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THURSDAY April 1, 2010



License of physician’s assistant suspended




Work crews spent the day removing the green awnings from the arched windows on the top floor of the Wallace Building on the Square in downtown Salisbury. As the sun sets, one awning remains to be removed.

State offices among those closing for Easter Most state offices will be closed Friday, including all local court offices. Among the other closings: • China Grove town office will be closed on Friday. Garbage pickup will not be affected. • Cleveland Town Hall will be closed on Friday. Garbage pickup will not be affected. • Faith town offices will be closed Monday. Garbage pickup will not be affected. • Landis town offices will be closed on Friday. Garbage pickup not affected. • Rockwell offices closed Friday, garbage pickup will be unchanged. • Rowan County offices will be closed on Friday, along with the landfill and all

convenience sites. • Rowan-Salisbury School System offices will be closed Monday. Students will be out of school Friday through Wednesday. • Salisbury offices will be closed Friday, garbage will not be affected. • Spencer offices will be closed Friday. • Concord offices will be closed on Friday. Normal collection schedule this week for garbage, recycling, building materials, and bulky waste. • Kannapolis offices will be closed on Friday. Garbage pickup will be unchanged. • East Spencer offices will be open Friday and closed Monday.

Thieves break into gem mine at Dan Nicholas Park Staff report

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying two men who broke into the gem mine at Dan Nicholas Park on Bringle Ferry Road. The break-in occurred at 1:13 a.m. Sunday. Capt. John Sifford said video shows a man who forced open a door using a fire ax and went into the office area. He took a gem display valued at $200 and also pulled or knocked down a surveillance camera.

The camera was found discarded outside the building. During the crime, a park security camera captured the crime, which shows two white males. In the video, the suspects use head gear lights to see inside the dark building. Damage to the door, a window and camera was estimated at $400. Anybody with information on this crime is asked to contact Lt. Chad Moose 704-2168687, Detective Teresa Haupt 704-216-8702, or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866639-5245.

Woman stabbed in chest after altercation Staff report

A 23-year-old woman was stabbed in the chest Tuesday night, according to reports from the Salisbury Police Department. Jessica Ann Menefee sustained a puncture to her lung and was taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center. According to police, Menefee told police she and a cousin had been at Lloyd’s on North Long Street in East Spencer when

they were accosted by a group of women they didn’t know. Menefee told police they left and drove to Lafayette Circle. She told police that when her cousin got out of the car “a bunch of girls jumped” her. She said she was stabbed, but didn’t see the weapon. According to Salisbury police, Menefee wasn’t cooperative. She couldn’t remember her home address or phone number.

United Daughters of the Confederacy meet at library The District III Meeting for seven area chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was held March 26 at the Rowan Public Library.

Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78 members Sue Curtis, Trudy Hall, Cindy Scott, Sandra Boyer and Cindy Webb were hostesses for district

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members from five cities. Activity reports for the past year were presented by the Hoke Chapter and the James B. Gordon Chapter No. 211 of Winston-Salem, Coltrane-Harris Chapter of Concord, the Statesville Chapter No. 276 and Centennial Chapter No. 2297 of Statesville and the Battle of Bentonville Chapter No. 818 of Mooresville. Members spoke about their chapter’s efforts featuring historical, educational, memorial, benevolent and patriotic projects, plus activities of their auxiliary chapters of the Children of the Confederacy. Special guests included N.C. Division President Emily Champion of Butner and division officers Aileen Ezell of Canton, Michele Miller of Kernersville, Sara Powell of Wake Forest, Lori Cook-Folger of Hot Springs, Patsy Whitfield of Greensboro and Laura Griffin of Selma. A program of Southern images and music preceded a slide presentation, “Searching for the Confederacy in Rowan County,” by Ed and Sue Curtis. The meeting concluded with the singing of “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.”

