What Rowan-Salisbury Schools are Top Dogs in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program? No Child in Rowan County Should Ever Go Hungry

July 7, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Learn what Rowan-Salisbury Schools are top dogs in the school system’s free and reduced lunch program.  At the Rowan Free Press we support that no child in Rowan County, North Carolina should ever go hungry. A starving child can not learn.  Below is an excel spread sheet showing what Rowan-Salisbury Schools are […]

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Everything You Would Ever Want to Know about Arson, Pyromania, and Serial Fire Starters

July 7, 2018

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ **This is an updated version of a Rowan Free Press article appearing in 2013.** Fire’s Intense Attraction Who fails to notice a major fire roaring out of control attracts huge crowds and amps up local TV news-viewing? Something innately powerful and magnetic exists about a massive fire whose roiling pillars of […]

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Salisbury: Dwayne Maurice Hall Arrested Early Friday A.M. at Speedway on E. Innes Street for Allegedly Assaulting a Salisbury Police Officer

July 6, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Department sources report that Salisbury Police Officer J.E. Johansen was allegedly the victim of an “assault on a government official” in the parking lot of the Speedway filling station on 500 E. Innes Street, long noted as a magnet for crime where muggings, purse snatchings, broken bottle fights, knifings, and […]

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Salisbury: Burglary at TranSource Truck and Trailer Center on W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Tuesday. Truck, Tool, and 2 TVs Worth $4,120 Poof!

July 5, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Transource Truck and Trailer Center on 1400 W. Jake Alexander Boulevard were victims of a “burglary-forcible entry” and a “motor vehicle theft-truck” sometime Tuesday morning prior to their opening.  Burglars forced a widow of the service building to gain entry and stole 2 Samsung TVs (valued at […]

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Salisbury: Shots Fired at E. Franklin Street Occupied Property Wednesday Afternoon. Was a Corrections Employee the Intended Target?

July 5, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources and area residents Tonya Danine Holmes, 42, a department of corrections employee living at 618 E. Franklin Street, was the victim of an “all other shooting into an occupied property” Wednesday afternoon. Investigators recovered a bullet from the property from an undetermined firearm.  Mercifully no one was […]

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Salisbury: Thieves Smash a Vending Machine and Steal a Coin Device and $500 in Cash and Snacks July 4th at a Coin Laundry on E. Horah St.

July 5, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Ronnie Rollings, 62, of Maxwell Street and the owner of R&S Enterprises Coin Operated Laundry at 218 E. Horah Street was the victim of a “larceny-coin-operated device” on Wednesday July 4th.  Thieves damaged a vending machine (Value $2,250) and a coin machine (Value $3,500) and stole a […]

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Salisbury: Break-in at Hoff’s Grill Tuesday, Home of Hoff’s Famous Pork Chop Sandwitch, on W. Innes Street. Burglars Carry Off Safe and $971

July 4, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Hoff’s Grill, home of the city’s famous grilled pork sandwiches and other southern style delights, was the victim Tuesday night of a “burglary-forcible entry” at 1621 W. Innes Street. The burglars cut through a lock on the backdoor and entered there.  They moved swiftly to carry off […]

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Salisbury: JPI Coastal Burglarized Friday on Old Concord Road. Burglars Walk through the Front Door and Carry Off $2,610 Worth of Tools

July 4, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Businesses large and small are getting hammered by break-ins and unlawful entries all over Salisbury.  Almost daily the Salisbury Police incident reports are brimming with burglaries.  Business owners, especially the larger ones, really require state of the art electronic surveillance, motion detectors, and alarm systems, yet they won’t work if someone leaves […]

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Salisbury: Strong Arm Robbery Friday at Metro PCS on W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Transgender and Her Beau Nail Metro PCS for 2 iPhones

July 3, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Metro PCS, 519 W. Jake Alexander Boulevard, was the victim of a “robbery-strong arm no weapon” Friday night when an alleged transgender and her beau entered the store and asked to see Apple iPhones.  The male abruptly grappled with a store employee and forcefully snatched 2 Apple […]

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Video: Rowan County Commissioner’s Meeting Monday July 2nd, 2018

July 3, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commissioner’s Meeting Monday July 2nd, 2018: http://rowancountync.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2065

