Salisbury: Bryan Mims Arrested Saturday in Food Lion Warehouse Lot for Allegedly Assaulting a Truck Driver with a Dangerous Weapon

April 23, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Bryan Eric Mims, 34, from Michigan who hitchhiked a ride from California with Manjinder Singh, 45, from Canton Michigan and a driver for Green Trucking LLc, got into a heated altercation over a Samsung Galaxy cellphone in the Food Lion Warehouse parking lot at 2085 Harrison Road.  Mims […]

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Salisbury: Diamante Crawford Convicted Felon Arrested Saturday Afternoon on N. Long Street for Alleged Sex Offenses with a Child

April 23, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to sources in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Diamante Denolan Crawford, 22, a convicted felon living in East Spencer, was arrested by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies at 813 N. Long Street at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday for alleged sexual offenses with a child.  The victim was alleged to be a […]

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The Fibrant Autopsy Part V: Examining the Hotwire Lease’s Moving Parts

April 22, 2018

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Todd Paris, RFP Contributor and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Thirty or so years ago at UNC Law they taught that when drafting contracts it was best to use simple terms and be as concise and clear as possible so that if there were litigation, a judge or jury would not have problems understanding the stated intent […]

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Jim Sides, Candidate for the Rowan County Commission, Discusses the Most Important Issues and How He would Address Them If Elected

April 22, 2018

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Jim Sides, Republican Candidate for the Rowan County Commission The RFP Staff asked Jim Sides what were the most important issues and how would he address them if elected to the Rowan County Commission: Taxes The ruling faction of the current Board of County Commissioners has proven they are very good at spending the taxpayer’s […]

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Salisbury: Man Dies of Gunshot Wounds Early Saturday Morning After Being Shot at the FishZilla Arcade on East Innes Street

April 21, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that James Christopher Davis, 45, an employee of Fishzilla Arcade for the past 3 months from Albemarle, N.C., died from gunshot wounds from a shooting inside the Fishzilla Arcade at 1812 E. Innes Street.  Officers received a 911 dispatch at 1:18 p.m. and arrived to find Mr. Davis […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Who is Mike Julian? Why is Mike Running for County Commissioner?

April 21, 2018

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Giovanni Vincent Spillman, Rowan County, N.C. ♦ With Rowan County Primary elections already in motion, it is important that every citizen in the county becomes informed about the candidates.  In particular Commissioner Candidate Michael “Mike” Julian.   Julian is challenging the incumbents Greg Edds, Jim Greene, and Judy Klusman.  Here from Mike’s campaign website on […]

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The Fibrant Autopsy Part IV: Fibrant’s Death Rattle, Secret Meetings, and Hotwire Who? // Jim Sides Eyeballs the Hotwire Lease

April 20, 2018

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Todd Paris, RFP Contributor and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Back in April 2017 City Council (Mayor Karen Alexander, Brian Miller and Maggie Blackwell, David Post and Kenny Hardin) and City Manager Lane Bailey decided it was finally time to try to “do something” about the Fibrant Debacle. If Fibrant was a nuclear reactor we were well […]

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Salisbury: Woman Strong Armed Thursday at Applebee’s Restaurant on Faith Road Allegedly by Ex Boyfriend. Muscled Out of $800 Cellphone

April 20, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ A number of popular Salisbury eateries that serve alcoholic beverages appear to attract a fair share of criminal violence including robbery, shootings, knifings, as well as murder.  Since early 2017 Go Burrito, Applebee’s, and the Firewater come to mind.  If the city were to close any of these establishments, their “clientele” would […]

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Salisbury: 75 Year-old Man Found Beaten to Death at E. Franklin Street House Early this Morning. City’s First Homicide of 2018

April 19, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Department sources report that Eugene Milton Chunn, 75, living at 816 E. Franklin Street, was the victim of a homicide at his home Thursday morning.  Rowan EMS and the Salisbury Fire Department were called to the home by 911 Dispatch at 1:18 a.m. on the report that the victim suffered […]

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Video: Melissa Summers on Salisbury RENTER’S RIGHTS at Tuesday’s City Council Public Commentary // N.C. Renter’s Rights

April 19, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Melissa Summers on Salisbury RENTER’S RIGHTS at Tuesday’s City Council Public Commentary:

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Salisbury, N.C. Now Ranks Lower than Lumberton, N.C. on the AreaVibes.com Livability Scale for Cities/Towns in North Carolina

