CRIME & SAFETY
Suspect arrested after victim stabbed 7 times in WNC
Two people are injured and a suspect is in custody after a stabbing in downtown Asheville. Officers from the Asheville PD responded to a reported stabbing in the 400 block of Haywood Road just after 12 AM , Thursday.
North Carolina man arrested for setting fires at city building
The Asheville Police Department said that a man was arrested for setting a group of fires on Thursday, June 1st.
Man facing multiple charges in Asheville after allegedly abducting children
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Scam alert: Text message leads to Brevard man losing $15,000
BREVARD, N.C. (WLOS) — A two-letter response to a text message led to a Brevard man losing $15,000. Marcos Meilan said it all started on June 1, when he received a text message claiming to come from Bank of America. The message warned Melian about a potentially fraudulent Zelle payment to a ‘Crystal Thompson’ in the amount of $7,500 – with two options: reply yes to approve the money transfer or no to dispute it.
Buncombe County Sheriff's Office report stresses need for increased police presence downtown
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A new report from the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office reinforced that the ongoing homeless crisis and police staffing shortages must be addressed. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office released the comprehensive report after participating in a 30-day supplemental patrol program with the Asheville Police Department.
CIPD makes drug bust in McDonald’s parking lot
CHEROKEE, N.C. – Cherokee Indian Police Department (CIPD) officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle with the driver slumped over the steering wheel in the McDonald’s parking lot on Tuesday, June 6 at approximately 7:26 a.m. Upon arrival, officers located a black Chevrolet Suburban, displaying a...
Mayor, DA may not attend GOP congressman's crime summit; police chief, sheriff: no comment
ASHEVILLE - Congressman Chuck Edwards has announced he will convene an "anti-crime summit" to discuss crime and violence in the city and region following what he said were concerns voiced to him by many constituents, a June 8 release from his office said. Edwards, a Henderson County Republican whose 11th District covers most...
Police in Asheville make arrest after suspect 'pulled out a buck knife, started swinging'
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Police in Asheville say an argument turned serious when a man "pulled out a buck knife, started swinging. Police said they were called just after 4 p.m. on Monday about a stabbing in the area of Haywood and College streets. A witness said the two men...
Drone first responders help Asheville Police and Fire keep community safe
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A new drone first responder unit in Asheville is helping the Police and Fire Departments keep their community safe. Thursday afternoon, WYFF's crews were able to watch the drones in action as Asheville Fire Department spotted a smoke plume during a burn ban. In cases like this, Asheville Fire's Kelley Klope says the drones' thermal cameras are helpful.
Two get lengthy prison sentences for trafficking meth
Two Hendersonville residents will spend up to 10 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine.
Judge faults white officers, black man they arrested; he also OKs release of APD’s body cam video of arrest
During a May 22 bond hearing, a judge faulted the three white officers with the Asheville Police Department in the controversial May 13 arrest of a black man, saying the APD officers "didn't act appropriately" by grabbing him without giving him a chance to submit and putting arms "across his face, then across his neck" when he was handcuffed on the ground, according to a May 23 report by Asheville television station WLOS (News 13).
A-B Tech law enforcement program graduates 15 in diverse, distinguished class
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Asheville police, along with most law enforcement agencies across the country, have struggled to recruit a sufficient amount of qualified officer candidates. It's a challenge A-B Tech is hoping to help meet through its Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. The 5-6 month program takes candidates...
Bank robbery suspect's bond set at $800k during first court appearance
BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Bank robbery suspect Kelvin Simmons, who faces charges related to bank robberies in five North Carolina counties in late May, was out of the hospital and in Buncombe County court Wednesday, June 7. News 13 broke the story on the serial bank robbery suspect...
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WLOS — Serial bank robbery suspect, Kelvin Wayne Simmons is scheduled to be in Buncombe County court Wednesday. Simmons is accused of robbing banks across North Carolina and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in a head-on crash on Interstate 240 in West Asheville last Thursday. Charges include first-degree kidnapping, common law robbery, assault on a female, felony possession of cocaine and flee/elude arrest.
Charlotte man sentenced for 2022 Asheville armed robbery
A Charlotte man has been sentenced to prison for his connection to an Asheville armed robbery in January 2022 after entering a guilty plea, according to our partners at WLOS News.
Citizen group coalesces around police support
Shared concerns about crime and an understaffed Asheville Police Department fostered an unusual alliance in today’s partisan times. An advocacy group called Asheville Coalition for Public Safety formed in October, bringing together community members of all political stripes who are concerned about crime, mental health, drug use and the unhoused population.
Guilty plea in drug trafficking, armed robbery & kidnapping case
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — An Asheville man has been sentenced after entering a guilty plea in connection with a home invasion that happened in July of 2021. On Monday, June 5, 2023, Tristen DeAndre McAfee, 22, pleaded guilty to trafficking in opium/heroin, armed robbery, 2nd-degree kidnapping and other felonies.
Assault charge against officer in Asheville traffic stop dropped; second mistrial
ASHEVILLE - An assault charge against a former Buncombe sheriff's deputy has been dismissed following a second mistrial. Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams said June 5 his office has dropped the charge against ex-sheriff's deputy Tyler McDonald after deciding the chances of winning another trial appeared slim. McDonald, 29,...
Whitmire’s case continued to June 12
The case was continued on June 2 against the man at the center of a use-of-force arrest by three officers with the Asheville Police Department. Devon Whitmire was due in court on numerous charges, including communicating threats, assault and resisting a public officer. His next court date was set for June 12.
Charlotte man arrested after multiple fires set at WNC building
A suspect is in custody after police say he set fire to a municipal building in Western North Carolina. The Asheville Fire Department responded after a group of fires were set at a city building, last Thursday.
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