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 EAST FLAT ROCK WOMAN HAD THREATENED "SUICIDE BY COP" BEFORE SHE WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY DEPUTIES LATE MONDAY

EAST FLAT ROCK WOMAN HAD THREATENED "SUICIDE BY COP" BEFORE SHE WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY DEPUTIES LATE MONDAY

THREE DEPUTIES INVOLVED...NOW ON "ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE"  

WOMAN IDENTIFIED AS 60 YEAR OLD KAY FRANCES CAMPBELL  

SBI INVESTIGATION IS ON GOING

According to tapes of the 911 call made by the woman's caregiver, there were clear indications the woman had serious issues...and apparently had threatened to commit "suicide by cop" if officers were called to her home in East Flat Rock late Monday.  The 911 call also indicated the woman had attempted to choke or asssault, her caregiver...who made the call to the sheriff's department.

60 year old Kay Frances Campbell was shot and killed late Monday in East Flat Rock in what the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department says was “an officer involved” shooting. The identity of the woman was released Tuesday morning.

Deputies were called to 422 East Blue Ridge Road just before 5pm Monday in reference to the assault in that 911 call from Ms. Campbell's caregiver..  On the scene, deputies did what’s called a “health and welfare check" on Ms. Campbell.  And the deputies determined that she should be commited.

According to reports, while the deputies were waiting on “involuntary commitment” papers to get to the scene, the woman produced what appeared to be a weapon.  Major Frank Stout says the deputies were “in fear for their lives”…and fired at the woman.  As WHKP News reported Monday night, a medical examiner had been called to the scene.

The deputies involved in the incident were not harmed.

Major Stout confirmed that there were three deputies involved, and all three had fired their weapons.  Stout said the deputies had been on the scene with the woman for over and hour trying to de-fuse the situation but unfortunately, he said, it escalated to a point "where no one wanted to go".  And he said the deputies had been placed on “administrative leave”…and following standard procedure, the State Bureau of Investigation had been called in to investigate the whole thing.

Major Stout indicated more information would be released later.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman Updated 10:30am 04/26/16

 

 

NO WAY TO ENFORCE NC'S CONTROVERSIAL HB 2?

NO WAY TO ENFORCE NC'S CONTROVERSIAL HB 2?

WRAL IN RALEIGH REPORTS NO WAY TO ENFORCE HB 2   

(Photo from Asheville Citizen-Times)  

STATE SENATOR TOM APODACA THIS WEEK SAID HE WOULD FAVOR LETTING THE VOTERS IN NORTH CAROLINA DECIDE ABOUT HB 2

State lawmakers held an emergency session last month to head off a pending ordinance in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use public bathrooms that align with their gender identity, but local authorities say there's little inclination to enforce the new state law.

The highest-profile provision of House Bill 2, which was introduced, approved and signed into law in less than 12 hours, requires people to use public bathrooms that match the gender listed on their birth certificate. But the measure contains no language about how police and prosecutors should enforce the law.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said she has been studying the bill to figure out how she would prosecute a violator.

"What most people are struggling with is, how do you enforce it?" Freeman said. "There is no criminal penalty provided in that bill, so it's an open question."

Raleigh leaders have given up on trying to enforce the law, spokesman Damien Graham said.

"The law doesn't specifically speak to enforcement or penalty, so we are left at the point of not figuring out how to enforce this," Graham said. "We don't have the resources to post police officers outside bathrooms checking birth certificates."

Officers will respond to complaints under House Bill 2, he said, but it's unclear what would happen after that.

"The only thing we're left to do it respond if there is a concern or a complaint, just as we would any other issue. But the law doesn't speak to the penalties, so we're not sure how we would penalize that person," he said.

Freeman said other laws could come into play in situations where someone is in a bathroom that doesn't match their birth gender, such as trespassing. But overall, she said she doesn't foresee House Bill 2 as being a priority for police.


Read more at http://www.wral.com/enforcing-hb2-bathroom-rule-a-low-priority/15666073/#Bbtk02GeoLYZiJTU.99

NC HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS A SUCCESSFUL "DRIVE TO LIVE" OPERATION

NC HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS A SUCCESSFUL "DRIVE TO LIVE" OPERATION

 The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live after a week-long education and enforcement campaign.  The campaign, which began on Monday, April 18th and ended on Friday, April 22nd, was focused on promoting safe driving awareness to teenage drivers.

