Salisbury: Man Assaulted with a Gun Monday Afternoon in the Parking Lot of the Solid Rock Apartments on Standish Street

January 23, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Department sources report that Brandon Stephon McIntosh, 26, of 208 Green Gable Lane in Salisbury, was the victim of “assault-gun” in the parking lot of the Solid Rock Apartments. McIntosh sustained “other major injuries”. His current condition is unknown or if he was transported to an area hospital. A handgun […]

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Salisbury: Harry Wilson Long, III, the Alleged SMOKE PIT BURGLAR, Surrendered Monday to the Salisbury Police

January 22, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ “At least he didn’t stuff no meat in his drawers like those creeps at Walmart”  Anonymous Salisbury Police Department sources reported that Harry Wilson Long, III, 49, of Salisbury was arrested Monday morning at 6:19 a.m. after surrendering to the Salisbury Police for allegedly burglarizing $5,000 worth of meat from the Smoke Pit […]

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Travaree D’Von Miller, Wanted by the Salisbury Police for the Murder of Kornell Cook on August 27th, was Arrested Today in Rockwell, N.C.

January 22, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police Sources, Travaree D’Von Miller,18 was arrested Monday at 9:45 a.m. on 313 Ashley Drive in Rockwell for the alleged gunshot murder of Kornell Cook, 25 in Salisbury on August 27th, 2017 at Brenner Crossing Apartments .  When officers arrived on the 27th, they found Cook dead, from multiple […]

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Video: Councilman Brian Miller Resists Transparency, Public Discussions, and Community Input at Salisbury City Council on January 16th, 2018

January 22, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Councilman Brian Miller Resists Transparency, Public Discussions, and Community Input at Salisbury City Council on January 16th, 2018:

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Salisbury: Man Robbed at Knifepoint on N. Long Street Saturday Night. Gives Up His ID to the Robber

January 21, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Timothy Allan Dixon, 55, of the streets of Salisbury, was the victim of a “robbery-knife” at 217 N. Long Street.  Suffering minor injuries in the robbery, Dixon gave up his state driver’s license ID to the robber during the scuffle.  The crime was reported to 911 dispatch […]

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Rowan Free Press Predictions for Salisbury, N.C. in 2018

January 21, 2018

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ I’d originally planned to forgo making predictions for Salisbury, N.C. in 2018 because taking the pulse of a corpse isn’t a joyous event for many.  However, numerous requests for 2018 version of the Salisbury, N.C. predictions swayed me to change my mind and put on my swami’s turban with its plastic “Star […]

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Kannapolis Man Arrested on Tree Limb Lane Friday for Alleged Domestic Violence Involving Strangulation and Threatening with a Gun

January 20, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources report that Billy Ray Nelson, 26, of 450 Tree Limb Lane, Kannapolis was arrested by Sheriff’s Office deputies for an alleged domestic violence incident at his residence Friday at 12:30 p.m. He allegedly is accused of threatening a woman with a gun, strangling her, child abuse, and […]

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Salisbury: Forcible Entry with a Rock on Brownrigg Rd. Friday Nets $1,300 in Tech // Burglar on N. Fulton St. Thursday Grabs $500 in Valuables

January 20, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ With the snow, icy roads, and freezing temperatures came a brief respite from shootings, knifings, armed robberies, murders, and muggings in Salisbury, but no real let up in burglaries. Salisbury Police sources report that Aaron Stevenson, 60, at living at 410 Brownrigg Road in Salisbury was the victim of a “burglary-forcible entry” […]

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China Grove, N.C. Plunges to 396th Ranked City/Town in North Carolina in the Highly Regarded AreaVibes.com Livability Rating

January 19, 2018

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RFP Staff/AreaVibes.com ♦ China Grove, N.C. Plunges to 396th Ranked City/Town in North Carolina in the Highly Regarded AreaVibes.com Livability Rating.  D- housing, mediocre public schools, bad employment opportunities, and its meth, inhalant, and heroin epidemic degrade its livability.  Less than a decade ago China Grove was a stable community on the rise. http://www.areavibes.com/china+grove-nc/livability/

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Updated: Cord Cutting 101 Beginner’s Guide to Cord Cutting (2018 Edition)

January 19, 2018

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RFP Staff/Cordcuttersnews.com ♦ Updated: Cord Cutting 101 Beginner’s Guide to Cord Cutting (2018 Edition):

