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UPDATED: Fiery, five-vehicle crash on I-64W kills two

UPDATE, 10am Thursday, August 7: State police have confirmed that two people have now died following the five-vehicle crash Wednesday morning. According to police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, a flatbed tractor trailer sparked the collision when it rear-ended a Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder was pushed into a Lincoln Town Car. During the pileup, a Chevrolet Suburban […]

Mark Weiner's attorney Steve Benjamin leaves Albemarle Circuit Court on June 3, followed by members of Weiner's family, including his brother Michael Weiner, right. Photo: Courteney Stuart

New date set for Weiner sentencing hearing

On Monday, a judge agreed to an October 8 sentencing date for Mark Weiner, the 53-year-old former grocery store clerk convicted for abduction with intent to defile in May 2013. Weiner’s attorneys have raised questions about the evidence used to convict him. They have pointed to expert testimony that contradicts the story that a chemically […]

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Life, twice: Court rejects Randy Taylor’s last-minute offer

A Nelson County Circuit Court judge sentenced Randy Taylor to two life sentences in prison for the abduction and murder of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, whose body has never been found. Taylor has maintained his innocence, but during the July 23 sentencing hearing, his attorney said Taylor would disclose Murphy’s whereabouts if the court reduced his […]

Uriah Bashun Lofton. Photo: Charlottesville Police

Police: Man arrested for July 7 machete stabbing in Charlottesville

Charlottesville police today announced the arrest of 43-year-old Uriah Bashun Lofton for malicious wounding in a July 7 stabbing case that sent one person to the hospital. Police were called to the 600 block of 7 ½ Street SW for a stabbing at approximately 1:30am, according to a news release. Investigators later determined the attack […]

Claire Kennedy Ogilvie. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

Ogilvie assault case heads to grand jury

The former Peabody School teacher accused of assaulting the wife of 57th District Delegate David Toscano waived her right to a preliminary hearing—the proceeding to determine if there is sufficient evidence to go to trial—by appearing in court Thursday. The case will now proceed in front of a grand jury. Claire Ogilvie, 36, faces charges […]

Former Albemarle County Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Dayna Awkard at work in 2012.

Former clerk pleads guilty to embezzling

Former longtime Albemarle County Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Dayna Awkard pleaded guilty Friday morning to the embezzlement of nearly $14,000, according to court records. Awkard, a 24-year employee of the circuit court clerk’s office, resigned on March 21, shortly after a tip from an unnamed court employee prompted a state investigation into possible fraud. She […]

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Police investigating city’s third homicide since May

A Charlottesville man died early Sunday morning after he was shot in front of a Prospect Avenue home in what police say is a homicide—the city’s third since May. Otis Edward Scott, 27, was shot in the 700 block of Prospect Avenue at 2:16am, police said. By the time officers arrived to the scene, Scott’s […]

The UVA baseball team in an early game of the 2014 College World Series. Photo: UVA Athletics/Dennis Hubbard

UVA baseball to play in winner-take-all game Wednesday night

With their backs against the wall in an elimination game, the UVA baseball team showed resiliency as they bounced back from a 9-8 loss Monday night to even up the College World Series championship by securing a 7-2 victory Tuesday in Omaha. After sophomore ace Nathan Kirby uncharacteristically got rocked for eight runs in a single […]