Hunt on for Bryan Williams Gibson Suspect in Wednesday’s Armed Robbery of Ron’s Quick Grocery on S. Enochville Avenue in Kannapolis

December 9, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Bryan Williams Gibson, 32, a Salisbury felon, was named a suspect in Wednesday evening’s armed robbery of Ron’s Quick Grocery at 418 S. Enochville Avenue in Kannapolis. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office obtained arrest warrants for Gibson for felony robbery after the public responded to a security cam still of the alleged […]

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HIGH ALERT for Potential Gun Violence in Salisbury, N.C This Weekend // EMERGENCY MEETING Friday at 9:30 A.M at Salisbury City Hall

December 9, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to persons knowledgeable about the Salisbury’s uptick in gun violence and recent tragic murders, the city is on HIGH ALERT for Potential gun violence from Friday until Sunday night.  Persons are urged to stay alert, aware, and exercise caution if they must travel into the city this weekend. *** Friday’s EMERGENCY MEETING between the Salisbury City Council and […]

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Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin Offers a Few Thoughts

December 8, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ There is so much involved with the murders that occurred over the weekend and the random acts of gun violence that have broken out in the following days since. I know that people are experiencing a wide range of emotions like anger, fear, and apathy even.  I want people […]

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Armed Robbery Wednesday Night at Ron’s Quick Grocery on S. Enochville Avenue in Kannapolis

December 8, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Convenience stores and filling stations are taking a beating from armed robbers in both Salisbury and out in Rowan County.  Aside from being pistol whipped so far no one has been killed or shot by some hothead gunman.  Knock on wood. According to sources in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Ron’s Quick Grocery […]

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Galen Lee Smith, From Gold Hill, will Spend His Life in Prison after Being Convicted of 24 Felony Counts of Sex Crimes with Children

December 8, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Galen Lee Smith, 45, formerly of 1175 St. Peters Church Road in Gold Hill, will spend his life in prison after a 5 day jury trial where he was convicted of 24 felony counts of sex crimes with children.  In the Rowan County Detention Center since April 2011 when he was arrested and […]

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The Salisbury City Council and County Commission Joined Together to Offer a $20,000 Reward for the Arrest of A’Yanna Allen’s Killer!

December 7, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ The Salisbury City Council and County Commission leadership announced at a press conference this afternoon that we are coming together to offer a $20,000 reward.  This reward will be for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of 7 year-old A’Yanna Allen. Citizens having any knowledge about this crime […]

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Salisbury’s City Council Meeting Demonstrated a Mobilized Public Demanding Solutions for Ending Gang Violence and “No Knock” Warrants

December 7, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Last night I watched Salisbury City Council’s meeting on city government’s streaming website and was heartened by the large public turnout.  I saw a mobilized public demanding solutions for ending gang violence and “No Knock” warrants.  We will put video up of the public commentary and other key segments of the meeting when they […]

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Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin Thanks All the Folks Who Came to Salisbury’s City Council Meeting Last Night

December 7, 2016

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Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin ♦ I want to thank all those who came out to the City Council meeting last night. The room was filed to capacity with every seat occupied and people lining the walls at the entrances. There was even a large online audience watching locally and from other states. I saw so […]

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery Sunday Night on 2300 W. Innes Street by Catawba College. Stickup Artist Snatches an Iphone and $60 Bucks

December 6, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources B.J. Bradsher, 21, of Chris Drive in Kannapolis was a victim of a robbery–firearm on Sunday night on 2300 W. Innes by Catawba College not far from a campus ATM. The robber held a handgun on Bradsher and relieved him of an IPhone 7 cellphone (valued at […]

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Salisbury: House Shot Up Sunday on Messner Street in the West End

December 6, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources and neighbors Teela Evette Wilkins, 29, living at 310 Messner Street in Salisbury’s besieged West End, was the victim of all other shooting into an occupied property on Sunday. The shooting was reported later at 3:22 p.m. Monday and officers arrived soon after to take a report. […]