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Commissioner Craig Pierce Interviewed LIVE by Chris Sifford: Focus on Rowan County

January 19, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Commissioner Craig Pierce Interviewed LIVE by Chris Sifford: Focus on Rowan County:

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Updated! Salisbury: Homeless Man Threatened with a Pistol Wednesday Evening at Family Dollar on E. Innes Street

January 18, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ With the current snow and freezing temperatures in Salisbury we were saddened to learn that one of the many homeless people living on the streets of Salisbury expired from freezing to death under a bridge. We hope these persons can find shelter somewhere. If the Empire Hotel Project ever goes through, perhaps […]

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Photo Gallery: Rep. Carl Ford’s Rowan County’s Snow on January 17, 2018

January 18, 2018

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Rep. Carl Ford, Photographer ♦ Photo Gallery: Rep. Carl Ford’s Rowan County’s Snow on January 17, 2018:

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Videos: Salisbury City Council Public Comment on January, 16th, 2018–Carolyn Logan on City Water–Michael Kirksey on Boycotting Fibrant

January 17, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Carolyn Logan Questions City Hall’s Denials about Asbestos in Salisbury’s Water.  Staff Note: Salisbury has far more problems in its water system than Asbestos fibers in the water supply such as Hexavalent Chromium a noted carcinogen and other toxic substances and their decaying watersystem, not kept up due to their diverting its […]

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Video: Rowan County Commissioners Meeting for Tuesday January 16th, 2018

January 17, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commissioners Meeting for Tuesday January 16th, 2018:

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Four Teenagers Arrested for a Burglary Gone Haywire on Daugherty Rd in China Grove Monday A.M. Homeowner Shot at as Burglars Leave

January 16, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to sources in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the Salisbury Police, 4 teenagers, 3 from Salisbury, were allegedly involved a burglary gone haywire in the 1600 block of Daugherty Road in China Grove.  At 1 a.m. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the house by 911 dispatch.  The […]

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Salisbury: Senior Allegedly Turns Tiger on Salisbury Policeman During N. Long Street Arrest Sunday. Officer Sustains Minor Injuries

January 16, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Those men and women who courageously walk the thin blue line never know when their “slot machine in the sky comes up all lemons”. It is a dangerous job and officers never know what the next call will send their way especially in Salisbury. Salisbury Police sources report that Harvey Lee Gillespie, […]

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Salisbury City Council and Duck and Cover Kim Jong-Un Style

January 16, 2018

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Todd Paris, Salisbury Attorney ♦ I have been “on break” for awhile. The “Paris Tower” at 113 East Council Street is for sale, though I plan on leaving the practice in a rented office Downtown. My Wife and I have decided we want a modest house out in the country. It’s just that simple. Salisbury […]

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Salisbury: Randy Fish Busted Friday for Alleged Car Break-ins at Marriott Circle // Heath Obrien Nailed Saturday for Alleged Vehicle Theft

January 15, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Citizens and Salisbury Police battle a human wave of car break-in artists and vehicle bandits in parking lots and driveways throughout Salisbury. There are just some places you should never chance parking your vehicle, even a beater.  Major shopping centers, banks, and restaurant parking lots are teaming with seasoned hit it n’ quit […]

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Salisbury: Veterans Coffee, a Shop at 210 S. Main in Downtown Salisbury, Closes Its Doors after Less than 3 Months of Operation

January 14, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Veterans Coffee, a shop selling coffee by the bag and K Cups along with mugs, gift baskets, military ball caps, and cookies is closing its doors.  The owner Albert Shinn told customers and neighbors about the closing.  He’s turning off the lights at the Veterans Coffee after a less than three months […]

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Spencer, NC Tumbles to 501st Ranked City/Town in North Carolina in AreaVibes.com Highly Respected Livability Ratings

January 13, 2018

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RFP Staff/AreaVibes.com ♦ Spencer, NC Falls to 501st Ranked City/Town in North Carolina in AreaVibes.com Highly Respected Livability Ratings. Gets Fs for Crime, Education, Employment, and a D for Housing. Sharing a border with Crime Ridden Salisbury, Having 3 F Rowan-Salisbury Public Schools, Suffering from Vacant and Abandoned Houses, Business Failures, and Never Fully Recovering from […]

