USGS: Western NC hit by earthquake
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said an earthquake hit Western North Carolina Wednesday morning. According to USGS, the quake has a 1.8 magnitude and was 12 kilometers in depth. It hit around 11:49 a.m. The earthquake was 10.8 miles east of Cullowhee in Jackson...
Businesses benefit from Charlotte the stingray's fame
Charlotte the Stingray has been talked about on many platforms, and Hendersonville businesses are feeling the benefits of her popularity.
Have you seen her? Authorities search for teen last seen in Asheville area
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Authorities are searching for a teen who was last seen in the Asheville area on Tuesday. Emily Alliyah Raines, 16, stands about 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. She has brown eyes and hair. According to the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office,...
Woman sentenced to 7-10 years following felony drug trafficking guilty plea
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A woman was sentenced to between 7.5 and 10 years in prison on felony drug charges, as well as pay a $100,000 fine. Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams said Lauren Michelle Rice, 34, of Weaverville, was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 28, to serve 90-120 months (7.5-10 years) in the custody of N.C. Division of Adult Corrections by Judge Karen Eady-Williams after pleading guilty to felony drug trafficking in opium/fentanyl and other felony drug charges.
Man charged with DWI following high-speed chase that ended in crash at construction site
FLETCHER, N.C. (WLOS) — A driver at the center of a high-speed chase in Western North Carolina is now facing charges. On Sunday, Feb. 25, officers with the Fletcher Police Department attempted to stop an SUV shortly after 4 p.m. for careless and reckless driving. The driver fled from police, leading them on a high-speed pursuit.
Crime scene timeline: What happened when Henderson sheriff deputy shot at autistic man?
HENDERSONVILLE — After a former Henderson County Sheriff Deputy was arrested and charged by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation with shooting a 25-year-old autistic man while off duty Feb. 23, the Citizen Times compiled a timeline of the incident based on police reports. When Hendersonville Police Department officers arrived at the Brittany...
New Aldi and Sheetz locations 'expected' in proposed Asheville-area development
ASHEVILLE - A new mixed-use commercial and residential development has been proposed just off of Smokey Park Highway with ambitious plans to bring a gas station, grocery store and over 340 units of housing to Candler. Some details about the "expected" commercial tenants of the development were included in the traffic impact analysis study for the project. The study shows that an Aldi is currently "expected" to be the tenant at the proposed 20,700-square-foot grocery store site. ...
WCSO: Alleged car thief leads police on pursuit, found hiding in trunk of car
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) apprehended a car thief wanted by the Johnson City Police Department (JCPD) on Tuesday following a pursuit. A news release from the sheriff’s office said deputies responded to Cash Hollow Road to assist JCPD officers in locating a stolen 2006 Toyota Avalon. The WCSO located […]
Man sentenced for 2023 arrest that ended with struggle in Asheville
ASHEVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office announced that a man was recently sentenced for a 2023 arrest that ended with a struggle involving multiple officers. Officials said 28-year-old Devon Whitmire pleaded guilty to three counts of felony Malicious Conduct by a Prisoner, two counts...
Tourist meets shelter dog and has ‘undeniable’ bond. So he cancels his flight from NC
The man was visiting the Biltmore Estate when he stumbled upon the “sweet” dog.
Ex-Henderson County deputy charged with felony assault makes 1st court appearance
HENDERSONVILLE - Former Henderson County Sheriff's deputy Joshua Rankin, who is charged with shooting a 25-year-old man with autism while off duty Feb. 23, appeared in Henderson County District Court Feb. 26 with his hired private attorney, Douglas Pearson. Before he read Rankin his rights, District Court Judge Abe Hudson informed Rankin...
CMS lifts Mission’s immediate jeopardy; inspectors to return in three months
Mission Hospital is no longer in immediate jeopardy, but inspectors will return to the hospital for another survey in three months, according to a U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services statement and letter obtained by Asheville Watchdog on Wednesday. The finding, based on a visit to the hospital last...
Double homicide update: recording studio armed robbery, dozen people hid, murder charge
ASHEVILLE — Recently-released officer response notes and 911 calls reveal the gunfight turned double homicide on Leicester Highway Dec. 22 began as an armed robbery of a recording studio, with a dozen people hiding from the assailants. One 911 caller around 11:20 p.m. Dec. 22 reported that they were hiding in a studio at 353 New Leicester Highway in West Asheville because “someone’s robbing us and they shot someone,” according to a transcript obtained by the Citizen...
Buncombe County Sherriff's Office: Asks Public's Help to ID Suspects
Buncombe County -- February 28, 2024: Detectives with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office seek information and identification of the individuals seen below. On two separate occasions, these individuals used stolen checks in the Candler Community. If you have any information, Please contact Detective Burns at (828) 250-4460.
Henderson County debuts Adult Recovery Court for substance use
Like all of North Carolina, Henderson County is experiencing the effects of the drug crisis. In 2022, 40 people in the county died from opioids, stimulants and other drugs, and 147 were brought to emergency departments for drug overdoses, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Opioid and Substance Use Data Dashboard.
Answer Man: Updated US Postal Service vehicles coming to Western NC?
MARS HILL - This installment of Answer Man looks into whether the Asheville metropolitan area, including Madison County, will be seeing updated U.S. Postal Service vehicles at local post offices. Got a question for Asheville Answer Man or Answer Woman? Email Executive Editor Karen Chávez at KChavez@citizentimes.com and your question could appear in an upcoming column.
The Ultimate Pub Crawl: 5 Hendersonville Pubs to Check Out
In this article, we explore five exceptional pubs located in Hendersonville. Have you had the pleasure of visiting any of them? If you have, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Former campers speak out against Trails Carolina in the wake of 12-year-old's death
TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — The investigation continues into a 12-year-old's death at a camp in Western North Carolina. On Feb. 3, 2024, a boy was found unresponsive at Trails Carolina in Transylvania County. Search warrants revealed the child was found lying on the floor of the bunkhouse, naked from the waist down.