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Teenager acquitted in fatal shooting in western N Carolina

Oct. 13, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A teenager has been acquitted in the 2018 shooting death of a man in a public housing complex in western North Carolina. The Asheville Citizen Times on Saturday reported a jury in ?Buncombe County found the defendant not guilty after deliberating for five hours. The newspaper did not...

North Carolina man indicted for drug overdose death in 2017

Oct. 11, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A grand jury in North Carolina has indicted a man in connection with a drug overdose death in 2017. Craven County District Attorney Scott Thomas and Sheriff Chip Hughes tell news sources that 42-year-old James Bradley of Asheville was indicted for second-degree murder caused by...

Education leaders say NC city has shortage of black teachers

Sep. 28, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Studies show students perform better when they have teachers who look like them. In Buncombe County, where fewer than 2% of public school teachers are black, education leaders acknowledge a shortage of diverse teachers presents a barrier to equitable education. Yet recruiting black...

Men found dead at hotel died of alcohol, drug intoxication

Sep. 22, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — State autopsies show that the two men found dead in a North Carolina hotel room in June died of drug and alcohol intoxication. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Saturday the autopsies of James Patrick Landreth and Jacob Bruton Galloway list the cause of death as "fentanyl, heroin,...

Agencies join to protect NC climate change-endangered plant

Sep. 22, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Don't be deceived by their delicate, buttercup-like petals. Spreading avens are one tough piece of mother nature, growing out of cracks in the highest mountain cliffs in the Eastern United States, uniquely adapted to the rarified air and geology of the Southern Appalachians. But...

NC sheriff: Human remains found in missing person case

Sep. 13, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

SWANNANOA, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say they think human remains that were recently discovered may be those of a person reported missing this summer. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Thursday that the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office said they found the remains last weekend in...

Asheville police chief resigns, citing personal reasons

Sep. 11, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police chief has resigned after two months on the job, citing family problems. The city of Asheville announced on Wednesday that Police Chief Chris Bailey will leave his position on Sept. 27. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Bailey said he was resigning to deal...

North Carolina authorities arrest sex offender at state fair

Sep. 10, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina arrested a convicted sex offender after he showed up at the Mountain State Fair. The Asheville Citizen Times reports police arrested 38-year-old James Allen Rice Jr. Saturday for being on the premises of the state fair, where many children were present....

Veterans battling PTSD push to expand writing program

Sep. 8, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Creative writing helped Stephen Henderson process Vietnam. It taught him to manage his PTSD, allowing him to feel comfortable again. The former-marine could now enter a room and sit with his back to the door. He could be vulnerable and confide more in his family, revealing his love...

No charges filed in NC girls' volleyball team bus crash

Sep. 5, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

MOORESBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Highway Patrol says no charges will be filed against the driver of a bus that plunged 30 feet (9 meters) down a wooded embankment, injuring high school volleyball players onboard. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Master Trooper Muricio Stephens said in a Tuesday...