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Attorney Jeff Fogel sues the city again over stop-and-frisk records, and Westhaven resident Rosia Parker says she's been harassed by police. Staff photo

NAACP, PHAR file FOIA suit over stop-and-frisk records

The man who successfully sued Charlottesville over a panhandling law has now filed suit on behalf of the Public Housing Association of Residents and the local branch of the NAACP. Attorney Jeff Fogel said at a May 21 press conference that Charlottesville police denied his Freedom of Information Act request to see narratives of stops and […]

A driver is supposed to stay three feet away from a bicycler, but that law is rarely prosecuted. File photo

Bike rage? Heated encounter tests 3-feet law

Liz Herlevsen and Ken Ward agree on one thing: When he passed her on her bike on Craigs Store Road, he came really close. From there, their stories diverge—and highlight the challenges for bikers and for drivers on Albemarle’s most rural roads. Herlevsen, who describes herself as an “intense” biker who goes out three to […]

Albemarle Clerk of Court Debbie Shipp is running again, this time as an independent.
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Shipp wants to keep clerk’s job

Debbie Shipp announced May 14 she’s seeking a second term as Albemarle clerk of court, although this time as an independent. When she ran in 2007, she won the Democratic caucus and was the successor to long-time clerk Shelby Marshall. Shipp stressed her 39 years of experience in the office responsible for maintaining the county’s […]

Reviewers have consistently said Susan Jordan's firing was unfair and UVA has consistently appealed those decisions. Photo: Ron Rammelkamp

UVA appeals nurse decision for 4th time

The University of Virginia Health System remains undaunted that three reviewers of its firing of a nurse have found the termination unfair, and will appeal for a fourth time to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Susan Jordan was fired from UVA Medical Center April 23, 2014, for looking at her ill ex-husband’s medical records “without […]

Henry Martin, who rang the bell at UVA on the hour for 50 years, was born a slave in 1826 and is now honored with a plaque. Photo: UVA Special Collections

21st century lens: UVA’s troubled history of race

When she came from Rhode Island to the University of Virginia, Alice Burgess was aware there was a dark side to the school’s racial history, but figured she’d be too immersed in pre-med sciences to have to deal with what some call “the elephant in the room.” It didn’t work out that way. As a […]

City Council wants to  augment private security cameras on the Downtown Mall and West Main. Staff photo.

Council considers security cameras

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo laid out four options for cameras on the Downtown Mall and West Main corridor May 4, and asked City Council for guidance on which way to go. Councilors favored using already installed private cameras, with the city filling in the gaps. The most expensive plan and least favored by councilors […]

Former U.S. Senator John Warner, pictured with City Councilor Kathy Galvin, gets his own sign for the eponymous parkway at a May 11 dedication.
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Meadow Creek officially becomes John W. Warner Parkway

The last chapter in the controversial history of the area’s oldest road project took place May 11, when the parkway formerly known as Meadow Creek was dedicated to its biggest benefactor, former U.S. Senator John W. Warner. The Albemarle Board of Supervisors first approved a 2.3-mile road that would connect East Rio to McIntire at […]

A rare mistrial in U.S District Court means four of six defendants will get a new trial date for the murder of Kevin Quick.
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Mistrial declared in Kevin Quick murder trial

Just days into a six-week trial, U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad declared a mistrial May 12 for four of the six defendants in the gang-related murder of Waynesboro Police Reserve Captain Kevin Quick after one of the defendants obtained a copy of the jury list. An FBI agent told the judge at least two […]

Mark Weiner has been in jail for two years and his lawyers are introducing new evidence they hope will get him freed. Photo: Jen Fariello

New witness disputes victim’s story in Mark Weiner case

Mark Weiner, the former Food Lion manager who was convicted of abduction with intent to defile two years ago, will be in court for sentencing May 6. Since his last court appearance December 17, when his attorneys filed a motion to set aside the verdict with sworn affidavits of two witnesses who contradict the alleged […]

Rick Randolph wants to succeed Jane Dittmar as Scottsville supervisor. Photo courtesy Rick Randolph

Dittmar won’t seek reelection to BOS, endorses Randolph

Since the 2011 election, the Scottsville District has had three representatives to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors: convicted sexual batterer Chris Dumler, four-month interim-supe Petie Craddock and former Chamber of Commerce president and mediation company founder Jane Dittmar. Now the district is looking at a fourth, because Dittmar announced she won’t seek another term in […]

Avery Fernando Gray. Photo: Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail

Jury recommends 39 years in revenge killing

Antonio Washington was fatally stabbed at Al Hamraa restaurant on May 10, 2014, and a year later, his best friend, Avery Fernando Gray, 39, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of the uncle of the man charged with killing Washington. The jury deliberated for six hours and at 2:30am Saturday, May 2, […]

Where once librarians were guardians of the book, UVA English professor David Vander Meulen now sees them as threats to the printed tome.
Photo: Martyn Kyle