During Operation Drive to Live, Troopers enforced all traffic laws around the state's high schools and conducted traffic safety education programs. Troopers were actively looking for violations such as speeding, following too closely, careless and reckless driving and any violation of the motor vehicle laws that can result in serious injury or death. In addition, troopers presented over 125 traffic safety education programs to students across the state.

In 2015, the Highway Patrol investigated over 58,812 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 – 19. Of those collisions, 10,501 injuries were reported and 107 resulted in one or more fatalities.

Below is a snapshot of the week-long campaign effort:

High Schools Patrolled:                                   517

Traffic Safety Education Programs Given:        125

Seatbelt Violations:                                          1,378

Speeding Violations:                                        4,189

Graduated Driver’s License Violations:             20

Other Traffic Violations:                                  4,369

Written Warnings:                                           1,470

Although the campaign has ended, troopers across the state will continue to educate and closely monitor teenage drivers with one goal in mind; to save lives.

An excel spreadsheet is being provided that illustrates each respective Troop across the state.   For statistics on a specific county, please contact that office directly. Contact information can be located at the following link: http://www.ncdps.gov/Our-Organization/Law-Enforcement/State-Highway-Patrol/Troop-Offices

For more information, please contact Sergeant Michael Baker at (919)733-5027 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS NORTH CAROLINA'S VOTER ID/ELECTION LAW; NAACP PLANS FURTHER APPEAL

FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS NORTH CAROLINA'S VOTER ID/ELECTION LAW; NAACP PLANS FURTHER APPEAL

 

THE NAACP SAYS THEY PLAN A FURTHER APPEAL   

Federal Court Upholds Voter ID, Stops Obama Justice Department Overreach

Raleigh, N.C. – A federal court has upheld North Carolina’s hugely popular photo voter ID requirement, dismissing all claims in a lawsuit filed by political opponents of the law. The order in North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP et al v. McCrory is attached.

In a 485-page ruling, the federal court agreed that “the changes were based on legitimate and substantial concerns of election integrity and fairness and leave an electoral system that provides generous, fair, and equal opportunity for voters of all races and ages.”

 

Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee Co-Chairmen Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) issued the following joint statement:

“Despite the small but shrill opposition who continue to abuse the courts in an attempt to overturn the will of the voters, another reasonable, commonsense law supported by a majority of North Carolinians has been upheld. We are glad the court recognized the law provides all voters an equal opportunity to vote and stopped this politically-motivated overreach from the Obama Justice Department.”

 THE NAACP HAS ANNOUNCED THEY PLAN TO

In spite of more than 30 other states having voter ID requirements and a similar law being upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 2008, far-left special interest groups have spent years filing duplicative lawsuits in multiple courts attempting to block the commonsense policy in North Carolina.

 

Polls – including those commissioned by groups challenging the law – consistently show the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians support voter ID. And while opponents made misleading claims and presented flawed and erroneous data from a professor hired by the Obama Justice department, they were unable to offer a single witness who would be unable to vote under the law.

 

The voter ID law continues to ensure any North Carolina citizen who wants to vote will have that opportunity. The law establishes a list of valid government-issued photo IDs that voters can present at their polling places, and allows anyone without a photo ID to obtain one at no cost through the Department of Motor Vehicles. It also brings North Carolina into the mainstream of other states on matters of same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.

WNC GAS PRICES MAKE A BIG JUMP

WNC GAS PRICES MAKE A BIG JUMP

Average retail gasoline prices in the Hendersonville-Asheville areahave risen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.11/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 259 gas outlets in Asheville. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.4 cents per gallonin the last week to $2.14/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Hendersonville and Asheville during the past week, prices yesterday were 33.4 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 11.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 38.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on April 25 in Asheville have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.44/g in 2015, $3.69/g in 2014, $3.48/g in 2013, $3.89/g in 2012 and $3.77/g in 2011.

Areas nearby Asheville and their current gas price climate:
 Spartanburg- $1.93/g, up 5.4 cents per gallon from last week's $1.87/g.
 Knoxville- $1.94/g, up 2.2 cents per gallon from last week's $1.91/g.
 Greenville- $1.99/g, up 9.1 cents per gallon from last week's $1.90/g.

