Latest Abysmal FBI UCR Crime Statistics for Salisbury, N.C. Came Out Monday. Violent Crimes/Robberies/Aggravated Assaults/Arsons Up

September 27, 2016

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RFP Staff/FBI ♦ Latest Abysmal FBI UCR Crime Statistics for Salisbury, N.C. Came Out Monday September 26th 2016. Violent Crimes/Robberies/Aggravated Assaults/Arsons Up. Murders Remain the Same. 2015 FBI UCR CRIME STATISTICS for North Carolina Cities including Salisbury, N.C.:

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Trump-Clinton Debate Party at Commissioner Craig Pierce’s

September 27, 2016

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Todd Paris, Photography ♦ Welcome to the Debate Party at Commissioner Craig Pierce’s!  Come on in and grab a seat. School Board Candidate Andrew Poston, Rowan County Republican Chairman Stephen Kidd, and Commissioner Craig Pierce watch the debates: A room fill of Republicans at Craig Pierce’s debate party: “What did she did she promise now?” […]

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Updated–Salisbury: Four Rob the T-Mobile Store on E. Innes Street at Gunpoint Monday. The Four Suspects Now in Custody

September 26, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ UPDATED: Salisbury Police sources report that around 10:30 a.m. today four armed men held up the T-Mobile Store at 1215 E. Innes Street at gunpoint. The four were identified as Kendale Laquam Greyer, 29, of Jamaica, NY, Christian Sidney Griffin, 21, of Jamaica, NY, Ansel Harry Knight, 29, of Valley Stream, N.Y. and […]

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Photo Gallery: City Councilman Kenny Hardin’s Downtown Salisbury Vacant Storefronts and Buildings Tour 2016

September 26, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ Editor’s note: We thank Kenny for applying his photojournalist’s eye for this project of capturing a sampling of the many vacant storefronts and buildings in Downtown Salisbury, N.C.  Downtown’s many vacant apartment and office spaces were not within the scope of this photo gallery nor were the Downtown’s vandalisms, […]

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Ultra Fast Wireless Broadband Over Power Lines: AT&T Labs Project AirGig Nears First Field Trials

September 26, 2016

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CEDMag.com/Laura Hamilton ♦ Ultra Fast Wireless Broadband Over Power Lines: AT&T Labs Project AirGig Nears First Field Trials:

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Video: Decorated Vietnam Veteran Rodney Cress Leads “Pledge of Allegiance” at the Trump Highpoint, N.C. Rally

September 25, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Decorated Vietnam Veteran Rodney Cress was honored by the Trump campaign to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Trump Highpoint Rally.  Here is a cellphone video one of his many friends provided the RFP of Rodney leading the Pledge.  Many of our RFP readers are familiar our RFP Veteran Advocate Rodney Cress who tends to […]

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Salisbury: Box Cutter Robbery Saturday at Crown Point Place Apartments // Gun Assault Saturday Near ABC Store S. Jake Alexander Blvd

September 25, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Sources in the Salisbury Police report Michelle Tameka Dillingham, 24, was the victim of a box cutter robbery at her Crown Point Place apartment in the 300 block of Crown Point Drive in Salisbury. Dillingham was forced at bladepoint to give up her ZTE cellphone valued at $300. Mercifully the victim was not […]

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Salisbury: April Hall Shot Early Saturday Morning Outside a Vacant House on East 11th Street. Dies Later at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital

September 24, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources officers were dispatched to the scene of a shooting at 212 East 11th Street in Salisbury at 1:12 a.m. There they found April Cora-Lucille Hall, 38, from 111 8th Street in Spencer laying outside a vacant house with a critical gunshot wound. Police and Sheriff’s Office vehicles […]

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Charles Pigg, a Convicted Sex Offender, was Arrested Friday on Clark Road in Salisbury for Failure to Notify of Address Change

September 24, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Charles Edward Pigg, 61, a convicted sex offender whose last known address was 1515 S. Salisbury Avenue in Spencer, was arrested Friday night at 630 Clark Road in Salisbury by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies for failure to notify the Sheriff’s Office of his change of address. Pigg was charged with failure […]

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Magic Mart, at 725 Jake Alexander S. in Salisbury, to Close in Early December

