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This week’s headline


Firetruck makes unexpected

call at house

By Clint Parker

Weaverville - A Weaverville Firetruck paid an unexpected visit to a house on Hillside Street when it “rolled down the embankment and hit” a house according to a Weaverville Police Department report.

The accident occurred on Wednesday morning, Feb. 15 at approximately 9:45 a.m. according to the report filed by Weaverville Police Officer Michele Cagle who responded to the call.

“When I arrived, I met with Weaverville Firefighter Chance Folse, who stated he had pulled into the driveway and left the truck running while answering a call at 38 Hillside Street, stated Cagle in report’s narrative. “Mr. Folse stated he had set the emergency brake and axle lock but did not put a wheel chock down. Mr. Folse stated after being at the call for five minutes he heard a crash noise outside. Mr. Folse stated he went outside and saw where the brush truck had rolled down the embankment and hit the house next door.”

Officer Cagle goes on to state, “I observed a Weaverville Fire Department Ford F550 the rear part of the house at 34 Hillside St. The truck had crashed into the wall at the back of the house. I observed damage to the house, porch and fence at 34 Hillside St. I observed that emergency brake on the truck was engaged and the level lock lever was in the locked position.” Cagle also said that he had Folse take a breath test “...and the test showed a negative result for alcohol.”

Cagle then stated in the report, “I called and spoke with Reggie Ray who was with his father, John Ray, and received verbal permission to go inside the home to take pictures. Fastlane Towing was contacted to pull the truck out of the home. Deputy Chief, Jason Harwood, from Weaverville Fire Department, was on scene and contacted a building inspector...I observed damage to the front bumper area and hood area on the Weaverville Fire Department truck.”

Cagle said in the report that there seemed to be a defect to the emergency brake and lock lever. “I was able to drive the truck forward with the emergency brake engaged and the level lock lever in the locked position, but the truck would not move backward while in reverse.”


Last week’s headlines


Hit-n-run results in death

By Clint Parker 

Woodfin - A 41-year-old Yancey County woman is under arrest for the fatal hit-and-run of a Woodfin resident on Thursday evening, Feb. 9, on Weaverville Highway in Woodfin.

According to a press release, on Monday, Feb. 13, warrants were obtained for Fonda Jane Adkins of Burnsville for the hit and run of Stevie Banks, 59, of 245 Weaverville Hwy, who died in the incident. The warrants issued were for Adkins include felony hit and run, and driving with a revoked license.

According to the press release, on Friday (Feb. 10) officers of the Woodfin Police Department spoke with an additional witness whom they were able to locate after news media posted an update to the story, and that law enforcement were looking for the witness’ vehicle.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, officers of the Woodfin Police Department received a call from the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies of the Yancey County Sheriff’s office had received a call from an individual who believed that a family member was the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident.

Woodfin Police followed up on the lead which eventually resulted in the warrants being issued for felony hit and run, and driving with a revoked license.

Thursday night the scene was grim along Weaverville Highway when police and emergency workers arrived on the scene at around 8:45 p.m.

“The only thing we check were for signs of life, but there were none,” said Chief Jeff Angel of the Woodfin Fire Department, who’s department responded to the scene of the hit and run.

Chief Angel said that his department had about eight personnel on the scene to provide lighting and traffic control while Woodfin Police conducted their investigation. Woodfin Fire personnel also assisted Buncombe EMS in removing Banks’ body.

According to Chief Angel his department responded to the call around 8:49 pm and did not clear the scene until 3 a.m.



Past headlines


NBMS girls’ b-ball team sweeps

through season

With a 15-1 record,

girls could take it all

By Heather Berry

Weaverville – The North Buncombe Middle School Girls’ Basketball Team ended the regular season with only one loss. The loss came at the last game of the season, Feb. 2, against Enka, 45-44. The NBMS team went undefeated until the final game.Read more...


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