Thomas Shepherd, a husband and father of two from Barnardsville, is fighting stage three testicular cancer. He and his family are seeking help from the community to cover medical and living expenses and have turned to Red Basket, a free fundraising website, to help pay for their expenses. Five months ago, Shepherd, 35, worked 40 hours a week as an accountant, as his family’s sole breadwinner. Now, the family is relocating across the state so Shepherd can undergo a triple tandem stem cell transplant. Shepherd received the news in February 2015 that he had cancer. Read more...
The cancer spread to his lungs and formed a soft mass near his left kidney. Four cycles of chemotherapy later, the cancer remains active. Doctors referred him to University of North Carolina Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill. After exploring their options, doctors at UNC decided that he needed a stem cell transplant. He and his family uprooted their lives, packed up some possessions and moved hours away to be together during his treatment which will last through late October. While the Shepherds are fortunate to have such a strong support system in the Barnardsville community behind them, Shepherd’s unforeseen medical circumstances have put them in financial difficulty. To help pay for mounting medical bills, transportation costs, lodging, food and daily expenses, the Shepherds are running an online fundraising campaign through Red Basket, a nonprofit crowdfunding website. All funds donated go directly to them to help pay for expenses, says a press release related to Thomas’s cancer. To support the Shepherds with a tax deductible donation, visit <RedBasket.org/551>. Their fundraising campaign is titled “Hope for Thomas.”
Special to the Tribune.
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A Black Mountain man turned himself in after leading Weaverville police on a vehicle chase last week. The drama began on Tuesday (July 7) at approximately 3 am, when Corporal Jonathan Ray of the Weaverville Police Department stopped a Dodge Ram 3500 truck for a traffic violation on North Main Street. According to a Weaverville Police press release, “During the traffic stop the driver who was identified at the scene as Colby Daniel Fisher, admitted that the tag for the truck was fictitious and later fled the scene.” Cpl. Ray was soon joined by Weaverville Officer Nick Shea as the chase traveled to Reems Creek Road. Suddenly, “The chase was terminated after Fisher stopped abruptly on Reems Creek Road and rammed Cpl. Ray’s patrol car rendering it inoperable,” said the press release. Read more...
Later on Tuesday, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office “found the suspect vehicle abandoned at the Charles D. Owen Park on Warren Wilson Road in Swannanoa. The vehicle driven by Fisher was reported stolen from 975 Reems Creek Road on May 31, 2015.” Needless to say, warrants for Fisher’s arrest were issued, which included: felonious possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felonious fleeing to elude, felonious assault with deadly weapon on government official, injury to personal property, leaving the scene of accident involving property damage, driving while license revoked, and display fictitious registration plate. Upon hearing about the warrants against him, Fisher turned himself in to the Buncombe County Detention Center on Friday (July 10). Fisher was held under an $85,000 bond, according to the press release. He has since been released from custody. Fisher’s court date was set for Monday (July 13). Fisher has a prior misdemeanor assault conviction from Henderson County from earlier in the year. He was sentenced to 18 months of parole, according to the NC Department of Public Safety Offender Public Information website. “This event is an example of how our jobs can go from routine to very dangerous without warning! I’m glad that the suspect has been apprehended. I am very happy that no one was injured during this dangerous encounter,” stated Chief Greg Stephens. Fisher should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a curt of law.
A wreck on I-26 Thursday (July 2) sent one man to the hopsital. The wreck occurred near mile marker 20, on Future I-26 west just before 4:30 pm. According to a Woodfin Police accident report, the vehicle was driven by Gennea Watts of Asheville. The report, compiled by Woodfin Police Officer John Ward, attributes a statement to Watts, which says she “was traveling in the left lane when traffic started slowing down. [Watts] attempted to move to the right lane impacting” a second vehicle driven by Larry Hartsell of Clemson, SC, who was in the right lane. Read more...
Watts’ and Hartsell’s impact, which the report indicates was at speeds of 60 miles per hour, collided with a third vehicle, driven by Brandon James Henderson of Marshall. Ward’s report goes on to state, “[Hartsell’s vehicle] was traveling in the right lane and impacted [Henderson’s vehicle] in the rear causing [Henderson] to impact” a fourth vehicle, driven by John Plyler of Hot Springs. Ward’s report indicates that after the impact between Watts and Hartsell, they traveled 56 and 20 feet, respectively. Meanwhile, Henderson and Plyler were both traveling about 50 miles per hour. Once hit, Henderson traveled 83 feet and Plyler 119 feet. Ward writes in his report that Henderson was transported by EMS to Mission Hospital due to his injuries. His vehicle is listed as having suffered $10,000 worth of damage. All four individuals were listed in the report as having a physical condition of “apparently normal.” The report also indicates that Watts’ “inattention” and “failure to reduce speed” were contributing circumstances to the wreck. No citations were listed as having been issued against any of the drivers involved in the incident.
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