Opioids and Anti-Anxiety Medication are Killing White American Women. Rowan’s Death Rate from this Lethal Combo Ranks in State’s Highest Third

April 24, 2017

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WashingtonPost.com/Kimberly Kindy and Dan Keating ♦ Opioids and Anti-Anxiety Medication are Killing White American Women. Rowan’s Death Rate from this Lethal Combo Ranks in the State’s Highest Third:

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The City of Salisbury, N.C.’s Facebook Page Desires Your Input on Its Star Rating for the City Government

April 23, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury, Attorney City of Salisbury, North Carolina – Government has a Facebook page that needs input. Just like a restaurant or car wash they are asking you to award 1 through 5 stars and give also folks an opportunity to comment.

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Salisbury, N.C.: Big Ticket Issues in Salisbury’s 2017 City Council Race

April 23, 2017

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ In Salisbury’s free fall into bottom rung city over the past decade, Salisbury sadly became known for its crime, it’s soaring poverty involving around 25% of city’s population, the city’s public schools grading badly (All Ds) on the state education report card, and 17 unsolved murders. The city’s municipal broadband fiasco […]

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Salisbury: $2,148 Stolen Thursday from Auto Works on S. Main St. // Two Felons Arrested for Allegedly Preparing to Commit a Burglary at Aaron’s

April 22, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Auto Works, at 429 S. Main Street, was the victim of larceny–from building on Thursday.  Reports say that a stranger walked into the business and stole an F&M money bag from the office containing $2,148 in cash.  Apparently no one saw the thief, only that the money […]

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Salisbury: City Hall Says Nun’Ya Business about City Hall’s Secret Meetings and Negotiations Concerning Possible Fibrant Vendors

April 21, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ The City of Salisbury’s Government put up a makeshift Facebook page where you can rate the city and comment. You can be sure that the city’s remaining true believers and real estate and banking minions will be putting 5 star ratings up for our broke and dangerous […]

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Salisbury: Man Brutally Beaten in Wolfpack Style Attack in the Walmart Parking Lot Late Monday Night. Victim Transported by EMS to Hospital

April 21, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources and shoppers at the city’s largest and most popular retailer Walmart Super Center, at 323 S. Arlington Street, a one-sided fight took place late Monday night in the parking lot. A man identified as Andray Sharodd Charleston, 39, of Scott Road, was reported to be the victim of an […]

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Salisbury: Burglary Monday on 1st Street. Tools and Vases Valued at $2,814 Ripped-Off // Forcible Entry Monday on Neel Road Nets $745 in Tech Items

April 20, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ While gunfire and sirens were heard all over Salisbury on several consecutive nights, less violent crime, such a break-ins, car burglaries, and stealing plastic furniture off of folks’ porches continues to plague a city in rigor mortis.  The Fibrant debacle goes unchecked, financially bleeding out the city.  People pray for any kind of state […]

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Contrary to Mayor Karen Alexander’s Assertions, Emails Demonstrate Councilman Kenny Hardin was Not Kept in the Loop about a City Investigation

April 20, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Mayor Karen Alexander stated at the City Council Meeting on April 18th that emails would show that Councilman Hardin was kept in the loop about the investigation. But, emails obtained by the RFP reveal Councilman Hardin was not provided information even after he repeatedly requested information several times. It was not until Councilman […]

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Salisbury: Julmul Bellamy Stuck-Up Wednesday Morning for $250 and Food Stamps on S. Shaver. Pistol Whipped Early Friday A.M. on S. Craige Street

April 19, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police Julmul Jones Bellamy, 49, of 421 S. Craige Street in Salisbury, was the victim of a robbery-firearm Wednesday when he was robbed at gunpoint behind a building at 124 N. Shaver Street by a man with a semi-automatic pistol.  With a gun in his face, Bellamy was relieved of $250 […]

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Videos: Public Commentary at Salisbury City Council on April 18th 2017: Todd Paris–Mayor Alexander Vs. Councilman Hardin–Carolyn Logan–More