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“Doodle” Jacobs Captured Saturday by Rowan Sheriff’s Office Deputies at the Davie County Line After Allegedly Strangling Marilyn Jacobs

July 2, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources Charles David “Doodle” Jacobs, 48, living in the 800 block of St. Andrews Church Road in Woodleaf with his alleged victim Marilyn Anne Jacobs, 66, was arrested at the Davie County line at 12:01 a.m. and charged with “assault by strangulation” and “communicating threats”.  It […]

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Salisbury: Thomas Hosch Victim of a Knife Assault Saturday Morning on W. Monroe Street

July 2, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Violence in the streets of Salisbury is on the rise since as the temperatures heated up.  Violent crime can happen anywhere in Salisbury.  The West End, Fulton Heights appear to be particularly afflicted. Shootings into occupied homes have picked up. According to Salisbury Police Thomas Jerome Hosch, 35, of 610 Shaver Street, […]

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Salisbury Square Antiques and Collectibles, a Downtown Junktique and Retro Clutter Store, Closed Its Doors Saturday

July 1, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Last week we learned that Salisbury Square Antiques and Collectibles, at 111 S. Main, a junktique and retro clutter store, closed its doors for the final time Saturday June 30th.  The two fellows who ran the shop are going to retire.  The building and business was sold to Harrison Smith an antique […]

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Salisbury: Brandy Tucker and Darren Moore Busted Friday on W. Jake Alexander Blvd. for Alleged Counterfeit Controlled Substances

July 1, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Brandy Sue Tucker, 27, and Darren Lynn Moore, 28, both convicted felons living in Rowan County, were arrested Friday at 10:24 p.m. by Salisbury police officers near the intersection of W. Jake Alexander Boulevard and Mooresville Road. The pair were charged with alleged larceny (misdemeanor), counterfeit controlled […]

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North Carolina Virtual School Celebrating Their First Graduating Class

June 30, 2018

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RFP Staff/Nathan Currie ♦ North Carolina Virtual School Celebrating Their First Graduating Class:

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Salisbury: Norman Basinger, “King of the Streets of Salisbury”, Robbed Saturday Morning at Knifepoint in the 200 Blk of N. Shaver Street

June 30, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Norman Allen Basinger AKA “King of the Streets of Salisbury” who apparently has a tri-residency: the streets of Salisbury, S. Salisbury Avenue in Spencer, and 177 Renaissance PL, Statesville, NC., was the victim of a “robbery-knife” at 3:24 a.m. Saturday morning in the 200 Blk of N. […]

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Salisbury: Joshua Pruitt and Jeremiah Mason Arrested Thursday for Alleged Armed Robberies on May 22nd and June 21st

June 29, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Report that Joshua Dewayne Pruitt, 24, of the streets of Salisbury, was arrested Thursday at 2:41 p.m. at 502 N. Shaver Street for the alleged May 22nd armed robbery at the Spee-Dee Mart on 402 Park Avenue where he allegedly held up Bradley Donelle Wallace, 31, of E. Lafayette Street […]

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Rowan-Salisbury School System’s Desperation Gamble on Becoming a Renewal School System. Renewal Schools History in New Jack City

June 29, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Before we begin the Rowan-Salisbury Schools latest desperation gamble of becoming a “Renewal School System” we want to let parents know they have excellent learning options available not only at the State’s wonderful virtual school “North Carolina Connections Academy”, several private schools in Rowan County, and excellent fully accredited public schools in […]

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery Early Thursday A.M. on Kesler Street. Man Gives Up Cellphone and Tablet at Gunpoint

June 28, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According Salisbury Police sources Deron Cornelius Johnson, 25, living at 823 E. Lafayette Street, was the victim of a “robbery-firearm” at 32 Kesler Street Thursday morning.  A stranger held a handgun on Johnson and told him to turn loose his Samsung Galaxy cellphone and a LG tablet.  Johnson obliged. The electronics were valued […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court Announced Thursday It will Not Hear the Rowan County Commissioner’s Prayer Case

June 28, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦  An ACLU’s Thursday Press Release stated: “The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will not review a ruling that found the county commissioners of Rowan County, North Carolina, violated the Constitution by coercing members of the public to join in prayers that overwhelmingly advanced beliefs specific to one religion.” According to the […]

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Salisbury: Drive-By Shooting into an Occupied Home Wednesday Night on S. Merritt Avenue. Is the Salisbury Warzone Widening?

