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.

Venable Elementary School fourth grade teacher Corey Schock has been arrested on child pornography charges. Photo: Charlottesville Public Schools

Venable teacher arrested on child porn charges

Venable Elementary School fourth grade teacher Corey Schock was arrested on Monday, February 10, on two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of use of a communications system to solicit child pornography. The arrest stunned parents of students at the school, who described him as one of its most popular teachers. “Everyone wanted […]

Kevin Quick's death came in "circumstances that could have touched any one of us," said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo. Photo: Waynesboro Police

Update: Reports say Kevin Quick’s body found

Update: 3:17pm According to a report by NBC12 in Richmond, the body of Waynesboro Police Captain Kevin Quick has been found in Goochland this afternoon. Law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions had been searching Louisa County this afternoon for signs of Quick, who left his mother’s house in Afton on Friday, January 31, but never made […]

Richard Bernard Spears, left, and Malcolm James Stevenson have been charged with misdemeanor assault. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

Police arrest two in Downtown Mall assault

Charlottesville Police have arrested two men in association with the December 20 assault on the Downtown Mall. Malcolm James Stevenson, 25, and Richard Bernard Spears, 23, surrendered on Wednesday, January 8, according to Police Chief Tim Longo, who announced the arrests at a same-day press conference. Each has been charged with misdemeanor assault. Two other […]

Big changes are in store for West Main Street in 2014. Photo:  Bill LeSueur

Coming soon… Our news section looks ahead to the big stories of 2014

Charlottesville still has some qualities of a small town—gossip travels fast, you can’t go anywhere without running into someone you know… But anyone paying attention to local news also knows we face big issues from controversial roads to transformative development of critical segments of Downtown to high profile crimes that need solving. Here are a […]

“There is strength in numbers,” said Gil Harrington, pictured here embracing Alexis Murphy’s aunt, Trina Murphy (left). “We have a big number of people.” Photo: Help Save the Next Girl

Call to action: Friends, family of Central Virginia victims come together after Jamisha Gilbert’s death

Three days after the body of 18-year-old Lynchburg teen Jamisha Gilbert was discovered, the families and friends of nine missing or murdered young people from Central Virginia came together on Saturday, December 7, to issue a call for community action. “This is not right!” exclaimed Ronald “B.B.” Shavers, head of the Lynchburg-based nonprofit youth group […]

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.

Pay back: Former Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi sentenced for embezzling

The former Charlottesville restaurateur and accountant who duped clients out of more than $200,000, then went on the run, is likely to remain behind bars for less than three years, a judge ruled in Charlottesville Circuit Court on Thursday, December 5. Fifty-year-old James Kirk Baldi told Judge Edward Hogshire that shame led him to flee […]

Experts say educating teens directly is the best way to effect change.

Cell phone as sex toy? The struggle to respond to teen sexting

Last month, terror struck Albemarle County when a Dunlora teen vanished from her neighborhood late one night. Frantic, her parents took to social media to plead for help in what they described as an abduction, and police sprang into action, asking for the media’s assistance in issuing an alert. In the wake of other recent […]