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Buncombe Deputies are searching for a man last seen this morning

ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina)- The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office says they are searching for 33-year-old Maxwell Timothy Robertson, a missing person last seen near the French Broad River. Deputies say that Robertson is from Hudson, Florida but is visiting the area. He was last seen sometime early Saturday morning at...
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Former Kentucky, current N. Carolina pastor accused of child molestation

A pastor from Kentucky has been arrested in North Carolina, accused of molesting a child. Trent B. Holbert, 41, formerly a pastor at Epoch Fellowship Church in Owenton, was jailed in Black Mountain, North Carolina, on charges including indecent liberties with a child and two counts of statutory sex offenses (victim between 15- and six-years-old), according to a report by WLOS-TV.
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Black Mountain pastor accused of sex offenses resigns

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (WLOS) — A Buncombe County pastor facing child sex charges has resigned. Trent Brandon Holbert, 41, is charged with one count of indecent liberties with a child and two counts of statutory sex offense (with child 15 or younger by 6 years or older). On Friday, elders...
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WLOS — Local pastor Trent Holbert is charged with 2 counts of statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 15 and indecent liberties with a child. Buncombe County investigators took away electronics from Holbert’s home following his arrest. News 13 spoke with some church members who say they are in disbelief.
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Man taken into custody in Leicester kidnapping, rape case

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Buncombe County authorities arrested a man Thursday night in connection with a reported kidnapping and rape. Bobby Lee Penley, 57, has been charged with two counts of statutory sex offense and one count of first-degree kidnapping. Bond is set at $500,000 and additional charges are...
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Pastor of The Ridge Church resigns after arrest

A pastor of a church in the Ridgecrest community of Black Mountain has resigned after an investigation by the Special Victims Unit of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department led to his arrest on charges of multiple child sex crimes. Trent Holbert, the former lead pastor of The Ridge Church, was...
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Green in brief: Solarize reaches lowest pricing for community solar

Due to high community demand, the Solarize Asheville-Buncombe campaign is now able to offer its lowest possible price for solar energy systems. The Solarize rate of $2.45 per watt of electricity generation is roughly 9% cheaper than the statewide average of $2.67 per watt listed by EnergySage, an industry website.
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BCSO: Suspect connected to kidnapping and rape taken into custody

BUNCOMBE, NC (FOX Carolina)- The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office says they have taken a man into custody after he was accused of kidnapping and rape in the Leicester Area. According to the Sheriff's Office, 57-year-old Bobby Lee Penley is charged with two counts of statutory sex offense and one count of first degree kidnapping.
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Candler man facing 57 counts of "very serious crimes against children"

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — A Candler man has been arrested and charged with numerous counts in connection with a child pornography investigation. Detectives with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office have charged Michael Gauge Smith of Candler with 38 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 19 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.