael Elliot, 37, an acquaintance living on the 800 block of Bringle Ferry Road […]

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Derryck Laine Kesler Arrested Friday for Alleged Knife Assault on a Female at Mahaffey Avenue in Rowan County

August 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff Office sources Derryck Laine Kesler, 29, of the 300 block of Mahaffey Drive in was arrested Friday for an alleged knife assault on Terry Lee Kessler, 53, at his home on Mahaffey Drive.  Terry Lee Kessler sustained minor injuries from the alleged attack. 300 block of Mahaffey Drive […]

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Messiah Wooden and Eric Fair Arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies Saturday in Woodleaf for Alleged Weapons, Drugs, and Stolen Goods

August 21, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources report Messiah Alexander Wooden AKA Massia Alexander Wooden, 25, a felon living on Elm Street in Salisbury, and Eric Lamonte Fair, 28, of Spencer were arrested late Saturday afternoon by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on 7925 Woodleaf Road in Woodleaf for alleged weapons, drugs, and stolen […]

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Filing Period Over Friday for Seats on the Board of Education. Eight Candidates Emerge in a Crowded Field for November 8th

August 21, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ With the Board of Elections filing period for seats on the Board of Education over on last Friday at noon we have 8 candidates in a very crowded field for early voting and the November 8th election. Seat 5 representing Salisbury is currently occupied by Chuck Hughes.  We certainly would choose him over Gene […]

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Salisbury: Woman Arrested for Alleged Disorderly Conduct at Rowan Public Library and a Double Vehicular Arson on MLK, Jr. Avenue

August 20, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ While surrounding streets(Jackson, Church, and Fisher) and the parking lot behind the Rowan Public Library HQ on Fisher Street have their share of muggings, purse-snatchings, and stick-ups, larger challenges seldom confront RPL’s security inside the county’s outstanding library.  Mostly their platter of difficulties can be described as waking up homeless people dozing off by the magazine […]

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Video: Mayor Karen Alexander’s Sings “Time to Shine” and Recollections of Audrey Hepburn’s “My Fair Lady” Movie

August 20, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney As I walked out of the courthouse Thursday, I was surprised to see three Salisbury Police Officers in front of the George Washington statue. They were holding up signs that said “shine” on them. At first, I thought that maybe were supplementing their meager Fibrant-starved incomes by offering […]

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Salisbury: Christopher Scott Kyles, 23, Arrested Friday for Alleged Sex Crimes with a Child Under 13

August 20, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan Sheriff’s Office reports that Christopher Scott Kyles, 23, of the 100 block of Bethhaven Drive in Salisbury, turned himself in for arrest Friday to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies at 232 N. Main for alleged sex crimes with a child under 13. The alleged crimes were said to take place […]

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Tony Ray Wingler, Sex Offender on Rowan Sheriff’s Office MOST WANTED LIST, Arrested Wednesday for Alleged Sex Crimes

August 19, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Tony Ray “Cream” Wingler,38, Sex Offender formerly living on Scaley Bark Road in Salisbury and on the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office MOST WANTED LIST since March of this year, was arrested on sex crimes charges by the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte on Wednesday. On Saturday he was transported back to Rowan […]

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Shane Greene, a Much Convicted Petty Criminal, Arrested in Salisbury for Alleged Sex Crimes with Children

August 19, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Shane Jerome Greene, 42, a much convicted petty criminal from Rowan County, was arrested Friday morning by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies at 3860 Cliffdale Road in Salisbury for alleged sex crimes with children. Shane Jerome Greene: Greene was charged with indecent liberties with children (felony), first degree statutory sexual offense (felony) […]

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Carcinogenic Toxin: Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water Primer

August 19, 2016

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AWWA.Org ♦ Hexavalent Chromium in the Drinking Water Primer (PDF.):

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Keith Alan Barbee, Convicted Sex Offender, Arrested in Rowan County Wednesday Night for Allegedly Using a Social Website

August 19, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Keith Alan Barbee, Jr., 33, convicted sex offender formerly living at 1025 Bear Poplar Road in Cleveland, was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly using a social media website page and failing to notify the authorities of a changed online I.D. Back in March of 2002 Barbee was convicted of 2 counts of […]

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Salisbury: Daniel Albarran Arrested Wednesday as 2nd Suspect in Lacynda Diane Feimster May 24th Home Invasion Murder

August 18, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Daniel Real Albarran, 31, of Leonard Road in Salisbury, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at 109 Lakewood Drive as the 2nd suspect in the home invasion murder of Lacynda Diane Feimster, 38, at 325 Crown Point Drive on May 24th.  Alberran, a felon with a record of breaking and entry […]

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Questions about Highly Toxic Hexavalent Chromium in Salisbury-Rowan Utilities’ Water

