Lisa Provence



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 […]

Cheryl Maroney (left) passed on her expertise to VFH apprentice Robinette D. Cross (center) through performances with the Family of Praise Gospel Choir. Photo by Pat Jarrett.

Who we are: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities marks 40 years

In a 21st-century world that pushes education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, anyone studying philosophy or English has likely gotten bashed with the question, what are you going to do with that? Rob Vaughan, president of and co-founder of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, has spent a career defending and demonstrating the value […]

Lockn’ organizers say the festival drew around 30,000 people and went off without a hitch. Photo: Tom Daly

Rockn’ Lockn’: Festival’s second year smooths out kinks

Despite a crowd-clearing thunderstorm Saturday night and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control’s threat to the Lockn’ Music Festival’s license, the local craft beers flowed, around 30,000 music lovers grooved to Tom Petty and Willie Nelson, and the mood was decidedly mellow at the September 4-7 music festival. “I had four fabulous days at Lockn’,” said […]

Lockn' Festival. Photo: Tom Daly

Lockn’ limbo: No news is good news for festival in ABC dispute

Headliners like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson, and Widespread Panic are onboard for this year’s Lockn’ Music Festival in Nelson County over Labor Day weekend. Not onboard so far: the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control, which has not issued a decision from a May 16 hearing during which the agency sought to revoke Lockn’s […]

The Virginia Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control alleges numerous instances of drug use among the 25,000 attendees at the Lockn' Music Festival. Photo: Tom Daly

Lockn’ shock: Nelson County cop compares ABC agent to “storm trooper”

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control took starkly different approaches to policing last year’s Lockn’ Music Festival, testimony revealed at a May 16 hearing in Richmond, which concluded the state agency’s investigation into whether the festival should lose its license to sell alcohol. While ABC agents videotaped a […]

Alexis Murphy's parents Laura Murphy and Troy Brown stood outside the courthouse after the jury recommended two life sentences. Photo: Lisa Provence

Day 6: Randy Taylor guilty in murder of Alexis Murphy

In little more than six hours, a Nelson County jury found Randy Allen Taylor guilty of abduction with intent to defile and first-degree murder in the commission of an abduction for the death of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, who disappeared August 3 and whose body has not been found. A grim-looking jury that avoided looking at […]