UPDATED Salisbury: Man Shot-to-Death Friday Morning in a Wooded Area Behind the Zion Hill Apartments on Standish Street

July 29, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Friday at 8:30 a.m. the Salisbury Police were called to the Zion Hill Apartments on the 1600 block of Standish after receiving the report of residents hearing multiple gunshots being fired in a wooded area behind the apartment complex’s playground.  Officers soon located a man, now identified as Reggie Jasmond Burke, 30, of Salisbury, […]

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Salisbury: Woman Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Two Vehicles and Ronnie Carr Collared for Allegedly Disturbing the Peace at Food Lion

July 29, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ On Thursday the Salisbury Police report that Christy Michele Parciael AKA Christy Michele Lewis, 35, of 5275 Long Ferry Road in Salisbury, was arrested for allegedly violating parole and stealing two cars.  Officers arrested Parciael at Sheetz filling station on 1520 S. Jake Alexander Boulevard at 12:45 a.m. Parciael was charged with 2 counts […]

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Rowan County Commission Chairman Greg Edds Spews Negativity in the Last Days of Salisbury

July 28, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ I’ve been quiet for a few days reveling in the sense of satisfaction that the even the Salisbury Post has tried their hand at the truth about some of the issues that RFP has been championing for the past four years about the crime and poverty in […]

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Salisbury: Marvin Tart, Sex Offender, Arrested Wednesday Allegedly for a Sex Offense and Failure to Report a Change of Address

July 28, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ On Wednesday morning Marvin Eric Tart, 42, a convicted sex offender, was arrested by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office allegedly for the charges of failure to notify of change of address (felony) and  for sex offense–use of a social website (felony).  He is being held without bond at the Rowan County Detention Center. Tart, a commercial […]

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Rating the Best Performers in Low Cost/No Cost VOIP Phones: MagicJackGo, Google Voice, Ooma, and Walmart’s Basic Talk

July 27, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ The day of the expensive home or office telephones is over. Today all home and office VOIP phones or landlines operate over the internet and are called Voice Over the Internet Protocol or VOIP. Because so much competition exists among VOIP phone providers, prices are generally super inexpensive and in some […]

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Weeding Out Candidates Unsuited for Public Office: The Wolf-in-Sheep’s Clothing Test and The Unprepared Candidate’s Test

July 27, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ It’s that time of the year when voters best take a very close look at candidates for public office or they will get stuck with someone for several years unsuited for the job. Voters better be aware of manipulative candidates, unprepared and unschooled candidates with inflated aspirations, and individuals unsuited for […]

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery Friday Evening at an Apartment on Henry Laurens Circle Disrupts a Gathering

July 26, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Home invasions and guns being pulled on families and party goers in Salisbury appears to occur with some frequency. Occasionally a victim is wounded or killed while their dwelling is pillaged. Life goes on in Bury despite the clear and present danger. On Friday July 22nd an armed robbery was reported in […]

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Walmart Employee Wesley Page Arrested Saturday for Allegedly Setting Fire in the Men’s Room at the Salisbury Walmart

July 26, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Walmart maintenance employee Wesley Daniel Page, 18, of Rockwell was arrested for allegedly setting fire to toilet paper in a stall in the men’s room at the Walmart on 323 S. Arlington Street in Salisbury.  The incident was reported at 2:11 a.m. Saturday morning. Police sources report that Page was […]

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Christopher Earnhardt Arrested Sunday Morning in Richfield for Alleged Strong Arm Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon

July 25, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Christopher James Earnhardt, 29, of 368 Dry Creek Trail in Richfield was arrested Sunday Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 10:56 a.m. for an alleged strong arm robbery, alleged assault with a deadly weapon (his car) when he dragged his mother-in-law down the driveway at her home, and assault on a female. The incidents […]

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Salisbury’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Calls for a Much Needed Change in Salisbury’s Direction

July 25, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Sunday the local print media provided an update concerning Salisbury’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee who were meeting with each other and a consultant to try to update Salisbury’s Vision 2020 Comprehensive Plan originally approved by City Council in 2001. Of course this committee is merely advisory and City Council can adopt or not adopt any plan they […]

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Kenneth William Goodwin Arrested Saturday Morning for Allegedly Assaulting a Female at a North Craige Street Apartment in Salisbury