“The oil markets this past week shrugged off OPEC’s inability to reach an agreement for production freezes at the highly-touted meeting in Doha, Qatar.  West Texas Intermediate crude futures responded to a brighter demand picture that perked prices up to $43.73 per barrel for Friday’s close.  Leading the demand surge has been gasoline, where the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows year-to-date demand to be up 3.4% from last year and up 7.4% from 2014 according to their ‘product supplied’ demand indicator,” said Will Speer, a Houston-based senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

“Unsurprisingly, this has impacted retail gasoline prices, causing 43 of the 50 states to raise prices from a week ago.  Low prices have ignited the early demand surge this year, and the surge is expected to continue into the summer, where demand hits its peak for the year,” Speer added.

NEW BOOK OUT ABOUT CRASH OF PIEDMONT FLIGHT 22; THE AUTHOR WILL SIGN BOOKS ON MAY 11TH

NEW BOOK OUT ABOUT CRASH OF PIEDMONT FLIGHT 22; THE AUTHOR WILL SIGN BOOKS ON MAY 11TH

  

THE ALMOST NEW BOEING 727 WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN PIEDMONT'S FLEET  

THE NEWLY DESIGNATED SECRETARY OF THE NAVY WAS ON BOARD AND AMONG THOSE KILLED

It’s hard to believe but this coming July 19 will be only one year shy of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 collision of Piedmont Airlines Flight 22 with a small private Cessa 310 over Hendersonville, just minutes after the new 727 took off from the Asheville Airport.  All 82 people, including everyone on board the big jet and three in the Cessna, died when the jetliner then crashed into Camp Pinewood, directly behind what’s now the Outback Steakhouse, at the intersection of I-26 and U.S.64 East.

A former traffic accident investigator has spent a lot of time investigating that crash, and Paul Houle will be signing copies of that new book on Wednesday May 11th at what is now the Novels and Novelties Bookstore, formerly The Fountainhead in Hendersonville.

Some may recall it was Paul Houle who led the effort back in 2004 to build a memorial to the victims, and that memorial stands at the entrance to United Federal Credit Union just off Orr’s Camp Road and Jack Street within sight of the crash site.

Reporting the news then for WWNC Radio in Asheville, we’ll never forget the horror we felt, weaving through backed-up traffic on I-26 trying to get to the crash site just a few feet off the interstate…listening to the CBS Radio Network broadcasting to the nation “bulletins” on what was one of the most tragic events in Hendersonville history...the horror was then eclipsed by the nightmare of reporting from that crash site itself.

A lot of rumors have circulated since the collision and crash, including a report of a fire in the ash tray in the jetliner’s cockpit, which occupied the crew’s attention just seconds before the collision, so many local folks who were around back then and remember the tragedy may want to meet and talk with Paul Houle at the book signing on May 11th.  

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman  04/24/16  3pm 

 

LOCAL ARBOR DAY EVENT PLANNED FOR MAY 6TH

LOCAL ARBOR DAY EVENT PLANNED FOR MAY 6TH

BRUCE DRYSDALE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TO HELP CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY

School children at Bruce Drysdale Elementary will invite Arbor Day officials and the public to this year’s Arbor Day celebration on Friday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m. at the school on North Main Street, downtown Hendersonville.  North Carolina Forest Service personnel will present awards, Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk will proclaim May 6 as Tree City Day in Hendersonville, and a tree will be planted on the school grounds.  The event is hosted by Four Seasons Rotary Club, which has sponsored Arbor Day events for over 15 years.

            Students will present a special program focusing on trees and their important service to the community.  A Ranger with the N.C. Forest Service will declare the City of Hendersonville a Tree City USA, and the City will be given a Growth Award as well.  A Tree City flag will be presented. 

            2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. Hendersonville is celebrating 25 years as a Tree City USA, recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

            “We are proud of the efforts in our town to preserve, protect, and plant trees,” said Luther Smith, past president of Four Seasons Rotary Club, “and we organize the local Arbor Day program to enable school children and the community to celebrate those efforts.  Everyone is invited to attend this brief but important event.”   

