Nonprofit offers reward for informatio­n related to local cold cases

Hoping to find answers instead of more questions, a local nonprofit is offering a monetary reward to people who have information that could turn three unsolved cases from “cold” to “solved.” (Pictured above, the reward post for Zebb Quinn, a young man who went missing 12 years ago. Photo via the Families Pursuing Justice Facebook page)

Knife fight in Pritchard Park sends one to Mission Hospital

Around 4:45 p.m. this afternoon, Asheville Police received a call that two men were fighting in front of the Decko Gecko sculpture in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. When officers got to the scene, Lt. Wally Welch explains, they found that one man had been struck in the head with a cane and cut with a knife; the other man had been cut on his cheek. ***WARNING This post contains a graphic image with blood*** (Photo by Max Cooper)

Busted: Inside the Bele Chere Doggie Jail

At last year’s festival, Xpress visited Asheville’s cutest convicts at the Bele Chere Doggie Jail. A far cry (or bark) from Alcatraz, proceeds from this rather posh and comfortable hoosegow go to Animal Compassion Network, a local foster and adoption organization whose many goals include finding “lifelong, stable and loving homes” for animals. For more information about ACN, visit

Stabbing at Mike’s Side Pocket, “no current danger to the public”

A stabbing at Mike’s Side Pocket has left part of Haywood Road closed down as police investigate. The Asheville Police Department claims it’s too early to release details, but that “there’s no current danger to the public.” While an observer on the scene says at least one person is dead, and a source says that another died in the emergency room, these are not yet confirmed. (Photo by Bill Rhodes)