Rowan County

Law Enforcement
1:45 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Parents of Missing Teen Erica Parsons Arrested On Tax Fraud Charges

The Rowan County Sheriff's office announced Wednesday it was doubling its reward for locating Erica Parsons to $20,000. The FBI announced a $25,000 reward in January. A local advocacy group, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, is offering $5,000, bringing the total reward to $50,000.
Credit Courtesy of the FBI Charlotte Office

Exactly one year after Rowan County teen Erica Parsons was reported missing by her brother, her adoptive parents appeared in federal court Wednesday to face charges of Social Security and Medicaid fraud.

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Local News
10:24 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Doctor, Teacher Charged With Prescription Fraud

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A Rowan County doctor and his wife turned themselves in Wednesday morning after being indicted in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain the prescription pain killer hydrocodone. Overall, police have charged eight people, most of whom are teachers or teacher assistants.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Salisbury City Manager Booted After Closed Session

The entrance to Salisbury's City Hall building in Rowan County.
Tasnim Shamma

The city of Salisbury now has an interim city manager. That's because two weeks ago, city council members effectively fired former city manager Doug Paris.

The city's communications director resigned the next day.

  

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Religion
5:58 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Decision May Impact Rowan County Prayer Dispute

The Rowan County Commission praying at the beginning of its October 21, 2013 meeting.
Credit Rowan County

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that opening prayers with references to Christianity during government meetings do not violate the U.S. Constitution.

This decision may impact a trial in Rowan County filed by residents who say they feel excluded when county commissioners open council meetings in the name of Jesus.

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Local News
4:05 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

FBI Offers $25K Reward To Help Find Missing Teen Erica Parsons

Erica Lynn Parsons was reported missing on July 30, 2013 by her stepbrother -- more than two years after she was last seen.
Credit Courtesy of the FBI Charlotte Office

The FBI says it is now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that helps them find missing teen Erica Parsons.

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Local News
5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Government Prayer Case. What's It Mean For Rowan Co. Dispute?

The Rowan County Commission praying at the beginning of its October 21, 2013 meeting
Credit Rowan County

Prayers in government meetings have received a lot of attention in North Carolina. The ACLU has sued the Rowan County Commission, and another group has threatened to sue the Union County Commission for what they say are “sectarian prayers.”

As the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a similar case from New York next week, we explore what the case could mean for North Carolina.


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Local News
9:57 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Meth Lab Busts On The Rise

Methamphetamine
Credit Drug Enforcement Agency

In the early 2000s, North Carolina experienced a surge in meth use. The state combated that surge by restricting the sale of Sudafed and other over-the-counter drugs that contain precursors for meth. The numbers fell in the middle of the decade, but began creeping up almost immediately—157 meth lab busts in 2007, 235 in 2010, up to 460 last year.


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Local News
9:22 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Insights Into The Life Of Erica Parsons

Erica Parsons

A 13-year-old girl goes missing. No one says anything.  The parents? They say she was just being rebellious and figured she would someday return.

This is the case of Erica Parsons, of course. The Rowan County girl was last seen in November of 2011. Her brother reported her missing last month.

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The Party Line
11:07 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Religion Resolution Aptly Introduced On April 1st

Michael Bitzer

As you may have heard by now, a joint resolution has been introduced into the North Carolina General Assembly that proclaims religious liberty, especially as it relates to a court case coming out of Rowan County. 

The resolution goes through a number of points, which all deserve some explanation; first, the resolution begins:

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Local News
1:52 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Rowan County Commission To Fight ACLU Over Prayer

Rowan County commissioners decided Monday to continue opening their meetings with a prayer, despite a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has argued the prayers are unconstitutional and violate the separation of church and state.

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