September 24, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Yesterday we learned from shoppers and an employee at the Magic Mart store at 725 Jake Alexander Boulevard S. in Salisbury that the store was expected to close at an unspecified date in early December. The closing came as no surprise because Magic Mart appeared to be suffering from diminishing traffic over the past few years […]

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Salisbury: David Wood Arrested Friday Morning on Bendix Drive Allegedly for a $5,000 Diamond Heist at K-Dee’s Jewelry on September 17th

September 23, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Sources in the Salisbury Police Department reported that David Ryan Wood, 29, of the 900 block of Sunset Drive in Salisbury, was arrested early Wednesday morning at 925 Bendix Drive for allegedly stealing $5,000 worth of diamond Rings from K-Dee’s Jewelry at 114 E. Innes Street on September 17th. According to police accounts Wood […]

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Charlotte is “On Fire”. Is Salisbury Next? What do I do? Practical Tips for Charlotte Car Commuters

September 23, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Practical Tips for Charlotte Car Commuters If you have to go to Charlotte to work, take 29 or 49, avoid I-85 and 285. Get out of there by dark if you can. Avoid uptown if you can. Study the RFP’s  Castle Doctrine made simple in NC (below) you can […]

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Salisbury: Amarillo Bryant, an August 30th Shooting Victim, was Arrested Wednesday for Alleged Drug Possession at E. Innes Burger King

September 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that Amarillo Deshaun Bryant, 34, of 839 E. Lafayette Street in Salisbury, a victim of an August 30th shooting at 211 E. Bank Street, was arrested Wednesday for alleged drug possession, parole violation, and obstructing an officer at the Burger King on 824 E. Innes Street. Bryant was charged with […]

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Videos: Salisbury Residents Ask the City Council to Move from Denial to Action on Crime and Poor Bus Service on September 20th

September 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ On Tuesday September 20th Salisbury residents spoke out about the city’s declining infrastructure, violent crime, boarded up houses, drugs and prostitution.  Salisbury is a place people will not want to live, learn, work, or play. Fears for safety and welfare have caused an exodus that has left around 2,000 houses vacant. Sue McHugh Asks City […]

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Videos: Citizens Speak Out about the Violence and What Salisbury Really is During Public Comment at City Council on September 20th

September 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ On Tuesday September 20th Salisbury residents spoke out about the city’s declining infrastructure, violent crime, boarded up houses, drugs and prostitution.  Salisbury is a place people will not want to live, learn, work, or play. Fears for safety and welfare have caused an exodus that has left around 2,000 houses vacant. Pastor Andrew Davis’s Call […]

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Anthony Lamar Fudge, Salisbury Sex Offender and on Sheriff’s Most Wanted List, was Arrested Tuesday in Winston-Salem

September 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Anthony Lamar Fudge, 39, a convicted sex offender from Salisbury and on the Rowan Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted List since February 2016, was arrested Tuesday in Winston-Salem, NC. Currently being held in the Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office Detention Center, Fudge is expected to be transported back to Rowan County. Fudge, convicted in March of […]

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Photo Gallery: Tuesday Evening the School Board Candidates Gathered for the Tea Party Forum at the Blue Bay Restaurant

September 21, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Tuesday evening most of the School Board candidates were gathered for the Tea Party Forum at the Blue Bay Seafood Restaurant.  Seen in the crowd were Commissioner Craig Pierce, former County Commission Chairman Jim Sides, Todd Paris, Salisbury Attorney, and other notables.  Candidates present were Alysha Byrd, Andrew Poston, Michael Julian, Chuck Hughes, […]

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Salisbury: Gunshots on Roy Street in the West End Closes Down Salisbury 49ers Youth League Practice Tuesday Afternoon at Miller Recreation

September 21, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources multiple gunshots were fired at 316 Roy Street in Salisbury’s violence plagued West End, closing down a Salisbury 49ers youth league football practice at Miller Park in the 1400 block of West Bank Street on Tuesday around 6:30 p.m.  Fortunately no one was struck by bullets either at […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Let’s Talk About School Fees

September 21, 2016

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Chuck Hughes, Board of Education, Seat 5 ♦ Everything seems to have a fee attached to it today, from checking out a book with your library card to convenient 2 hour parking downtown. Our school system is no exception. Fees range from entry to a sporting event to school-ground parking, to uniforms, to use of […]

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Video: County Commission Meeting Monday September 19th at 6 P.M. // Rowan County Prayer Lawsuit Before U.S. 4th District Court PDF.