July 24, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Kenneth William Goodwin, 61, of Salisbury was arrested by Salisbury Police officers early Saturday morning for allegedly assaulting Tiffaney Marianna Sanchez, 31, at her apartment at 120 North Craige Street in Salisbury.  According to police sources Ms. Sanchez was alleged to have sustained minor injuries during a domestic altercation. 120 North Craig Street in Salisbury: Goodwin […]

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David Jumar White, a Felon Living in Salisbury, was Arrested Friday by S. Long Street in Salisbury for Allegedly Trafficking Heroin

July 24, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ David Jumar White, 33, a convicted felon living on the 600 block of S. Ellis Street in Salisbury, was arrested Friday by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies by 400 South Long Street for allegedly trafficking heroin. 400 South Long Street in Salisbury: White was charged with possession of controlled substance schedule VI […]

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Video: Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin Questions Downtown Salisbury Inc’s Research Methods

July 23, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin Questions Downtown Salisbury Inc.’s Research Methods:

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In Salisbury, N.C. Free Speech Lives on N. Church Street Where Neighbors Support “Black Lives Matter” and a Confederate Battle Flag

July 23, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ In crime and violence-ridden Salisbury, N.C. free speech still lives on in the 900 block of North Church Street where two nextdoor neighbors express opposing views: “Black Lives Matter” and a Confederate Battle Flag. Long live the First Amendment!

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Chuck Hughes–Why I Signed Up to Run for the Board of Education Friday and My Record in Office

July 23, 2016

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Chuck Hughes, R/SSS Board of Education ♦ In 2012, I had the honor of being elected to the R/SSS Board of Education (BOE). I soon learned that, while I am not an important man, the seat to which I was elected is. I also understand there is still much to be done to improve the […]

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Fire that Heavily Damaged a Home on the 1400 Block of Pine Ridge Road in China Grove Alleged to be an Arson

July 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ An unoccupied home being remodeled on the 1400 block of Pine Ridge Road in China Grove that was heavily damaged by a fire on Thursday is now being called an arson by Rowan County investigators.  The fire was reported at 11:15 a.m.  Although heavily damaged by the fire and smoke, the structure […]

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Monday at the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education: A Surprise

July 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Monday, a majority of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education voted to abandon a previous site for the proposed merger of the Cleveland and Woodleaf elementary schools on Godbey Road and NC 801 and move forward to a new site on Foster Road. RFP readers will recall an effort lead by “Rowan Rural […]

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Former County Commissioner Jim Sides is Moving to Salisbury. Will He Again Become the “Comeback Kid?”

July 22, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ During a break tonight in the recording of “Politics Today”, a radio show hosted by local Attorney Jeff Morris on the Ford Broadcasting Network, former Rowan County Commission Chair Jim Sides revealed that within six weeks he will be moving his residency inside Salisbury’s City limits. Jim […]

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Salisbury: Kurt Stebe Robbed at Gunpoint Wednesday Morning by 700 North Church Street

July 21, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Since the spring a rise in armed street robberies with handguns and other dangerous weapons are occurring throughout Salisbury, N.C.  According to Salisbury Police sources an armed robbery was reported at 5:10 a.m. by Kurt Theodore Stebe, 25, of Pinewood Ave. in Salisbury who was held up at gunpoint by 700 N. Church Street near W. […]

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Will Salisbury’s FIBRANT DEBACLE Freeload Off County Taxpayers Like It Leeches Off Rowan-Salisbury’s Water and Sewer Funds?

July 21, 2016

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Fight the Power! ♦ Will Salisbury’s FIBRANT DEBACLE Freeload Off County Taxpayers Like the DEBACLE Leeches Off Rowan-Salisbury Water and Sewer Funds? You saw how Fibrant annihilated their city and transformed it overnight into a dangerous hole with greatly diminished city services and bad schools. Don’t let Salisbury drag the county down!

