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.

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 […]

Jeanne Doucette leaves Charlottesville District Court with her attorney, Bruce Williamson. Photo: Courteney Stuart

‘Down goes Frazier': Three convictions but little clarity after Mall beating trial

Three of the four people charged with misdemeanor assault for their involvement in a pre-Christmas altercation on the Downtown Mall were found guilty on Friday, March 21, in Charlottesville General District Court. After hearing testimony from nearly a dozen witnesses including four Charlottesville police officers and three independent eyewitnesses, Judge Robert Downer handed down verdicts […]

The historic Woolen Mills property was listed for $5 million and is under contract. Photo: Jack Looney

Charlottesville’s Woolen Mills building under contract

Big changes could be in store for the Woolen Mills neighborhood if the sale of the historic neighborhood’s namesake building goes through. The 105,000 square-foot warehouse building that was home to a textile factory by that name from the post Civil War era to the mid-20th century is under contract. While its current owner confirms […]

Guy Williams, CFA Institute’s head of finance and risk management, oversaw the
approximately $37 million renovation of the former Martha Jefferson Hospital site that features a soaring glass atrium and the restoration of various historic elements in
the old Patterson building facing Locust Avenue.  Photo: Elli Williams

Win-win: Tax incentives lure a major employer to former MJH site

From the outside, the changes to the old Martha Jefferson Hospital aren’t visually jarring. In fact, other than a new sign on High Street, a seven-story glass atrium soaring above the former emergency room entrance, and continuing construction around back, someone driving past the site might not realize that a building where thousands of babies […]

Lunsford’s letter: Bypass Truth Coalition violated law, but not enough to prosecute

Lunsford’s letter: Bypass Truth Coalition violated law, but not enough to prosecute

Did the Bypass Truth Coalition violate state election law by advocating for the defeat of two Bypass-supporting Albemarle County Supervisors without proper disclosure of its finances? Lone remaining Republican Supervisor Ken Boyd thought so, and Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford has now agreed, but she’s not going to prosecute. In a seven-page letter dated […]

Landmark hotel. Staff photo.

Blight reprieve: Landmark owner agrees to city’s demands

With a fresh promise from the Landmark hotel owner that he’ll secure, clean, and structurally assess the hulking unfinished structure on the Downtown Mall, Charlottesville City Council voted on Tuesday, February 18 to defer a formal blight declaration. The new and apparently conciliatory approach of the unfinished hotel’s owner stands in contrast to what has […]