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Salisbury: Break-in Monday at James River Equipment at 805 Klumac Road. Burglars Loot Building for $1,683 Worth of Power Tools

January 12, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources James River Companies, LLC (James River Equipment) at 805 Klumac Road was the victim of a “burglary-forcible entry” on Monday night when burglars “rocked” the front door glass and made off with $1,683 worth of chain saws and chop saws.  A rock, brick, or cinder block was […]

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery at 1702 Bridge Ct. Thursday Night. Gunman Snatches 9mm Taurus Handgun from Victim and Scoots

January 12, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Jonathan Olivera, 20, of Wiley Lane in Salisbury, was the victim of a “robbery-firearm” at 1702 Bridge Ct on Thursday night.  The robbery took place in a trailer park off Town Ct near Mooresville Road.  The robber got the drop on Olivera and cocked his pistol in […]

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Greg Edds Latest Hokum to Turn High Rock Lake into an Economic Driver will Fly No Further than His Plan for a Hotel by the Clancy Hills Apts.

January 11, 2018

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Michael Julian, Candidate for the Rowan County Commission 2018 “Fake It till You Make It.” Chairman Greg Edds “I’ve put in 1,000 hours of intensive economic development study.” Chairman Greg Edds ♦ About a week ago someone passed me a copy of the alternate reality Salisbury Post.  In it was Chairman Greg Edds latest ill-conceived […]

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Salisbury: House on 502 S. Shaver Street, Previously in the News for Shootings, Sacked Monday for $1,481 in Valuables Including a Handgun

January 11, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ There are some houses in Salisbury where homeownership would dictate a Rambo style anti-aircraft gun placement and having sandbags stacked up against the interior walls. Perhaps even a “joy buzzer” alarm connected to Salisbury Police HQ. According to Salisbury Police sources Estell Hillie, 47, living at 502 S. Shaver Street, an address […]

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery at Rite Aid Pharmacy on 1605 E. Innes St. Robber Demands Opioid Medication with a Threatening Note

January 10, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ The full-tilt criminal war on Salisbury area pharmacies in the name of opioids continues with no end in sight.  Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS pharmacies are taking hits.  So far no pharmacy employees have been shot or stabbed to our knowledge, but large quantities of opioid pills like OxyContin and Hydrocodone have […]

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Salisbury: Adam Gibson, Sought for an Alleged December Armed Robbery in the Taco Bell Parking Lot, Arrested Monday on S. MLK, Jr. Ave.

January 10, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report arresting Adam Lee Gibson, 28, a convicted felon whose last known address was 804 E. Franklin Street, at 616 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. in Salisbury for the alleged December 10th armed robbery of Matthew Edwards, 18, of E. Horah St. in the Taco Bell Parking lot. […]

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Salisbury: Shooting into an Occupied Home Monday Night at Stoney Cove Place by an Unknown Shooter

January 9, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources the persons (name restricted) dwelling at 135 Stoney Cove Place in Salisbury were victims of a “shooting into all other occupied property” on Sunday night. Mercifully no one was injured during the shooting.  A window was damaged by an undetermined firearm (valued at $50).  The crime was […]

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Salisbury: Can You ID These Suspected Thieves Caught on Camera at Kohl’s? // Can You ID This Suspected Thief Caught on Camera at Lowe’s?

January 9, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Can you identify this pair of suspected shoplifters caught on security camera at Kohl’s, 1395 Klumac Road in Salisbury on Saturday January 6th?: If can you identify these suspects please call the Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333. If you fear retribution, want to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward of up to $1,000, […]

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Carolyn Logan: The Conscience of Salisbury and the Rowan Free Press’s Citizen of the Year 2017

January 8, 2018

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Steve Mensing, the Editor and the RFP Staff ♦ Every so often communities have citizens guided by conscience and empathy for their fellow human beings who come forward and speak out.  They do not hide behind trees.  They are the Rosa Parks and Gandhi’s of this world and they speak their minds about corruption, prejudice, […]

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Salisbury: Pair Jumped, Kicked, and Held down Sunday Evening by a Stranger with a Handgun on Dunham Avenue

January 8, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Sharon Edna Graves, 44, living at 231 Dunham Avenue, and Keith Carroll, 19, of Salisbury, were victims of “assault-gun” in the street by 231 Dunham Avenue, Salisbury, N.C. on Sunday evening.  A stranger, armed with a handgun, kicked and held down the victims during the assault.  No […]