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Jeramy McNair, Convicted Murderer Released from Central Prison in January, Allegedly Rams Girlfriend’s Rental Car in Salisbury Tuesday

July 20, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Jeramy Jermaine McNair, 40, a convicted murderer released in January from Central Prison after 17 year incarceration and now living at 120 Emerson Lane Apt.304 in Salisbury, was arrested after an alleged domestic dispute highlighted by his ramming his girlfriend’s rental car with a vehicle borrowed from her in a parking lot on the 2400 block of […]

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Video: Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Called Meeting on Tuesday July 19th

July 20, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Called Meeting on Tuesday July 19th:

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Walmartia Invaded in Salisbury! Barbara Link AKA Barbara Crain Busted for Allegedly Trespassing and Bleeding on Stolen Goods

July 20, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ We seldom if ever report on the army of daily shoplifters who try their luck in Salisbury’s Number One Retailer: the Walmart Super Center at 323 Arlington Road. The attempted pilferage there keeps their loss prevention specialists alert and agile. We’ve been told by one Salisbury Policeman he avoids shopping in the […]

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Fibrant Woes Deepen. City Hall Directed Atlantic Engineering Group to Install Fibrant’s Cable in Violation of National Electric Safety Code

July 20, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Tuesday the Rowan Free Press learned the Atlantic Engineering Group has alleged in a counterclaim to the city’s lawsuit that the City of Salisbury directed the company to install Fibrant’s lines without the needed make ready work to ensure it was in compliance with the National Electric Safety Code, a mistake that could […]

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SALISBURY MANHUNT for Antoine “Sky” McGee for Allegedly Shooting Terrell Jones at a House on W. Miller Street Monday Morning

July 19, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The Salisbury Police are hunting for Antoine Terrell “Sky” McGee, 29, of Salisbury for allegedly shooting Terrell Leshawn Jones, 32, of Highpoint at a house on 127 W. Miller Street in Salisbury at around 12:45 a.m. Monday. Reports say Jones sustained a gunshot wound to the right thigh and had to be […]

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Updated: Homicide at 295 Ellis Loop Road in Salisbury Monday Morning. Curtis Wayne Trexler Charged with First Degree Murder

July 18, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ At 5 a.m. Monday a 911 was received from 295 Ellis Loop Road reporting someone was down and needed immediate medical attention. The caller was said to be the alleged murderer Curtis Wayne Trexler.  Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Rowan County EMS, and a fire department vehicle were dispatched to the home on […]

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Two Convicted Sex Offenders, Morgan “Moogie” McDuffie and Allen Melton, Arrested for Allegedly Failing to Register New Addresses

July 18, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Morgan Taylor “Moogie” McDuffie, 22, formerly of 245 Gallimore Road in Salisbury, a registered sex offender convicted of crimes against nature (felony) and kidnapping a minor (felony) in Davidson County, was arrested Sunday in Rowan County by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. McDuffie, a 2013 West Rowan High Grad, was charged Sunday […]

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Salisbury: Derelict Busted Saturday for Allegedly Vandalizing City Property and Couple Arrested by Sheetz for Alleged Heroin Possession

July 17, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ On Saturday at 10:09 p.m. the Salisbury Police were called to 102 Depot Street, a frequently vandalized property, where they arrested Steven Edward Rice, 38, of the streets of Salisbury, for allegedly trespassing and damaging City of Salisbury property. Damage to the property was said to be $1,000. Windows on the 100 block of Depot […]

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What’s Become of Salisbury’s Ex-Police Chief and Housing Authority Security Guard Rory Collins?

July 17, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ One of the Earth’s grandest mysteries is what’s become of Salisbury’s Ex-Police Chief and Housing Authority security guard Rory Collins?  Is he running the streets of Salisbury with his half-brother and King of the Salisbury panhandlers Tony Rippey?  No sign of that yet. The RFP poked around and got some answers from sources in the Salisbury Police Department […]

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Photo Gallery: Peace-Unity March in Support of “Black Lives Matter” Attracts Several Hundred Marchers to Salisbury on Saturday

July 16, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The Peace-Unity March in support of “Black Lives Matter” went on today as planned in Salisbury.  In a difficult to estimate march, the crowd was said to be from 200 to as much 400 or more people. At 12:30 p.m. people began to arrive at the staging area in Big Lots parking lot off of Martin Luther […]

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AT&T Says No to Salisbury’s Bogus “Right of Way” Tax Bill. Will AT&T’s Rejection of the City’s Scam Upend the City’s Budget?

