The Salisbury community has been through a difficult couple of months, and especially the last week. Communities across our country have been facing multiple challenges lately, just as we have. Not only are we dealing with COVID-19, resulting economic challenges, and unemployment, but also protests following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The City of Salisbury Public Works Department will start the transition from Waste Management to Republic Services beginning on Monday, June 22, for residential recycling pickup within the city limits. To ensure a smooth transition, we have provided steps to take now and what to expect moving forward.
Salisbury Police have secured an additional warrant charging Jeffrey Alan Long, 49, with Felonious Inciting a Riot. Mr. Long was initially arrested for Discharging a Firearm within the City Limits, Carry a Concealed Weapon, and Being Armed During a Protest this past Sunday for discharging a firearm on W. Innes St. and N. Council St.
On May 30, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 142 (EO 142). EO 142 amends Executive Order No. 124 to extend its effective period by 60 days. In compliance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 142, the City of Salisbury will keep several changes to residential water & sewer accounts in place.
Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander declared a state of emergency in the downtown district today, Tuesday, June 2, ahead of another night of possible protests.
One suspect shot near protestors at Fame statue, one arrested for concealed carry
As a follow up to the arrest of two people on Sunday, May 31, at a protest on Church and Innes Streets -- Jeffrey Allan Long, 49, white male, of Kernersville, and Brandon M. Walker, 34, black male, of Salisbury, were arrested during the incident. Long has been charged with Discharging of a Firearm in the City, Carry with a Concealed Weapon, and Carry a Weapon at a Parade. Walker has been charged with Carry with a Concealed Weapon.
Incident occurred near protestors at Fame statue
Two people were arrested on Sunday afternoon, May 31, after they reportedly shot near protestors gathered at Church and Innes Streets.
Two separate groups of protestors were gathered near the Fame statue in downtown Salisbury when the shots occurred.
Jeffrey Allan Long, 49, white male, and Brandon M. Walker, 34, black male, are currently in custody. Three handguns were recovered. Charges for both individuals are pending.
No injuries were reported. The investigation is on-going.
Salisbury is a diverse community that respects all people and affords everyone the right to peacefully protest. As protesters prepare to participate in a planned, mobile protest tomorrow, May 30, we would like to inform everyone to be mindful that violence, intimidation and intolerance in any form, shape or fashion will not be permitted. Any deviation from this standard will be addressed accordingly.”
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Census response deadline has been extended to late October. Salisbury residents are still asked to respond as soon as possible via the Census website at 2020Census.gov.
Data received from the Census affects communities for 10 years. With $675 billion federal dollars at stake for things like schools, road construction, hospitals, workforce initiatives and substance abuse programs, Rowan County still has a long way to go to ensure it secures its fair share.
Although the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1st, Tropical Storm Arthur has already formed in the Atlantic and moved on from the U.S. coast last month. As we enter the beginning of the 2020 hurricane season, the Salisbury Fire Department wants to remind residents to make a plan now to keep your family safe, particularly while dealing with COVID-19.