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A Candlelight Memorial for Murder Victim Sharod Raheen Mathis. A Reward Offered in the Murder Case of 7 Year-Old A’Yanna Allen

December 6, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ A candlelight memorial could be seen tonight in the parking lot at the Firewater Lounge on 122 S. Avalon Drive in memory of Sharod Raheen Mathis, 22, of 255 Long Bow Road in Salisbury, who was one the three homicide victims within 7 hours occurring over this […]

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting at 3 P.M. on Monday, December 5th. Chairman and Vice-Chairman Chosen

December 5, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting at 3 P.M. on Monday, December 5th. Chairman and Vice-Chairman Chosen:

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Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin’s Angry Morning Rant

December 5, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ Yes, I’m outraged right now but for a different reason. I’m upset because of all the hypocrisy, fake concern, and those who have done nothing but turn a blind eye and wag a judgmental finger are now coming out of the woodwork trying to get some type of recognition […]

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Jahari Rustin and Jai Winchester Arrested Sunday Morning for the Alleged Murder of Christopher Todd Rumple in Kannapolis

December 4, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to sources in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Jahari Shaheed Rustin, 20, 2113 E. Innes St. in Salisbury and Jai Wontreal Winchester, 21, of 1607 Lakewood Drive in Salisbury were arrested for the alleged murder of Christopher Todd Rumple, 48, of 504 Carter Street in Kannapolis, N.C.  Deputies found Rumple laying in the street near his […]

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Salisbury: Sharod Raheen Mathis Shot to Death at the Firewater Lounge on S. Avalon Drive This Morning. 7 Year-Old Girl Murdered Elsewhere

December 4, 2016

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RFP Staff/Todd Paris, Photographer and Photos from the community ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Sharod Raheen Mathis, 22, of 255 Long Bow Road in Salisbury, was the victim of a criminal homicide early this morning.  He was shot outside in the parking lot at the Firewater Lounge on 122 S. Avalon Drive. Mr. Mathis was […]

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City Councilman Kenny Hardin Summarizes His One Year Anniversary with the Salisbury City Council

December 4, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ I was interviewed for an hour this past Friday morning by a reporter from the local newspaper. The focus was on what my thoughts were after being an elected official with the City Council for one full year. I was asked whether I felt any progress has been made […]

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Robert Romerle King Arrested Friday as Second Suspect in the Alleged Attempted Murder and Robbery of Salisbury’s Johnny Lee Leonard

December 3, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources Robert Romerle King, 56, living at 112 E. Division Avenue in Spencer, N.C. and a 2nd suspect in the attempted murder, robbery, and kidnapping of Salisbury resident Johnny Lee Leonard, 52, of W. Franklin Street on Tuesday November the 29th.  After Leonard was shot multiple times with […]

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Salisbury: John Wayne Gray, Jr., and Sarah Pharr of Mocksville Avenue Busted Tuesday For Allegedly Trafficking Heroin

December 3, 2016

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RFO Staff ♦ After a six-month undercover investigation the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in tandem with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested John Wayne Gray, Jr., 44, and Sarah Marie Hoffner Pharr, 29, both living at 314 Mocksville Avenue in Salisbury, for allegedly dropping off 43 grams of heroin to parking lot at […]

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“Toys for Tots” Abandoned by Salisbury’s City Hall

December 3, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ The “Toys for Tots” started back in the 80’s by individual US Marine units collecting toys for the underprivileged. In 1995 the Secretary of Defense approved this program as an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps and an official activity of the Marine Corps Reserve. A private […]

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Salisbury: Hibbett Sports on Klumac Road Hit by Trio of Shoplifters. $650 Lost in Jordan and Nike Attire

December 2, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ It’s the holiday shopping season and brick and mortar stores all over Salisbury are feeling the heat from Amazon.com and other online shopping giants as well as the large retail leakage to Concord Mills, Afton Ridge, and retailers in Huntersville and Winston-Salem.  Downtown Salisbury is suffering stoically from its usual lack of human traffic and the […]

