Jayson Whitehead



Brawl with UVA wrestlers leads to felony

Brawl with UVA wrestlers leads to felony

Kyle Lewis, manager and bartender at Coupe DeVille’s on Elliewood Avenue, was talking with a friend outside the entrance on the night of June 30 when he noticed the awning at the top of the brick stairs shaking. Peering up, he saw a scuffle in progress. He grabbed his friend John Minturn, a former bouncer, […]

Edwards pursuer pursued by police

Edwards pursuer pursued by police

On January 17, Michael Pudhorodsky, who says he’s the president of a group called Generation Y, sent an e-mail to members of the Charlottesville media in anticipation of that night’s School Board meeting. “A member of Generation Y will be at every public meeting,” the press release stated, “calling for Dr. [Alvin] Edwards’ resignation until […]

February 08: Fraternal twins

February 08: Fraternal twins

Jackson-Via Elementary School was the last of the city’s elementary schools to be built. Named after two eminent educators, Nannie Cox Jackson and Betty Davis Via, the school off Harris Street in southern Charlottesville opened in 1970. Like most of the city’s elementary schools, it is the centerpiece of its small neighborhood—in this case, one […]

The Colorful Apocalypse: Journeys in Outsider Art

The Colorful Apocalypse: Journeys in Outsider Art

Ten years ago, author Greg Bottoms and I worked together at a local arts and culture magazine called “Gadfly” in an office on the middle level of The Rutherford Institute (which bankrolled the mag). Upstairs, my dad was busy suing Bill Clinton, but down in our purgatory, Greg and I would talk of fringe religious […]

GOP kills accountability bills

GOP kills accountability bills

In the 2006 General Assembly, the Republican majority made a substantive rule change that allowed for House bills to be killed in subcommittee where votes are not recorded. Before that, a bill could only be voted down before a full session where the vote is recorded. That year, 459 bills were quashed in subcommittee, and […]

When the Latter-day Saints come marching in

When the Latter-day Saints come marching in

"Outside, if you look at the LDS church, it looks pretty wacky,” says Bryan Kasik, sitting in Java Java on the Downtown Mall. “This farm boy from New York has a vision of golden plates and then he writes this entire book.” A Mormon, Kasik is talking about the founder of his church, Joseph Smith, […]

Woman not guilty for infant’s death

On the morning of March 30, 2007, Raelyn Alene Balfour set out for her work at the Judge Advocate General’s School next to the UVA law school. First she had to drop her husband off at his job at the National Ground Intelligence Center before then taking her 9-month-old son, Bryce, to his babysitter. After […]

All in the family

More features from this issue: When the Latter-day Saints come marching in With a new church on Airport Road and their numbers growing nationwide, local Mormons are unwavering in their faith A lot on his plates How Joseph Smith founded the Mormon Church White and black The Mormon Church struggles to shake the stigma of […]

White and black

More features from this issue: When the Latter-day Saints come marching in With a new church on Airport Road and their numbers growing nationwide, local Mormons are unwavering in their faith A lot on his plates How Joseph Smith founded the Mormon Church All in the family The old practice of polygamy still dogs the […]

Protestors target border patrol recruitment

Protestors target border patrol recruitment

“If a couple of people wander in two at a time over the course of about seven minutes we can get everyone inside without attracting too much attention,” said Jeff Winder of The People United to the 20 or so protestors drawn around him at the backside of the Omni Hotel.

Woolen Mills property suit advances

Woolen Mills property suit advances

“Since 1983, the people in Woolen Mills have been trying to establish a national historic district,” says photographer Bill Emory. In 2006, he started a nonprofit for just such a reason and a correlating website, HistoricWoolenMills.org. That year, he also began to look into a piece of property that sits west and stretches back south […]

Employee sues Milan for taking his tips

Employee sues Milan for taking his tips

Sandeep Dias filed suit against his former employer, Milan Restaurant, on January 9, seeking an award of monetary damages and declaratory relief on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated. In his complaint, filed by the Virginia Legal Aid Justice Center, Dias charges that the Indian restaurant, specifically owner Charanjeet Ghotra, failed to pay […]

