Bill Russell withdraws from Council race; Governor revs up I-26 connector schedule; Facebook-savvy police surprise Patton Avenue cruisers, call for moderation; Thermo Fisher Scientific will expand Asheville operations and add 110 jobs
When West Asheville cruisers on Patton Avenue used Facebook to organize a Sept. 3 gathering, the Asheville Police Department turned up too. Topping that, one cruiser captured the proceedings on video and self-published it via YouTube.
It appears that the employees of the entire Buncombe County criminal “justice” system are afflicted by a particular pathology that makes it virtually impossible for them to conduct themselves in an honest and legal manner. I for one am sick and tired of corrupt local police, sheriffs and district attorneys running riot in the judicial […]
In this edition of Local Matters: reporter Christopher George talks about the Buncombe County Department of Health’s recent warning about the dangers of unlicensed tattoo artists; reporter David Forbes updates us about Capt. Wade Wood’s new role as interim chief of the Asheville Police Department and the breaking news that state Rep. Tim Moffitt has filed legislation that would seize Asheville’s water system, turning control over to the Metropolitan Sewerage District; and reporter Jake Frankel discusses the transfer of services from the County’s Department of Health to Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) and funding cuts to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
Locals take a stand against sexual assault; APD Chief Hogan retires.
In this edition of Local Matters, Xpress reporters David Forbes and Jake Frankel discuss the Stand Against Racism event, the scandal-tinged timing around the retirement of APD Chief Bill Hogan, and the details of the latest Buncombe County Commission meeting.
In this week’s Local Matters podcast, Xpress News Editor Margaret Williams talks to news reporter David Forbes about the recent controversy-packed Asheville City Council meeting, and with environmental reporter Susan Andrew about a sickness that threatens the WNC bat population.
The Asheville Police Department is looking for a suspect in a bank robbery this morning at HomeTrust bank on Woodfin Street.
A city staff member has questioned what he says was a mandatory meeting at which United Way representatives made a funding pitch, followed by a Gideons member distributing Bibles, giving a sermon and leading staff in prayer. City representatives say the United Way presentation was not mandatory and Police Chief Bill Hogan says he’s apologized for the Gideons presentation.
Two benches at the intersection of Haywood and Walnut streets were reversed last week: They’re now back to back instead of facing each other. A city spokesperson says the step was taken when, after investigating complaints of drug dealing and other criminal acts, the police “found that certain people were using the positioning of the benches to view and discreetly communicate police activity to one another.”
The Asheville Police Department is looking for tips in the May 22 robbery of Black Bird Frames on Merrimon Avenue. Two paintings were stolen, including “Two Red Maples” by Jerry Cram.