April 18, 2018

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RFP Staff/AreaVibes.com ♦ Salisbury, N.C. Now Ranks Lower than Lumberton, N.C. on the Highly Regarded AreaVibes.com Livability Scale for Cities/Towns in North Carolina.  The Paree of the Piedmont, Ranked 667th, has been Left in the Dust by Lumberton, N.C., Ranked 655th, long regarded as one of the worst slum holes in the Great North State.  Now […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: This Time Out I’ll be Voting for Pierce, Sides, Julian // Photo Gallery: Carl Ford’s Fundraiser at the Stag and Doe Tuesday

April 18, 2018

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Jo Miller, Rowan County ♦ May 8th Primary for the Republican Rowan County Commissioners is coming up quick.  Our County needs a turnaround from the current lame commission of Judy Klusman, Greg Edds, and Jim Greene. These three commissioners are at the beck and call of Wallace Reality and other Salisbury special interests. Edds and […]

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Salisbury City Council Public Comment April 17th, 2018: Carolyn Logan on Disrespectful Language Choices by a City Council Member

April 18, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury City Council Public Comment Tuesday April 17th, 2018: Carolyn Logan on Disrespectful Language Choices by a City Council Member toward Mayor Al Heggins:

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Salisbury: Stacey Littleton Lands in the Detention Center for Allegedly Beating Up Her Hubby Monday on Lincolnton Road

April 17, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ One of the most overlooked crimes in Salisbury is the city’s enormous volume of simple assaults appearing in the Salisbury Police’s “Police to Citizen” website. Many of these simple assaults or worse involve a man assaulting a woman. Simple assaults occur daily all over the city, so often that readers sometimes ask […]

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Monday April 16th, 2018

April 17, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Monday April 16th, 2018:

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Salisbury: Dunkin Donuts and Blue Bay Seafood Restaurant, Next Door to Each Other on East Innes Street, Burglarized Sunday Morning

April 16, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury’s restaurant blitzkrieg continues with two more restaurants being burglarized/larceny-from the building, on Sunday. It has not known yet if these crimes are the product of the same burglary group or just a separate cell following a similar modus operandi. According to Salisbury Police sources Dunkin Donuts, popular for their coffee and […]

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The Fibrant Autopsy Part III: Salisbury’s Shaky Bond Rating Due to Fibrant and Salisbury’s Fibrant Created High Taxes

April 16, 2018

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Todd Paris,  RFP Contributor and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Salisbury’s Bond rating, which affects the interest we have to pay on borrowed money, took a big hit in 2014 due to the Fibrant debt and risk involved. We were downgraded to A3 from Aa3 on the city’s combined enterprise system revenue bonds. https://rowanfreepress.com/2014/05/15/fibrants-moodys-low-bond-rating-well-deserved-fibrant-rocked-salisburys-limited-future/ https://rowanfreepress.com/2016/09/01/fitch-ratings-reports-salisburys-water-and-sewer-bond-ratings-remain-stable-only-if-salisbury-rowan-utilities-doesnt-support-fibrant/ https://rowanfreepress.com/2014/10/22/fitch-ratings-downgrades-salisbury-n-c-s-bond-rating-due-to-fibrant/ These ratings […]

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UPDATE! Salisbury: Jailbreak at the Rowan County Detention Center Tonight! Escaped Prisoner Timothy Clarence Smith Now in Custody

April 14, 2018

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RFP Staff Updated: Escaped Prisoner now in custody. Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested escaped prisoner Timothy Clarence Smith, 32, at a trailer home on 1012 Matika Drive in Salisbury at 12:35 a.m. Sunday. Smith attempted to flee Sheriff’s deputies on foot, but was soon overtaken and handcuffed. Smith’s brief flight to freedom netted him an extra […]

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Salisbury: Rasheed Lamar Holmes Busted Wednesday for Allegedly Trafficking Drugs in the Economy Inn Parking Lot on Bendix Drive

April 14, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ “Bed Bug Row” in the 300 block Bendix Drive in Salisbury over the years has been the site of numerous vice arrests, drug busts, heroin overdoses, car break-ins, motel room robberies, and parking lot stick-ups. According to Salisbury Police sources Rasheed Lamar Holmes, 28, a convicted Salisbury felon, was arrested Wednesday at […]

