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Woman accused of trying to kill baby set for evaluation

May. 16, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman accused of faking her infant daughter's kidnapping and trying to kill her is scheduled to undergo a mental health evaluation. The Asheville Citizen Times reports the attorney representing 35-year-old Krista Noelle Madden says she could stay at the UNC Center...

Audit of NC county struggling with corruption to cost $351K

May. 15, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The audit of a North Carolina county dealing with a public corruption scandal will cost $351,000, nearly three times more than originally quoted. The Asheville Citizen Times reports Minnesota-based firm CliftonLarsonAllen was hired more than a year ago to audit Buncombe County...

Evaluation sought for woman accused of trying to kill baby

May. 14, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An attorney for the North Carolina woman accused of faking her infant daughter's kidnapping and trying to kill the baby wants to have his client evaluated and treated for postpartum depression or possibly postpartum psychosis. The Asheville Citizen Times reports attorney Sean...

Kidnap claim unravels: Baby thrown down hill, mom charged

May. 10, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

A mother's claim that her 7-week-old baby was kidnapped quickly unraveled after her infant was found at the bottom of a 75-foot ravine in the North Carolina mountains, law enforcement officials said Friday. Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin announced that the child's mother, Krista Noelle Madden, 35, has...

Proposed timber sale raises concerns from conservationists

May. 6, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

MURPHY, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing one of the largest timber sales in the nearly 100-year history of the Nantahala National Forest, and it's drawing concern from conservationists. The Asheville Citizen Times reports the proposed Buck Project, which also includes prescribed burns and...

Restoration underway on Nina Simone's childhood home

May. 6, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — On a day far in the past now, you might have heard the mellow tone of a piano emanating from between these walls on East Livingston Street. But that was a different day with a preacher's family who have long since left this place. What you might hear today is hammering or the...

Retired N Carolina Airman gets 15 years for child porn

May. 3, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for child porn possession. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Thursday that 77-year-old Paul Delavan Knoke was also ordered to register as a sex offender upon his release. Knoke admitted to...

N Carolina's Earth Day: Invasive species out, clean power in

Apr. 22, 2019 4:45 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Environmentalists are honoring Mother Earth and discussing the work ahead to protect it. North Carolina Earth Day events to demonstrate support for environmental protection are scheduled Monday in Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Asheville. Pilot Mountain State Park in Stokes...

Ethan Allen announces layoffs in N Carolina, New Jersey

Apr. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

OLD FORT, N.C. (AP) — A Connecticut-based furniture manufacturer plans to lay off almost 400 workers at plants in North Carolina and New Jersey. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Ethan Allen Interiors said in a news release that it will lay off 325 workers from its manufacturing facility in Old Fort,...

Marchers will remember victims of Asheville triple homicide

Apr. 19, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A vigil is planned in Asheville to remember a mother and two of her children who were killed in a domestic shooting. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports a silent march will be held Friday to remember Erica Smith and her children, 15-year-old Keithan Whitmire and 13-year-old Harmony...