August 18, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ In August 2015 the local print media revealed that the state health standard for the carcinogen hexavalent chromium in wells near coal ash pits was .07 parts per billion and that in a 2013 voluntary test of Salisbury-Rowan Utilities municipal water, some samples were as high as .13 parts […]

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Salisbury’s Newer More Accurate Water Meters Means Water Bills are Going Up. Somebody’s Got to Pay for the Fibrant Debacle

August 18, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Last January Salisbury’s City Council approved $7.2 million dollars for a project to replace more than 19,000 water meters.  On Tuesday the city council okayed the city manager to approve purchase orders for $4,684,609.80 to Carolina Meter and Supply for small water meters and $535,943.40 to Consolidated Pipe […]

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery Early Tuesday Morning on the 700 Block of Partee Street. Woman Gives Up a $1,000 to Gunman

August 17, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Chenice Jasmine N. Blackwell, 26, of Hamilton Drive was the victim of an armed robbery Tuesday at a home on the 700 block of Partee Street.  The robbery was reported at 2:57 a.m.   The gunman held a handgun on Blackwell and forced her to give up a $1,000 in cash, identification, […]

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Rowan County Sheriff’s Office COLD CASE FILES: Known Facts and Photographs Going Back Several Decades

August 17, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ 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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At Tuesday’s Salisbury City Council Meeting City Council Approved a Contract with Suntrust Bank to Refinance Fibrant

August 17, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ At Tuesday’s City Council meeting City Council approved a contract with Suntrust Bank to refinance Fibrant after a presentation by the city finance director Teresa Harris concerning the city’s Series 2008 and Series 2013 Certificates of Participation (COPs) employed to fund Fibrant the city’s municipal broadband network.  Harris told the new rate of […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: While Salisbury is in Its Final Sickening Death Rattle, Concord and Mooresville are Booming

August 16, 2016

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Rabbi Will McCubbins, China Grove ♦  With much sadness and regret Salisbury is in its final sickening death rattle while its neighbors Concord and Mooresville are booming.  Even Kannapolis passed Salisbury by.  I work in Concord many days a weeks and they have achieved true historic character and charm that slipped away from Salisbury sometime in the […]

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Salisbury’s Tidal Wave of Crime Arrived Monday at City Councilman David Post’s Law Office on West Innes. A Victim of Larceny

August 16, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ **Update: Later Tuesday afternoon the Salisbury Police changed the report to read “motor vehicle theft other vehicle” a crime first reported in July. The original report read “larceny–all other** Monday morning Salisbury’s rising tidal wave of crime engulfed the law office of city councilman David Post at 1411 West Innes when the Salisbury Police […]

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Video: Todd Paris Commenting on Greg Edds’ Proposed Convention Center at the West End Plaza

August 16, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Todd Paris Commenting on Greg Edds’ Proposed Convention Center at the West End Plaza:

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Video: County Commission Meeting at 6 P.M. on Monday, August 15th

August 15, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: County Commission Meeting at 6 P.M. on Monday, August 15th:

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The Greg Edds West End Plaza Convention Center in Salisbury

August 15, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Monday evening at the Rowan County Commission may be more “eventful” then imagined. As readers will recall the former Penny’s at West End Plaza has been used as an event center for some time now. This facility is said to have an 1100 person seating capacity and […]

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Salisbury: Tamara Danielle Fisher Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting a Man with a Deadly Weapon in a Church Parking Lot Sunday

August 15, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Tamara Danielle Fisher AKA Tamara Danielle Roland, 35, of Salisbury was arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly assaulting Justin Roger, 31, of Safrit Road in Salisbury with a deadly weapon (a vehicle) in “The River Church of God” parking lot at 121 Carolina Boulevard.  Mr. Rodger reportedly sustained no injuries. Fisher left the scene and […]

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Dimetri Strother Arrested Sunday Night on Richard Road in Salisbury for the Alleged Statutory Rape of a Child

August 15, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Dimetri Martese Strother AKA “Combat”, 19, Salisbury felon, was arrested late Sunday by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies at 1165 Richard Road for the alleged statutory rape of a child. Strother was charged with statutory rape of a child (felony). Under a secured $50,000 bond, Strother was placed in the Rowan County Detention […]

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Councilman David Post’s Incorrect Assertion about TWC’s Speed and Prices in Salisbury and Wilson

August 14, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ We’ve mentioned previously that Salisbury’s city council seems oblivious about what their immense competition (Spectrum, AT&T U-Verse, AT&T Gigaverse, DirecTV, and DISH) are actually doing. In this morning’s print media Councilman David Post makes a misleading assertion about TWC’s price and speed in Salisbury and Wilson. TWC prices TWC-Maxx residential the same […]

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How to Electronically Rig an Election and How to Keep an Election Honest

August 13, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ If you could rig the 2016 general election, would you? In The Sociopath Next Door, psychologist Martha Stout reveals that 4% of the population may be sociopaths of varying degrees and do not have a conscience like the rest of us. We commonly call these folks “psychopaths”, and if an election can be […]