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The Fibrant Autopsy Part II: How Fibrant Works Financially

April 14, 2018

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Todd Paris, RFP Contributor and Salisbury Attorney ♦ The Fibrant Autopsy Part II: How Fibrant Works Financially Initially the city publically claimed and local print media published that Fibrant was making a modest profit and had turned the corner.  This brought much  acclaim to  the  local visionaries. This proved patently false.  Back in 2014 the […]

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Salisbury: Shakhil Sayquon Dunn Arrested for the Alleged April 11th Shooting of Sarah Allison Bell, 66, at 815 Ivy Street

April 13, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Shakhil Sayquon Dunn, 21, surrendered today at 5 p.m. at the Rowan County Magistrates Office for the alleged April 11th Shooting of Sarah Allison Bell, 66, at her home at 815 Ivy Street in Salisbury.  Dunn is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury (felony) and shooting into an […]

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The Fibrant Autopsy Part I: How We Arrived at This Point

April 13, 2018

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Todd Paris, RFP Contributor and Salisbury Attorney The Fibrant Autopsy Part I: How We Arrived at This Point ♦ “We found her in the gutter.  She’d been disemboweled.” from “The Strange Case of Jack the Ripper” Back around 2009 Salisbury City Council Susan Kluttz, Paul Woodson, Bill Burgin, Pete Kennedy and Mark Lewis voted to […]

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Salisbury: A Stranger Torches a 2003 Mercedes Benz Sunday Evening in the Parking Lot at 1605 E. Innes Street

April 13, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Marquis Bond, 35, living at Kite Ct. in Concord, N.C., was the victim of an “arson motor vehicle” on Sunday evening in the parking lot at 1605 E. Innes Street when a stranger set fire to his white 2003 Mercedes C180K 2 door.  The crime was reported […]

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Salisbury: As Expected the D.A.’s Office Announced They will Seek the Death Penalty against Casey Parsons Accused Murderer of Erica Parsons

April 12, 2018

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RFP ♦ As expected the D.A.’s Office announced Thursday morning they will seek the death penalty against Casey Parsons who faces murder charges for the death of her adopted daughter Erica Parsons. D.A. Brandi Cook said Casey Parsons will be tried as a capital case. Only last week the D.A.’s Office announced they will seek […]

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UPDATED! Salisbury: Woman Shot on Ivy Street Last Night and Transported to the Hospital. Police Hunting for 2 Black Males

April 12, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Sarah Allison Bell, 66, was shot last night at around 11:57 p.m. at her home at 815 Ivy Street by two Black males. A second victim in the house was identified as her son Shareef Bell, 22.  Two men were said to have come calling at the […]

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Updated! Salisbury: Salisbury Police were Called to the Livingstone Campus around 10 P.M. for “Active Shooter”. No Injuries Reported

April 12, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Wednesday around 10 p.m. Salisbury Police were called to the Livingstone College Campus on the report of an “Active Shooter” inside the Trent Gymnasium.  Multiple gunshots were said to be heard in the vicinity of the Livingstone College Gym which drew the Campus Police to the area.  According to Livingstone College sources […]

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Updated! Salisbury Restaurant Burglary Blitzkrieg on Klumac Rd. Tuesday: Los Arcos, Casa Grande, and Ichiban Restaurants All Suffer Break-Ins

April 11, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources burglars struck 3 popular chain restaurants on Klumac Road on Tuesday.  Burglars broke into the Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant, and Ichiban Japanese Restaurant. Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, on 1311 Klumac Road, was the victim of a “burglary-forcible entry” on Tuesday Morning.  A blunt object […]

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Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Arthur Still Saturday for an Alleged Strangulation Assault on an Ex-Girlfriend and Stealing Her Iphone

April 11, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Where is Jerry Springer? Better yet, when is it time to let an ex go? According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources Arthur Michael Still, 32, and Brandon Nelson Still, 29, two brothers living at 7942 Grand Canyon Road in Kannapolis, were arrested Saturday at their home for crimes allegedly committed Friday […]

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Salisbury: Burglars Cart Off High-End Samsung Clothes Washer and Stereo Unit During Break-in Monday Afternoon on 211 Skyline Circle

April 10, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Forcible and unlawful entries appear to be on the upswing throughout Salisbury in the first quarter of 2018.  Burglars are hitting homes and businesses all hours of the day.  It is important to have secure locks, windows, and doors, and an electronic security alarm system.  Homeowner’s insurance is quite important because we […]