April 19, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Videos: Public Commentary at Salisbury City Council on April 18th 2017: Todd Paris–Mayor Alexander Vs. Councilman Hardin–Carolyn Logan–More: Salisbury Attorney Todd Paris on Ethical and Legal Violations of City Hall’s Investigation of Councilman Kenny Hardin: Mayor Alexander Pleads Innocent to Authorizing Investigation, City Councilman Hardin Stands Firm on What the League Lawyer Said: […]

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Citizen Todd Paris Addresses the Salisbury City Council about their Investigation of Councilman Kenny Hardin on Tuesday April 18th

April 18, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Good Evening City Council, According to Councilman Hardin, you are in the process of investigating him. The way in which you have done it, has failed to follow proper procedure and has violated state law. First, Councilman Hardin is not a city employee. The grievance procedure outlined […]

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Salisbury: Attempted Break-in Downtown at Sweet Meadow Cafe on N. Main St. Monday // Maia Janashia Smith’s Review of a Recent RFP Report

April 18, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Burglaries, break-ins, and unlawful entries continue at a breakneck clip throughout Salisbury. Especially hard hit are the Downtown restaurants, lounges, and shops. Good grief how can these businesses survive with limited foot and vehicular traffic, violent crime stalking the area, little parking, and the high overhead artificially created by the largest municipal […]

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Nathan Currie, Superintendent of the North Carolina Connections Academy, Answers Important Questions about Virtual Schools in Rowan County

April 17, 2017

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RFP Staff/ Nathan Currie,  Superintendent North Carolina Connections Academy ♦ At the April 10, 2017 Rowan Salisbury Board of Education meeting, the board heard a vague discussion regarding using Rowan County tax money to open a virtual academy to home school students and private school students. This area is certainly one in which the school board would […]

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The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) Recently Awarded the Salisbury Police International Accreditation

April 17, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Some of the local media revealed the Salisbury Police Department was recently awarded international accreditation for the 26th straight year from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Inc. Their site says: “CALEA operates as an independent, nonprofit (501[c]3) corporation, and has a professional staff managed […]

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Salisbury: Salisbury Police Vehicle Hit and Run Victim Sunday Night at Statesville Boulevard and W. Innes Street. Honda Accord Sought

April 17, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ The Salisbury Police are searching for a dark (black–blue) recent model Honda Accord with tinted windows involved in a hit and run with a police vehicle (2015 black and white 4-door Chevvy Caprice patrol car) at approximately 8:15 p.m. Sunday. The Honda Accord fled the scene of the accident at Statesville Boulevard […]

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Salisbury: Terrence Robb Arrested Wednesday on Mocksville Avenue for Alleged Controlled Substance II Drug Possession

April 17, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Terrence Burt Robb, a convicted felon living at 209 N. Ellis Street in Salisbury, was arrested on Wednesday April 12th at 530 Mocksville Avenue for alleged controlled substance II drug possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver.  After a vehicle search, Robb was handcuffed, taken into custody, and driven […]

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Video: Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Work Session on April 10th 2017 // Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Meeting on March 27th 2017

April 16, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Work Session on April 10th 2017:

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City Councilman Kenny Hardin Attends an Informative Session Saturday on the Planned Launch of the FREE Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School

April 16, 2017

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman  (Reprinted with Permission) ♦ I attended a very informative session on the planned 2018 launch of the FREE Essie Mae Kiser Foxx charter school this morning. I appreciate being able to address the Board of Directors, potential business partners and interested supporters in attendance. I’m proud of the perseverance and […]

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Salisbury: Rives Motor Company Burglarized on E. Innes Street Friday. Vehicle Stolen // Utility Trailer Stolen Off Tractor Supply’s Lot on S. Jake Alexander

April 15, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Burglaries and major larcenies continue at a high pace thoughout Salisbury, N.C.  Salisbury Police sources report that an alternative building and lot at 1708 E. Innes Street for Rives Motor Company, whose main address is 1616 E. Innes Street, was the victim of a burglary–forcible entry and a motor vehicle theft–automobile on Friday.  […]

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Updated: Assistance with Salisbury and Rowan County N.C.’s Heroin, Meth, Crack, Opioid, Inhalent, and Alcohol Abuse Epidemic

April 15, 2017

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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 assistance for Alcoholism and Crack, Heroin, Opioid, and Meth, and Inhalent Addiction. 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 […]

