Lisa Provence



Six candidates vie for two open seats on City Council.

2017 Election Guide: Who will come out on top November 7?

Every year is an election year in Virginia, and in anticipation of your trip to the voting booth November 7, we bring you our election guide with overviews of all 19 local and state races as well as candidate profiles. The six City Council contenders weighed in on the current councilors’ handling of the events […]

UVA library systems employee Tyler Magill is one of 11 plaintiffs suing white nationalists and ne--Nazis who came to Charlottesville. Photo by Eze Amos

August 12 victims sue Unite the Righters

Eleven residents injured during the August 12 weekend, represented by legal powerhouse firms, filed a suit in federal court October 11 seeking monetary compensation from organizers of the Unite the Right rally, including Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer and more than three dozen white supremacist and neo-Nazi individuals and groups, alleging they conspired to commit violence […]

Architect Bill Atwood says he lost “a ton” of money on Waterhouse, which has two vacant top floors. Photo by Stephen Barling

Land banking: Mystery of Waterhouse revealed

The reason prime real estate continues to sit empty on the top two floors of architect Bill Atwood’s eight-story mixed-use Water Street building is a topic of frequent speculation for downtown real estate watchers. Were the top floor units too expensive? Is the building structurally sound? Is it the $272,000 mechanic’s lien? No, yes and […]

Tim Heaphy vowed an objective assessment of the city’s handling of white supremacists over the summer, and acknowledged there are doubters of his ability to be unbiased.
Eze Amos

Not partners: Heaphy promises ‘arm’s length’ investigation

When City Manager Maurice Jones introduced the man hired to investigate the events of Charlottesville’s summer of hate, he listed former U.S. attorney Tim Heaphy’s “critical eye,” his experience with law enforcement and investigations, and then he described the city as “partnering” with Heaphy. Heaphy immediately took some trouble to distance himself from the perception […]

Rick Wellbeloved-Stone picked up two additional child porn charges in federal court.
Photo Charlottesville police

More child porn charges for former CHS teacher

Richard Wellbeloved-Stone sat in federal court this morning, often with his head in his hands, as he waited for an initial appearance before a judge on additional charges of child pornography production and child porn possession, on top of the 19 counts of making child porn he faces in state court. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel […]

Albemarle police officer Andrew Holmes, photographed in 2011, received qualified immunity on two of the claims against him, but the racial profiling part of the lawsuit will move forward.
Photo Hawes Spencer

JADE wannabe: Profiling case against Albemarle cop likely headed to trial

A federal judge raised questions about an Albemarle police officer’s unprecedented late-night search of two African-American plaintiffs’ home for a piece of paper, and said a jury may find it was based on racial profiling. Fewer than two weeks before trial date, Judge Glen Conrad seemed inclined to allow Bianca Johnson and Delmar Canada’s lawsuit against […]

Director Jody Kielbasa introduces his ninth film festival.
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Film fest features racial theme, brings William Macy

In the wake of the August 11-12 events, the 30th Virginia Film Festival harkens back to its earlier days when it had a theme every year. This year, it’s morphed into a sub-theme of “race in America” in partnership with Montpelier, according to festival director Jody Kielbasa. Previously announced director Spike Lee had been asked […]

This poster was released August 24.

Alleged Deandre Harris attacker denied bond

The Georgia man charged with kicking a counterprotester who was on the ground in the Market Street Parking Garage August 12 was denied bond this morning in Charlottesville General District Court. Alex Michael Ramos, 33, appeared before Judge Bob Downer seeking bond for his release from Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. Ramos surrendered August 28 to […]

Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy says he has to “stand with the people,” and not let politeness mask white supremacy. Photo Eze Amos

Do Robert’s Rules of Order mask white supremacism?