            Arbor Day events are held around the country and the world throughout the year.  Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting certain standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

            The Tree City USA Growth Award is given by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights cities and towns that have innovative tree programs and projects, increased commitment and resources for urban forestry, and have partnered on new ideas and successes.  This will be the 18th year that Hendersonville has received a Growth Award.

In addition, Hendersonville is one of only 14 Sterling Tree City USA communities in North Carolina.  Sterling Communities are regarded by the Arbor Day Foundation as leaders in community forestry and are often looked upon as innovators.

For more information about the Arbor Day celebration, phone Arbor Day Coordinator Dr. James Volk at 693-5692

EDUCATION FOUNDATION HONORS LOCAL "TEACHERS OF THE YEAR"

EDUCATION FOUNDATION HONORS LOCAL "TEACHERS OF THE YEAR"

HendersonCounty’s Education Foundation honored teachers from 23 local public schools this week…as “teachers of the year”.

 The teachers are:

Julie Phillips, Apple Valley Middle School; Catherine Gilbert, Atkinson Elementary School; Ted Barnett, Balfour Education Center; Ileta Silvia, Bruce Drysdale Elementary School; Terri Lyda, Clear Creek Elementary School; Brittany Pace, Dana Elementary School; Natalie Piere, Early College High School; Robert Wallace, East Henderson High School; Melissa Frees, Edneyville Elementary School; Amy Cleveland, Etowah Elementary School; Melinda Julian, Flat Rock Middle School; Amy Pace, Fletcher Elementary School; Jessica Hudgins, Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School; Elena Barnwell, Hendersonville Elementary School; Kaye Youngblood, Hendersonville High School; Nadene Rolfe, Hendersonville Middle School;  Yvonne White, Hillandale Elementary School; Brittany Praytor, Mills River Elementary School; Karen Dellinger, North Henderson High School; Lonnie Hunter, Rugby High School; Katrina Cook, Sugarloaf Elementary School; Alicia Allman, Upward Elementary School; Barry Lance, West Henderson High School.

COOK OUT FAST FOOD RESTAURANT LIKELY COMING TO HENDERSONVILLE

COOK OUT FAST FOOD RESTAURANT LIKELY COMING TO HENDERSONVILLE

The City of Hendersonville has confirmed for WHKP News that the Cook Out Fast Food chain has applied for a permit to locate a new restaurant on Chimney Rock Highway or U.S. 64 near the Golden Corral.

City Inspector Susan Frady says there are some issues that need to be worked out before Cook Out can proceed,  She says that clearing that property is the next step...some old storage buildings will have to be torn down and the older car wash on the property will have to be removed.

Frady says she's not sure how long that process will take, when final approval might come, or when construction on the new Cook Out restaurant will begin.

Cook Out features "cook oiut style" fast food.  There are two Cook Out restaurants already in Asheville---one on Patton Avenue and one on Tunnel Road.

It is believed that the grandson of former Hee-Haw star Junior Samples owns the Cook Out chain.

 

 

 

COMMISSIONERS OPT FOR A NEW HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL....AT A COST OF $50 MILLION

COMMISSIONERS OPT FOR A NEW HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL....AT A COST OF $50 MILLION

That 1926 Earl Stillwell building at Hendersonville High will not be a part of the new Hendersonville High the county plans to build on a nearby site,  The Board of Commissioners made that dcision on Wednesday in a review of county school capital construction needs..

At its meeting Wednesday, the board unanimously chose to construct a new school at the former Boyd Automotive site on Asheville Highway that the county purchaed when Boy Automotive moved their General Motors dealership to a new location on the Spartasnburg Highway.   When the Boyd family sold that Five Points property to county schools, for as new Hendersonville High School campus, they aldo made a substantiasl donation in the sale price to the county and county schools.

A 49-page report commissioned by the county and conducted by Vannoy Construction earlier this year found renovation of the building to be feasible, saying the core of the 66,000-square-foot building is in sound shape.

The report estimated the building's renovation would cost $13.5 million.

The board decided to go with the third of five construction options prepared by architectural firm Clark Nexsen and presented to the board in October.

According to that presentation, Option 3 would not incorporate any existing structures, keep a working gymnasium on campus throughout construction, would not require mobile classrooms and would be completed in 32 months.

The estimated cost for Option 3, listed in the architect's presentation, is $50.4 million.