September 20, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: County Commission Meeting Monday September 19th at 6 P.M.:

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Salisbury: A 4th Suspect Jawaan Williams Arrested Monday in the August 31st Village Inn Pizza Armed Robbery

September 20, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that a 4th suspect Jawaan Rahine Williams, 31, of 106 Clancy Street in Salisbury, was arrested Monday for the August 31st armed robbery at Village Inn Pizza on 2138 Statesville Boulevard.  Allegedly he employed a handgun to strike an employee in the head and fired a shot into the […]

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Intergenerational Financial Security and Caregiving Empowerment Conference Saturday October 1st 10 A.M.–2 P.M.

September 20, 2016

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Public Announcement ♦ Intergenerational Financial Security and Caregiving Empowerment Conference Saturday October 1st 10 A.M. –2 P.M.

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City Councilman Kenny Hardin Enjoys an Informative Breakfast Meeting with Mayor Alexander, Police Chief Stokes, and City Manager Bailey

September 19, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ I enjoyed a very informative breakfast meeting and discussion this morning attended by Mayor Karen Alexander, Police Chief Jerome Stokes, and City Manager Lane Bailey. We engaged in great candid and open conversation on several topics impacting our City. We delved deep into analysis, both long term and current, and […]

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery Friday on Andrews Ford Road // Jamie Horton Arrested Saturday for Alleged Gun Assault on West Bank Street

September 19, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Sources in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office report that Maxton Nathaniel Kelly, 21, of Park Avenue in Granite Quarry, was held up at gunpoint Friday at around 4 p.m. on the 100 block of Andrews Ford Road in Salisbury.  Kelly gave up an Apple I Phone 6, $100 in cash, and a […]

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Two Guest Editorials by Todd: Changes in Salisbury City Hall’s Administration // East Innes Waffle House Gets Rid of No Guns Allowed Sign

September 19, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Failing Fibrant and the Police Department are Salisbury City Hall’s two largest problems. Fibrant is loosing now slightly less than 10K per day and the recent partings of Kent Winrich (Director) and Adam Shepard (Sales Manager) are probably indicative of a failure to meet a previously set departmental […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Rah-Rah-Rah-Sis-BOOM-Bah! SHOTZBURY is the 442nd Ranked City/Town in North Carolina!

September 18, 2016

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Rabbi Will McCubbins, China Grove, NC ♦ It appears the chickens finally came home to roost for Salisbury, N.C. this week when within a six day stretch the citizens learned they had close to 2,000 vacant and abandoned houses within the city limits in a town of 14,000 houses and achieved superstardom of sorts when areavibes.com […]

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How the Salisbury Police and Other Police Departments Alter their FBI Crime Statistics Under Pressure to Make Their Municipalities Look Good

September 18, 2016

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The Editor and our friends in area law enforcement ♦ This article would not be possible without the assistance of persons, active or retired from area law enforcement, whose considerable wealth of knowledge and experience helped shed light on the all too common practice of fudging crime statistics to make a city appear far safer […]

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Video: Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Work Session on Monday September 12th

September 18, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Work Session on Monday, September 12th:

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Salisbury City Hall Highlights: Changes for Kyle and Sofley in City Administration // Kent Winrich’s Separation Package // Tuesday’s City Council

September 17, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to sources in Salisbury’s City Hall the city administration will undergo another reorganization effective Monday, September 19th.  Assistant City Mangers Zach “the Axe” Kyle and John “Magic Math” Sofley will assume new duties.  Kyle, who already manages human resources and the planning departments, will add parks and recreation and engineering to his assignments. Sofley, […]

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Alice Frankenberg and Leslie Griffin Busted Wednesday on Alleged Drug Charges // David Fisher Arrested for Alleged Sex Crimes in Salisbury

September 17, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff Office sources deputies arrested Alice Rae Frankenberg, 39, of Pence Road in Charlotte and Leslie Lynn Griffin, 41,  of Kannapolis Wednesday morning after a vehicle stop on the 3400 block of N. Enochville Avenue near the intersection of Deal Road in Mooresville.  A car search allegedly turned up quantities […]

