ACSO tight-lipped on alleged Crumpler assault


By Adam Orr - [email protected]



(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Police caution tape could be seen around this Crumpler mobile home on April 18.


(Photo submitted) This LexisNexis screenshot shows details of an alleged assault in Crumpler reported on April 17.


JEFFERSON-Ashe County Sheriff Terry Buchanan declined Wednesday to release details regarding a reported aggravated assault on Tom Fowler Road.

“It’s still an ongoing investigation so we can’t release much at this time,” Buchanan said by text message Wednesday morning when asked for details about a possible shooting incident. “Once we are able I’ll let you know.”

According to the agency’s community crime map, an aggravated assault was reported on Tom Fowler Road on April 17 at 10:45 p.m. According to scanner traffic, the incident occurred at 654 Tom Fowler Road in Crumpler.

A caller advised responders that two men had left from the scene in a Ford Explorer at 10:45 p.m.

Multiple voice mails left for ACSO personnel on April 18 and April 19, including Buchanan and ACSO Chief Deputy Richard Clayton, seeking comment on the incident went unreturned.

Monday’s incident wasn’t the first police involved action at 645 Tom Fowler Road. The property was the site of a meth lab explosion in August 2011 that sent Steven Lee to the emergency room of Ashe Memorial Hospital with second and third degree burns.

At the time, Lee told nurses he’d sustained the burns when his portable meth lab caught on fire, according to court testimony. A police search of the property later turned up items consistent with a “shake and bake” meth lab, according to court testimony.

The explosion later led to charges against Lee and others who lived at the property.

Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058

(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Police caution tape could be seen around this Crumpler mobile home on April 18.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_Caution-1.jpg(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Police caution tape could be seen around this Crumpler mobile home on April 18.

(Photo submitted) This LexisNexis screenshot shows details of an alleged assault in Crumpler reported on April 17.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_LexisNexis-1.jpg(Photo submitted) This LexisNexis screenshot shows details of an alleged assault in Crumpler reported on April 17.

By Adam Orr

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