“If the Tourism Development Authority feels strongly enough about taking steps to reduce common street crime and other headline-grabbing crimes, perhaps using a portion of tourism revenue to subsidize the cost of local housing for officers would help.”
Uvalde, the deadliest school shooting in a decade, underscored persistent questions about school safety, stricter gun laws and ways to “harden” schools to help keep students and staff safe. In Asheville and Buncombe County, those topics are on the minds of families, law enforcement and school personnel.
“I ask the Asheville police and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department to please issue some type of warning to those who plan to repeat last year’s Fourth of July at-home fireworks extravaganza.”
“He is a well-respected, successful business owner and has been for a big part of his life.”
“You must not know that Quentin plans to hold regular town halls to build community rapport. Or that our opioid crisis will be one of Quentin’s top priorities.”
With the hard-fought primary now behind them, some Buncombe County candidates can breathe a sigh of relief, while for others the hard work is only beginning.
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.
Female inmates at the Buncombe County Detention Facility are starting to outpace the space available for them. The trend could cost the county in fees associated with transferring prisoners if action isn’t taken.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners heard about the success of the Family Justice Center helping abuse survivors while also learning those using the resources has seen a 50 percent increase in the last three months.
The Buncombe County District Attorney is looking to give opioid offenders treatment rather than jail time via a new diversion program.
A budget amendment for iPads initiated a conversation about what programs funds from the county’s detention center commissary should go toward.
Buncombe County commissioners identified combating opioid abuse and increasing teacher salary supplements as top priorities. But is legal marijuana a viable strategy for achieving those goals, or merely smoke and mirrors?
Buncombe County, like many places across the country, is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, many local sources say. Despite law enforcement efforts and increased awareness of overprescribing, the last few years have seen a dramatic rise in opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Between 2005 and 2014, the county had 110 homicides, according to the […]
Buncombe County’s new Family Justice Center will be a one-stop resource for victims of abuse. However, the Asheville area hasn’t always been as intentional about helping victims escape abuse.
The Sheriff’s Department wants to protect officers and catch bad guys, and to do that better, they have made it impossible to listen to their radio traffic. But it hasn’t made communication with the APD any easier and some see the move as harmful to the flow of information to the public.
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing better coordination with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to identify fugitives, Sheriff Van Duncan said today. The office is also stepping up its drug-seizure efforts.
School gets back in session this week, but don’t expect to see a Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department deputy driving up to a local school in one of the department’s black-and-white cruisers to drop off a child.