July 16, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The RFP was provided a copy of a letter from AT&T Corporate Counsel to City Attorney Rivers Lawther refusing to pay the Salisbury’s “right of way tax” of one dollar per linear foot for AT&T lines. The former state law once permitting this tax has “sunset” and now the state is collecting and reimbursing […]

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Salisbury: Billy Davis and Darnell Keith Arrested Friday for Alleged Kidnapping on East Innes and Arson Wednesday on East Franklin St.

July 15, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police reports Billy Jerome Davis, 48, and Darnell Keith, 58, both of Salisbury were arrested early Friday morning for allegedly kidnapping Corry Tionne Summers, 32, of Beauty Street in Statesville.  The kidnapping allegedly took place at 325 East Innes Street and was allegedly accomplished by physically overpowering their victim. 325 East Innes Street where […]

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Armed Robbery Thursday Night At Kentucky Fried Chicken at 1006 Mooresville Road in Salisbury. $1,639 Taken at Gunpoint

July 15, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources an armed robbery was reported Thursday around 10:44 p.m. at the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 1006 Mooresville Road in Salisbury.   Three KFC employees were forced to the floor in the manager’s office by two armed Black men wearing bandanas who came through the restaurant’s backdoor. One gunman […]

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Another Overdose Victim Tuesday on Bendix Drive’s Mo-Tel Row in Salisbury. Help is Available for Heroin, Meth, Crack, and Opiates

July 15, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ All Spring and into the Summer numerous overdoses, mostly from heroin, meth, and opiates, were reported in Salisbury.  A number of “miscellaneous bodies found”, attributable to drug overdoses, have occurred throughout the city. Addiction affects all social classes.  On Tuesday in the late afternoon Salisbury Police and a Salisbury Fire Department rescue […]

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Security Stills: Smash N’ Grab Break-In on July 8th at Mikey’s One-Stop Convenience Store on 5810 South Main in Salisbury

July 14, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦  The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is seeking 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. Security […]

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Avery Bostian and Bailey Haynes Arrested in Rowan County 5 Days Apart For Alleged Possession of Meth Precursor Chemicals

July 14, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ In the non-stop battle to shut down meth labs and bust their army of “chemists” in meth-plagued  Rowan County and Salisbury, N.C., Bailey Austin Haynes, 17, was arrested Tuesday by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies at 128 Andrews Ford Road in Salisbury for the alleged possession of meth precursor chemicals.  His alleged co-chemist Avery Michael Bostian, 23, […]

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How Many Over-the-Air TV Channels Can You Receive from Your Location with an Antenna (Rabbit Ears or Outdoor Antenna)?

July 14, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ How Many Over-the-Air TV Channels Can You Receive from Your Location with Antenna (Rabbit Ears or Outdoor Antenna)? Punch in Your Zipcode:

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Pilot William Grant Kluttz, Jr. Arrested Monday for Alleged Sexual Battery with an Airport Employee at the Rowan County Airport

July 13, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦  William Grant Kluttz, Jr.,70, a pilot formerly of Concord, N.C. and now living at 830 Eel Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, surrendered to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on Monday when he learned he was being charged with sexual battery for an incident occurring at the start of July.  According to law enforcement sources, […]

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General Assembly Short Session Recap from N.C. Sen. Tom McInnis

July 13, 2016

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Press Release ♦ We have concluded a busy legislative short session here at the General Assembly. As your senator, I felt it was important for me to share with you some of the things we have accomplished during the last two years. There are some great things I believe will benefit our community that are […]

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Salisbury City Hall Confirms Downtown Police Presence for “Black Lives Matter” Demonstration that Never Materialized

July 12, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Today we witnessed another overreactive statement from the Salisbury’s City Hall attempting to minimize investigatory work done by staff at the Rowan Free Press. In the statement, the City of Salisbury disclosed that there was in fact a “staff member” on the roof of a downtown building Saturday due to the city’s concern about a planned […]

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GUN TROUBLE in SALISBURY: Woman Held-Up on Old Concord Road and a Felon Busted with an Alleged Handgun on “Old Plank”