Loose nuts lead to false FBI warning

On January 10, Dominion Virginia Power maintenance workers discovered that someone had loosened the nuts that lock in place two high-powered electrical towers, which are located in the West Leigh subdivision in western Albemarle. In no time, the county and the FBI had launched an investigation. According to county Lieutenant John Teixeira, the FBI is […]

Strom pleads guilty to child porn

Strom pleads guilty to child porn

Shortly before Judge Norman K. Moon entered Charlottesville’s U.S. District Court on Monday morning, defendant Kevin Alfred Strom was led in shackles and clothed in the customary grey and black striped prison garb. A year after he was arrested and charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography, he was set to plead guilty […]

Camelot fire ruled arson

Camelot fire ruled arson

A December 27, 2007, fire that occurred at 528 Jester Ln. in the Camelot subdivision of Albemarle County has been ruled the result of arson, according to Lee Catlin, county spokesperson. “The property owners, Donald and Barbara Smith, were not home at the time of the fire, and lost everything,” she says. The county has […]

City tries to settle razorwire suit

City tries to settle razorwire suit

On Valentine’s Day, 2005, Charlottesville resident Shirley Presley filed suit in the United States District Court against the city and the Rivanna Trails Foundation (RTF) for the violation of her property rights over the previous six years, as well as for malicious prosecution by the city. For those claims, Presley asked for $1.4 million in […]

Fresh air

Fresh air

Ten years ago, landscape architect Gregg Bleam was hired by the city of Charlottesville to make a master plan to revitalize all 25 city parks, but only after taking it upon himself to drive around to every single one with his 8-year-old daughter in tow. “Weren’t we just at this one?” she asked as they […]

Beavers can’t build out of development

Beavers can’t build out of development

A week before Christmas, Springridge (part of Forest Lakes) resident Denise Wall was looking out the back window of her house into a creek at the bottom of the hill. To her horror, a trapper waist deep in the water was removing two dead beavers. He carried the beavers by their tails out of the […]

What happens if there’s a car crash at NGIC?

What happens if there’s a car crash at NGIC?

For previous coverage of NGIC, click here. The National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) is a top secret U.S. Army military installation mounted on a hillside off 29N. As such, it is technically federal property, so that if you were to get into a fender bender, for instance, while winding up Boulder’s Road towards the center […]

Local farmers take case to Richmond

Local farmers take case to Richmond

Joel Salatin (left) is trying to get someone to sponsor a bill that would allow Richard Bean (right) to process his own pork without state oversight. “The culture is still worshiping at the feet of experts,” Salatin says. In the General Assembly session that will kick off this week, State Senator Creigh Deeds will introduce […]

Local groups receive $200K for homeless

Three days before Christmas, two Charlottesville groups that provide services to the local homeless population got an early gift: As part of almost $21 million bequeathed to the state by the Bush Administration, both Region Ten and the AIDS/HIV Services Group (ASG) received “continuum of care” funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban […]

Car lost, found, lost, found

O.K., so, you’re at this party off of Barracks Road. You just got a job as a waitress, and this is one of those restaurant parties. Everyone is happy, a pipe is probably going around and there is beer and wine everywhere. At some point you drop your purse and keys on a table and […]

Double H Farmers waive hearing

Double H Farmers waive hearing

Richard Bean and Jean Rinaldi were originally scheduled to appear in Charlottesville General District Court at 1pm for their December 27 preliminary hearing on charges of selling uninspected meat at the Charlottesville City Market. Local entrepreneur and activist Jody Joy sat on a wooden court bench, waiting for not only the judge to enter the […]

Fifeville project tests mixed-income model

Fifeville project tests mixed-income model

Some time this spring, Charlottesville’s branch of Habitat for Humanity will apply for the rezoning of a parcel of land that is currently the site of the Sunrise Trailer Court off of Carlton Avenue. Presently, there are 17 trailers in the decades-old mobile home park, but Habitat is aiming for a much higher density and […]