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Video: David Post Exposes Fibrant’s Lack of Redundancy (Backup) and Makes an Outrageous Claim about Hotwire’s Alleged Service

April 10, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ On April 3rd, 2018 at Salisbury’s City Council meeting David Post exposed Fibrant’s lack of redundancy (internet signal back up).  Revealing this lack of redundancy explained Fibrant’s recent gaps in internet service when Fibrant’s internet goes down. This admitted lack of important stability is a major turnoff for both businesses and residential […]

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Create Your Own Personal Billboards with Rowan County Candidates CARL FORD and CRAIG PIERCE Stick-Em-Ups! EZ Instructions

April 9, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Create Your Own Personal Billboards with Rowan County Candidates CARL FORD (For State Senate) and CRAIG PIERCE (for Rowan County Commission) Stick-Em-Ups! EZ Instructions: No need to print up a billboard when you can print up a large batch (or just 9) for personal use on your car, book bag, lunch box, baseball […]

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Salisbury: Forcible Entry Thursday at a 2016 Murder House on E. 11th Street Nets Burglars $1,760 Worth of Tech, Tools, and a Motorcycle

April 9, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Sources report that Anthony Armijo, 28, and Sonia Lopez Edwards, both living at 212 E. 11th Street in Salisbury, were victims of a “burglary-forcible entry” between Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning at their home. The burglars used bodily force to break-in and damaged the front door and window screens. […]

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Salisbury: Vandalism Friday on S. Jackson Street. 11 Windows Smashed Worth $2,000 // N.C. RENTER’S RIGHTS: Everything You Need to Know

April 8, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ We are well aware that Salisbury has it’s share of unscrupulous landlords/slumlords who will take advantage of renters most notably through the failure of not returning deposits, through neglecting to abate black mold, asbestos, and other toxic conditions, through not keeping rental agreements to upkeep properties, plumbing, painting, and electrical wiring.  Sometimes […]

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Salisbury: Stranger Steals $700 from a Woman in Applebee’s Grill and Bar on Faith Road Friday around Midnight

April 8, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Shaliyah Little, 23, living on Clancy Street in Salisbury, was the victim of “larceny-from building” Friday in Applebee’s Grill and Bar at 205 Faith Road.  A thief stole $700 cash from Little sometime close to midnight.  The crime was reported to 911 dispatch at 12 a.m. and […]

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The Transition Management Agreement and Lease By and Between Hotwire Communications, LTD and the City of Salisbury, N.C. (Complete)

April 7, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ The Transition Management Agreement and Lease By and Between Hotwire Communications, LTD and the City of Salisbury, N.C. (Complete):

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Salisbury: Country Cupboard Convenience Store Burglarized Early Friday A.M. Burglars Grab a Cash Register Drawer and Newport Cigarettes

April 7, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury filling station convenience stores may soon gain entry to the endangered species list from early a.m. burglaries where burglars use rocks or cinder blocks to smash their way into the establishments.  Can anyone think of a convenience store within Salisbury’s City limits that hasn’t either been robbed at gunpoint or had […]

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Salisbury: Two Men Rob a Woman at Gunpoint in the Tinseltown Theater Parking Lot Thursday Night and Carjack her Caddy

April 6, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources two black males with bad intentions came up on Delores Allen, 32, of Vance Avenue, sitting in her car in the Tinseltown parking lot at 305 Faith Road. She was waiting for a friend. Startled, Allen looked up to notice the men leveling a gun on her before […]

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Salisbury: James Hildreth, Felon Living on the Streets of Salisbury, Busted Thursday for an Attempted Break-in at Lowe’s on Faith Road

April 6, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ As many of our readers and law abiding citizens of Salisbury know, there exists a multitude of persons with criminal records dwelling on the streets of Salisbury, N.C.  They hunker down in abandoned houses and buildings, in crawl spaces and basements beneath homes, in tarp cities by the Town Creek, under I-85 […]

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Video: Salisbury City Council Public Commentary April 3rd, 2018–Carolyn Logan–Michael Kirksey–Isaac Jerome Heggins–Steve Cobb

April 5, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Carolyn Logan on Rampant Crime in Salisbury, Police Spin Doctors, and the Question of who the Fibrant Bond Holders are:

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Salisbury: Melvin Bookhart and Jonathan Fitzpatrick were Arrested Wednesday Afternoon for an Alleged Baseball Bat Assault on N. Main St.

