As Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan prepares to leave the post he’s held for the past 12 years, he spoke with Xpress to reflect on the current state of policing, his time in office and the legacy he’ll leave behind.
SATIRE: Former County Manager Wanda Greene receives three ghostly visits in this story from the Xpress Humor Issue.
The task of establishing and/or re-establishing trust between vulnerable communities — especially people of color — and the Asheville Police Department will be a challenging one. And especially in the wake of controversial police use of force over the summer, there is vocal criticism of the department. But the way Chief Tammy Hooper sees it, the APD must rise to that challenge.
Even though he’s already been convicted on federal corruption charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison, former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford, newly shaved bald, was back in an Asheville courtroom on Dec. 4. Medford was assigned a new attorney, Asheville-based David Belser, for his appeal, and Magistrate Judge Dennis Howell delayed consideration of […]
Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford, his head shaved bald, was back in court today, getting a new attorney to appeal his conviction on federal corruption charges, while the judge delayed ruling on what fees Medford will have to pay for that representation.
Local writer Cecil Bothwell will be at Malaprop’s tonight at 7 p.m. to read from and answer questions about his new book, Pure Bunkum: Reporting on the Life and Crimes of Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Lee Medford.
It worked like a charm. Video-poker-machine owners slipped the gambling devices across the South Carolina state line and into the backrooms of small restaurants and country convenience stores across Western North Carolina. The money rolled in—as much as $30,000 per machine per year—and players were lured by the prospect of winning cash, rather than the […]
A federal judge sentenced former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford to 15 years in prison on corruption and extortion charges on Oct. 6. The sentence came after a day of objections (97 in all) from defense attorney Stephen Lindsay. Judge Thomas Ellis overruled many of the objections and said that he believed Lindsay was re-arguing […]
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford won’t have to report to prison until Oct. 28, two weeks after a scheduled back surgery. The judge also announced punishment for four men convicted in the government’s illegal-gambling investigation that snared Medford.
The sentencing of ex-Sheriff Bobby Medford‘s deputies finished this morning, as a federal judge sentenced former reserve Capt. Guy Penland to five years in prison and former Lt. Ronnie “Butch” Davis to 40 months on corruption charges.
A federal judge sentenced former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford to 15 years in prison on corruption and extortion charges this afternoon.
A federal judge is scheduled to announce the prison sentence of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford on Monday, despite a last-minute request from Medford’s attorney that the sentencing be delayed
A federal judge is scheduled to announce the prison sentence of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford on Oct. 6, despite a last-minute request from Medford’s attorney that the sentencing be delayed. The sentencing will close another chapter in the Medford case, which began last December with his arrest on federal charges related to his […]
The latest chapter in the saga of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford and three of his former deputies will come to a close on Oct. 6 when a federal judge will announce prison sentences to the men for their involvement in a massive illegal-gambling operation.
Former Buncombe County Sheriff’s Lt. Johnny Harrison, who is awaiting sentencing along with former Sheriff Bobby Medford, is currently in the hospital and has been granted more time before sentencing takes place, court documents reveal.
*** CORRECTION: The original version of this article contained errors. It said that former Buncombe County Sheriff’s Lt. Ronnie “Butch” Davis, who pleaded guilty in the federal video-gambling corruption case, had requested that his sentencing be delayed while he travels to New York to testify in an estate hearing and then takes a family vacation. […]
At a press conference this afternoon, Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan reacted to the conviction yesterday of his predecessor, Bobby Medford, on federal corruption charges, asserting his office has changed and is focused on the future.
Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford and former reserve Capt. Guy Penland were found guilty on all counts in their federal corruption trial this morning.
Defense attorneys for former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford and former reserve Capt. Guy Penland finished up their closing arguments today. Prosecutors shot back—and a verdict is expected tomorrow.