June 28, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ The shootings into occupied homes continues at a high pace. Law enforcement has voiced the opinion that a number of these shootings are connected likely through vengeance motives.  The great challenge of vendetta shootings is that innocent people are murdered or wounded when shooters go to the wrong address or shoot into […]

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Rowan County: Stephanie Luann Fisher: a Mugshot Retrospective from 2007 to 2018 // Meth: A Highly Toxic Drug and How to ID a Meth Lab

June 27, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources Stephanie Luann Fisher, 34, of Rowan County was arrested for violating probation on June 22nd. She is currently on hold at the Rowan County Detention Center. Stephanie Luann Fisher, age 34: Charges Stephanie Luann Fisher: Stephanie Luann Fisher, age 23 in 2007: Stephanie Luann Fisher, age […]

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery Tuesday Night on Crawford St. Man Sustains Injuries from Handgun Beating and Gives Up his Ford Explorer SUV

June 27, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Robert Lee Mileski-Klein, 19, living at 528 Maupin Avenue, was the victim of a “robbery-firearm” in the street at 103 Crawford Street on Tuesday night.  Mileski-Klein was assaulted by stranger with a semi-automatic handgun and sustained minor injuries while his 2000 white Ford 4-door Explorer SUV (valued […]

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Salisbury: Forcible Entry Monday Afternoon on Upscale Crane Drive. Burglars Haul Away $1,850 Worth of Electonics and a Safe

June 26, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Michelle Fritz Stewart, 49, living at 2608 Crane Drive and a friend Richard David Joseph, 46, of Ellen Street, were victims of a “burglary-forcible entry” on Monday when burglars forced their way into the Crane Drive home by shattering window glass and later exiting through the rear […]

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Salisbury: Armed Robbery Friday Afternoon at the Zion Hills Apartments at 1614 Standish Street. Robber Scores $582 in Cash and Valuables

June 26, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Ahmed Mahmoud Elkahlout, 21, of Countryside Drive in Charlotte, was the victim of a “robbery-firearm” at the Zion Hills Apartments at 1614 Standish Street.  A stranger pulled a handgun on Elkahlout and threatened him before he took $250 cash, a wallet (valued at $20), a cellphone (valued at […]

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Salisbury: Occupied House Shot Up Sunday A.M. on W. 11th Street. Payback? Who will be Salisbury’s Murder Victim Number 5? A Child?

June 25, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Shootings into occupied houses have stepped up the last 3 weeks in what appears to be a payback war.  Late at night or early in the morning vehicles edge slowly down the street until they have a clear shot at window or an open door.  Then multiple shots ring out.  People get […]

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Salisbury: Man Strong Armed Robbed Saturday Morning at his Home on E. Cemetery Street

June 25, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police report that Stephen S. Soha, 62, living at 521 E. Cemetery Street, was the victim of a “robbery-strong arm no weapon” Saturday morning.  Soha was muscled out of $171 in cash.  No injuries were reported.  In March of 2018 a burglar walked into his home and walked off with $720.  […]

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Rowan County: Witt Darnell Alexander, Jr., Suspect in the Shooting Murder of Mirah Turner on N. Long Street, Arrested Sunday Morning

June 24, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources Witt Darnell Alexander, Jr., 25, living on the “streets of Salisbury” and a suspect in the 2 a.m. shooting murder of Mirah Turner, 25, at 1425 N. Long Street, was arrested by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies this morning at 807 S. Caldwell Street. Under […]

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Salisbury, NC Secures Its Rightful Place at the Forefront of Global Tattoo Art and Culture. Salisbury’s Immortal Seju Kosarkami

June 24, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury, NC Secures Its Rightful Place at the Forefront of Global Tattoo Art and Culture.  Salisbury’s Seju Kosarkami, born 47 tears ago in Salisbury and gone to study with the tattoo masters in Kobe and Tokyo for 14 years.  His naturalistic jailhouse style has formed a cult like following from New York to […]

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Salisbury: Sheriff’s Office Busts Billieann Blaney Friday A.M at Castor Rd. and Wagon Ln. for Alleged Drug and Concealed Weapons Offenses