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Veterans: December 7th Vets Coffee will Remember Pearl Harbor // Seminar on PTSD Dogs and Therapeutic Horse Riding on December 5th

December 1, 2016

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Rodney Cress, Veteran Advocate ♦ Public Announcement ♦

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Salisbury: Roland Rico Harris Arrested Wednesday on W. Innes St. for an Alleged Kidnapping and Box Cutter Blade Assault on His Girlfriend

December 1, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Ronald Rico Harris, 36, of 217 N. Long Street in Salisbury, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Sun Trust Bank parking lot at 507 W. Innes Street for allegedly kidnapping his girlfriend and slashing her face with a box cutter blade. Harris was charged with robbery with firearms or other […]

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Joseph Robert King Arrested Wednesday in East Spencer for the Alleged Attempted Murder and Kidnapping of Salisbury’s Johnny Leonard

December 1, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources report that Joseph Robert King, 35, a convicted felon, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at 115 W. Division Avenue in East Spencer for the alleged attempted murder, kidnapping, and robbery of Johnny Lee Leonard, 52, of Salisbury.  King was a suspect since Rowan County’s Sheriff’s Office deputies interviewed Leonard left for […]

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Salisbury: Christopher Ramsey, Sought as an Accomplice in the Meth Lab on Old Mocksville Road, was Arrested Tuesday on E. Ridge Rd.

November 30, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Sources in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office report that Christopher Joseph Ramsey, 30, formerly of 5520 Old Mocksville Road in Salisbury, N.C., sought for allegedly purchasing methamphetamine precursor chemicals and being an alleged accomplice in the meth and incendiary bomb lab with Adam Seth Anderson and Sebrina Lachel Carpenter, was arrested Tuesday at 855 E. […]

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Salisbury: Freeman Payton, Jailed for an Alleged Shooting, Allegedly Assaults an Officer at the Rowan County Detention Center on Monday

November 30, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to sources in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Freeman Franklin Payton III, 23, jailed for an alleged Salisbury shooting incident back on February 27th, added to his list of charges when he allegedly assaulted detention officer K. Peoples at the Rowan County Detention Center 0n Monday.  It was reported that Payton allegedly punched and […]

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Man, Bloodied from Multiple Gunshot Wounds, Found Walking on Old Union Church Rd after His Car and Wallet were Stolen in Spencer

November 29, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ A man, identified as Johnny Lee Leonard, 52, of W. Franklin Street in Salisbury, was found bloodied from multiple gunshot wounds walking by 1887 Old Union Church Road in Spencer, N.C.  Several drivers spotted Leonard wearing a blood soaked flannel shirt and no pants and called 911 about 8:22 a.m.  Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the […]

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Salisbury: Rusty Propst and Katelyn Freeze Arrested for the Alleged October 14th $32,500 Heist on Confederate Avenue in the “Country Club”

November 29, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Rusty Dale Ray Propst, 24, and Katelyn Freeze,26, were arrested this morning in their home at 606 Franklin Street in Salisbury for the alleged October 14th $32,500 heist at 200 block Confederate Avenue in the “Country Club”. On that day a lengthy list of firearms, coins, jewels, and other […]

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Does Salisbury, N.C. Qualify as a Dead or Dying City? What are the Traditional Markers for Dead and Dying Cities?

November 29, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Several years ago a city manager asked me if I thought Salisbury was a dying city.  I told him yes and stated why.  Has my experience of Salisbury changed?  Somewhat–today I’d have no challenge saying the sheet was pulled over Salisbury’s face somewhere around 2013-2014.  The city has been in a free […]

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Salisbury: Another Purse Snatching Assault at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Saturday on Mocksville Avenue

November 28, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ As we’ve warned many times previously during the holidays an increased risk of purse snatchings, strong arm robberies, and armed robberies exists in Salisbury.  In shopping area parking lots, in the side streets and parking lots of Downtown Salisbury, and by outdoor ATMs or near banks assaults are most likely to occur.  It is also wise to […]

