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West sweeps; North boys win in overtime Sports Section B Friday, February 18, 2011 | 50¢ Salisbury slaying to be part of ‘Nightmare Next Door’ series Rothwell said the program will show how the murder of 18-yearold Loritts and the arrest and plea The next time you see former Salof her then 46-year-old stepfather isbury Police detective James “J.D.” Reginald Weeks Jr. affected the Barber or Salisbury Police Detective community, investigators and famBrent Hall, you may want to stop and ilies involved. get their autographs. “This one was really interesting Barber and Hall, as well as other because of the dynamic of the stepSalisbury officials and residents, were father,” Rothwell said. “You kind filmed over the past week for “Nightof didn’t see it coming.” mare Next Door,” a new series on the Barber said he spent 11 hours Investigation Discovery channel. with a film crew Feb. 11, and four The one-hour show will focus on the hours the next day. The filming 2005 Brittany Nicole Loritts murder took place at the Rowan County investigation. Sheriff’s Office and on Barber’s Brittany Nicole Loritts Anne Rothwell, who produces farm. “Nightmare Next Door,” said it is a fairly new se“They came out and filmed a lot of the stuff at ries about homicides in small towns. the farm,” Barber said. “They call it a hero shot, “So it’s usually kind of idealistic Americana, just part of what I do when I’m not working.” where stuff like this is foreign to these small towns,” Rothwell said. “And the victims are innoSee SERIES, 5A cent victims.” BY SHELLEY SMITH shelley smith/SALISBURY POST 10 YEARS Aldi eyes second location TO THE DAY Even after death, ‘The Intimidator’ still has a hold in Kannapolis ANNAPOLIS — Steven McCree has been out of work since Pillowtex — the remnants of a onceproud Cannon Mills Co. — shut down in 2003. He is now homeless and often spends time at the Dale Earnhardt Plaza in the downtown. “You see that statute there,” McCree says, pointing to the 9-foot-tall bronze pose of Earnhardt. “You try to steal that and see how far you get.” Nearby, three men from the Levine Museum of the New South are taking some film footage of MARK Kannapolis for an upcomWINEKA ing Charlotte exhibit, and they’re making sure to include the Earnhardt statue. Over the next hour — on an early Tuesday afternoon — people from Maine, Ohio and two cities in eastern North Carolina will walk into the plaza and pose with the statue for personal photographs. They’ll linger to read some of the other tributes to the late NASCAR driver before returning to their cars. McCree sees people visiting the statue year-round. “Please, this is Dale Earnhardt country, dude,” he says. “If it wasn’t for Dale Earnhardt, this town wouldn’t be worth a crap.” Even a decade after his death, Dale Earnhardt maintains an Elvis-type hold on his hometown and a loyal fan base across the country. They are the fans who relished his hardnosed driving style, blue-collar roots and winning ways over 20plus years on the Winston Cup circuit, NC 136 became which ended Feb. 18, 2001, in a fatal acciNC 3 in Earnhardt’s honor in dent at the Daytona 500. 2002. They still speak reverently about “The Intimidator” and the colors he made famous — silver and black. “If you’re going to do anything in life,” says Brian Anderson of Barnesville, Ohio, “you’ve got to have the cojones.” Anderson and his girlfriend, Deanna Carr, drove almost 450 miles to Kannapolis this week to see Earnhardt’s hometown. It was Anderson’s Valentine’s Day gift to Carr, who worshiped Earnhardt as a driver. Carr expresses a sentiment heard often among Earnhardt fans, who don’t New store would go in at corner of Brenner, Jake Alexander Boulevard K [|xbIAHD y0 0 1rzu Salisbury Police Detective Brent Hall works on a scene for ‘Nightmare Next Door’ on Investigation Discovery channel at the police department as Martin Filfil directs and field producer Pat Bates helps. BY EMILY FORD mark wineka/SALISBURY POST Brian Anderson and Deanna Carr drove more than 400 miles from Ohio on Valentine’s Day so they could spend a day in the hometown of Dale Earnhardt, Carr’s racing hero. Earnhardt grew up in an area of Kannapolis called ‘Car Town,’ where the streets have names such as Dodge, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Plymouth and V-8. carry the same passion for NASCAR since the driver’s death — even now, 10 years later. “I kind of felt lost, his not being there,” Carr says. In Kannapolis, “3” is a sacred number. A year after Earnhardt’s death, then Gov. Mike Easley signed legislation that renumbered N.C. Highway 136 to N.C. 3, as tribute to the number on Earnhardt’s Today’s forecast 74º/45º Partly cloudy Deaths Mignonne Snipes Janet E. Worth Maggie Kereley Billy T. Beck Alvis O. Ponds Claude Allen race car. A section of N.C. 3 includes Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, one of Kannapolis’ major arteries. The Class A minor league baseball team is named the Kannapolis Intimidators. And the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau strongly promotes “The Dale Trail,” a self-guided tour through Kannapolis that puts fans on the same streets where Earnhardt lived, worked, played and even learned to race. The visitors bureau prints and distributes 25,000 Dale Trail brochures each year. “They can’t get the experience anywhere else,” says Donna Carpenter, president and chief executive officer of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Carpenter describes the trail as a lowkey, “bittersweet” attraction that affects people in different ways. Race fans have fond memories of the driver Earnhardt was, she notes, but many still carry grief over his death. Relying a lot on Dale Earnhardt Boulevard as a focal point, the trail takes people by his father Ralph’s grave. The Ralph Earnhardt tombstone displays a No. 8 race car, one in which he won hundreds of smaller-circuit races over 23 years. Gypsie C. Settle Elsie T. Benfield Marty C. Rutherford Janie H. Jackson Jimmie Earnhardt Jr. Hayden Earnhardt Aldi wants to build a second Salisbury grocery store at the intersection of Jake Alexander Boulevard and Brenner Avenue. If successful, Aldi would become the only large grocer other than Food Lion to have more than one location in Salisbury. Food Lion was founded here. Aldi would not only double its presence in Food Lion territory, but it would set up shop across the street from Harris Teeter. If all goes as the company hopes, the proposed 18,761-square-foot store would open in mid-2012, said Todd Bonnett, Aldi real estate director. “We feel that we can much better serve the Salisbury community with a second store on this side of town and have no plans to close our existing store on Faith Road,” Bonnett said in an e-mail to the Post. The city’s Technical Review Committee granted provisional approval to Aldi’s site plan on Thursday. “They have to correct some technical details, but basically the concept has been approved,” City Engineer Dan Mikkelson said. Aldi will make minor changes and submit construction documents to the city, which would be approved by staff, Mikkelson said. Aldi plans to buy about 2 acres from Childress Klein Properties, which owns the 15.4acre tract of vacant land bound by Jake Alexander Boulevard, Brenner Avenue and See ALDI, 2A See DALE, 12A John D. Mills Bobby G. Wagoner Chrystal B. 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