Courteney Stuart

Courteney Stuart
Courteney Stuart is an award-winning journalist with more than 17 years experience. She started her career in Richmond, Virginia in 1996 as assistant editor at both Style Weekly and its sister publication, Inside Business magazine, and spent 11 years at the Hook in Charlottesville, where she served first as senior editor and then as chief editor. She is the recipient of more than two dozen journalism awards from the Virginia Press Association, including multiple first place prizes for investigative reporting and feature writing. Her written work has appeared in publications including Las Vegas Weekly and Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she has appeared on numerous national television news programs including Dateline NBC, Primetime Crime, Nancy Grace, as well as on the Headline News, Investigation Discovery and E! News channels.

The forensic sketch, left, was based on the account of the victim in a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax. Jesse L. Matthew Jr. has been indicted on multiple charges including attempted capital murder in connection with that assault. Courtesy Fairfax Police/Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail

Accused Hannah Graham abductor indicted in Fairfax sexual assault

The man accused of abducting missing UVA student Hannah Graham and connected through forensic evidence to the 2009 disappearance and death of Morgan Harrington now faces charges stemming from a 2005 sexual assault in Northern Virginia. Jesse “LJ” Matthew, 32, has been indicted on attempted capital murder, abduction, and sexual penetration with an object charges […]

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo and Albmarle Police Chief Steve Sellers spoke about the discovery of human remains at a press conference on October 18. Photo by Courteney Stuart

Remains found: Hannah Graham case becomes ongoing death investigation

One day after family members of several missing young women in Central Virginia marked the fifth anniversary of Morgan Harrington’s disappearance with a prayer that missing UVA student Hannah Graham would be found, police announced the discovery of remains that could be the 18-year-old on an abandoned property on Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County. […]

Emily Holter. Photo courtesy Charlottesville 29

Five Finds on Friday: Emily Holter

On Fridays, we feature five foods finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Emily Holter, of Sweethaus, the Charlottesville cupcake cafe that is poised to open a second location in Brooklyn. Holter’s picks: 1)  Wings and Nachos on football Sundays at Wild Wing Cafe.  “Doesn’t get much better than throwing on a jersey and hunkering down for a […]

Hannah Graham's parents, Susan and John Graham, first publicly pleaded for assistance in locating their missing daughter at an afternoon press conference on Sunday, September 21. Photo: Max March

One month after Hannah Graham disappeared, parents issue another plea

Marking one month since their 18-year-old daughter Hannah Graham disappeared after last being seen on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, Susan and John Graham issued another statement on Monday expressing gratitude for the extensive search effort and pleading for anyone with information in the case to share what they know. “It is heart-breaking for us that the person or persons who know where Hannah is […]

Search effort, media coverage shrink in Hannah Graham case

Search effort, media coverage shrink in Hannah Graham case

Speaking to a small throng of about half a dozen reporters—one-tenth the number present at last week’s press events for missing UVA student Hannah Graham—Albemarle County Police Chief Steve Sellers said the search for Graham will continue at least through the end of this week in targeted areas and with smaller numbers of volunteers. For […]

Police Chief Tim Longo urged the community to stay focused on the search for Hannah Graham. Photo: Facebook

After arrest, police double down on search for Hannah Graham

Although Jesse “L.J.” Matthew has been in police custody since his arrest on Wednesday on a beach in Galveston, Texas, he hasn’t given police any new information to help them locate the woman he’s accused of abducting, said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo at an afternoon press conference on Thursday. “He invoked his right to […]

Hannah Graham. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

Tempo restaurant releases statement on Hannah Graham

Statement by Brice Cunningham, owner of Tempo Restaurant concerning the investigation into the disappearance of Hannah Graham The Tempo Restaurant family joins the entire Charlottesville community as it continues its search to find Hannah Graham and return her to her family. As longtime members of  this unique city, we share the resolve to ensure that Charlottesville […]

One victim of a possible sexual assault was found along 15th Street near these railroad tracks. Photo: Max March