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Salisbury: Burglary Friday at Auto Magic Car Wash on Stokes Ferry Rd. // Forcible Entry Tuesday at 412 E. Horah Scores $1,220 in Loot

November 28, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The burglary and forcible entry beat goes on unobstructed in Salisbury, N.C.  Here is an impressionistic accounting of two of the many burglaries that occurred in the Salisbury, N.C. this past week.  Hope your homeowner’s or renters insurance is paid up.  Make sure you have a copy of the police report because you’ll require […]

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Salisbury: Shooting into Occupied Property Wednesday On Locke Street // House ROCKED Friday on Grace Street. Six Windows Smashed!

November 27, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Gunfire is reported almost daily since last spring in Salisbury. 14 unsolved murders are on the books and numerous persons were carted off to hospitals from gunshot wounds in the number 9th ranked most dangerous city in North Carolina according to 2 websites based on FBI UCR statistics. Salisbury Police sources report […]

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Salisbury: Matthew Wayne Bradshaw Arrested Thursday Morning for Alleged Narcotics Possession at the Economy Inn on Bendix Drive

November 27, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The flood of heroin, meth, crack, and oxycontin is drowning Salisbury and parts of the county.  The Salisbury Police and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office are battling an unyielding foe no matter how many arrests they make and how many pounds of drugs they seize.  The drug treatment community is overwhelmed.  Kicking a highly addictive habit […]

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The Best Media Streaming Devices of 2016

November 27, 2016

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PCMag.Com/Will Greenwald ♦ The Best Media Streaming Devices of 2016:

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Tie Initiative Going on at Isenberg Elementary in Salisbury. Donate Ties to the 3rd and 4th Grade Boys

November 26, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Council ♦  I love this initiative started by Mr. Anthony Johnson at Isenberg Elementary!  I’m going to donate a few ties to 3rd and 4th grade boys at Isenberg Elementary.  Help if you can. Twenty seven 5th grade boys sporting ties. We need more!! Our 3rd and 4th grade boys will […]

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Tsunami Development Literacy Program 3rd Annual Holiday Mixer on December 10th

November 26, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ I’m proud to be one of the original creators and founders of this successful program. It’s been great to see its continual growth and relevance in our community. We have made some great strides and have had a positive impact on many young lives since we began. Please show […]

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Updated: Man Found Shot at Brenner Crossing Apartments in Salisbury. Transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

November 25, 2016

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RFP Staff/Todd Paris, Photographer, Staff Writer, and Salisbury Attorney ♦ On Friday about 2:45 p.m. a 25 year-old man was found in a bullet-riddled car in the parking lot of Brenner Crossing Apartments at Brenner Avenue near Standish Streets in Salisbury.   A woman at the scene, said to be the victim’s girlfriend, identified the victim […]

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Salisbury: Shooting into Occupied Property Wednesday on Edgedale Dr. // Armed Robbery Monday on S. Main. $1,000 in Cash Grabbed!

November 25, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The rising tide of violence and crime in Salisbury is flying off the charts.  Who’s next?   Purse snatchings, random beatings, strong arm robberies, stabbings, rapes, and unsolved murders? Today is Black Friday in Salisbury–who is going to permanently punch their ticket this holiday season?  Salisbury, every community in it, faces danger from sunup […]

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Salisbury: Sprint Store on East Innes Attempted Forced Entry Wednesday // Rowan Gun and Pawn Victim of Burglary–Forced Entry Monday

November 25, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Home owners and renters are not the only folks picked clean by burglars in Salisbury and Rowan during the holiday season, retail properties are prize plums because they are brimming with stock and cash.  They can be cleaned out in a few minutes by fast working breaking and entry artists looking for money […]

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Photo Gallery: Holiday Caravan 2016 in Salisbury, N.C.