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Updated! Salisbury: Young Man Stabbed Sunday During Fight on Tabernacle Street and Transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital

January 7, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Department sources report that Shane Kamel Charles, 16, of Grant Street in E. Spencer, was stabbed during a fight in the parking lot of Building 18 at 1307 Tabernacle Street at approximately 11 a.m.  Charles and another male were embroiled in an altercation when a man pulled a knife and stabbed […]

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Downtown Doughnuts Closes Today Five Months after Their S. Main Street Opening and a $10,000 Investment in Their Landlord’s Property

January 7, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Coming as a sad surprise we learned two days before Christmas that Downtown Doughnuts of Salisbury, a wonderful doughnut, coffee, and pastry shop at 209 S. Main Street in the heart of Downtown Salisbury is closing.  It’s an all too common story for young people with high hopes willing to put their […]

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Salisbury: “Rocking” Break-in on S. Main Street Friday: Burglars Ripoff Jimmy’s Estetica Unisex for $100 Cash and Smash Glass Door

January 6, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Jimmy’s Estetica Unisex, considered by many as Salisbury’s top rated unisex beauty salon, at 2908 S. Main Street, was the victim of a “burglary-forcible entry” on Friday.  The burglar smashed the glass door with a rock or brick (rocking) to gain entry and helped themselves to $100 […]

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Salisbury: Jaris Ambrose Stoddard Arrested Friday at the Executive Inn on S. Main Street Allegedly for First Degree Rape

January 6, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Jaris Ambrose Stoddard, 32, dwelling at the Executive Inn, 2118 S. Main Street, was arrested there Friday at 4:28 p.m. allegedly for “first degree rape” and “first degree sexual offense”. The rape allegedly was committed back on October 19th and investigators were looking for Stoddard since then. Stoddard […]

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Salisbury’s Kmart Store at 815 E. Innes Street Closing in Early April 2018. Another Hammer Blow to Salisbury’s Declining Economic Fortunes

January 5, 2018

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RFP Staff/Washingtonpost.com/Abha Bhattari ♦ Salisbury’s Kmart store at 815 E. Innes Street will close in early April 2018 according to reports in the Washington Post.  This is yet another hammer blow to Salisbury’s declining economic fortunes and its weakening tax base. It comes as no surprise with the onslaught of online shopping and retail leakage […]

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Salisbury: Woman Strong Armed Robbed Thursday Night for $17 in a Parking Lot off W. Jake Alexander Boulevard

January 5, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Theresa Hartsell, 48, living on Lincolnton Road, was a victim of a “robbery-strong arm no weapon” on Thursday night in a parking lot at 708 W. Jake Alexander Boulevard.  Sustaining minor injuries in the encounter, Hartsell gave up $17 in cash to the robber.  The crime was […]

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Salisbury: Metal Men Ripoff $800 Worth of Brass Scrap Wednesday from Salisbury Metal Products Company at 3001 South Main Street

January 4, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ The non-stop criminal siege of the Salisbury business community continues.  Arsons, break-ins and burglaries, armed robberies, shoplifting, strong arm robberies, truckjacking, embezzlements, gasoline siphoning, credit card skimming, counterfeiting, pizza delivery robberies, cab driver stick ups, construction site pillaging, and credit card fraud for starters.  No business is safe.  It was only a […]

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Salisbury: Stephanie Jean Mayberry Busted Wednesday on S. Clay Street by Sheriff’s Office Deputies for Alleged Drug Trafficking

January 4, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources Stephanie Jean Mayberry, 42, of Salisbury and already on probation, was arrested Wednesday at 1 p.m. by Sheriff’s Office deputies at 525 S. Clay Street for alleged drug trafficking and possession. Under a secured $50,000 bond, Mayberry is being held in the Rowan County Detention […]

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Salisbury: Can You Identify This Credit Card Fraud Suspect Caught on Security Camera at Food Lion on W. Jake Alexander Boulevard?

