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DNA subject files suit

Larry Monroe, one of the local men approached by city police to submit to a cheek-swab DNA test in 2003 and 2004 in the search for a serial rapist, is suing the City of Charlottesville, city police Chief Tim Longo and detective James Mooney, claiming the swabs violated the constitutional rights of nearly 190 men. […]

Health department ad riles the right

Health department ad riles the right

The poster is a simple design—black and white over a purple background, a man’s hand cupping the tiny palm of a child. The tag line reads: "It doesn’t feel right when I see them together." This poster has raised the ire of fathers’ rights fighters like Rush Limbaugh, who feel it alleges all hand-holding daddies […]

Police investigate forcible rape

Police investigate forcible rape

Julian Elmo Bailey, 52, was arrested July 7 for the forcible rape of a 49-year-old woman around 10:30pm, in the area of Fifth Street SW. “The suspect and the victim in this case were acquaintances,” says Charlottesville Police Captain Bryan Bibb. “They knew each other and they had hung out together in the past.” This […]

City fire chief enters bandwidth battle

City fire chief enters bandwidth battle

Correction appended Recently, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to govern the auction of the 700mHZ band of wireless spectrum, the largest band left up for grabs in the U.S. that can be used for digital wireless communication. The sale—which should net the federal government billions—has had businesses, open-access proponents and others in a stir […]

Congrats: You’ve been reassigned!

Congrats: You’ve been reassigned!

The details of local guy Will Shaw’s Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA) dispute with UVA read like a classic David and Goliath tale: Shaw, a UVA employee and Louisa county resident vs. UVA, a public entity, major local employer and big cheese. “It’s a little spooky,” says local attorney Debbie Wyatt, who represents Dena Bowers, […]

The other Commonwealth’s Attorney

The other Commonwealth’s Attorney

The office of Charlottesville’s head prosecutor, Warner D. “Dave” Chapman, is tucked off a mundane hallway in City Hall, far removed from the bustle of lawyers, clerks, cops and cons a few blocks north in historic Court Square. Chapman, too, is usually removed from the pomp and politics of the local legal scene. While his […]

Police To teach signs of gangs

Police To teach signs of gangs

Correction appended A local TV station recently did a story about gangs on the Downtown Mall, interviewing people on-camera to ask if they thought there was gang activity in the popular pedestrian corridor. An older woman said she didn’t think there was any gang activity. Behind her on a wall was a “tag” of three […]

Food fights

Food fights

This summer, take a break from the drive-through and get out to the county to see tractors roving the land or a few bent backs—people picking vegetables from

Requiem for a parking lot

Requiem for a parking lot

The expanse of pavement on Jefferson Park Avenue, known as the “JPA Lot” or B1 lot, currently encased in barricades and temporary fencing, through which backhoes dig, was once a thing of beauty. Or, if not a thing of beauty, a thing of lovely utility. During the week, the 247-space lot across from Cabell Hall […]

Local food, a glossary

Local food, a glossary

CSA: Community Supported Agriculture, a model of food production in which consumers buy “shares” and sometimes help farmers work the land in exchange for a helping of fresh, locally grown vegetables orother goods. EAT Local: “Everyone At the Table,” a group of UVA professors, farmers, retailers and interested consumers, based in Charlottesville, that meets to […]

Death penalty protesters sentenced

Death penalty protesters sentenced

Local Brian Buckley and seven others were sentenced in D.C. Superior Court June 28 on charges that stemmed from a death penalty protest on the steps of the Supreme Court building. The activists faced charges of parading and displaying a banner on Supreme Court grounds that read “STOP EXECUTIONS” on January 17 while protesting the […]

Fighting for rights ain’t easy

Fighting for rights ain’t easy

There are lawyers who will take on the establishment at any price, suing institutions like UVA or the police for little payoff aside from the greater good. Neal L. Walters is not that lawyer. Though Walters has played the yin to bulldog attorney Debbie Wyatt’s yang on a number of civil rights cases over the […]

How to survive a home invasion

In early June, a woman was home with her son at her apartment in the county when two men with a gun came looking for her boyfriend. They forced their way in, assaulted her, tied her up along with her son, and put them in the bathtub while they robbed the place. It’s the kind […]