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Three Men Charged with Allegedly Stealing a Dump Truck and a String of Recent Vehicle Burglaries in the Landis Area

September 16, 2016

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Captain Hosey, Landis Police Department, Landis, N.C. ♦ Captain Hosey of the Landis Police reports: “Yesterday Landis Police charged Casey Ayala, 17, of Flat Rock Road and Justin Johnson, 17, of Cannon Farm Road, each with 13 counts of breaking and Entering into a motor vehicle, 1 count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, […]

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Much Respected AreaVibes.Com Ranks Salisbury, N.C. in 442nd Place Among North Carolina Cities and Towns in Liveability in 2016

September 16, 2016

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Areavibes.com ♦ Much Respected AreaVibes.Com Ranks Salisbury, N.C. in 442nd Place Among North Carolina Cities and Towns in Liveability in 2016. Calls Salisbury “somewhat liveable”:

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Video: The Real Glory Days of Downtown Salisbury: (1953-1966)

September 16, 2016

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Steve Mensing and RFP Staff ♦ Here is a video and a few revealing photos from the glory days of downtown Salisbury when the downtown was truly alive with big box store shopping and crowds flocked here. This was a time when Belk’s, Zimmerman’s, A & P, Woolworth’s, Bernhardt’s, Budget Fair and many other shopping […]

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What Happened to Fibrant’s Director Kent Winrich and it’s Sales Manager Adam Shepherd? Perhaps Our FOIA Requests Will Get Answers

September 16, 2016

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Todd Paris, RFP Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ On August 25, 2016, Salisbury City announced Fibrant Director Kent Winrich resigned. In early 2015, after some urging, he was helpful as I tried to push a project forward that would’ve brought around 60 computer businesses to kick the tires on Fibrant and Salisbury. Of course […]

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Want a Job in Manufacturing? Scholarship-Funded Training Available in Rowan and Cabarrus. NCMI Discovery Session Friday September 23rd

September 15, 2016

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Public Announcement ♦ Getting a job with a great future is happening right now in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties through the N.C. Manufacturing Institute (NCMI). Manufacturers and education/training providers are working together to develop customized programs to give you the skills and knowledge that local employers want-today! The NCMI has Discovery Sessions just for you. […]

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Updated! Salisbury: Shybious Duncan and Brittany Dalton Arrested for Alleged August 31st Village Pizza Armed Robbery. A Third Arrest Made

September 15, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Shybious Montreal Duncan, 22, of Charlotte and dwelling at 106 Clancy Street in Salisbury and Brittany Dannyelle Dalton, 23, of Salisbury were arrested as suspects for allegedly participating in August 31st armed robbery at the Village Inn Pizza on 2138 Statesville Boulevard in Salisbury. Dalton turned herself in to […]

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With Salisbury’s Massive Vacant and Abandoned Housing Crisis, Salisbury was a NO SHOW at the NC Housing Code Officials Conference

September 15, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to several sources inside of Salisbury’s City Hall Salisbury went unrepresented at the NC Housing Code Officials Conference September 11-14 in Kitty Hawk, N.C. The NC Housing Code Officials Conference met three times this year with a Spring Workshop in Fayetteville NC, Certified Housing Official Certification in Dallas NC, and now […]

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Photo Gallery: Lara Trump WOWS Rowan Republicans Wednesday Evening at the Morgan Ridge Rail Walk Brewery and Eatery in Salisbury

September 15, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ It was a packed house in the Morgan Ridge Rail Walk Brewery and Eatery Wednesday evening when the “Trump Train” pulled into Salisbury’s arts district and stopped in front of the newly opened craft brewery and eatery with the nearest thing to a “star” the city ever welcomes nowadays.  Okay it wasn’t the DONALD, it was the […]

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Pamela Cain, 33, Arrested Early Wednesday Morning in Rowan County for Allegedly Breaking into Cars, Stealing a firearm, and ID Theft

September 14, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Pamela Jenelle Cain, 33, of Granite Quarry just arrested September 7th for alleged common law robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, is back in jail early Wednesday morning for allegedly breaking into cars, stealing a firearm, and ID theft. Pamela Jean Cain: Cain is charged with financial transaction card takes/obtains (felony), […]

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Salisbury: Burglary on the 200 Block of S. Link Avenue through Side Door // Burglary on the 200 Block of E. Steele Street through Window

