Thursday - Jan 17, 2019

City Departments

Asheville Police Department's Computer Crimes Unit cracks cyber cases

To keep kids safe, police are doing more than community policing and patrolling streets. Detectives in the Asheville Police Department also patrol the high-tech corridors of online communication. The job falls to APD’s Computer Crimes Unit, which was recently recognized in a regional, multi-agency law enforcement announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Perhaps the most

Asheville's Building Safety Department gears up for arrival of electric cars

With auto companies announcing their intention to roll out new electric cars in the next year, the City of Asheville’s Building Safety Department is preparing for residential requests for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) by examining and simplifying the required approval process. While electric cars that charge on existing 120 volt outlets will not require

Teens graduate the Asheville Police Department's Junior Academy

On Friday, July 30, about 20 teens and their parents gathered in a room above the Asheville Police Department to graduate from the department’s Junior Police Academy. The free week-long academy is operated out of the APD’s Crime Prevention Unit and gives teens ages 14-17 first-hand exposure to various elements of criminal investigation such as


Share the Ride

In a push to reduce expenses and trim emissions, the City of Asheville is conducting a shared-vehicle program that lets city staff have use of a compressed natural gas car and two bicycles. Launched in January, the City Share program allows multiple departments access to the vehicles to run city-related errands. Maggie Ullman, Energy Coordinator

Asheville Civic Center awarded $2 million grant by Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority

From the Asheville Civic Center blog: The Asheville Civic Center has been awarded a $2 million dollar grant, to be funded over a 4-year period, from the Tourism Product Development Fund of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, the City announced today. The grant will help fund a proposed $5.45 million dollar renovation of the

The Bele Chere Breakdown, part 2

Since pedestrians are still walking around the festival area after Bele Chere closes, officers from the Asheville Police Department stand guard at the festival barricades, keeping the streets closed to traffic. By about 6:30, when pedestrian traffic has thinned enough, festival officials put out a call to APD officers and festival staff that vendor vehicles


The Bele Chere Breakdown, part 1

How do you pack up a three-day festival in about six hours? After some 30 years of wrapping the Bele Chere festival, City of Asheville and festival staff have the system down to a sort of frenzied science. Multiple city departments, festival vendors and private companies all interact to make Bele Chere disappear overnight. With

Picking up what you're throwing out

Within the boundaries of Bele Chere, there are approximately 210 trash barrels and 120 recycling bins. Still, without regular rounds by the City of Asheville’s sanitation crews, those containers would be piled beyond capacity. Crew leader Booby Austin says teams of two crew members hit each container every 45 minutes on Friday, the slowest day


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