The news for a Tuesday: Abortion protesters arrested, new information on the Wal-Mart explosion and Elaine Lite targeted in a negative ad
We went with Holly and Frank on the 10 for our WLOSer news tonight. Here’s what they had:
Eight anti-abortion activists were arrested Tuesday afternoon on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College after college officials say they were disruptive.
The abortion protesters had big billboards showing bloody fetuses and were talking with college students. The college initially allowed the demonstrators, despite the fact that they didn’t have a required permit, but then called in the police after the situation “escalated,” according to college officials.
The protesters said their free speech rights were being violated. They said they’ve been cited before, but have one every case because they’re on public property.
Interesting that everybody had a video camera trained on everybody else.
New information on Wal-Mart explosion coming
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will hold a 10 p.m. press conference Wednesday in Sylva to release new information about last week’s explosion of a propane tank in the store’s camping section. The explosion injured five people.
Carolyn Ryan, dramatically waving a printout of the press release, said the cops will release photos of witnesses or people of interest that they want to talk to. Ryan also talked to one guy who said a store employee told him that it looked like somebody hit the tank with a hammer.
Elaine Lite targeted in new ads
WLOSers say the political season has seen its first negative ad, a television commercial targeting Asheville City Council candidate Elaine Lite.
The ad shows video to Lite “dancing” with pagans around the big magnolia tree down on City-County Plaza a few weeks back. The pagans were holding a ritual to give the tree strength after the county sold the tree and a small tract of land it sits on to a developer who plans to move the tree and build condos there.
The Carolina Stompers paid for the ad and played the freak card, basically asking is this the type of person you want on City Council? Chad Nesbitt was quoted in the story, which also quoted a pagan lady saying the ad is crap. WLOSers went to lengths to get reaction from Lite (we missed her repsonse at 6) and to explain why they allowed the commercial to air.
In other news…
Police in Johnson City, Tenn., arrested 40 men in a sex sting operation. The men either exposed themselves in public parks or talked about sex with undercover officers… The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the town of Woodfin can enforce its law banning sex offenders from public parks… And WLOSers had a follow-up to a story back in July about three teens who allegedy ran away from Eckerd alternative camp in Henderson County. Turns out one of the teen’s moms was hiding the three teens in her home for several days and lied to officers about it.
In more other news…
A new state law requires that juvenile prison officials release the photos and first names of juveniles that escape from their centers. They also have to tell the public if the escapees could be a threat… Fugitive Anthony Ray Artrip is still on the loose. Now he’s wanted for robbing a bank down in Georgia…. And an NTSB report says that a small plane that crashed in Henderson County last month near Blue Ridge Community College lost engine power and went down.
No more Vance-Aycock protest
The Carolina Stompers group of Republicans says it’s scrapping a planned protest of this week’s annual fund-raising meeting of Democrats called the Vance-Aycock gathering. The event is named for two former North Carolina governors, including Charles Aycock, a known white supremist back in the day. The Dems say they’re going to meet to talk about changing the name… Also, the National Park Service released its final environmental impact study on the effects of building the North Shore Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and says don’t build the road, give Swain County cash instead.
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