June 23, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources Billieann Michelle Blaney, 26, Living in Salisbury and already on probation for felony convictions in April, was arrested by Sheriff’s Office deputies at the intersection of Castor Road and Wagon Lane in Salisbury at 12:17 a.m.  Blaney was charged with allegedly carrying concealed weapons, possessing […]

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Salisbury: Dennis Miller was Arrested Thursday at 612 Mocksville Ave. for Allegedly Possessing a Controlled Substance II and Habitual Felon

June 23, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police Sources Dennis Miller AKA Dennis Colson, 53, a convicted habitual felon “living on the streets of Salisbury” was arrested Thursday at 1:16 p.m. at Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center at 612 Mocksville Avenue.  Miller was charged with “possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture schedule II” […]

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Salisbury: Break-in at Brenner Crossing Apartments Thursday Nets Burglars $24,328 in Jewelry, Watches, Cash, a TV, and a Nissan Infiniti

June 22, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Department sources report that Idris Shabazz, Muhammad, 58, in the Brenner Crossing Apartments at 620 Brenner Avenue was the victim of a “burglary-forcible entry” where burglars cut through a screen to gain entry into his apartment and make off with $24,328 in assorted designer watches, jewelry, cash, an LG TV, […]

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Salisbury: Woman Armed Robbery Victim Thursday A.M in the Zion Hills Apartments Parking Lot on Standish Street

June 21, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Amanda Nichole Petrea, 25, of 101 Mary Street in Kannapolis, was the victim of a “robbery-firearm” in Zion Hills Apartment’s parking lot sometime around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning.  Petrea was threatened by a stranger with a handgun.  The robber allegedly stole a pocketbook (Valued at $20)  The […]

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Home Safety Tips for Going Away for the Weekend or for Your Summer Vacation. Blunders that Could Get Your Salisbury Manse Plundered

June 21, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Summer is upon us and burglaries and break-ins in Salisbury will climb from now through October.   Renters and homeowners all over the Bury will pull into their carports after a weekend away or a trip to the shore or mountains and find their front doors busted off their hinges or windows […]

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Salisbury: Woman Jumped by Strong Arm Robber Wednesday Morning for Her Pocketbook and Cash on E. Lafayette Street

June 21, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Judith Marie Wolfe, 58, a housecleaner living on Jackson Road, was the victim of a “robbery-strong arm no weapon” in a parking area between two apartment buildings early Wednesday morning at 825 E. Lafayette Street.  The robber, someone with whom Wolfe was acquainted, forcefully snatched her pocketbook […]

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Video: Salisbury City Council Budget Work Session and Meeting on Tuesday June, 19th 2018

June 20, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Salisbury City Council Budget Work Session and Meeting on Tuesday June 19th, 2018:

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Tuesday Salisbury City Council Voted to Approve the Fiscal Year July 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2019 (FY19) Budget

June 20, 2018

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Press Release ♦Today, Salisbury City Council voted to approve the fiscal year July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019 (FY19) budget. The $84,927,408 balanced budget reflects a 1.4% increase in spending from the FY18 adopted budget. City Manager W. Lane Bailey recommended the adopted one-cent tax increase for homeowners to maintain existing services at current levels. […]

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5G Wireless Home Internet: What is It and How will It Affect Cord Cutting?

June 20, 2018

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RFP Staff/Cordcuttersnews.com ♦ 5G Wireless Home Internet: What is It and How will it Affect Cord Cutting:

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Salisbury: McCleave Brothers Busted for Alleged Bareknuckle Fighting Saturday Night at the Brookview Apartments on S. MLK, Jr., Avenue

June 19, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ In Salisbury, N.C. the most common crime surely has to be street assaults, sometimes with clubs, rocks, bats, brass knuckles, broken 40 ounce bottles, and bricks.  Considered old school is scrapping bare fisted.  Certainly far fewer people die from fist fights than from a knifing, shooting, or being clubbed with a baseball […]

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Video: Rowan County Commissioners Meeting Monday June 18th, 2018

June 19, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commissioners Meeting Monday June 18th, 2018:

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Salisbury: Ronny Lee Pierce, Jr., 49, Arrested Monday Morning at the V.A. Medical Center for Alleged Sex Crimes with a 15 Year-Old Child

