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Police find pot in a Mason jar, man charged


Posted: Jan 29, 2015 9:40 AM EST Updated: Jan 29, 2015 9:40 AM EST



Typically, when it comes to their use in criminal activity, you may think of Mason jars being used to transport “white lighting,” but a Salisbury police officer discovered such a jar being used for a different purpose on Wednesday.

Several officers were working in the area of Ludwick Avenue in Salisbury because of a recent increase in calls from that area.  One officer spotted Dashon Hopkins, 20, in front of a house at 355 Ludwick Ave.  The officer went to talk to Hopkins and asked to see the backpack he was carrying.

According to the report, the officer found a Mason jar containing 28 grams of marijuana.  Hopkins was also carrying a set of scales.

Police say jars like that are often used because they help to hide the normally strong smell of the marijuana plant.

Hopkins was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and with having drug paraphernalia.  He was released from jail on $2500 bond.

Hornets go down in San Antonio

The Charlotte Hornets, who are facing the prospect of playing without their star point guard, Kemba Walker, for at least six weeks, lost to the Defending NBA Champions, San Antonio, in Texas 95-86 Wednesday night.  Balanced scoring was once again the rule for the Spurs, with Tony Parker had 17 points, Danny Green had sixteen points, and Tim Duncan added twelve points and 14 rebounds.  Gerald Henderson had 18 to lead Charlotte and Al Jefferson added 17 points and 16 rebounds, with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scoring 14.  Walker did undergo successful surgery for his torn lateral meniscus in his left knee Wednesday.  Next game for the Hornets is Saturday night at Denver with a tipoff at 9:00PM.  News Radio 1490 will have broadcast coverage.

In other games of note, Atlanta won its 17th in a row, beating Brooklyn 113-102, They have now won 31 of their last 33 games.  And Kyrie Irving exploded for a career high 55 points to lead Cleveland to a 99-94 win over Portland.

Duke, NC State, Wake Forest all Lose

In ACC Basketball Wednesday night it was not a good night for the Big Four of North Carolina.  Fourth Ranked Duke let a ten point lead slip away and lost to eighth ranked Notre Dame in South Bend 77-73.  Jerian Grant led the Irish with 23 points and 12 rebounds and made two shots in the final 67 seconds as the shot clock ran out.  Grant also blocked a layup attempt by Duke at the end.  Jahlil Okafor led Duke with 22 points and 17 rebounds  but he was only 2 of 7 from the line and 1 for 5 in the final 4:30.  For Notre Dame Zach Auguste added 14 for Notre Dame, and Pat Connaughton had 13 points and 12 rebounds.  For Duke Quinn Cook had 15 points , Tyus Jones had 14, and Justin Winslow 13.  Duke had a 63-53 lead but Notre Dame had a 12-0 run that gave them a two point lead.  Duke dropped to 17-3 overall, and 4-3 in the ACC.  Notre Dame moved up to 8-1 in the ACC and 20-2 overall. In other ACC games, Clemson surprised NC State in Raleigh 68-57, leading by 23 at one point in the first half, saw the lead cut to seven before settling down and then had it cut to three but that was as close as the Wolfpack would get.  Jordan Roper led Clemson with 18 points while Trevor Lacey had 17 for the Wolfpack.  State shot just 29 percent for the game.  State dropped to 13-9 overall, 4-5 in the ACC, with Clemson improving to 12-8, overall to 4-4 in the conference.  And Wake Forest lost in double overtime at Florida State 82-76.  Xavier Rathan-Mayes with 21 points and hit a long jump shot and two free throws in the final minutes of Double OT.  Phil Cofer had 19 points and eight rebounds.  Wake got 25 points from Cody Miller-McIntyre and Cornelius Hudson added 18.  It was the fourth straight loss for the Deacs.  Wake led 19-4 early in the game.  They dropped to 9-12 overall, 1-7 in the ACC. Other results had Georgia Tech shocking #23 Miami in Florida 70-50 and #10 Louisville defeated Boston College 81-72. Local teams results had Catawba sweeping two at home against SAC rival Lenoir Rhyne.  The Catawba Men won 68-58, with K.J. Arrington leading the scoring with 21 points and eight rebounds.  Catawba enhanced their chances of making the top eight and the tournament field improving to 8-10 overall, 6-7 in the conference.  The Lady Indians also won over L-R 80-72.  Jada Huntley had thirty points and eight rebounds.  Catawba improved to 10-8 overall, 7-6 in the SAC.  Livingstone also swept their games at St. Augustine’s, the Men winning 76-62, its fifth straight victory.  Eric Dubose had 18 points and Hakeem Jackson added 17 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks.  The Livingstone women won 96-73 over St. Aug.  with Cierra York scoring 23 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, leading six players in double figures. The record now goes to 19-0 officially, and 10-0 in the CIAA. Also Wednesday Pfeiffer edges King College of Tennessee 76-73 in overtime, Memphis ran past East Carolina 70-58, UNC-Asheville was a winner over Longwood 74-64, and UNC-Wilmington downed Elon 82-65.  Thursday night, Charlotte hosts Florida Atlantic (7:00PM) and Appalachian State is at Georgia Southern (7:30PM).