After City Council’s chaotic August 21 meeting where outraged attendees commandeered the meeting to vent about the deadly Unite the Right hate fest, many have suggested that trying to immediately conduct business as usual probably wasn’t the best idea, and that a wounded citizenry needed a chance to vent its hurt, anger and frustration. At […]

Mayor Mike Signer, center, falls on the sword surrounded by fellow councilors Bob Fenwick, Kristin Szakos, Kathy Galvin and Wes Bellamy, who could have voted to remove him from office.
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Woodshed moment: Councilors rebuke and restrict mayor

Charlottesville City Council now has a mayor on restriction. Council is made up of five elected equals, with the mayor playing a largely symbolic role, and that was a lesson Mayor Mike Signer appears to have forgotten. On August 30, his fellow councilors held a three-hour closed door meeting to discuss the “performance and discipline […]

Curry School professor and community activist Walt Heinecke, who helped protect his students in front of the Jefferson statue Friday, August 11, is a former member of the Dialogue on Race Steering Committee.
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Defense strategy: UVA prof fends off white supremacy invasion

Walt Heinecke had planned to hold nonviolent direct action training the night before the August 12 Unite the Right rally. Instead, he ended up doing nonviolent intervention and defending UVA students from torch-carrying white nationalists in front of the Rotunda Friday night, running two counterprotests at McGuffey and Justice parks on Saturday, and contradicting in […]

Anarchy ruled at the first City Council meeting after the August 12 alt-right rally.
Eze Amos

Council coup: Angry citizens take over meeting

Barely 30 minutes into its August 21 meeting, City Council was in chaos. Three demonstrators were reportedly arrested, city officials left the chamber and the meeting’s video and audio feeds were cut off as protesters stood on the dais holding a banner that read, “Blood on your hands.” The rage, frustration and trauma from the […]

A Charlottesville police officer declares the Unite the Right rally an unlawful assembly August 12.
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Where were the police?

A month ago during the July 8 KKK rally, police were accused of overreacting and escalating things when they deployed tear gas on protesters at an event that was already breaking up. At the August 12 Unite the Right rally, they faced the opposite complaint: That they stood and watched assaults take place. Civil rights […]

Captain Victor Mitchell is the man in charge of Saturday's events at Emancipation and McIntire parks.
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Police expect thousands, closed streets downtown August 12

At a press conference today, Charlottesville police Captain Victor Mitchell estimated there would be between 2,000 and 6,000 people here on Saturday and said many downtown streets and sidewalks will be closed for the upcoming Unite the Right rally Mitchell is incident commander for both McIntire Park, where the city wishes Jason Kessler would take […]

Ix Art Park. Photo credit: skycladap.com

Goals collide: Fair market value threatens IX Art Park

Ludwig Kuttner, owner of the IX complex, threatened last week to stop the community events held at the Art Park because its city land assessment went up 400 percent. And on August 7, the Board of Equalization said it was affirming the city’s valuation. At an August 1 board hearing, Kuttner complained that the land […]

Then-Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford talks with reporters outside of the Albemarle Circuit Court after Mark Weiner’s sentencing was delayed in July 2014. Mark Weiner exits the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail in July 2015 after he spent more than two years in jail for a crime he says never took place.
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Immune system: Weiner sues Lunsford for prosecutorial misconduct

The man who was convicted of abduction with intent to defile and who spent two-and-a-half years in jail before the alleged victim’s story fell apart filed suit July 14 against the former commonwealth’s attorney who prosecuted him. Mark Weiner, now living in Maryland, filed a civil lawsuit in federal court July 14—exactly two years after […]

Rapture owner Mike Rodi says the mood among downtown businesses owners is somewhat fearful and that they anticipate the August 12 Unite the Right rally could be a “bloodbath.”
Eze Amos

Bad for business: City mobilizes for alt-right rally

As Charlottesville braces for an influx of alt-white nationalists, 43 business owners have demanded the city enforce its regulations for special events, pastors are calling for 1,000 faithful around the nation to stand with them and the Central Library has announced it will close August 12 for the Unite the Right rally in next-door Emancipation […]

Pharmacist Leah Argie opened Top Notch, an independent pharmacy on Preston Avenue, to “fill the specialty niche no one else is doing in Charlottesville.”  Photo by Eze Amos

In business: Drugs, booze and a moving van

By Lisa Provence and Samantha Baars Sure it’s blistering hot, but for three new businesses, July was the perfect time to hang a shingle. One local pharmacist fills a void, an app from a UVA alum serves an untapped market, and a moving company franchise offers help with the heavy stuff. Meadowbrook begats Top Notch […]

John Edward Hall makes an independent bid for City Council. Staff photo

Another independent runs for City Council

John Edward Hall has left a light footprint in the city where he’s lived for 17 years. But despite his lack of public visibility, he’s decided to run for City Council as an independent. Hall, 66, says he’s an inventor, a design engineer and an entrepreneur. He was inspired to run by independent candidate Paul […]