June 18, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that Ronnie Lee Pierce, Jr., who lives at 131 John Penn Circle and is an employee of the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center at 1601 Brenner Avenue, was arrested at his place of work at 10:27 a.m. Monday for alleged Statutory Sex Offenses with a child 15 […]

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Salisbury: A Chevrolet Silverado Truck and Chrysler Trailer Stolen Wednesday from 3rd Street Home

June 18, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Misty Nadine Crook, 53, living on 1216 Arden Drive, and Charles Boyd Correll, 75, living on 185 Hawkridge Lane, were victims of “motor vehicle theft-truck” and “motor vehicle theft other vehicle” on Wednesday morning at 1617 3rd Street in Salisbury, when a white 2002 Chevrolet Silverado  4-door […]

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Salisbury: Night Out Turns into Nightmare as Couple Gets Burglarized Saturday at Econo Lodge at 1328 S. Jake Alexander Blvd for $500 Cash

June 17, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Kimberly Latricia Vaughters, 38, and Eric Tjuan Harris, 41, both living 617 E. Liberty in Salisbury, were victims of “burglary-unlawful entry” and “larceny-all other” when a stranger entered the door to their room and snatched $80 from Vaughters and $420 from Harris.  No one was injured. The […]

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RFP Seers Predict Salisbury in 2021. Mushrooming Violent Crime? Continued Urban Flight? Rowan Helping Ministries Sold to a Motel Chain?

June 16, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ RFP Seers Predict Salisbury, N.C. in the year 2021. Mushrooming Violent Crime? Continued Urban Flight? Rowan Helping Ministries Sold to a Motel Chain?:

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Salisbury: Burglars Score 3 TVs Thursday During a Forcible Entry on W. Bank Street

June 16, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that Erica Shavonne Clinding, 36, living at 628 W. Bank Street, was the victim of a “burglary-forcible entry” at her home on Thursday.  After employing bodily force on a front window and breaking glass, the burglars quickly carried off 3 TVs whose total value was reportedly $1,200.  Window […]

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Salisbury: Gunman Blazes Away at N. Church Home Wednesday Afternoon. Terrorized Neighbors Crawl for Cover as Multiple Shots Ring Out

June 15, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ For several days now homes in Salisbury North Carolina have been targets for unknown shooters.  It is not known yet if these shootings are related.  Is this part of payback?  Are these shootings drug or gang related?  A lot of people are sleeping on the floor next to interior walls and are […]

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Coming Soon! The History of Grave Robbery in Salisbury. Learn about Hoke Wayne Honbarger and Other Famous Salisbury Grave Robbers

June 15, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Coming Soon! The History of Grave Robbery in Salisbury. Learn about Hoke Wayne Honbarger among the most famous grave robbers in the entire U.S. and other famous Salisbury Grave Robbers from the 1700’s to present day.  The city’ history is rich with men, and sometimes women, ready to break the plane of human […]

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Salisbury: House Shot Up in Drive-by on Lincolnton Road Wednesday

June 15, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Barbara Ann Robertson, 64, living on Woodleaf Road in Salisbury, was the victim of an “all other shooting into an occupied property” on Wednesday at 915 Lincolnton Rd.  An unidentified suspect, driving an SUV, fired multiple shots into the home, damaging exterior brick walls, interior walls, and […]

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Salisbury: Three Teenagers Arrested Wednesday on Boyden Road for Allegedly Stealing a Van from the Parking Lot of J.F. Hurley Family YMCA

June 14, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Tyjae Nickilli Polk, 16, of Lincolnton Road, Antonio Shahid Engram, 16, of Tabernacle Street, and a male minor were arrested Wednesday at 6:52 p.m. at 1000 Boyden Road for allegedly stealing a white Honda Odyessy Van from the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA parking lot on 828 W. […]

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Salisbury: 807 S. Caldwell St. Targeted for Shootings Monday and Tuesday

June 14, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources and neighbors on the 800 block of S. Caldwell Street, a home on 807 S. Caldwell was reportedly shot at during drive-bys on Monday and Tuesday.  On Monday persons heard multiple gunshots during an evening baseball game at Salisbury High School’s baseball field and people living on […]

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