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Black Mountain alderman Jeremie Konegni, charged with assault on a female May 13, returned to his role on the town’s governing body May 21 without making a statement about his arrest.

Responding to a domestic disturbance at Konegni’s home about 2:30 a.m. May 13, Black Mountain police concluded an assault had taken place there, the department said in a statement. Konegni was taken to the Buncombe County Detention Center for booking and released. His first court appearance is scheduled for June 27.

Konegni was absent for the board’s regular monthly meeting on May 14 and did not respond to phone calls from The Black Mountain News. He attended board meetings as a voting member May 21 and 22 without speaking publicly about his arrest.

Asked after the May 22 meeting about the arrest, Konegni stated he has “no comment at this moment.”

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