Ayers named Richmond’s president

Ayers named Richmond’s president

Update to story appended As of 9 am, July 2, Edward L. Ayers’ face beamed from the University of Richmond’s website, extending a welcome to students as the private university’s new president. Ayers’ Web presence was manifold that morning, his lively photo still lingering on UVA’s site as dean of the College and Graduate School […]

Pedestrian killed on W. Rio

A 62-year-old Latina woman died after she was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of W. Rio and Earlysville roads, police said June 26. Police Sergeant Pamela Greenwood, 35, was on duty, heading north in her police-issue 2007 Ford Explorer, when she struck the woman, identified by The Daily Progress as Esperanza de Jesus […]

Guilty plea in Whisper Ridge case

Guilty plea in Whisper Ridge case

A former administrator at Whisper Ridge Behavioral Health System, a treatment center for juveniles, pleaded guilty June 20 to attempting to have carnal knowledge of a minor under her care. Bianca Nicole Johnson signed a plea agreement with city prosecutors that says she will assist in the prosecution of other abuses at the embattled facility […]

Staff surveyed for new HR system

Soon, as provided by the state’s Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act, UVA will be rolling out a University human resources system, separate from the state system, for new employees. At issue are salaries and employee benefits, and many are skeptical of the change. The new system will be informed by data from […]

County parks end pesticide use

County parks end pesticide use

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors recently heard from Jackie Lombardo, representative for a nontoxic advocacy group, about the use of pesticides and chemical cleaners in the county’s parks and schools. Lombardo presented findings that link the use of such substances to diseases like asthma, cancer and learning disabilities in children. [County of Albemarle Executive […]

Cops investigate city homicide

Cops investigate city homicide

Charlottesville police are searching for a suspect whom they consider to be “armed and dangerous” after the killing of a 28-year-old city man. William Miller Herndon was found un-responsive with multiple gun-shot wounds on the 800 block of Hardy Drive. He later died at UVA Hospital. The only suspect in the killing is Herndon’s acquaintance, […]

Game warden charged in shooting

A Greene County grand jury indicted game warden Robert Orrin Ham, III on charges of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of 16-year-old Allen Cochran. On January 24, Cochran was suspected of kidnapping his 15-year-old girlfriend. Ham was assisting police in a hunt for the teen when he pulled over Cochran’s vehicle, with his girlfriend inside, […]

City teen faces death penalty

City teen faces death penalty

A Charlottesville man faces the death penalty in Buckingham County for charges stemming from the March 9 shooting of Clarence Maurice Austin, whose body was dumped along a rural road off Route 20. Two other men face life in prison for abduction, robbery and murder charges. Theodore Calvin Timberlake of Charlottesville, Claude Lorenzo Booker of […]

Garrett Street: hot spot for assault?

Garrett Street: hot spot for assault?

“People ask me where I live and I tell them Friendship Court, and they say, ‘I can’t believe you live there.’ It makes me feel bad,” says Justina, a woman who has lived in the low-income housing complex on the 400 block of Garrett Street for more than 15 years. Charles Martin, executive director of […]

Shooting suspect unfit for trial

Shooting suspect unfit for trial

Police now have three people in custody who, they suspect, fired bullets into a crowd of youths on Prospect Avenue on March 2, seriously injuring a 16-year-old Charlottesville High School student. One suspect is in custody at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. Another is still in New York City, where he was picked up by […]

Thieves take $25,000 in laptops

A cart full of about 20 laptop computers, meant as teaching tools for city elementary kids, was stolen, along with two desktop computers, on June 7, Charlottesville police say. The computers, many of them new, white Apple MacBooks, are worth about $25,000 total. Sometime after 6pm last Thursday, police suspect, one or more robbers broke […]

Massive identity theft at UVA

Massive identity theft at UVA

Hackers feasted on the personal information of 5,735 current and former UVA faculty members, including their birth dates and social security numbers, on 54 separate days between May 2005 and April 2007, a press release from University Relations announced on June 8. While identify theft at UVA might not be push-button easy, hackers have weaseled […]