Book purge? Alderman renovation foments faculty fear

The University of Virginia’s main research library, built in 1938, has never had a major renovation. And when funding for such a project comes through, some faculty fear 2 million of Alderman’s 3 million books will be shipped to the Ivy Stacks, off-campus storage on Old Ivy Road, never to return. English professor David Vander […]

The house at 135 Warren St. in Scottsville’s historic district has been under renovation for either eight or four years, depending on who you talk to. The mayor called it an “eyesore.”
Photo: Bebe Williams

Rescinded: Meeks booted from Scottsville ARB

Steven G. Meeks is president of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. He’s Albemarle’s elected rep on the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. And until April 20, he served on Scottsville’s Architectural Review Board. That’s when Scottsville Town Council unanimously voted to rescind his appointment to the ARB because a house he managed in […]

The Marriott Residence Inn looming on the corner of West Main and Ridge-McIntire will have 124 rooms and boasts great views.
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Deluxe lodgings: Two West Main hotels set to open this year

Two upscale hotels are under construction on West Main Street, and rather than creating an oversupply of hotel rooms, tourism officials say they will hardly make a dent in prime season demand. This summer, the former Red Roof Inn on the Corner will unveil itself as Graduate Charlottesville, part of a new chain hitting college-town […]

Sex for sale:  Or, how to become a confidential informant

Sex for sale: Or, how to become a confidential informant

For a good time, call “HoTT & spicy,” “IHOP—International House of Pleasure,” or “SeXy HoT” under the escort section of, where dates can run $200 an hour—or $70 for 15 minutes. Back in February, Albemarle County Police arrested six people at the Courtyard Marriott on Hillsdale Drive who posted or were lured by ads […]

Ann Mallek and Lawrence Gaughan were the first contenders in the Board of Supervisors race. Photos: John Robinson, Jackson Smith

No rush to the races: A look at this year’s county contests

In Charlottesville, five candidates had tossed their hats into the ring by February for three open City Council seats. In Albemarle, which has open seats for constitutional offices as well as the Board of Supervisors, it’s April, and candidates don’t seem to be in much of a hurry to declare they’re running. Only two races […]

Ed Miller takes issue with the Board of Visitors leadership. Photo: UVA University Communications

Miller cuts UVA Board term short, blasts leadership

Dr. Edward D. Miller, former Johns Hopkins medical school dean and health system CEO, resigned from UVA’s Board of Visitors March 15, and said in a statement he could “no longer support the direction the University of Virginia’s leadership continues to pursue.” His resignation is effective June 30. Miller, who was also on the UVA […]

Sidney Stinnie (left) said it was devastating to be accused of forcible sodomy by James Halfaday while in jail. Photo Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

Another Halfaday accusation: Forcible sodomy case dismissed

Sidney Stinnie admits he shot a man. He admits he sold drugs. But he emphatically denies that he sexually assaulted former City Council candidate James Halfaday in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail in 2013. The prosecution appears to agree and dropped a forcible sodomy charge against him in February. “I lost family members,” said Stinnie, […]

Charlottesville Fire Chief. Photo: Kelly Kollar

City fire chief announces retirement

Chief Charles Werner said he’s calling it quits this summer after a 37-year career at the Charlottesville Fire Department. Werner started at the department at 18 years old, became chief in 2005, and in January, his department received the insurance industry’s top Class 1 rating, which translates into lower premiums for residents. Werner started a […]

Virginia Flaggers Susan Hathaway and Patrick Anderson were in town March 2 to object to City Council ditching Lee-Jackson Day. Their organization has a Sandston address.
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Red flag? Group plans to hoist Confederate flag

The same people who came to Charlottesville earlier this year to defend the city holiday honoring Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, which City Council axed March 2, now plan to raise a Confederate flag on private property here. “Any time people try to take something away from our heritage, we try […]

Photo: Martyn Kyle

Illegal norms: Is the 21 drinking age working?

Americans have an uneasy and contradictory relationship with alcohol—and with how underage drinking laws are enforced. Last week, while Virginia was reeling from another high-profile arrest of a 20-year-old, the Richmond Times-Dispatch published an editorial that urged rethinking the nation’s minimum drinking age of 21. The same day, Mothers Against Drunk Driving sent out a […]

Martese Johnson (in red tie) and his attorney, Daniel Watkins (right) approach Charlottesville General District Court for Johnson's first appearance since his arrest by ABC agents that required 10 stitches. Staff photo

SRO at Martese Johnson’s first court date

A standing room only crowd of dozens of supporters packed Charlottesville General District Court Thursday morning for Martese Johnson, the 20-year-old UVA student bloodied by Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents early March 18. Johnson, accompanied by his attorney, UVA Law School grad Daniel Watkins, stood before Judge Robert Downer for fewer than two […]

A law enforcement officer and his wife said the inclusion of current events in a Black History Month program at Orange County High was inappropriate and that students should stick to celebrating Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. 

Outrage in Orange County: Black history program upsets cop

Orange is the new Black History Month flashpoint following a March 12 high school program titled “Black Lives Matter.” An anonymous deputy called the event “anti-police” and “political” in a Facebook message that went viral, and by Monday, March 16, parents were keeping their children home because of alleged threats of violence. Students at Orange […]