Weekend of violence: Wertland area rocked by alleged assaults in the days around Hannah Graham’s disappearance

More than a week after 18-year-old Hannah Graham disappeared in the early hours of Saturday, September 13, Charlottesville police are offering limited information on several alleged assaults that occurred near UVA Grounds. While the alleged assaults and Graham’s disappearance all occurred within the same 48-hour period, police say they are unrelated and in one case […]

Jesse Matthew posed for a photo with his cab for The Hook newspaper in September, 2007. Photo: Meg Miller

Hannah Graham case POI worked as cab driver

As police search for a person of interest in the Hannah Graham case after losing track of him on Saturday, September 20, details about his employment history are emerging. “On Saturday, we became aware that several years ago Jesse Matthew worked at Yellow Cab,” said Yellow Cab of Charlottesville owner Mark Brown, who told C-VILLE that […]

According to police,
it’s likely that Juers and other victims across Central Virginia have been targeted by thieves mimicking the Felony Lane Gang, a Florida-based criminal enterprise whose complex and hard-to-track tactics have been frustrating police across the country.  Photo: Michael Johnson

‘Felony Lane’ identity theft scam strikes in Albemarle

When Pamela Juers returned to the parking lot at the top of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway walking trail on Route 53 near Monticello after a Saturday morning stroll in May, she was startled by the sight that greeted her. “I instantly saw the passenger side window broken,” Juers recalled. Her purse, which she had tucked […]

Organizers expect thousands to turn out for the 2014 Pride Festival in Lee Park on September 13. Photo courtesy Amy Sarah Marshall

Taking pride: Family festival celebrates diversity

This week marks our first-ever pride issue—just in time for Charlottesville’s Pride Festival this weekend. Check out our other feature stories on deciding whether to marry as a gay couple, on UVA’s lack of gender-neutral housing for trans students, and on what it was like to be gay at CHS in the ’90s. When Amy […]

Donovan Webster in 2010. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Journalist Donovan Webster arrested in connection with fatal crash

The man arrested in connection with the August 14 fatal wreck on Route 151 in Albemarle County is a noted Charlottesville author and world renowned journalist whose work has appeared in publications including National Geographic, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. Fifty-five year old Donovan James Webster, who several years ago served as the interim editor of Virginia […]

Mark Brown. Photo: Jen Fariello

Brown’s buy: Charlottesville Parking Center sale finalized

The deal is done. On Tuesday, August 12, Main Street Arena and Yellow Cab of Charlottesville owner Mark Brown completed his purchase of all shares of the Charlottesville Parking Center, the for-profit entity that owns and/or operates two downtown parking garages and one lot. “I felt that CPC owned assets that were important to the future […]

Mark Brown, owner of the Main Street Arena, is one step closer to acquiring all shares of the Charlottesville Parking Center. File photo.

Brown’s bid: CPC sale approved, one shareholder objects

The proposed sale of the Charlottesville Parking Center to Main Street Arena owner Mark Brown took a major step forward on Monday, August 4, as every CPC shareholder who cast a vote approved of Brown’s offer of nearly $14 million—$34 per share—in a deal that will make him the sole shareholder of the private entity […]

The Virginia Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control alleges numerous instances of drug use among the 25,000 attendees at the Lockn' Music Festival. Photo: Tom Daly

Revokn': ABC hammers Lockn’ with harshest penalty

More than two months after hearing evidence regarding violations at last year’s Lockn’ Music Festival, the Virginia Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control has issued a ruling in the case, and it’s bad news for the Nelson County event’s organizers. “…only one penalty is appropriate,” wrote ABC hearing officer Clara A. Williamson, as she recommended the harshest possible penalty against […]

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

No freedom: Judge denies motion to set aside Weiner abduction verdict

The Albemarle County man whose abduction conviction has come into question after inconsistencies in his accuser’s story emerged will remain in jail after a judge shut down his bid to have his verdict set aside. Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins issued her ruling today in the case of former grocery store manager Mark Weiner, citing […]