Former Buncombe Sheriff Bobby Medford arrested

There are 20 comments on the Dec 13, 2007, Asheville Citizen-Times story titled Former Buncombe Sheriff Bobby Medford arrested. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford commanded an illegal gambling operation that moved as much as $5,000 at a time through his sheriff's department office, federal authorities said Thursday.

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Native Ashevillian

Johnson City, TN

#1 Dec 13, 2007
I wonder how many machines are still in operation in Buncombe Co?? Several of which I am sure of. Dang Medford and his MOD (machines on demand) missed a few
someone that cares

AOL

#2 Dec 13, 2007
I feel sorry for these men's families and loved ones. This has to be devestating to them all as well. My prayers are with everyone involved.
Sad stuff but proves we have to abide by the law.

“Be No Tarheelborn”

Since: Feb 07

Albermarle

#3 Dec 13, 2007
With every action comes a reaction ......

Sad it is ....but they chose to be that way

I just hope this is the end of the "good ole boy" network
FORMER

Raleigh, NC

#4 Dec 13, 2007
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.....

Since: Feb 07

Hendersonville, NC

#5 Dec 13, 2007
There are so many wrongs that I can't even begin to post all of them.

I will highlight a few:

Old men on social security, sitting at the machines gambling away their money on machines that are set to only pay out when the owners program them to do so at certain intervals.

The lack of backbone by everyone still working for Van Duncan who worked in Medford's administration, who damned well knew what was going on. Including Van Duncan himself. Doesn't take an election to blow the whistle, and how many lives were ruined between the time that Duncan worked for Medford and was elected.

The complete idiocy of the folks who are now coming out and saying they new nothing about it. The interesting part is that the folks that WLOS interviewed last night appear to be recent transplants not folks who have lived around here for years. The vast majority of the machines were in the county ... so it's logical that the transplants wouldn't be aware of them. However, I suspect that no less than 50,000 Buncombe County residents knew exactly what was going on.

The case in point is seeing the same people day and again playing the video poker machines ... and knowing damned well they weren't putting $100 bills in the machines for the REWARD of Ten dollars in store credit. Anyone who took time to talk to convenience store clerks knew what the deal was. They weren't shy about talking about Medford to people that they knew and would even invite you to play the machines and would pay cash for winning tickets.

THIS community should not be shocked about ANY of this. It was going on, and the majority knew perfectly well that it was. The only foul was when a loved one lost(big, like their life savings), then they went to the Feds.

The people who are on their moral and legal high-horses should have been on this YEARS ago.

Medford is likely guilty of each and every crime that is charged, but the community had two opportunities to vote him out of office if they felt so enraged by his conduct.

The community was 50% on that.

So as ye vote, so shall ye reap. The voters knew exactly what they were getting and didn't mind the first go round, but corrected it the second.

The best thing that can happen now is for Sheriff Duncan to apologize for working there and not blowing the whistle when he could have kept many lives from being destroyed by Medford. Many. Including cases that were being worked incorrectly, etc. The Feds should have been brought in back in 2002 when Duncan said that he was aware of "problems," and then just went to teach in Edneyville.

Duncan was an enabler of Medford, and didn't have the balls to do anything other than wait it out, watch more lives destroyed and then make himself out to be a hero by being a different choice without fully taking his responsibility as yet another LEO who just looked the other way.

When the next election rolls around, maybe someone who isn't corrupt or tainted by corruption should be elected as Sheriff of Buncombe County.

No wonder why APD doesn't have much use for the Sheriff's department.
K9PATROL

United States

#6 Dec 13, 2007
Watching all that unfolds in Bucombe County is sad, you get a useless Sheriff out of there and Excellent Sheriff back into the office who works well and is doing good things. Van Duncan is a very responsible sheriff and was very respectable officer when patrolling. APD doesn't have much to do with him due to he beat the pants off of ex-APD commanders that were not up to snuff for the job. Keep up the good work Sheriff Duncan.
Anyone know ex captain Bridges? Have you noticed many deputies driving a Hummer... Makes you wonder how he got his monies???!!! He also when he was still sworn in had gotten rob and beat up at a strip club real respectable...
caerleon