April 5, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦  According to Salisbury Police sources Melvin DeWayne Bookhart, 32, a convicted felon, and his sidekick Jonathan Charles Fitzpatrick, 21, both of Salisbury, had a score to settle over a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon at house on 1434 N. Main Street. They followed basic code of the streets: “Talk Sh**–Get Hit.” Bookhart and […]

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How Downtown Salisbury Evolved into a Ghost Town Part I: The Anti-Cruising Ordinance of 1977

April 5, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ This is the first in a series of articles on why Salisbury’s Downtown evolved into ghost town with little human traffic save for panhandlers, an array of empty storefronts with brown papered windows, the blighted South Main Badlands with its decrepit eyesore the Empire Hotel, musical chair businesses that disappear within 6 […]

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Salisbury: The DA’s Office to Seek the Death Penalty for Sandy Parsons Charged with the Alleged Murder (First degree) of Erica Parsons

April 4, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to reliable sources at the Rowan County Courthouse and in area law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office will seek the death penalty for Sandy Wade Parsons, 44, charged with the alleged murder (first degree) of Erica Parsons and a number of other felony charges in what is said to be one […]

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JD Power U.S. Residential Internet and Television Service Provider Satisfaction Study for the South Region

April 4, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ JD Power U.S. Residential Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Study for the South Region:

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Salisbury: Sam’s Car Wash on W. Innes Suffers Nightmare $3,500 Vandalism on Monday. Exterior Walls Damaged by Chemicals

April 4, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ The vandals are having a hot time in the ole town these past few months.  Expensive plate glass windows are getting rocked. Graffiti and gang tags are making a resurgence.  Cars are getting keyed with larger and meaner spirited tools.  Paint isn’t just being sprayed on buildings, homes, and cars, it’s getting […]

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Update! Salisbury’s “Cupid” Jody Hall Busted Monday on St. Peter’s Church Rd. for Alleged Rape and Kidnapping. Under a Million Dollar Bond

April 3, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources Jody Edgar Hall, 48, was arrested Monday by Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies at 6:30 P.M. at his home on 3415 St. Peter’s Church Road in Salisbury and charged with rape and kidnapping. Allegedly Hall gave a 63 year-old woman, the mother of one of Hall’s […]

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Salisbury: Two 2016 Nissan Vehicles and Their Valuables Ripped-Off Friday from the Holly Leaf Apartments on Woodleaf Road

April 3, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins are chronic crime challenges throughout Salisbury and are often fueled by the city being a major port-of-call for I-85 crime tourism. According to Salisbury Police sources a 2016 Nissan Sentra belonging to Janea Sellers, 23 and a 2016 Nissan Maxima, belonging to John Barber, 56, were stolen […]

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting 3 P.M. Monday April 2nd, 2018

April 2, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting 3 P.M. Monday April 2nd, 2018:

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Updated! Salisbury: Armed Robbery Saturday Morning at the Circle K Express on E. Innes Street. Gunman Grabs Cash and Newports

April 2, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources the much robbed Circle K Express/76 filling station convenience store on 1015 E. Innes Street was the victim of a “robbery-firearm” on Saturday morning. The robber threatened the clerk with an undetermined firearm and helped himself to $75 cash and $6.52 worth of Newport cigarettes.  The crime […]

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Todd Paris Supports Saving American Paper Plant Jobs Over Saving the Fishwrapper // The Latest on “Ammo Control”

April 2, 2018

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Todd Paris, RFP Contributor and Salisbury Attorney ♦ In case you can’t get around the ads, pop-ups, and meaningless quizzes, the Manager of the Fishwrapper is carping today about the tariff on imported Canadian newsprint paper in favor of American paper plants. It seems the Canadian government is giving their folks certain tax breaks so […]

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Jonathan Paul Mayers Arrested Early Saturday A.M. for an Alleged Robbery at Kangeroo Express on E. Main Street in Rockwell N.C.

April 1, 2018

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources report that convicted felon Jonathan Paul Mayers, 40, from Salisbury, was arrested  by deputies Saturday at 1:51 a.m. at the Kangeroo Express convenience store on 264 E. Main Street in Rockwell, N.C.  During his arrest for robbery, Mayers allegedly did not go willingly and assaulted a deputy. […]

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