September 14, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The burglaries continue unabated throughout the city of Salisbury over the last two years and contribute to the city’s aura of a lack of safety.  They occur almost anytime of day.  Here are two randomly chosen forcible entries. According to Salisbury Police sources report that a burglary–forcible entry was reported 11:14 p.m. in the 200 […]

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Update: Photo Gallery: An Abbreviated Tour of Vacant and Abandoned Houses in Salisbury N.C.’s North Main Area

September 13, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ A week ago Salisbury City Councilman David Post sent a shockwave through the city when he announced that almost 2,000 vacant and abandoned houses existed in Salisbury.  The councilman let us know that these 2,000 vacant and abandoned houses in a city of roughly 14,000 houses accounted for nearly 15% of all […]

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Updated: Vehicle Flips Over at Horah and Vanderford Streets Before Driver Flees in Confusion on Foot. Later Taken to the Hospital

September 12, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police report an accident this afternoon around 3:30 p.m. in the West End.  The vehicle, a 2000 copper-colored Ford Taurus, flipped over after allegedly hitting concrete stairs at 825 W. Horah near the intersection of West Horah and Vanderford Streets. The driver Eric George Hyman, 28, of 835 W. 11th Street, […]

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Rowan: Dante Wooden Arrested on Alleged Multiple Drug Charges in Woodleaf // Brandon Long Arrested for Alleged Beating in Salisbury

September 12, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources reported on Friday that Dante Wooden AKA Donte Wooden, 31, of Woodleaf Road in Woodleaf, N.C. was arrested on alleged multiple drug charges, providing a deputy with a false name “Melvin Ray Jackson”,  attempting to sell cocaine to James Paul Carter, possessing 2 grams of cocaine and a small […]

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New Biz in Salisbury: Morgan Ridge Rail Walk Brewery and Eatery at 421 North Lee Street. Opened Since Wednesday

September 11, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ A number of our staff and friends have gone to the Morgan Ridge Rail Walk Brewery and Eatery since it opened last Wednesday and have come back with glowing reports about Morgan Ridge’s layout, menu, assortment of high-end beers (many adventurously flavored) and wines and universally told us this spot is going to draw […]

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Cord Cutters News: Updated–Cord Cutting 101 Beginners Guide to Cord Cutting

September 11, 2016

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CordCuttersNews.com/Luke ♦ Cord Cutters News: Updated–Cord Cutting 101 Beginners Guided to Cord Cutting:

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Salisbury: Shooting Saturday Morning at the Colonial Village Apartments at 231 West D Avenue

September 11, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦  Salisbury Police sources report that officers were dispatched to the Colonial Village Apartments at 231 West D Avenue on a 911 call at approximately 11:45 a.m. Residents heard gunshots coming from an alley behind the apartment complex.   Michael Levander Pruitt, of the 100 block of Overbrook Road in Salisbury, was fired upon by a yet named assailant, but was […]

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City Councilman Kenny Hardin: I Won’t Be Silent. The Truth Sometimes Hurts Those Unwilling or Unable to Accept It.

September 10, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ I’ve read recently and have heard for years people say they don’t agree with the things I say and I’m ok with that. I don’t think we should ever always agree with each other because conformity stifles growth and progress. What I don’t agree with and find a bit […]

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Salisbury: Austin Coleman Arrested Wednesday Morning on the 300 block of North Main for an Alleged Armed Robbery

September 10, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Sources report that Austin Coy Coleman, 18, a felon living on the 300 block of West 14th Street in Salisbury, was arrested Wednesday around 10 a.m. in the area of 310 N. Main Street for an alleged armed robbery. The 300 block of North Main is located near the Rowan […]

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PC Magazine Fastest ISPs 2016

September 9, 2016

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PCMag.Com/Eric Griffith ♦ PC Magazine Fastest ISPs 2016:

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Video: Salisbury City Councilman David Post Reveals There Are Almost 2,000 Vacant Houses in Salisbury, N.C.

September 8, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Salisbury City Councilman David Post Reveals There Are Almost 2,000 Vacant Houses in Salisbury, N.C.: It’s said that approximately 14,000 houses exist in Salisbury. Given that figure then 2,000 vacant houses would mean one out of every seven houses was vacant. Councilman Post said that 15% of the houses in Salisbury […]

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