Lisa Provence



Claire Ogilvie, who attacked Nancy Tramontin her basement, will spend four years in prison. Mugshot: Charlottesville Police Department

Ogilvie pleads guilty, sentenced to 4 years

The woman who entered the residence of Delegate David Toscano and attacked his wife nearly a year ago entered a plea agreement today in Charlottesville Circuit Court and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, with all but four years suspended. Ogilvie, 36, a Yale grad and former patent attorney, stood before Judge John Cullen […]

Damien Shifflett's family suffered another loss in a December house fire. Photo courtesy family

Hit-and-run victim ID’d as Stanardsville father of four

A family member has said that the man killed early January 20 in a hit and run on U.S. 29 in Ruckersville is Damien Shifflett, 30, a father of four. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller has since confirmed the ID, and said that Shifflett was from Stanardsville. Barely a month earlier, his family suffered another tragedy. According to […]

Charlottesville police will soon be wearing body cameras. This one is by Taser. Photo courtesy Taser.

Of cops and cameras: Body cams imminent for Charlottesville police

Even before a police officer’s fatal encounter with an unarmed teen in Ferguson last summer, the Charlottesville Police Department had already budgeted for body-worn cameras for its officers, a move that has gained widespread support—except, perhaps, from the officers themselves. City Police Chief Tim Longo got $450,000 in the fiscal year 2014 budget for the […]

Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding (right) believes Jesse Matthew (center) would have been apprehended before allegdly abducting Hannah Graham if DNA was collected for misdemeanor offenses. Delegate David Toscano, left, is one of the state legislators sponsoring a bill that would require DNA collection for certain misdemeanor offenses. Photo credits: David Toscano file photo/Jesse Matthew courtesy FBI/Chip Harding by Sarah Jane Winter

99 problems that could lead to DNA collection

Extending DNA collection to include convictions of misdemeanors seems to enjoy bipartisan support, but two local delegates are carrying separate bills with different visions of how to expand the DNA databank. House Minority Leader David Toscano (D-57th) was the first to answer Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding’s call for misdemeanor DNA collection after the abduction of […]

Firefighters respond to reports of smoke on the seventh floor of the Wells Fargo building downtown. Photo: Sam Caravana

‘Smells and bells’ empty Wells Fargo building

The Wells Fargo building on the Downtown Mall was evacuated around lunch time Monday because of smoke on the seventh floor. A locked-up motor in a mechanical room on that floor caused the alarm, according to Charlottesville Fire Department Battalion Chief W. A. Hogsten. Even though the ladder truck was extended to the top floor, […]

These signs put up before the holidays have been yanked at Treesdale Apartments, an EarthCraft-certified building. Contributed photo

To drip or not to drip: Old-school advice in new-construction apartments?

Anton Largiader lives down the road from Treesdale Apartments on East Rio Road. He watched the 88-unit affordable housing being built in 2009, and when he saw a “freeze warning” sign in December—before temperatures plunged in January—advising tenants to leave their faucets dripping, “I was astonished,” he said. “This is like out of the ’70s.” […]

Bills-ville: Local legislators–and issues–go to Richmond

Bills-ville: Local legislators–and issues–go to Richmond

A week before the General Assembly session began, Waldo Jaquith, the creator of the legislation-tracking website Richmond Sunlight, reported the absence of a recent tradition: “I haven’t seen the bills that are candidates for Virginia becoming a national embarrassment.” He listed examples from sessions past, such as the mandatory transvaginal ultrasound or the droopy drawers bills. […]

Ken Boyd. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Election 2015: Harding in, Boyd out

Every year is an election year in Virginia, and this year, not only is everyone in the General Assembly up for reelection, but key offices in Charlottesville and Albemarle are on the ballot as well. So far in Albemarle, Sheriff Chip Harding (R) has announced he’ll seek a third and final term. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney […]

Charlottesville Electoral Board members (left to right) Rick Sincere, Joan Schatzman, and Jim Nix in a meeting on Thursday, November 6. Photo: Lisa Provence

City Dems’ displeasure ousts Schatzman from Electoral Board

Charlottesville Electoral Board chair Joan Schatzman became a casualty of the Sheri Iachetta registrar scandal January 10 when she was booted from reappointment to the board where she’s served for more than 11 years at a special meeting organized by her own party. Schatzman, a Democrat, and her fellow board members, Republican Rick Sincere and […]

National realty firm Long & Foster has moved into the Charlottesville area market in a big way, establishing four new offices and recruiting dozens of local realtors away from other companies. Photo Graelyn Brashear

