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Ben Stansell, Author at Salisbury Post

Crime

‘No winners’: Mason found guilty in fish arcade murder trial

SALISBURY — As soon as the court clerk read the verdict aloud, the tangible tension enveloping the courtroom immediately gave way to gasps and uncontrollable ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Friday, September 24, 2021 12:00 am

Crime

Jury begins deliberations in Fishzilla murder case

SALISBURY — A jury began deliberating Wednesday afternoon in the Fishzilla murder case, but a verdict wasn’t reached on the guilt or innocence of Dedric ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:10 am

Local

Commissioners approve incentive agreement for ‘I-85 Commerce Center’ on Webb Road

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Board of Commissioners on Monday night approved a tax incentive agreement for a major development near Interstate 85. NorthPoint Development ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:10 am

Crime

Defendant testifies in Fishzilla murder trial

SALISBURY —  After watching other witnesses give accounts of the incident, Dedrick Michelle Mason took the stand on Monday to give her version of the ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:00 am

Business

New ambulance company moves into Rowan County, filling need as COVID hospitalizations remain high

SALISBURY — When one of Rowan County’s ambulance service providers abruptly announced the discontinuation of operations last month, Rowan EMS Division Chief Lennie Cooper had ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Monday, September 20, 2021 10:13 am

Crime

Blotter: Sept. 19

In weekend crime reports: • Tisha Rashel Mowery, 37, of Salisbury was charged Saturday by the Salisbury Police Department for communicating threats, second degree trespassing ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Monday, September 20, 2021 1:31 am

Business

In lieu of annual festival, New Sarum turns Cheerwine beer release into celebration

SALISBURY — Lee Roberts says he missed the opportunity to enjoy New Sarum Brewing Company’s Cheerwine lager before, but he wasn’t going to let that ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 19, 2021 12:10 am

China Grove

Main Street Marketplace combines local ingredients, community with farm-to-table dinner

CHINA GROVE — To promote and bring awareness to its community market, Main Street Marketplace and Meeting Place hosted a farm-to-table dinner in downtown China ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 19, 2021 12:05 am

Local

Commissioners to consider tax incentives for developer planning 630,000-square-foot facility on Webb Road

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider an incentive package for a company planning a sprawling industrial facility in central ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 19, 2021 12:00 am

Business

Keepin it poppin’: The Old 97 Kettlecorn Company adapts during pandemic, earns honor

SPENCER — The COVID-19 pandemic forced many Americans to reflect on their lives and rethink their careers. Coleman Wilson was one of them. After working ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 19, 2021 12:00 am

Crime

Defense witness gives tearful account of deadly shooting in Fishzilla murder trial

SALISBURY — During a tearful testimony on Friday afternoon, Andrea Dillard recounted the moment she thought her life was going to end. “I really thought ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Saturday, September 18, 2021 12:01 am

Crime

Prosecution in Fishzilla murder case introduces more witness accounts, handgun used in shooting

SALISBURY — The prosecution on Thursday continued to build its case against Dedric Michelle Mason in an abbreviated trial day. Mason, 45, is facing charges ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Friday, September 17, 2021 12:00 am

Crime

Fishzilla murder trial continues with employee testimony, footage of deadly arcade shooting

SALISBURY — Curtis Quick said he was “bewildered” and “stunned” following a deadly shooting at Fishzilla Arcade in April 2018. Quick, an employee at Fishzilla ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:10 am

Crime

Fishzilla murder trial begins with opening statements, testimony from victim’s longtime girlfriend

SALISBURY — Standing in a Rowan County courtroom Tuesday afternoon, attorney Ryan Stowe framed his client’s case as a matter of self defense during a potentially ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:11 am

Local

Board of Health reviews results from survey on Health Department services

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Board of Health on Tuesday evening received results of a survey about care delivered by the Health Department in the ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:00 am

Local

Public input sought for Rowan Community Health Needs Assessment

SALISBURY — From now through November, the Rowan County Health Department will be collecting input for its 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment. Conducted every three ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:00 am

Crime

Jury selection begins for murder trial of woman in fish arcade shooting

SALISBURY — Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of a Salisbury woman charged with second-degree murder after a deadly fish arcade shooting. Dedric ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:00 am

Ask Us

Ask Us: If a tree falls from strip between sidewalk, street, who’s responsible?

Editor’s note: Ask Us is a weekly feature published online Mondays and in print on Tuesdays. We’ll seek to answer your questions about items or ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 12, 2021 11:26 pm

Business

Watson family earns award for conservation efforts at Wetmore Farms

WOODLEAF — Conservation runs in the family at Wetmore Farms. Now they’ve got two awards to prove it. The farm, which spans about 450 rolling ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 12, 2021 12:00 am

Business

Biz Roundup: Downtown Salisbury prepares for Halloween Fun Fest, seeks merchants to participate

SALISBURY — Halloween Fun Fest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30 in the parking lot of City Hall at 217 S. Main St. The ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 12, 2021 12:00 am

China Grove

China Grove Fire Department earns improved ISO rating, now among state’s best

CHINA GROVE — When Mike Zimmerman became chief of the China Grove Fire Department in fall 2014, he inherited a department with problems. Lacking records ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Saturday, September 11, 2021 7:00 pm

Crime

Salisbury Police Department investigating two catalytic converter thefts

SALISBURY — Two catalytic converters have been stolen from underneath automobiles in the previous week, according to the Salisbury Police Department. The first crime was ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 9, 2021 4:59 pm

Crime

Man accused of restraining girlfriend with tape faces kidnapping, assault charges

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man faces charges of kidnapping, rape and assault on a female after he allegedly restrained his girlfriend with packaging tape and ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 9, 2021 10:22 am

China Grove

China Grove Town Council adopts plan for redevelopment of Community Park

CHINA GROVE — The Town Council is moving forward with plans for the redevelopment of Community Park. Located along South Myrtle Avenue, the park currently ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:07 am

Local

Autumn Jubilee still planned for first weekend in October

SALISBURY — Despite the cancellations of the Cheerwine Festival and Pops at the Post, one of Rowan County’s most beloved events is still scheduled for ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:05 am

Local

Vaya Health CEO previews ‘seamless’ transition of care as company merges with Cardinal Innovations

SALISBURY — While speaking to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night, Vaya Health President and CEO Brian Ingraham promised a “seamless” merger between his ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:00 am

Business

Reaper’s Realm faces closure after commissioners deny temporary use permit application, rezoning request

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night denied a temporary use permit for Reaper’s Realm Haunted House and Trail, effectively preventing ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 9:11 pm

Local

Paxton Butler plans to challenge Brandy Cook in 2022 district attorney race

SALISBURY — Walking through downtown with a colleague, Paxton Butler noticed something shiny on the ground. “As we stopped, I looked down and at my ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:00 am

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