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Salisbury: Man Beaten, Forced to Strip, and Strong Armed Robbed Thursday Afternoon at Lakewood Apartment Homes on Lakewood Drive

April 14, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦  According to Salisbury Police sources and the Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers Facebook site, a yet to be identified man was the victim of a strong arm robbery at the Lakewood Apartment Homes on Lakewood Drive in Salisbury.  It was alleged the man was stripped of his clothing, beaten, and robbed by three men who lured […]

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Salisbury: Motel Invasion–Armed Robbery Thursday Night at the Economy Inn on Bendix Drive

April 14, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Tabitha Helms, 21, who lives on W. Horah Street in Salisbury and the Economy Inn, 319 Bendix Drive in Salisbury were victims of a robbery–firearm and burglary–forcible entry on Thursday night.  The crime was reported to 911 dispatch at 9:10 p.m.  It was reported that the robber(s) forced […]

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Salisbury: Arson Wednesday Morning at Vacant House on Stokes Ferry Road

April 13, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦  Sources in the Salisbury Police report that a vacant house on 1512 Stokes Ferry Road was the victim of an arson other residential.  The house belonged to Constantine Kalogeromitris, 63, of Trapper’s Ridge Drive in Rockwell.  According to reports the fire was intentionally set with an unknown tool.  The fire raged through the […]

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Salisbury: The Latest Fibrant Secret Adventures, the Rosetta Stone, and the State Treasurer

April 13, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer ♦ Readers might remember that closed meetings are taking place this week at 1 Water Street with City Council and a council-selected group of business leaders, who may or may not be residents of Salisbury and who don’t appear to have broadband experience, to interview a few vendors to do something […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin Weighs In on an Investigation against Him Initiated by Mayor Karen Alexander

April 12, 2017

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ Since I’ve been on the City Council, I’ve repeatedly said I don’t play politics. Unfortunately not all of my colleagues on Council are listening, especially Mayor Karen Alexander. This was evidenced by the waste of time I spent this morning answering questions from an Attorney she hired to “investigate” […]

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Salisbury: Wednesday Police Arrest MOST WANTED Kenneth Lark // Michael Faulk and Latrisha Long Busted on Alleged Drug Charges on E. Cemetery St.

April 12, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Arresting 3 persons on drug charges in Salisbury, during the city’s seismic heroin, meth, crack, and opioid epidemic, is akin to picking 3 beans out of an overflowing bushel basket.  Unless a dope dealer is hopelessly broke, he or she will be right back on the street again after posting bond.  Like initiatives for […]

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UPDATED! Salisbury: Romano’s Italian Cuisine on W. Innes Burglarized Monday Night. Security Cam Still Posted Here of Suspect

April 11, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Romano’s Italian Restaurant at 1510 West Innes St. was the victim of a burglary–forcible entry at 11:30 p.m. Monday night.  The burglar forcibly entered the metal side door using a rock or a brick and stole $5,791 from a cash register drawer. Both the register (valued at $200) and […]

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Salisbury: Police Arrest 3 Men Monday After a Car Stop on W. Fisher St. and Allegedly Find Guns, Drugs, and a Suspect Wanted for Strong Arm Robbery

April 11, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that officers found a Chevrolet Malibu parked on W. Fisher Street near Lloyd Street with three men in it on Monday at around 7 p.m. An officer immediately recognized Aquavius Robert Lee as having outstanding warrants for his arrest as a suspect in a March strong arm robbery […]

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Salisbury: More City Tax Dollars and Less Transparency at Downtown Salisbury Inc.