Considered one of the best guitarists in the world, Phil Keaggy comes to Salisbury


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Posted: Jan 28, 2015 7:30 AM EST Updated: Jan 28, 2015 7:34 AM EST

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – Phil Keaggy is considered to be one of the world’s best guitarists, and that reputation is well deserved.  Next week he’ll bring his signature style to Salisbury with a performance at the Lee Street Theatre on February 6.

Over his career Keaggy has released more than 50 albums and has been the seven time winner of the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for best instrumental.

Keaggy’s career began in the midwest in the 1960’s when he played with various rock bands, most notably a band named Glass Harp that opened for such well known acts as The Kinks, Iron Butterfly, Yes, Grand Funk Railroad, and Traffic.

Keaggy’s first solo album was released in 1973 at a time when his Christian faith came to the forefront of his music.  As the Christian music industry began to grow in the mid to late 80’s, Keaggy won his first Dove award for the instrumental album The Wind and the Wheat.

Keaggy performs all over the country doing mostly acoustic shows and occasional concerts with a band, according to his web site.  “He is aware that God gave him a calling to deliver the Gospel through his music,” the site says.  “And for over 30 years, Phil Keaggy has been grateful to do just that, and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.”

Keaggy’s stop in Salisbury takes place on Friday, February 6 at Le Street Theatre.  Tickets are limited.  Call 704-310-5507 for more details.

HUD’s “Point In Time” survey to determine number of homeless people in Rowan

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 7:03 AM EST Updated: Jan 29, 2015 7:03 AM EST

How many homeless people are there in Rowan County on any given night?  Information collected on Wednesday could help the community and local agencies to gain an accurate idea of how many folks are without homes.

Volunteers and Rowan County agencies that serve homeless individuals have been asking where people were they slept on the night of January 28. The volunteers are trying to identify homeless individuals and families.

HUD, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, asks each county in the U. S. to count homeless individuals and families on the last Wednesday night on odd numbered years.

In North Carolina the count is done each year. The count, officially called the Point-in-Time (PIT) and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is organized locally.

The lead agency in 2015 in Rowan County is Rowan Helping Miniseries.

The count is for both Sheltered and Unsheltered individuals and families.

Since 2012 students from Catawba College, majoring in Sociology, interviewed guests at Rowan Helping Ministries. These students asked a series of questions of each guest in an effort to identify trends and needs common among this population.

This year HUD is focusing on Homeless Veterans and the Chronically Homeless as a target population. A person is Chronically Homeless if they have been continuously homeless for more than one year or homeless four times in the last three years.

The 2014 count showed 184 homeless individuals on that one night in Rowan County. The numbers for the 2015 count will not be final for several days.