United States

#7 Dec 13, 2007
Skiddoo
yes many, many folks in Trasheville knew all about corruption. Many knew as well about Moores involvement. However , a good investigation can take years. Especially when you're objects are crafty , sneaky , lying politicians.
I'd give Duncan a break for having the guts to leave a bad boss and strike out on his own. YOu and all the other potificaters on here endlessly conjecture as to how it should have been. Give the man a break., IN the year since he took office, he has given far more interviews than Bobby the "crook " Medford ever did. He will take down the higest criminal given enough time. Yes, the entire town is all too aware of who the dishonest are among our elected officials. We know, we've turned them in , now let's see if the Feds get it right. UNless you're Duncans therapist and intend on breaking the HIPPa Law, you cannot possibly know what the man knew and reported and when he first reported the crimes.
No one in this so-called "great place to live" truly gives a good tinkers d*** about the downtrodden or ordinary people in this county. Therefore the people of this county should all be writing what they know, send it to the Charlotte Office of the FBI and wait for the fallout. Skiddoo , you have obviously never been a recipient of backlash . If you were, you'd not oversimplify the issues.

Amazing how the most frequent folks on this forum are the least informed.

Since: Feb 07

Hendersonville, NC

#8 Dec 14, 2007
caerleon wrote:
Skiddoo
yes many, many folks in Trasheville knew all about corruption. Many knew as well about Moores involvement. However , a good investigation can take years. Especially when you're objects are crafty , sneaky , lying politicians.
I'd give Duncan a break for having the guts to leave a bad boss and strike out on his own. YOu and all the other potificaters on here endlessly conjecture as to how it should have been. Give the man a break., IN the year since he took office, he has given far more interviews than Bobby the "crook " Medford ever did. He will take down the higest criminal given enough time. Yes, the entire town is all too aware of who the dishonest are among our elected officials. We know, we've turned them in , now let's see if the Feds get it right. UNless you're Duncans therapist and intend on breaking the HIPPa Law, you cannot possibly know what the man knew and reported and when he first reported the crimes.
No one in this so-called "great place to live" truly gives a good tinkers d*** about the downtrodden or ordinary people in this county. Therefore the people of this county should all be writing what they know, send it to the Charlotte Office of the FBI and wait for the fallout. Skiddoo , you have obviously never been a recipient of backlash . If you were, you'd not oversimplify the issues.
Amazing how the most frequent folks on this forum are the least informed.
Amazing that you are neither frequent or apparently informed.

There are questions that need to be answered ... by Sheriff Duncan!
HomeGirl

Inman, SC

#10 Dec 14, 2007
Oh my!
How this plot thickens!

Who will be next?
ANSWERS NEEDED

United States

#11 Dec 14, 2007
Skidoo wrote:
There are so many wrongs that I can't even begin to post all of them.
I will highlight a few:
Old men on social security, sitting at the machines gambling away their money on machines that are set to only pay out when the owners program them to do so at certain intervals.
The lack of backbone by everyone still working for Van Duncan who worked in Medford's administration, who damned well knew what was going on. Including Van Duncan himself. Doesn't take an election to blow the whistle, and how many lives were ruined between the time that Duncan worked for Medford and was elected.
The complete idiocy of the folks who are now coming out and saying they new nothing about it. The interesting part is that the folks that WLOS interviewed last night appear to be recent transplants not folks who have lived around here for years. The vast majority of the machines were in the county ... so it's logical that the transplants wouldn't be aware of them. However, I suspect that no less than 50,000 Buncombe County residents knew exactly what was going on.
The case in point is seeing the same people day and again playing the video poker machines ... and knowing damned well they weren't putting $100 bills in the machines for the REWARD of Ten dollars in store credit. Anyone who took time to talk to convenience store clerks knew what the deal was. They weren't shy about talking about Medford to people that they knew and would even invite you to play the machines and would pay cash for winning tickets.
THIS community should not be shocked about ANY of this. It was going on, and the majority knew perfectly well that it was. The only foul was when a loved one lost(big, like their life savings), then they went to the Feds.
The people who are on their moral and legal high-horses should have been on this YEARS ago.
Medford is likely guilty of each and every crime that is charged, but the community had two opportunities to vote him out of office if they felt so enraged by his conduct.
The community was 50% on that.
So as ye vote, so shall ye reap. The voters knew exactly what they were getting and didn't mind the first go round, but corrected it the second.
The best thing that can happen now is for Sheriff Duncan to apologize for working there and not blowing the whistle when he could have kept many lives from being destroyed by Medford. Many. Including cases that were being worked incorrectly, etc. The Feds should have been brought in back in 2002 when Duncan said that he was aware of "problems," and then just went to teach in Edneyville.
Duncan was an enabler of Medford, and didn't have the balls to do anything other than wait it out, watch more lives destroyed and then make himself out to be a hero by being a different choice without fully taking his responsibility as yet another LEO who just looked the other way.
When the next election rolls around, maybe someone who isn't corrupt or tainted by corruption should be elected as Sheriff of Buncombe County.
No wonder why APD doesn't have much use for the Sheriff's department.
I don't agree with your comments. I voted for Sheriff Medford and had no idea these things were going on. I believe a lot of other people voted for him and didn't know what was going on. Also, I don't like the things you have stated about Van Duncan. I don't believe he knew all of this was going on. I don't believe Medford had anybody working directly under him that knew what he was doing except those that were in the corrupt loop. It seems to me that Sheriff Van Duncan is doing a good job. He certainly has brought back some professionalism to the department, that was much needed. This corruption is about Medford and some of his close associates so I don't believe we should be dragging the current Sheriff in and trying to blame him with these problems. Let's let him do his job and let his record speak for him as long as he is Sheriff.

