Asheville still under flash flood watch following Florence

This Google map images shows Tropical Depression Florence’s location Sunday evening.     A day of nonstop rain from Tropical Depression Florence brought some flooding to the Asheville area Sunday and overnight into Monday. Sunday evening, the City of Asheville closed Azalea Road as the Swannanoa River has begun to rise. Also, the Asheville Fire Department performed a swift-water rescue of [...]

Florence weakens to tropical depression, Asheville under flash flood, wind advisories

Latest Tropical Depression Florence storm track.   Latest updates: The gates at the North Fork Dam were closed at 2:40 a.m. Sunday 703,184 without power statewide Sunday. Asheville remains under a wind advisory. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Asheville through Tuesday. Flooding impacts may not be apparent until Monday. The storm could bring the potential for landslides. A weakened [...]

Photos: City of Asheville holds solemn 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

The City of Asheville held its 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony outside of the Municipal Building this morning. Interim Fire Chief Chris Budzinski, Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper and Interim City Manager Cathy Ball made remarks honoring the first responders who lost their lives in the World Trade Center Twin Towers. All of the people who were killed [...]

City of Asheville to hold 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper is shown making remarks during a previous 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony.     The City of Asheville will hold a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the City Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza.   This event is to pay solemn tribute to those who heroically sacrificed their own lives to save thousands of [...]

City of Asheville launches Community EMT Pilot Program downtown

  In response to feedback from downtown stakeholders about the need for increased resources to maintain a welcoming, safe downtown experience, the City of Asheville has launched a Community EMT Pilot Program.   The vision is for this six-week pilot program to integrate the roles of public safety official and medical responder into one team. Under this pilot [...]

Asheville Police opens registration for fall Citizens Police Academy

  The Asheville Police Department invites residents to apply for the fall semester of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA). This free course teaches participants about the philosophies, policies and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing police services in the community. It gives participants an opportunity to appreciate and better understand the problems [...]

Asheville Police Department invites neighborhoods to participate in National Night Out

  National Night Out is an annual event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Neighborhood events are a great way to do some community-building between residents and the Asheville Police Department. This year’s National Night Out happens on Aug. 7. It’s considered America’s Night Out Against [...]

Asheville Police introduce online system for locating towed vehicles

  The Asheville Police Department is excited to announce a new online system for locating towed vehicles. If your vehicle has been towed by APD you can locate it by visiting www.findmytow.com and search by license plate or VIN number. The system will locate your vehicle and provide you with the following information: Impound date; Location the vehicle [...]

One-stop portal: Press releases, graphics and documents related to APD excessive use of force investigation in one place

The City of Asheville has gathered all press releases, graphics and documents related to a former Asheville Police officer excessive use of force investigation into this portal on the City of Asheville website. The information relates to an use of excessive force against Johnnie Jermaine Rush by former Officer Christopher Hickman in August 2017. See the links [...]

City of Asheville Police Department body-worn camera viewing information guide

These recordings depict an event which occurred August 24 and 25, 2017. What happened in these recordings is unacceptable and does not meet the standards of the Asheville Police Department, the values of the City of Asheville, or the expectations of Asheville residents. Christopher Hickman, who used dangerous and excessive force against Johnnie Rush, was [...]

Former Asheville Police officer charged, taken into custody

  Former Asheville Police officer Christopher Hickman was taken into custody the evening of March 8, 2018, and charged with Assault by Strangulation, Assault Inflicting Serious Injury and Communicating Threats for actions during the August 24, 2017, excessive use of force incident against Johnnie Rush.   Christopher William Hickman   Here is the press release from the Buncombe County [...]

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