Fletcher pastor, parishioners talk about Sunday fight

| February 1, 2011

A large brawl broken up by about 30 police officers at a Fletcher church Sunday stemmed from an attempt to get rid of the current pastor, church members said today.

Officers from five agencies in Henderson and Buncombe counties responded just after noon to Greater New Zion Baptist Church on Asheville Highway after a sheriff's deputy at the scene for routine security called about a fight, said Capt. Jerry Rice with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

Rice has said the incident is still under investigation and no arrests have been made, nor were any injuries reported.

Ben Smith, a deacon at Greater New Zion Baptist Church, said the fight was preceded by attempts to oust the church's current pastor, the Rev. LeVonia Ray, who was not at the church Sunday.



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