Crime & Justice


UPDATE: Buncombe County to receive over $2 million involving Wanda Greene case | Reports More>

Buncombe County sues former county manager Wanda Greene | The county also searches for a new manager, reports MountainXpress on June 16 at More>

Ex-county manager, son indicted | Reports Asheville Daily Planet on May 4, 2018: More>

"Former Buncombe County manager and her son indicted on federal charges" | News posted on April 5, 2018 by Community Bulletin via More>

Wanda Greene's "Fiasco" discussed at Dec. 1, 2017, business meeting | Asheville Daily Planet covered a local business association's meeting that shed more light on the widening controversy concerning Wanda Greene, who is accused of financial wrong-doing by local politicians and is under investigation by the FBI. Visit "Wanda Greene fiasco: Just how did it happen," published Jan. 2, 2018, at Also, other related news reports about Wanda Greene and Buncombe County's way-of-doing-business machinations continues to unravel: More>


Asheville police scandal erupts | In March 2018, the Asheville Citizen-Times published an article about of a white Asheville police office beating a black man accused of jaywalking recorded on a bodycam: More>UPDATE: Asheville police scandal goes national, as reported by More>ALSO: FBI now opens criminal probe of Asheville police who is accused of beating the jaywalker, reports More>

Who will be Buncombe County's new sheriff in 2018? | Quentin Miller, a sergeant with the Asheville Police Department, dominated the Democratic primary in a five-man race for Buncombe County Sheriff. He won 54 percent of the primary election vote on May 8, 2018, according to unofficial results. Miller will compete in the November general election against Republican Shad Higgins and Libertarian Tracey Debruhl, reports More>

Timeline of rise to power and fall to indictment of  former Asheville city manager | Former Asheville City manager Wanda Greene's career and demise is well-reported on April 5, 2018, by the Asheville Citizen-Times, "A timeline of the Wanda Greene investigation, from retirement to indictment," via More>

Gun Law Scorecard rates North Carolina as D- | Gifford Law Center to Stop Gun Violence provides real news and not-so-fun facts about deaths due to gun violence on a state-by-state basis; that is, what's the likelihood of a person being killed by a gun in a particular state compared to another. Fact: Overall, states with the strongest gun control laws are the safest states to live in when it comes to gun violence. Simply stated, more guns allowed in a specific state means more gun deaths in that state. Fact: Weaker gun laws means more gun deaths. Commonsense would lead the thinking person to that conclusion, and is backed up by actual scientific mathematically proven statistics; i.e, the truth. North Carolina's gun death rate makes it more dangerous than 21 out of 50 states. California has the strongest gun laws in the nation and is the safest state to live in when it comes to the least amount of gun violence on a per capita basis; Alaska is the worst and most dangerous state in the U.S. when it comes to death by gun violence. Reference the truth-seekers at More> | Also working to stop gun violence in America is Giffords Law Center at More> | Annual report of America's gun violence epidemic at More> | Related news: "Florida among 25 states to receive an ‘F’ in gun-control group’s annual scorecard," reports Katie Zezima on Feb. 28, 2018, at More>

New Asheville police scandal erupts | In March 2018, the Asheville Citizen-Times recently released photos of a victim allegedly involved in a beating by an Asheville City police officer in August 2017. The article involved a recently released bodycam video of a white Asheville police office beating  a black man accused of jaywalking. Asheville City officials apologized for the 2017 incident after local media shared the footage this month, according to a national publication. For details, visit More> | Well-respected Asheville Citizen-Times columnist John Boyle gave his take on the incident, entitled "Asheville dropped ball in beating case": More> | "Outrage over footage of police beating black man in North Carolina" appeared March 7, 2018, at More> | "Ex-officer charged with assault and Tasering of alleged jaywalker," appeared March 9, 2018, on Good Morning America via More> | "Ex-Asheville cop arraigned on charges" appeared March 9, 2018, at More> |

Was there an attempted bombing at the Asheville airport in early October 2017? asks | The investigative website recently reported: "A thwarted bombing at Asheville Regional Airport did not receive much attention or coverage in the national or international media." | More>

Protect Your Checking Account
How can you protect your accounts from fraudulent financial activity? Asheville-based wealth management firm ParsecFinancial offers 10 points to consider. | More>

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► Help police find owner of dog that bit seven-year-old child on Feb. 13, 2011, in Reuter Terrace Park. | The Asheville Police Department's Animal Services Unit is asking for the public's help. More>


Beware of false solicitations for Fraternal Order of Police
Asheville police warn public about giving money over the phone

On Tues., Feb. 2, 2010, the Asheville Police Department (APD) reported that false solicitations are being made in the community on behalf of the APD.

An APD spokesperson said that the APD has received queries regarding phone calls made by people claiming to be affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Police and who have been asking for monetary donations for the police department.

"The Asheville Police Department does not engage in such solicitations," Chief Bill Hogan said. "The public should also be aware that the Fraternal Order of Police is not affiliated with this department."

Furthermore, Biltmore Forest police have advised the APD that their agency is currently investigating some of the solicitors for possible fraud in their jurisdiction, according to Chief Eric Tinsley.

Asheville police urge the community not to provide personal information such as names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, or any financial information over the phone, regardless of who the caller claims to represent.

NC judges side with park land sale to Coleman
Court of Appeal judges unanimously throw out the 'for the people' argument for park land near city hall that was sold to Stewart Coleman

*CITIZEN-TIMES POSTS NOV. 3, 2009, REPORT of the overturning of a Buncombe Superior Court judge ruling to save parkland sold by the Buncombe County commissioners to Asheville developer Stewart Coleman |

If the heirs of George Willis Pack, who had willed the land to the people of Asheville, decide to appeal the judgment, they will have to go to the North Carolina Supreme Court to overturn the latest NC Court of Appeals ruling.

The Court of Appeals' three-judge panel gave a revisionist interpretation of Pack's will and overturned a ruling by a Buncombe County Superior Court judge who had ruled in favor of the heirs of Pack. It remains to be seen what Stewart Coleman will do to the historic magnolia tree and the land that he now owns.

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