CRIME & SAFETY
Henderson County man sentenced to 14 years in prison for meth trafficking
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A man from Hendersonville will spend the next several years behind bars for trafficking methamphetamine in Western North Carolina. A press release from the office of United States Attorney Dena J. King says Brandon Lee Nalley, 48, of Hendersonville, N.C. was sentenced on Sept. 14, 2023 to serve 168 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine.
Bond revoked for man accused of trespassing, assault at Belmont Abbey College
Authorities said Alexander broke into a residence hall on the school’s campus on Sept. 3.
Police warn of scam targeting businesses in Hendersonville
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Hendersonville police are encouraging people to be cautious of a scam targeting local businesses. A post online from the police department says they are aware of scam calls which have typically been occurring during the evening time around closing. A scammer will call a business and try to convince an employee that the owner or law enforcement is requiring tax payment money. The scammer will direct the employee to deliver money to CVS, Walgreens or other store to purchase gift cards.
Weekly Safety Report: Murder, Shooting, and Arrests Raise Concerns in Asheville, North Carolina
This week in Asheville, North Carolina, several incidents occurred that raised concerns about safety in the area. These incidents include a suspect being charged with first-degree murder in a shooting case, a man expressing dissatisfaction with the punishment given to the person who shot him, the arrest of a suspect involved in a shooting that left a 68-year-old man with life-threatening injuries, and the extradition of a murder suspect who had been on the run for three years.
Extra law enforcement added to Buncombe Co. following threat
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Enka Middle School is under watch after “vague and concerning messages” were found written on a bathroom wall on Thursday, according to school officials. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is running an investigation into the concerning messages and extra Student Resource Officers have...
Asheville Man Criticizes Mild Charges of Assailant in Sam's Club Shooting
A man from Asheville, North Carolina, is upset about what he sees as a light punishment given to the person who shot him. This occurred during a dispute in a Sam's Club parking lot. The man was shot in the hip and seriously injured over a parking related issue.
Suspect charged with first-degree murder in shooting case now in Buncombe County custody
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A suspect facing charges related to a deadly Asheville shooting is now in custody in Buncombe County. The Buncombe County Detention Center now lists Arturo Cordero Martinez, age 47, as an inmate in their custody. Martinez was arrested out of state following a shooting in early September.
Buncombe sheriff cites accomplishments, challenges
FBI captures 2 January 6 suspects, including man referred to as ‘#ShieldGrampy,’ in North Carolina
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WGHP) — Two men on opposite ends of the state have been identified and charged for their alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol in 2021. The Department of Justice announced charges with Curtis Logan Tate, who was taken into custody in Wilmington on Aug. 24, and Anthony […]
Armed felon, wanted person arrested by officers in Asheville
The Asheville Police Department said that two people were arrested by officers who were conducting crime prevention measures on Tuesday afternoon.
Blue Sky Café closed indefinitely after car hits building; fundraisers set for staff
On the evening of Sept. 6, Mark Pletcher was at home cooking his dinner when he got a call from his wife, Julianna, who has co-owned Blue Sky Café in Fletcher with him for the past 21 years. "I generally work days, and my wife works nights. My wife...
A 'slap on the wrist,' Asheville man says not enough being done to person who shot him
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — On Feb. 17, 2023, Adam Edmonds drove to Sam's Club with his girlfriend and then 5-year-old daughter. Edmonds said he was trying to back his truck into a space when a man pulled in and cut him off, taking the spot. Edmonds admitted he made a gesture to the man, but he never expected it to escalate the way it did.
Man arrested on drug charges after complaints of drug activity in South Asheville
The Asheville Police Department said that a man was arrested after officers were following up on community complaints about drug activity.
Mother of Asheville man killed crossing I-40 on Labor Day speaks on his death
ASHEVILLE — While Asheville Police Department officers continue to investigate a Sept. 4 fatal collision on I-40, the victim’s mother is grappling with his sudden death and funeral costs she can’t afford. After a preliminary investigation, police say Brian Montrael Pickens, 38, of Asheville, was walking in...
Three Men Sentenced in 2019 Murder of Five-Year-Old Following Guilty Plea
Three men pleaded guilty to charges linked to a 2019 shooting that led to the death of a five-year-old boy, Alberto Rios-Navarette. He was killed by a stray bullet in a gang-related drive-by shooting at his home on Cole Ridge Road.
Answer Man: Off-duty cops hired by TDA to boost safety? New pickleball courts in Fletcher?
Today’s round of questions, my smart-aleck replies and the real answers:. Question: Is it possible for the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority to hire off-duty cops or a private security company to “police” the streets downtown and keep panhandlers “moving?” Maybe even the downtown businesses and hotels could contribute a reasonable monthly subscription fee. They could work with, and set up protocols with the Asheville Police Department? It seems to me that keeping this city attractive to tourists would be a great use of all that money they get. If we don’t do something quickly, and with great visibility, we might not recover from the tainted image we’ve allowed to develop.
2 arrested on multiple drug charges in Buncombe Co.
Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Buncombe County on Friday.
Early morning business break-in prompts investigation in Asheville
The Asheville Police Department is investigating after the early morning break-in of a business.
Restaurant damaged in vehicle crash hosts car wash fundraiser for staff
FLETCHER, N.C. (WLOS) — Last week, a car leaving Southern Pride Car Wash crashed into the back of Blue Sky Café, causing major structural damage. It's forced the business to close for almost a week. That's why the owners have put together a car wash fundraiser -- not...
‘Recall’ Asheville council (except Kilgore), activist says... Sheriff urged to take over city law enforcement... to (finally) clean up Asheville crime, panhandling