DEJA VU: Ben Scales, left, is running against Todd Williams again for the position as the
county’s chief prosecutor. This time, Williams is the incumbent, and Scales is running as
a Democrat. Photos courtesy of the candidates

Williams and Scales replay fight for Buncombe DA title

If this year’s primary race for Buncombe County district attorney seems a bit familiar, that could be because it’s happened before. After then-defense attorney Todd Williams upset six-term officeholder Ron Moore in the 2014 Democratic primary (with no Republicans or Libertarians competing), Ben Scales collected nearly 8,000 signatures to get on the general election ballot […]

Officer Zach Raymond struggles to arrest Terry Menzelle. Captured image of video by WLOS

Charges to be dismissed against mentally disabled man arrested during I-240 bridge incident

Terry Marzelle, an Asheville man with a mental disability, who was arrested last week during an incident involving a suspicious device on the Haywood Road Bridge over I-240, will not face charges. The arrest was caught on camera by WLOS. Asheville Police Department Chief Tammy Hooper released a detailed statement this afternoon in response to community concerns […]

Peer pressure: Kevin Mahoney and Geena Hammond, both with the nonprofit Sunrise Community, will lend their expertise to a new diversion program the Buncombe County district attorney is rolling out that’s aimed at prioritizing treatment over convictions.

Cure for pain: Preventing opioid-related deaths

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 […]

District Attorney Todd Williams points out "substance consistent with blood" on the stock of the rifle recovered where Jerry Williams was mortally shot. Photo by Able Allen

DA Todd Williams to file no charges in fatal police shooting of Jai “Jerry” Williams

No charges will be filed against Asheville Police Department Sgt. Tyler Radford for shooting and killing local man Jai Lateef Solveig (Jerry) Williams. Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams says an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation has revealed that Radford acted lawfully and justifiably in self defense.

SUPPORT SYSTEM: To avoid prison time, Nick Albizo, center, is working to get his life on track by confronting his drug abuse and mental health issues. Katie Stewart of the VA Medical Center, left, and Eric Howard of the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court are two members of a team that’s enabling him to find a new path. Photo by Able Allen

On a mission: Special treatment court helps troubled veterans regroup

Military service is difficult enough, but for many, life gets even harder once they’re done. Over half of the 2.5 million soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during America’s longest continuous period of war have returned with mental health conditions directly related to their time in uniform. Twenty percent have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress […]

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Asheville inches closer to police body camera rollout

The Asheville Police Department trails the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office in rolling out police body cameras — but the city is trying to catch up. Police Chief Tammy Hooper outlined a draft policy for the cameras at a recent panel discussion, and says the first cameras will be deployed by summer. We look into what needs to happen between now and then to make that schedule happen.