Hogan’s a hero

I am very distressed that Asheville Police Chief Bill Hogan has decided to retire. This is a clear signal to me that [city staff] does not know the quality character of this city official or the workings of the Asheville Police Department. I suggest that each of [them] become better informed. At 64 years old, […]

APD officer demoted in wake of sexual harassment case-attachment0

APD officer demoted in wake of sexual harassment case

Personnel records released by the city of Ashevile reveal that police Sgt. Eric Lauffer, the target of a sexual harassment suit by former Officer Cherie Byrd, was demoted in June to a police officer’s rank. In defenses filed last week, the city admitted that Lauffer sent lewd text messages to Byrd, along with ones she regarded as racially offensive, though it denies any wrongdoing.

Police seek teen in first-degree murder ***UPDATE: Suspect has turned himself in, says APD***-attachment0

Police seek teen in first-degree murder ***UPDATE: Suspect has turned himself in, says APD***

The Asheville Police Department has charged Marcus Austin Thorpe, 17, with first-degree murder in the Sept. 12 shooting in Hillcrest Apartments that left one man dead and one woman injured. Thorpe is still at large, and considered armed and dangerous. ***UPDATE: Suspect has turned himself in, says APD***

The Crips crippled? Gang task force announces major arrests, jail time-attachment0

The Crips crippled? Gang task force announces major arrests, jail time

Behind a table strewn with confiscated weapons — including assault rifles — local law-enforcement officials today announced a series of arrests and jail time that they say have decimated local Crips gangs operating out of Lee Walker Heights and Klondyke Apartments, with 24 of 37 known members behind bars and gun violence in the area down.