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Prof turns self in on ‘swamp’ sign theft
Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:57

Accomplice still at large

From Staff Reports 

Amanda Wray, a UNC Asheville associate professor of English, was charged in early October with a misdemeanor following accusations that she stole a political sign.

Mike Summey, treasurer of the local political action committee Angry Buncombe Taxpayers, told local news reporters that he saw Wray and an unidentified woman remove a sign Oct. 5, near the intersection of Leicester Highway and Mt. Carmel Road.

Wray turned herself in about 10:25 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Buncombe County Detention Facility, after a warrant was issued for arrest in connection with stealing a political sign. Her female accomplice, however, has not yet been located.

Buncombe Sheriff Van Duncan said his unit will try to identify the woman who Summey said was working with Wray.

Removing a lawfully placed political sign is a crime in North Carolina.

Summey, who is the treasurer of the Angry Buncombe Taxpayers, said he caught Wray and the other woman in the act, saying that when he saw the signs being stolen, he pulled over and confronted the women, who then ran toward a vehicle.

He added that he snapped a picture of the vehicle, which is how he was able to track Wray down with the help of law enforcement.

Angry Buncombe Taxpayers paid for the signs to be made and placed throughout the county, he noted.
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McHenry, Brown spar over leadership, health care
Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:53
By JOHN NORTH
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In the race for the 10th Congressional District seat, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Gastonia, and his Democratic challenger David Wilson Brown clashed over issues in the Oct. 23 finale of the election debate series hosted by the Council of Independent Business Owners 

Among topics that drew the debate’s biggest focus — with Brown generally acting as the aggressor — were House leadership, tax cuts, the environment and health care.

Nonetheless, McHenry, who as deputy majority whip is a member of the House’s Republican leadership team, did question Brown vigorously on his support for Medicare for all and for his opposition to President Donald J. Trump.

McHenry said he would suppport House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California to lead the House if the GOP remains in control of it, while Brown said he would not support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, asserting, “We need new leadership across both parties, more focused on the middle class” — instead of the status quo of both parties favoring large corporations.

About 140 people attended the CIBO Power Lunch at Highland Brewery in East Asheville. The 10th District include most of Asheville.

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