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The Cord Cutters News an Outstanding Source of News on Cord Cutting (Ending Your Cable TV or Satellite TV Subscription)

August 13, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ I wanted to let all the RFP readers know about an outstanding source of news on cord cutting (ending your cable TV or satellite TV subscription for large savings and moving to IPTV devices and antennas).  For years I used cable TV and renegotiated the price when it got too out of […]

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Salisbury: Woman Wounded During Shooting into West Bank Street Home Early Friday Morning. Multiple Shots Fired

August 12, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Department sources report an unidentified woman was shot in the shoulder while sitting in a kitchen at 815 W. Bank Street in Friday at around 1 a.m. with three friends including the homeowner Dwayne Coward. Just before the woman was shot, muzzle flashes could be seen through the house’s rear […]

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History Preservation Partners Holding, LLC Agreed to Buy the Empire Hotel. Hopes to Begin Building Apartments and Retail in 2018

August 12, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ At DSI, Inc.’s and the City of Salisbury’s joint press conference Friday at the Gateway Building on East Innes, it was announced that “History Preservation Partners Holding, LLC” (HPPH), the developer of the Loray Mill in Gastonia, N.C., has agreed to buy the Empire Hotel, the Queen of the South Main Badlands. HPPH would […]

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Salisbury: William Cornell Arrested Wednesday for Allegedly a Smash N’ Grab at Pop Shoppe and Stealing Pork Chops from Food Lion

August 12, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ William Herbert Cornell, 42, of the streets of Salisbury, was arrested Wednesday by the Salisbury Police for an alleged smash n’ grab breaking and entering at the Pop Shoppe at 1831 East Innes on August the 6th and for allegedly shoplifting 3 packages of pork chops from the Food Lion on 251 Faith Road on […]

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The 6th U.S. Court of Appeals Supported North Carolina When It Struck Down FCC Ruling Concerning Municipal Broadband

August 11, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Fibrant’s pipedreams of expansion were squashed today as the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals supported North Carolina and Tennessee when it struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s ill-advised ruling that pre-empted these states regulating municipal broadband service within their borders. The complete ruling here:

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The Dirty Dozen Report: 12 of the Worst Municipal Broadband Fiascos Ever! The Fibrant Debacle Follows the Same Models of Abuse

August 11, 2016

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ProtectingTaxpayers.Org ♦ The Dirty Dozen Report: 12 of the Worst Municipal Broadband Fiascos Ever! The Fibrant Debacle Follows the Same Model of Taxpayer Abuses:

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New Security Cam Stills from the July 8th Smash N’ Grab Robbery of Mikey’s One-Stop on South Main Street in Salisbury

August 11, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office seeks assistance in identifying a smash n’ grab break-in suspect who stole merchandise from Mikey’s One Stop convenience store at 5810 S. Main in Salisbury on Friday July 8th. The suspect hurled a cement block through the front glass door and then entered the store. We’ve obtained […]

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Salisbury: David White Arrested Tuesday for Allegedly Breaking a Woman’s Arm and Jeremy Price Busted for Alleged B and E Spree

August 10, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ It was another week of taking a triage approach to Salisbury’s cornucopia of violent and property crime we’ve had to make some tough choices in what we report.  We were ever so tempted to report the dozen or so car break-ins near the VA Hospital and the continued “looting” of houses along the […]

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Video: Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Work Session on Monday August 8th

August 10, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Work Session on Monday August 8th:

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Justin Lynn Laturno, on the Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted List, Arrested Tuesday Afternoon

August 10, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Justin Lynn Laturno, 23, from China Grove and on the Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted List, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Justin Lynn Laturno: Laturno was charged with identity theft (felony), probation violation (misdemeanor), impersonation law-enforcement officer (misdemeanor), and violation domestic violence 50B order (misdemeanor). Under a secured $50,000 bond, he is being held […]

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Salisbury: Police Hunting for CVS Robber Involved in Friday Evening Drug Heist. Can You Identify the Man in the Security Cam Photo?

August 9, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The Salisbury Police are currently hunting for a Black man who held up the CVS Pharmacy at 1702 East Innes in Salisbury near closing time at 8:45 p.m., when customers had cleared out. The robber did it with a note threatening to shoot people in CVS if he didn’t get oxycodone (a powerful pain […]

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Photo Gallery: Greg Edd’s GATEWAY SIGN Inspiration and Salisbury’s Elite Summer Playground: SOUTH OF THE BORDER, S.C.

August 9, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Where did Chairman Greg Edds, insurance pro and Bob Jones University’s most famous graduate, get the inspiration for his monumental $650,000 Rowan County Gateway signs to be constructed at the North and South I-85 entrances of Rowan County?  If you guessed Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Heritage U.S.A. you guessed wrongo!  Insider State Farm […]

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