The Asheville Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a man wanted in a 2007 double murder.
The alleged hacking of Rep. Tim Moffitt’s Twitter account is now being investigated by the Asheville Police Department “because of the abilities of our cyber crime unit.” The case was originally reported to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.
Lawyers representing a coalition of local media (including Xpress) have filed an affidavit to bolster the case for the release of an audit of the Asheville Police Department evidence room. The lawsuit goes before a judge Sept. 4.
It was a lengthy session for Asheville City Council on Aug. 28, and it’s not technically over: Council will reconvene Thursday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. to discuss changing the language of the water system referendum. At Tuesday’s meeting, Council appointed Joe Minicozzi and Holly Shriner to the powerful Planning and Zoning commission, among many other matters.
In March 2009, the Asheville Police Department gave a tour of the evidence room as part of the Citizens’ Police Academy program. Xpress has obtained photographs from one of those citizens, providing a glimpse inside what would later become ground zero of a major scandal.
More information has emerged about the oversight of the APD evidence room and what might be required to solve its current disarray. Also: Mayor Terry Bellamy has not replied to questions about when she became aware of a contract clause mandating that the city receive a redacted copy of the evidence room audit.
Local musicians Jr. James and the Late Guitar have produced a song about the Asheville Police Department evidence room mess.
The level of arrests and crimes that the Asheville Police Department saw at this Bele Chere were “on par” with past years, Lt. Wally Welch tells Xpress. Photo by Bill Rhodes.
After a report earlier this week revealed an Asheville Police Department evidence room in deep disarray, it still remains unclear how it got that way, and how it escaped the notice of department officials.
Tonight, July 24, Asheville City Council heard the first public report on the Asheville Police Department evidence room, revealing a state of deep disarray. Mayor Terry Bellamy called the situation “appalling,” and the auditors estimated it will take at least two years to sort out.
A Blueline Systems representative will give City Council a July 24 presentation on the Asheville Police Department evidence room audit the company completed earlier this year. The content of the presentation, requested by Mayor Terry Bellamy, is unknown.
Less than 1 percent of cold cases ever get solved. That doesn’t stop Asheville detectives Yvonne Cobourn and Kevin Taylor. They’ve got 24 local cases on their desks, and the process is like nothing you’ve seen on TV. Fighting the odds, Detective Yvonne Cobourn says, “That challenge is what we embrace.” (cover by John Zara)
A joint program between the Asheville Police Department, the District Attorney’s office, and other agencies aims to deter violent offenders in the area.
The search for an Asheville man suspected of breaking into and vandalizing the Haywood Park offices and the Flat Iron building ended this morning, when Asheville Police Department officers arrested William Clifton Lamm, 35, for the crimes.
Around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a man broke into and vandalized offices in the Haywood Park building. Local business owner Jose Ibarra of Applied Solutions Group is circulating the following security camera shot, asking for the public’s help in identifying the perpetrator.
Asheville police say they found the body of Anthony Sawyer in the French Broad River today off of Amboy Road. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.
At tonight’s Asheville City Council meeting, two major issues will get aired publicly: an update on changes to the Asheville Police Department evidence room and a hearing on the budget for the next fiscal year. Some police officers and firefighters have announced their intent to show up and demand a higher raise than the one percent in the proposed budget.
The Asheville Police Department will hire a new evidence-room manager, but an audit of absent items remains under wraps despite a mounting media push for disclosure.
Speaking with media this morning, Asheville Police Department Chief William Anderson wouldn’t answer questions about the extent of missing, guns, drugs, and money from the APD evidence room, or when the public will see the unrevealed audit. The APD is looking for a new, civilian evidence room manager, something Anderson believes will hasten “the healing process.” Photo by Max Cooper.
Around 100 people showed up for a May Day rally this afternoon in Pack Square. Protesters focused better rights for workers, free education and opposed deportation of undocumented immigrants, among other issues. Police presence was light and the event remained peaceful. Photos by Max Cooper.
The state administrative office of the courts has denied a records request from local media for the audit of the Asheville Police Department evidence room, but a NC Press Association attorney maintains the audit should be public record. Meanwhile, more media have joined a push to release the audit.