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.

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 […]

A Charlottesville police investigator enters Alhamraa restaurant on Saturday morning, May 10. Photo: Courteney Stuart

Update: Details emerge in Alhamraa homicide

A homicide that occurred in the wee hours of Saturday morning at Alhamraa Moroccan restaurant in downtown Charlottesville took place as the business was unusually full of patrons celebrating multiple birthday parties at the restaurant, according to Ix property developer Ludwig Kuttner, in a prepared statement. Kuttner expresses “great sorrow” for the family of the […]

Convicted embezzler James K. Baldi is currently serving his sentence at the Cold Springs Correctional Unit in Greenville and could face additional prison time for a new federal charge.

Federal charge: Former Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi back in court

He’s already behind bars for embezzling more than $200,000 from several local businesses, but the legal woes of former Charlottesville restaurateur and accountant James K. Baldi don’t appear to have ended. On Thursday, April 24, four months after he was ordered to serve three-and-a-half years of a 33-year sentence, Baldi appeared in U.S. District Court […]

Lynchburg teenager Jamisha Gilbert died of hypothermia. File photo

No foul play: Investigators say Lynchburg teen died of hypothermia

A Lynchburg teenager who disappeared last November and whose remains were found nearly a week later in a heavily wooded area died of hypothermia, investigators revealed at an afternoon press conference in Lynchburg. Eighteen-year-old Jamisha Monique Gilbert disappeared on November 29 and her 2002 Honda Accord was found crashed about two miles from the location […]

The Ix complex, a former industrial site now home to shops and restaurants, is getting a makeover led by Brian Wimer. Photo courtesy Brian Wimer

Ix Art Park gets funded

Four days before the Kickstarter campaign expired, the Ix Art Park project hit its $20,000 goal, unleashing promised matching funds from the Ix property developer Ludwig Kuttner and big smiles from the man leading the effort. “The success of the campaign suggests that the community wants this,” said Brian Wimer, who has been overseeing efforts […]

The Ix complex, a former industrial site now home to shops and restaurants, is getting a makeover led by Brian Wimer. Photo courtesy Brian Wimer

Kickst-Art: Fundraiser helps Ix undergo creative metamorphosis

In the past several weeks, the Ix property between Elliott and Monticello avenues has begun to transform from a former industrial complex that’s home to retail businesses, restaurants, and the Newsplex television offices to an art park. Ix developers Ludwig and Fabian Kuttner envision a European-style piazza where the community can mingle amid a thriving […]

VividCortex co-founders Baron Schwartz (left) and Kyle Redinger hope their April 2 launch at a Silicon Valley conference will help get their product into customers’ hands. Photo: Elli Williams

Local tech start-up VividCortex gets a boost in Silicon Valley

It’s make or break time for local tech start-up company VividCortex, which officially opened for business on April 2 at Silicon Valley tech summit DEMO Enterprise, an exclusive annual conference that boasts on its website a “history of launching emerging technologies that disrupt old and define new markets.” They’re not kidding. On the list of […]