CRIME & SAFETY
Scam letter notice from Buncombe County Government
Our office has received reports that letters, like the one attached, have been sent claiming to be from the Tax Processing Unit of Buncombe County Public Judgement Records. The letter attempts to scare residents to respond by claiming a debt is owed to “Federal Tax Authorities.”. This is not...
Dog rescued from well
Fairview Rural Fire Department, as well as members of the Cary Fire Department, were able to rescue Mudge from a deep hole.
North Carolina Court of Appeals upholds Dixon's convictions in Candace Pickens murder case
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The North Carolina Court of Appeals found no error in State v. Nathaniel Dixon, letting his convictions stand. In 2019, a Buncombe County jury found Dixon guilty of murdering his pregnant girlfriend Candace Pickens and seriously injuring her 3-year-old son. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing Pickens and received an additional 17-21 years for the attempted murder of her son and at least eight years for felony maiming.
Mother of Madalina Cojocari spotted in western NC one year ago
Monday marked one year since Madalina Cojocari’s mother was spotted in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Investigation continues after Hendersonville city employees' cybersecurity breach
A cyber-threat analyst who has been quoted in national news articles believes even more people could be at risk from the cybersecurity incident reported last week that targeted Hendersonville city employees, but the city insists that is not the case. On Nov. 29, Hendersonville City Manager John Connet sent out a statement to city employees telling them they were victims of the cybersecurity attack that happened just before the Thanksgiving break and that the attack was being...
SHERIFF'S CIITIZENS ACADEMY ACCEPTING APPLICAITONS
Sheriff Lowell Griffin and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office would like to announce the 2024 Sheriff's Citizens Academy is now accepting applications for classes beginning February 27, 2024. The objective of the Citizen’s Academy is to educate the public on the duties, requirements, and responsibilities of the office of Sheriff in Henderson County. The class is for every citizen in the county that seeks to enhance his or her knowledge of our county’s law enforcement and thus become a more supportive citizen.
Weekly Safety Report: Robbery, Shooting, Fire, and More in Asheville, NC
This week in Asheville, North Carolina, several incidents occurred that required police intervention. These incidents include the arrest of a man wanted on robbery charges, a fatal shooting where the victim and suspect knew each other, a dumpster fire incident with three suspects at large, a Thanksgiving morning break-in at a business, the identification of a suspect in a gas theft case, and a fire at a former Kmart building.
Officers searching for missing Asheville man last seen in September
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Asheville Police Department announced that officers are searching for Jacob Summers, a 49-year-old missing man last seen in September. Officers said Summers was last seen on September 25 near the 123 block of Hendersonville Road. He is also known to frequent the Schenck Parkway area.
Manna Food Bank Gas Thief Arrested
Asheville -- November 30, 2023: Based on information from the public, an Asheville man has been identified as a gas thief who stole gas from the cars of a local charitable organization. After the public provided police with information about Calvin Lee Rhinehart Sr., 60, they were able to identify...
Asheville Police Ask for Help to ID Suspects
Asheville: November 30, 2023: Asheville Police Department posted the following on social media Wednesday:. Asheville Police Detectives are asking for the public's help in locating three with open warrants stemming from a dumpster that was set on fire at a business on Haywood Road on November 20. Jordan Daniel Krigbaum...
Top local stories we're following today
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — These are the top local stories we're following for you today. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office has charged a man in a shooting death that took place Wednesday night. Authorities say officers responded to Cherry Tree Drive and found Jeremy Greer, 41, with a gunshot wound. He later died after being transported to Mission Hospital. Eric Jeron Wilson, 36, has been charged with second-degree murder in the case. Police say the two knew each other, and detectives are working to determine a motive.
Weekly Safety Report: Felony Charges, Deadly Shooting, and Cybersecurity Incident Shake Hendersonville
This week in Hendersonville, North Carolina, three incidents occurred that raised concerns for public safety. A woman is facing felony charges for supplying fentanyl that resulted in a fatal overdose. A deadly shooting outside a bar and grill remains under investigation, with no arrests made yet. Additionally, a cybersecurity incident targeted employee data, prompting officials to launch an investigation.
Violence prevention professionals host gun buyback, community celebration and healing vigil
On Saturday, Dec. 9, the P.E.A.C.E. Team is partnering with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department for a free community event. The Family Day of Action and Remembrance will be held at KL Training Impact Center at 3 Hunt Hill Place in Asheville from 1 until 5 p.m. The gun buyback ends at 3 p.m.
Authorities release portion of body camera footage following controversial dog encounter
HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — On Thursday night, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office released a video showing part of what led up to a deputy shooting and killing a dog during an encounter. In a video posted to Facebook, Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin said the department requested a...
Flames engulf abandoned house which has been the source of many 'suspicious activity' calls
HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Fire destroyed an abandoned Haywood County home near Canton Friday morning, Dec. 1, and authorities say it's not the first time they've been called there. At about 9 a.m. Friday, several fire departments responded to the house fire at 64 Country Road in the...
Crime is Not Dropping in Buncombe County
Hendersonville – In the business world, we recognize that the first step in solving a problem is to admit there is a problem. But local leaders in Asheville and Buncombe County continue to twist and manipulate statistics to deny the severity of the crime problem, and gaslight citizens who are all too aware how bad crime there really is.
Partial bodycam footage of Henderson County deputy fatal foster dog shooting released
After the shooting death of an adopted foster dog by a Henderson County Sheriff's Office deputy garnered widespread public attention, the sheriff’s office released deputy bodycam footage showing part of what happened during the encounter. In a video posted to Facebook Nov. 30, Sheriff Lowell Griffin said the office secured a court order...
Man charged in deadly shooting in Buncombe Co.
A man has been charged in connection with a deadly shooting Wednesday evening in Buncombe County.
Buncombe Sheriff search warrant: 5-month investigation, largest fentanyl seizure details
ASHEVILLE — After the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office conducted the largest fentanyl seizure in the county’s history, search warrants reveal more detail into the five-month investigation involving undercover operations, confidential informants, numerous surveillance operations and a member of the Bloods gang. The sheriff’s office seized a little...
'He would stop for anybody': Asheville family mourns loss of man killed on Sweeten Creek
ASHEVILLE — The evening a driver struck and killed Jason Matthew Perry while he was helping an injured motorcyclist along Sweeten Creek Road on Oct. 18 was far from the first time Perry stopped his car in aid of a stranger. According to his family, the 46-year-old was characterized by a kindness that drove him to help others in need, whether a downed motorcyclist or a driver who hit a guardrail. ...