November 24, 2016

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Chuck Hughes, Photographer, Salisbury, N.C. and other RFP friends ♦ Photo Gallery: Holiday Caravan 2016 in Salisbury, N.C.: The Salisbury Police’s “Neighborhood Ice Cream Express” Tooling Down N. Main Playing Its Ironic Calliope Theme “Pop Goes the Weasel”.

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Salisbury: Shooting into Occupied Property Friday on W. Kerr St. // Gun Assault Monday on N. Long St. // Gun Assault Sunday at N. Shaver St.

November 24, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that Jesse Gibbs, 27, was a victim of all other shooting into an occupied property at 714 W. Kerr Street on Friday November 18th.  The shooting was reported to the police at 9:26 p.m.  No injuries or specific damage to the home reported. 714 W. Kerr Street in Salisbury, […]

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New Fibrant Interim Honcho into Crisp Execution of a Failed Business Plan

November 23, 2016

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ City Council and staff met last week for a workshop for to determine a new capital improvement plan (CIP). What does this mean? A CIP is a plan for future large city expenditures, and how to fund those expenditures. The problem? Fibrant is holding everything back. During […]

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Video: Maggie Blackwell Suggests Financial Coercion in Proposed City Dog Park. City Councilman Kenny Hardin Fires Back

November 23, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Maggie Blackwell Suggests Financial Coercion in Proposed City Dog Park. City Councilman Kenny Hardin Fires Back:

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Salisbury: Purse Snatcher Attacks Woman at E. Innes Rushco on Sunday // Hughes Southeastern Supply Vandalized on S. Main St. Saturday

November 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The holidays have arrived in Salisbury with a bang.  Already purse snatchers, strong arm robbers, and bladesmen are cruising the streets hunting for seniors and other easy prey.   Vandalism is unchecked.   Expensive plate glass windows are getting “rocked”, cars and houses are getting splashed with paint, and vehicles are getting keyed.  Nothing quite like going […]

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Fire at Apple Baking Company on 380 Apple Road in Salisbury Under Investigation this Morning

November 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ A fire was reported prior to 7 a.m. at the Apple Baking Company on 380 Apple Road in Salisbury. According to firefighters on the scene the fire likely broke out in a shed next to the bakery or in a dumpster. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene saw flames and […]

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Video: Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Meeting on November 14th, 2016

November 22, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Meeting on November 14th, 2016:

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting at 6 P.M. on Monday November 21

November 21, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting at 6 P.M. on Monday, November 21st:

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Salisbury: Shooting into an Occupied Property Sunday on Old Plank Road // Cindy Dixon Arrested Friday for Alleged Heroin Trafficking

November 21, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Darrell Houston, of 1039 Old Plank Road in Salisbury, was the victim of all other shooting into an occupied property.  The shooting was reported at 9:28 a.m.  No injuries were reported.  The firearm employed in the shooting was undetermined.   A window was damaged.  The estimated damage was […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Should Rowan County Forcibly De-Annex Salisbury?

November 20, 2016

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Rabbi Will McCubbins, China Grove, N.C. ♦ Violent crime and property crime are spiraling out of control in Salisbury. Until they fix the crime there they can’t do any economic development or think about getting visitors.   The “Be an Original” video the county launched the other day sure  isn’t going to attract visitors.  The name Salisbury needs to be left out of rebranding […]

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Video: Public Outcry about “No Knock” Warrant Raid and Officer-Involved Shooting at Salisbury City Council on November 15th

November 20, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Public Outcry about “No Knock” Warrant Raid and Officer-Involved Shooting at Salisbury City Council on November 15th:

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Salisbury: Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Hunting for Christopher Joseph Ramsey for Allegedly Purchasing Meth Precursor Chemicals

November 20, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Sources in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office report they are hunting for Christopher Joseph Ramsey, 30, formerly of 5520 Old Mocksville Road in Salisbury, N.C., for allegedly purchasing methamphetamine precursor chemicals and being an alleged accomplice in the meth and incendiary bomb lab with Adam Seth Anderson and Sebrina Lachel Carpenter. Christopher Joseph Ramsey: […]

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