Grease on stove blamed for fire that destroyed house in Faith B Y K ARISSA M INN

A blaze that destroyed a two-story home in Faith on Sunday was caused by a grease fire, investigators say. “There was a pot of grease on stove that they had used to fix French fries,” said Kevin Holshouser, who served as assistant Rowan County fire marshal Sunday. “The stove was left on and had been unattended for a little while before fire was noticed.” A call just before 5 p.m. reported smoke at 449 S. Main St. in Faith. Originally, it was reported that no one was home, but Holshouser said Wednesday that three adults and one child were present when the fire started. They were relatives of the homeowner, June Solomon — Thomas Gardner Jr., 36, Ricky Sturdivant Jr., 30, Ed-

ward Blaise, 21, and a 10-year-old boy. The Red Cross is assisting the family. Two of the three adults attempted to put the fire out themselves, Holshouser said. This allowed the fire to get progressively worse. “By the time the fire department got there... they couldn’t even make an interior attack on it because of quickly deteriorating conditions,” Holshouser said. “It was a balloon construction type of house. Once the fire breaches a ceiling or wall in a house like that, it can travel real quick.” It took about an hour for firefighters to get the blaze under control as neighbors gathered and looked on. All three trucks from Faith responded to the fire, along with engines from Bostian Heights, Granite Quarry, Salisbury and Rockwell City fire departments.

Woman charged with assault after baseball bat incident Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies have charged a Kannapolis woman with assault, saying she took a baseball bat to her boyfriend and his car. Lakisha Nicole Weeks, 30, 2865 N. Cannon Blvd., was charged after the incident on Friday. Capt. John Sifford said Weeks used a bat to damage the 1992 Cadillac owned by Nigel Lamar Springs of 108 Landsburg Lane, China Grove. Sifford said she also struck Springs with the bat. Damage to the Cadillac was estimated at $2,100. Weeks was initially held in the Rowan County Detention Center under no bond because of the domestic situation. She has been released.

Posters • Shining Stars Easter Dance, Saturday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Harold B. Jarrett Post; DJ Mr. Clean; $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

The North Carolina Medical Board reported the license of a Winston-Salem physician’s assistant who lives in Salisbury has been suspended after a 2008 driving while impaired charge. The board took action against Richard Walter Trombley, 62, on Jan. 22. The report says Trombley, a certified physician’s assistant with Concentra Medical Center in Winston-Salem, had his license indefinitely suspended. The board released its bi-monthly report of all actions from January and February. Trombley was stopped by a Rowan County Sheriff’s deputy March 22, 2008, for driving while impaired. He was stopped at 9:48 p.m. on a Saturday and released 4 a.m. the following day, according to Sheriff’s officials. Trombley was taken to the magistrate’s office, jailed and given a written promise to appear in court April 18. The Medical Board report says in April 2009, Trombley and the Board entered into a consent order based on his driving while impaired arrest. He was reprimanded and placed on probationary terms and conditions including “refraining from the use of all mind or mood-altering substances and alcohol.” A consent order is a way for the board to resolve a matter without a formal hearing. The consent order is an agreement between the board and the practitioner that details action taken by the board. The report also says Trombley has to notify the board within 10 days of his use of such medication or alcohol. He was also required to maintain a contract with N.C. Physicians Health Program, a monitoring and referral service for the treatment of impaired physicians. After signing the consent order, Trombley admitted to consuming wine, the report said. Trombley entered into a contract with the N.C. Physicians Health Program in August 2009. “He has been assessed as alcohol dependent, and inactivated his physician assistant’s license in October 2009,” the report said. A phone call to Concentra Medical Center confirmed Trombley is no longer employed at the practice. There is no telephone listing for Trombley, who according to the Rowan County tax map resides on Stafford Estates Drive.

Opening arguments today in murder trial Staff reports

Opening arguments are set to begin today in the first-degree murder trial of Ray Lee Ross. Ross, 50, of Rockwell, has been in the Rowan County Detention Center since Sept. 14, 2007, awaiting trial in the death of Henry Arthur Aldridge. With jury selection complete, the trial is set to get under way at 9 a.m. in Rowan County Superior Court, Courtroom 2 of the Rowan County Justice Center. Judge Paul Ridgeway of Wake County is the presiding judge for the special session. District Attorney Bill Kenerly is not seeking the death penalty.


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