New player: Long & Foster entices agents from Real Estate III

Long & Foster, the largest independently owned real estate company in the country, has set up shop in four Charlottesville-area offices and taken a big chunk out of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate III, with nearly 60 top agents defecting to the new firm. “Our missing link for years has been Charlottesville,” said Long […]

Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford and attorney Steve Benjamin sparred in court about hearing new evidence before Mark Weiner's sentencing for abduction. Photo: Max March

Legal sniping: Weiner sentencing continued…again

Surely Mark Weiner hoped, going into Albemarle County Circuit Court on December 17 to be sentenced for abduction with intent to defile, the third time would be the charm that sent him home. The now 54-year-old former grocery store manager has been sitting in jail for two years despite what his attorneys say is mounting evidence […]

The organizers of Lockn’ music festival in Nelson County have settled with the Virginia ABC, which had revoked the festival’s alcohol license for drug and lighting violations at the 2013 event. Photo: Chris Pecoraro

Lockn’ license intact: ABC accepts cash to move on

Lockn’ Music Festival has settled with the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control, which had threatened to yank the festival’s alcohol license because some festivalgoers smoked pot and the lighting wasn’t bright enough at the 2013 event. In a compromise settlement dated December 5, the festival’s caterer, Best Beverage Catering, will pay the ABC $12,500 to make […]

Two-hour parking leads to the two-hour shuffle. Photo: Staff

Two-hour shuffle: Biz group wants free street parking axed

As owner of the Charlottesville Parking Center, Mark Brown acknowledges right off the bat that his push to eliminate free street parking downtown raises an obvious question about whether he has the most to gain from such a move. Brown became the downtown parking czar in August when he bought for $13.8 million CPC, which […]

The owner of Poe’s Public House on the Corner is being threatened with a lawsuit over his restaurant’s name, which another Virginia eatery says is too similar to its own. Photo: Michael Johnson

Name changer: Trademark claim threatens local restaurant

With former UVA scholar Edgar Allan Poe dead now since 1849, you might think everything about him is in the public domain. Not so. Just ask the owner of Poe’s Public House on the Corner, who may have to change his restaurant’s moniker after he received letters warning him that the name is taken. Joe […]

The Corner is brighter and has more cameras, but young women are still walking home alone. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Lights, cameras, substation: Corner safety in focus

Hannah Graham’s name was not mentioned in the University of Virginia press release about a safety advisory committee’s recommendation for a police substation on the Corner, but the second-year’s national-spotlight disappearance from the Downtown Mall in September and the subsequent discovery of her remains was clearly the impetus. It’s also driving a heightened awareness of […]

Residents and business owners claim the ABC store on West Main Street is a blight on the neighborhood. Photo: Michael Johnson

Calling West Main ABC “a menace,” locals petition for closure

More than 30 prominent Charlottesvillians, including Delegate David Toscano, City Councilor Bob Fenwick, neighborhood association presidents and West Main Street business owners, have signed a letter to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control demanding that the West Main Street store be moved because of the unsavory behavior it brings to the neighborhood. “The store […]

Registrar Sheri Iachetta met with the Electoral Board three times in closed session November 6 before her resignation was announced. Staff photo

Iachetta fallout: Critics want Electoral Board to resign

This article includes reporting from a previously published story, which you can read here. Scandal-plagued Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta will leave her job December 31, nearly three weeks after her first scheduled court appearance in a felony embezzlement case. But the controversy over her ouster rages on. In rare bipartisan agreement, some prominent city Democrats […]

Chris Dumler. Photo: John Robinson

State bar revokes law license of former supervisor Dumler

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked former Albemarle supervisor Christopher Dumler’s license to practice law November 4, the latest fallout from the forcible sodomy charge lodged against him in 2012*, Katy Evans reported in The Daily Progress. Once a rising star in Albemarle’s Democratic party and the youngest to be elected supervisor, then-27-year-old Dumler […]

Big Stone Gap starring Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Jenna Elfman, and Ashley Judd will have its world premiere on Thursday, and the audience will be packed with industry reps, eying it for a distribution deal.  Photo courtesy of Virginia Film Festival.

Right at home: Virginia filmmaking attracts Hollywood attention

From the moment he saw it, Virginia Film Festival director Jody Kielbasa had no qualms about opening this year’s fest with Big Stone Gap, a screen adaptation of the popular novel by Adriana Trigiani, who grew up in the movie’s Southwest Virginia town and now lives in Manhattan. “First and foremost, it’s a really good […]