July 12, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ In the notorious Dodge City of the Piedmont, Salisbury, N.C. where Otto Wood was gunned down in 1930’s by the Chief of the Salisbury Police (a man’s man who never tampered with stats or swilled Hillbilly Heroin) and where now gunshots can be heard almost nightly, a woman was allegedly held up Sunday at gunpoint on Old Concord […]

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Kevin Rashee Toomer Pleaded Guilty Monday for the 2013 Salisbury Murder of Eric Maurice Feamster

July 12, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Kevin Rashee Toomer, 25, pleaded guilty for 2nd degree murder Monday in Superior Court before Judge Anna Mills Wagner for the 2013 Salisbury shooting death of Eric Maurice Feamster, 27, at the Clancy Hills Apartments.  Accepting the terms of an Alford plea, Toomer was sentenced to more than 22 years in the prison.  Additional charges […]

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Khari Dewayne McClelland Pleaded Guilty Monday to the 2013 Murder of Rowan Firefighter Marcus “Marco” Kauffman

July 12, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Khari Dewayne McClelland, 26, pleaded guilty Rowan County Superior Court to avoid the death sentence for the senseless 2013 murder of Rowan Firefighter Marcus “Marco” Kauffman. McClelland was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole with added time for other offenses. Khari Dewayne McClelland: Marcus “Marco” Kauffman, on the morning […]

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Vicarious Trauma: A Challenge for Many Watching Violence on Videos and News Coverage

July 11, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ I’ve had several conversations with licensed professionals about this. The two police murders this week and the numerous ones previously can result in trauma for some. If you continually engage in watching the videos, news coverage and trying to defend your feelings to those not impacted, it can cause […]

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Salisbury: Burglary Nets Jewelry and a TV on S. Clay Street and Two Computers Carted off During a Forcible Entry on W. Horah Street

July 11, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ In Salisbury’s flood of daily break-ins, two stood out.  A forcible entry on the 400 block of S. Clay Street and burglary on 1200 block of West Horah Street. Willie James Boyd, 60, of the 400 block of S. Clay Street in Salisbury, returned to his house on Saturday and saw that his […]

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The Salisbury “Black Lives Matter” Protest that Wasn’t: An Interview with Organizers Kavari Hillie and Dejoun Jones

July 11, 2016

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Todd Paris, RFP Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Last Friday, Kavari Hillie, a local resident, posted on his Facebook page at 1:14 p.m. a call out to the community to gather on Main and Innes at 12:00.  (Copies of this Facebook post and others appear at the end of the article) At 3:47 Mr. Hillie posted that Salisbury Police […]

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Practical Anti-Crime Survival Manuals for Retail, Bar, and Restaurant Owners in Salisbury, N.C.

July 10, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Whether you are attempting to keep your losses down in Downtown Salisbury or on Jake Alexander Blvd, East Innes Street, West Innes Street, Wallace Commons, the Shoppes at the Summit, or heaven forbid the South Main Badlands, here is a selection of practical anti-crime survival manuals: Preventing Panhandling–Panhandlers around your business or even inside […]

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Salisbury: A Man Assaulted Saturday with a “Blunt Object” on Ackert Avenue and a “Safe Heist” Thursday Morning on Faith Road

July 10, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ To the best of our knowledge no one was murdered in Salisbury the last few days unless a corpse or two show up in the woods somewhere or in one of the city’s 900 plus vacant houses.  Just the normal amount of street beatings, breaking and enterings, car break-ins, and vandalisms.  Lest we […]

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Downtown Salisbury on “Lockdown” at Noon as Salisbury Police Entered Businesses and Asked People to Leave Due to Possible Trouble

July 9, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Downtown Salisbury was abuzz with Salisbury Police activity in the late morning before noon as officers went door-to-door and cautioned people to leave because of possible trouble.  An unpermitted demonstration, concerned with alleged Police Shootings of two Black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Minneapolis, Minnesota and gang violence in Salisbury, was set to go on until […]

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The “Mind Diet” and the Documentary “Monster in the Mind”: Research that Could Greatly Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

July 9, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ “We are so trapped by our irrational fear of Alzheimer’s and dementia that we typically view them as our fate—a hopeless, genetically determined punishment of living too long that condemns us to an agonizing descent into oblivion. Do not believe it. In truth, much of dementia in old age is self-inflicted […]

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