January 4, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Can You Identify This Credit Card Fraud Suspect Caught on Security Camera recently at Food Lion, 525 W. Jake Alexander Boulevard, Salisbury, N.C.? (The male in the black coat) If you can identify this suspect please call the Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333. If you fear retribution, want to remain anonymous and possibly collect […]

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Video: Carolyn Logan Questions Salisbury’s Violent Crime Statistics and Asbestos in the Water // John Leatherman on Unfair Zoning Petitions

January 3, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Carolyn Logan, RFP’s Citizen of the Year 2017, Questions Salisbury’s Violent Crime Statistics and Asbestos in the Water:

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Salisbury: Break-in Artist Jackpots $6,300 in Cash After Shattering a Toyota Camry’s Window Monday in Winks BBQ Parking Lot on Faith Road

January 3, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Gregory Basinger, 56, of Rodden Road in Woodleaf, got a dose of Salisbury hospitality when he was the victim of a “larceny-from a motor vehicle” in Winks BBQ parking lot at 509 Faith Road on New Years morning.  The thief likely expecting small change, must’ve felt his […]

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Video: Rowan County Commissioner’s Meeting on Tuesday January 2nd, 2018

January 3, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commissioner’s Meeting on Tuesday January 2nd, 2018:

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How Some Police Departments Alter Violent Crime and Felony FBI UCR Statistics to Make Their Cities Appear Safe

January 2, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ How Some Police Departments Fudge on Violent Crime and Felony FBI UCR Statistics to Make Their Cities Appear Safe. A Collection of Readings:: http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2017/08/06/Violent-offenses-get-downplayed.html http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2017/11/15/Top-cop-calls-it-quits.html https://rowanfreepress.com/2016/09/18/how-the-salisbury-police-and-other-police-departments-alter-their-fbi-crime-statistics-under-pressure-to-make-their-municipalities-look-good/

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Salisbury: Shooting on E. Cherry Street New Years Morning // Knife Assault on Linn Lane Sunday Morning

January 1, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Shavon Nicole Cuthbertson, 38, of 706 E. Cherry Street and an employee at Salisbury High School, was the victim of “all other shooting into an occupied property” at her home.  A 12 gauge shotgun damaged her window (estimated value $100).  Mercifully no injuries were reported in the […]

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Salisbury: It’s Fashion and Cato Clothing Stores on 130 Freeland Drive Get Their Windows “Rocked” During New Years Eve Burglaries

January 1, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that “It’s Fashion” and “Cato”, two clothing stores on 130 Freeland Drive were victims of “burglary-forcible entry” when their windows were “rocked” by burglars just after 6 p.m. on New Years Eve.  The smash n’ grab burglaries caused $1,100 worth of damage to the window and floor at […]

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Salisbury: Sheriff’s Office Arrests Elbert “June” Chambers for Felony Larceny and Breaking and Entering at Reamer Circle on Friday

December 31, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Sources, Felon Elbert Leon “June” Chambers, Jr., 54, of Salisbury, was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies at 3:20 p.m. for “breaking and entering-building” (felony), “larceny” (felony), “obtaining property by false pretenses”, and “possessing stolen goods” at 118 Reamer Circle in Salisbury.  Also rounded up at the Reamer Circle […]

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Salisbury: Travis Castillo and Shiloh Ferguson Arrested Friday for Sunday’s Alleged $2,075 Strong Arm Robbery in Marshalls Parking Lot

December 30, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Detention Center sources Travis Luis Castillo, 26, and Shiloh Teagan Ferguson, 21, both of 645 Shannon Drive in Salisbury were arrested Friday and are being held in the Rowan County Detention Center for the alleged $2,075 strong arm robbery of Francisca Mata-Saucida, 37, of Gold Hill Circle in […]

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Salisbury: Teen Held Up at Gunpoint Early Friday Morning on Union Heights Boulevard for $500. Victim Sustains Minor Injuries

December 29, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Department sources report that Eric Sanchez, 18, of Ashley Drive in Salisbury was the victim of a “robbery-firearm” early Friday morning at 100 Union Heights Boulevard.  Sanchez suffered minor injuries at the hands of his assailant(s).  Being faced with a handgun, Sanchez turned over his wallet and $500 cash.  The […]

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Salisbury: Elijah Tamaun Black Arrested Thursday Night for the Alleged Shooting of Quandaus Gaither Thursday A.M. at 115 E. 11th Street

December 29, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources, Elijah Tamaun Black, 19, of the 100 block of Clancy Street in Salisbury was arrested Thursday at 9:01 p.m. at 815 W. Fisher Street for the alleged shooting of Quandaus Zave Gaither, 19, of 913 Poplar Street outside a home at 115 E. 11th Street in Salisbury. […]

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