April 11, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney transparency ♦ Salisbury City Council announced at its April 4, 2017 meeting that Downtown Salisbury, Inc.(DSI) and its interim director are looking at different ways to fill the position of director.  After discussions with their executive committee and full board, an idea was floated about converting that position from […]

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Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin Provides Some Sage Advice on Running a Successful Campaign for City Council

April 10, 2017

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman  Reprinted with Permission ♦ If you’re considering running for City Council this November, I want to share some thoughts and advice to help you prepare: 1. Start now. It’s not too early to launch your campaign. Marketing and PR is critical especially if you’re not familiar to many in our […]

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery at the Westridge Place Apartments Sunday Night on Claymont Drive. Bandit Grabs an iPhone and $13 Bucks

April 10, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources two persons, whose names, ages, and sexes are “restricted”, were victims of a robbery–firearm with a revolver Sunday at 11:06 p.m. in the parking lot of the Westridge Place Apartments at 633 Claymont Drive.  The restrictions were likely due to either their ages or their personal safety.  The victims […]

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Salisbury: Fibrant’s Advisory Committee’s MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

April 10, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney Memo to: • Dari Caldwell, President of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center . • Teross Young, Vice President for Delhaize America . • Dyke Messinger, CEO of Power Curbers. • John Ketner, President of Rowan Investment Co. • Matt Barr, CEO of Carolina Color. • Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, […]

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Salisbury: Burglars Hit Habitat for Humanity Site Monday on N. Church St. // Burglars Grab $1,700 in Tools from Construction Site on Statesville Blvd.

April 9, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ The burglars and breaking and entry fellows were out in full force this week looting houses, buildings, and vehicles all hours of the day.  What follows here is a small taste from a larger pool of Salisbury crime. According to Salisbury Police sources the Habitat for Humanity construction site at 1233 N. Church […]

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Salisbury: Stephanie Jean Mayberry Arrested Thursday Evening for Alleged Crack Possession and Child Abuse by E. Innes Street Burger King

April 9, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Stephanie Jean Mayberry, 41, of 926  S. Fulton Street, Salisbury was arrested Thursday for alleged crack possession, child abuse, and possession of drug paraphernalia.   Officers pulled Mayberry over for a traffic stop by the Burger King at 824 E. Innes Street at 7:16 P.M.  A search of the vehicle’s interior allegedly turned up crack […]

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Salisbury: Public Records Concerning Fibrant Due Monday

April 8, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ A copy of a FOIA Request Sent for Public Records concerning Fibrant: Myra, I am requesting the letters of intent from AT&T, Axia, Foresite, Network Design Decision, Open Broadband, Rapidity, Sunset Digital Communications, Terra Pact, Ting, Wide Open Networks, Wilkes TMC and Fujitsu/NDDI, and three undisclosed respondents […]

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Salisbury: Mayor Karen Alexander’s Complete Salisbury Police Accident Report. Sustaining a Concussion and Bruises, Karen will Leave the Hospital Soon

April 8, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ The awful rumors circulating through Downtown Salisbury Friday morning that our beloved Mayor Alexander had her skull crushed or that she is speaking word salad out of a tracheotomy tube are completely unfounded and are suitable only for city hall’s “award winning” rumor control page. No proof of texting or drugs were found at […]

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Lamichael Feamster, Salisbury Felon, Arrested Today, after a E. Spencer Hostage Standoff, for Allegedly Kidnapping, Assaulting a Female, and More

April 7, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Lamichael Donnell Feamster, 25, Salisbury parole absconder and convicted felon living at 331 Pearl Street in Salisbury, allegedly embroiled in an early Friday morning hostage standoff with the E. Spencer Police under Chief Sharon Hovis, supported by deputies from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and the Spencer Police.  The […]

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Video: Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin Raises Serious Questions at the April 4th City Council Meeting about How Gang Grant Money was Spent

April 7, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin Raises Serious Questions at the April 4th City Council Meeting about How Gang Grant Money was Spent. In a City Wracked by Gang Violence, Major Questions are Being Raised about Salisbury’s City Government Possibly Misspending Grant Monies Elsewhere and Violating a Grant’s Stipulated Objectives:

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Mayor Karen Alexander Injured Thursday in a Wreck at One of Salisbury’s Most Dangerous Intersections: S. Fulton and W. Monroe Streets

April 6, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander involved in a wreck Thursday at 1 p.m. at the one of the city’s most dangerous intersections for vehicular accidents: S. Fulton and W. Monroe Streets.  Alexander, driving a 2014 Hyundai northeast on S. Fulton Street, allegedly ran a red light at the intersection at W. Monroe Street and […]

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AreaVibes.Com Latest Ranking Places Salisbury, N.C. in 466th Place Among North Carolina’s Cities and Towns. Calls Salisbury Somewhat Liveable