“Ron Paul was right.”

Since: Jul 07

Marxland (Buncombe County)

#12 Dec 14, 2007
This is what happens when government attempts to control the private lives of citizens. Whatever your opinion of gambling, a free people have the right to do whatever they wish with their lives and money ... including wasting it in a video poker machine. As long as it doesn't DIRECTLY harm anyone else, it's NONE of the government's business.

Apparently drug use and gambling are okay, however, as long as it's the government running the show and making the profits. See the ABC stores and the state lottery. Not only is Sheriff Van Duncan guaranteeing the state's monopoly ... he has conveniently eliminated his political competition. How's that for killing two birds with one stone?

Jim Mundy

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Elect RON PAUL President-2008

Granny J

AOL

#13 Dec 14, 2007
Transplanted wrote:
With every action comes a reaction ......
Sad it is ....but they chose to be that way
I just hope this is the end of the "good ole boy" network
How can it be the end of the "good ole boy" network when we still have a good ole boy in office? What happened to innocent until proven guilty?
college student

Asheville, NC

#14 Dec 14, 2007
It doesn't really have anything to do with this, but I'll second the RON PAUL 2008 comment.
THIN BLUE LINE

Franklin, NC

#15 Dec 14, 2007
I ASK THAT PEOPLE TO NOT VIEW THE DEPUTYS WHO ARE EMPLOYED NOW AS BAD COPS, BECAUSE THIS REFLECTS BAD ON ALL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
Ely

AOL

#16 Dec 14, 2007
You know that Duncan worked for Medford but got fired, probably because he thought he was not getting his fair share,I think the SBI should investigate the reason why could get nasty.
Dragnet

Asheville, NC

#17 Dec 14, 2007
Do these morons actually think they are never get caught?

“Local Blogger Gets Involved”

Since: Dec 06

Republic of West Carolina

#18 Dec 14, 2007
Where there is gambling, there is ALWAYS payoffs.

Whether it is Video Poker, real Poker, Lotteries, Casinos...whatever. People are being paid off.

Most operators will pay off in cash, if they feel they can trust who they are paying, and law enforcement get theirs in turn, and if they aren't on the take, they turn a blind eye.

Bobby Medford is not the only Sheriff on the take, and the deputies arrested just the tip of the iceberg.
Uckis

United States

#19 Dec 14, 2007
Bloodsnot to you, Medford, and same to you, Skidoodoo. I'm sure Duncan was aware of what the Feds were investigating once he took office and was unable to do anything about it.
Cutterow

United States

#20 Dec 14, 2007
Transplanted wrote:
I just hope this is the end of the "good ole boy" network
Ha ha. Hahahahaha. Heeheeeheeeheeeheeeheee. Ain't never gon' be no end to the good ole boy network in Buncombe.
ron in waynesville

Asheville, NC

#21 Dec 14, 2007
Very sad commentary. I am a Yellow Dog Democrat, but I hate to see any elected official end up this way.

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