Crime & Justice

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 Mountainx.com: 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 Giffords.org: More> | Also working to stop gun violence in America is Giffords Law Center at Giffordslawcenter.org: More> | Annual report of America's gun violence epidemic at Gunlawscorecard.org: 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 Washingtonpost.com: 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 Huffingtonpost.com: 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 NYTimes.com: More> | "Ex-officer charged with assault and Tasering of alleged jaywalker," appeared March 9, 2018, on Good Morning America via Yahoonews.com: More> | "Ex-Asheville cop arraigned on charges" appeared March 9, 2018, at CBSnews.com: More> |


Was there an attempted bombing at the Asheville airport in early October 2017? asks Snopes.com | The investigative website Snopes.com 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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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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