April 6, 2017

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Areavibes.com ♦ AreaVibes.Com Latest Ranking Places Salisbury, N.C. in 466th Place Among North Carolina’s Cities and Towns. Calls Salisbury Somewhat Liveable!  Gives  Crime and Employment an F.  Hands Education and Housing a D.:

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Video: Carolyn Logan Asks Where the Gang Grant Money was Really Spent During Public Comment at Salisbury’s City Council Meeting on April 4th 2017

April 6, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Carolyn Logan Asks Where the Gang Grant Money was Really Spent During Public Comment at Salisbury’s City Council Meeting on April 4th 2017:

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Work Force Development Power Meet

April 5, 2017

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Whitney Peckman ♦ An eclectic group of minority-owned business people and members of academia and government came together on Tuesday to share information on their areas of digital expertise, and to cross-pollinate ideas and knowledge. Kenneth Muhammad El, networking with professional people from Raleigh to Charlotte, convened the meeting with PMC2 LLC. Welcomed to the […]

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Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin Offers a Random Morning Thought–Real Talk

April 5, 2017

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman (Reprinted with Permission) ♦ Yesterday afternoon I received frantic and emotional call from a mother who said that her son smoked some weed laced with an unknown substance, probably some new designer drug. She said he was behaving oddly and out of control. I was about 15 minutes from starting […]

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Salisbury City Council Approves New Rules for Public Commentary by a 3 to 1 Vote

April 5, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ On Tuesday Salisbury City Council approved modified rules for Public Commentary by a 3 to 1 vote.  Councilman Kenny Hardin voted against the measure and Council persons Brian Miller, Mayor Karen Alexander, and David Post voted for it.  Blackwell was absent. The New Rules for Public Commentary: NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, […]

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Man Visiting Salisbury Thursday Gets his Bag Ripped Off at the Amtrak Depot. Suspect Dissapears with 186 Narcotic Pills and Items Worth $250

April 4, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that John Clemons, 58, of Swicegood Road in Linwood, N.C. encountered the misfortune of becoming a victim of larceny–all other at the Salisbury Amtrak Depot on 220 Depot Street. Mr. Clemons had his bookbag snatched by one of the many street people frequenting the area between the Depot […]

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Update: Elizabeth Upright Arrested Sunday on Tanner Rd. in Richfield for Allegedly Breaking into a Home, Meth Possession, and Posessing a Stolen Firearm

April 4, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ It’s no secret that drug and alcohol addiction drives much of the crime in Salisbury and Rowan County, N.C.  Heroin, meth, opiate painkillers, and, crack, all extremely addictive drugs, top the list.  Meth, because of its cheapness and its ease to “home brew” in trailer and garage labs is the fastest rising star.  […]

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting Monday April 3rd, 2017

April 3, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting Monday April 3rd, 2017:

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Salisbury: Darius Robertson Arrested Sunday for Alleged Armed Robbery on Wilson Road // Strong Arm Robbery Sunday on S. Jake Alexander Blvd.

April 3, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Sources in the Salisbury Police report that Darius Marquis Robertson, 25, of 445 Jackson Rd., Rowan County, was arrested Sunday at 1050 Stanley Street for an alleged armed robbery earlier Sunday on Wilson Road. Robertson allegedly stuck up a stranger Brandon Jones, 23, with a handgun on Wilson Road near Locke Street for $16. The robbery was […]

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Salisbury: Home Occupied by a 79 Year-Old Man Shot Up Thursday Morning on South Jackson Street in the Historic District

April 3, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that Jerry Short, 79, living at 412 S. Jackson Street in the heart of Salisbury’s Historic District, was the victim of all other shooting into occupied property on Thursday March 30th.  911 dispatch was contacted about the shooting 11:28 a.m.  Mercifully no one was injured.  An exterior and […]

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Video: Phillip Bush: Tales of a Ghost From Salisbury–The Interlude. From the Album “The Black Elephant”

April 3, 2017

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Phillip Bush, Artist and Formerly of Salisbury, N.C. ♦ Video: Phillip Bush: Tales of a Ghost from Salisbury–The Interlude.  From the Album “The Black Elephant”:

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