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APD’s exodus surges to 40 officers
Friday, 16 October 2020 22:31

From Staff Reports 

Since June 1, the number of resignations accepted at the Asheville Police Department has jumped to 40 sworn and non-sworn police personnel, Asheville television station WLOS (News 13) reported on Oct. 7.

APD’s police force, which numbered 283 officers as of June 1, is now down to 243 officers.

“About half are leaving the profession altogether,” News 13’s report added.

The 40-officer loss amounts to a significant jump in resignations since a report in the Oct. 1 edition of the Daily Planet, which noted that  31 officers had left since June 1.

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Plan to offer bill to defund cities that defund police slammed, but expert says it’s possible
Friday, 16 October 2020 22:29

From Staff Reports 

HENDERSONVILLE — State Sen. Chuck Edwards, R-Hendersonville, has been slammed by his opponent for re-election after he said, following a vote Sept. 22 by Asheville City Council to defund the police by 3 percent, that he plans to enter legislation to defund North Carolina cities that defund their police departments in the upcoming 2021 General Assembly session.

Edwards, who represents the 48th Senate District in the legislature, said he will propose a dollar-for-dollar reduction in response to Asheville’s council action, which he termed “reckless.”

 Meanwhile, Mills River Mayor Pro-tem Brian Caske — Edwards’ Democratic challenger in the Nov. 3 election — told the Asheville Citizen Times that Edwards’ was mischaracterizing the action by Asheville’s council, in Edwards’ charge that Asheville was defunding its police department, 

Specifically, Caskey said that Asheville, instead of defunding the APD, had reallocated spending to what he termed more appropriate areas, while removing the weight of responsibilities — such as animal control — from the police force, the ACT reported.

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Threat to UNCA over BLM mural probed
Friday, 16 October 2020 22:27

From Staff Reports 

An order to shelter in place at UNC Asheville was lifted about 7 p.m. Oct. 9, school officials said.

The order came after a direct threat — demanding that the Black Lives Matter mural on University Heights on campus is painted over, or else — was made by email to members of the UNCA community overnight Oct. 8. 

As a precaution, there were no in-person classes, practices or activities on campus Oct. 9. 

All residential students were told to shelter in place, and all non-essential personnel were told to return home.

During the night of Oct. 8, several offices at the university received an email communicating a direct threat to members of the UNCA community. 

A decision was made to send a Bulldog Alert to all faculty, staff and students to shelter in place until further notice. Employees, other than essential personnel, were asked stay away from campus Oct. 9.

The following is a statement released by the UNCA Chancellor Nancy J. Cable’s office early in the lockdown: 

“The school confirms that as of 10 a.m. (Oct. 9) the campus remains in lockdown. Anyone on campus is asked to remain sheltered in place until further notice. Students in need of support may contact Health and Counseling Services at 828-251-6520.

“While all mandatory meetings, classes, university-scheduled conversations and forums are canceled, including those to be conducted virtually, we support any optional one on one or small group virtual connections that folks want to have to support one another.

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Nesbitt released from hospital; suspect sought
Friday, 16 October 2020 22:24

From Staff Reports 

LEICESTER — The chief and founder of SKYline News, Chad Nesbitt, has been released from Mission Hospital and is recovering at his Leicester home after being injured — and being diagnosed with traumatic brain injury — while covering a protest on Sept. 23 in downtown Asheville.

What’s more, SKYline News is offering a $1,000 reward for information on a “person of interest” in the incident, as Nesbitt continues to recover from a head injury.

A press release in early October from SKYline stated that Nesbitt continues to recover from a head injury.

The release also said he suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear and at this time he cannot stand or walk without help.

Anyone with information about the person of interest should contact Asheville police at 252-1110.the release urged.

It also asked that anyone with information or digital evidence of the incident to contact the APD.

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