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Shifflett plea bargains

Shifflett plea bargains

The man who led county police on a car chase and three-hour manhunt entered a plea deal with prosecutors saying there’s enough evidence to convict him of the crimes, without

Police train to encounter mentally ill

Police train to encounter mentally ill

Imagine this scenario: A police officer gets called out to a “domestic,” typically a dangerous and volatile situation. On the scene, the officer encounters a “suspect” who’s acting distraught, irrational and intimidating his spouse. But, after a few seconds, the officer isn’t reaching for the cuffs. He’s talking it out with the guy, dissuading him […]

Where the money isn’t

Where the money isn’t

Correction appended When you step into the box office at The Paramount Theater, it hits you—everything in this place is for sale. To buy tickets, one must stand in the BB&T vestibule, at ticket windows sponsored by LexisNexis, Hantzmon, Wiebel & Co. and a couple named “Taylor.” The auditorium itself, a renovated movie theater which […]

Voting for law enforcement

Voting for law enforcement

It’s nominating season for local political parties hoping to select candidates to carry the elections in November. In addition to positions like the Board of Supervisors, a few of Albemarle County’s most important “law and order” jobs are also up for grabs. Veteran defense attorney Denise Y. Lunsford received the Democrats’ bid to challenge Commonwealth’s […]

Secretary stole more than $145k from employer

A 27-year-old former legal secretary pleaded guilty May 16 to defrauding her boss, a Louisa County lawyer, for more than $145,000 in credit card charges and bank withdrawals she made in his name. The case reads like a bad novel. Paula Jean Hufner was a secretary for what court documents call “Acme Law Firm,” and […]

City stalls on JPA apartment project

City stalls on JPA apartment project

One item on City Council’s consent agenda hit a snag at a meeting May 7. A special use permit for a small apartment building to be built on a one-acre site on Jefferson Park Avenue threw Council into the ongoing debate about how the city is supposed to house all the ’Hoos. Robby Noll of […]

City Market rules revised

City Market rules revised

The Charlottesville City Market is known as a place where customers can meet vendors, face-to-face, to buy fresh, locally grown produce and homemade goods. It’s trust-driven

The Biltmore, sans students

The Biltmore, sans students

In honor of another school year ended, we, who call ourselves permanent residents and bona fide Charlottesvillians, undertook the task of revisiting the neighborhood we usually dare not mention, neither as drinking spot, nor acceptable hangout. We are referring, of course, to the Corner. Sophomoric as it may be, the block has its draws in […]

Region Ten opens crisis center

Region Ten opens crisis center

People in suits, sundresses and heels are milling around three tables laden with food—salsa, chips, doughy cookies, veggies. The setting resembles someone’s vacation condo—warm brown walls, wood floors, eclectic upholstery. A copy of The Well Adult sits on the coffee table; tribal-sounding music plays on a boom-box in the background. A front desk is at […]

Legal experts weigh VT suits

Legal experts weigh VT suits

Parents send their kids to college for a safe environment where they can earn a degree and learn to be independent adults. So, when things go awry at universities, colleges—the supposed safe havens—can expect to get sued. Though no lawsuits have been filed yet, April’s Virginia Tech shooting could prompt the parents of victims to […]

Cigarette Tax passes without a huff

Cigarette Tax passes without a huff

Mayor David Brown looked around at the thin crowd at May 7’s City Council meeting and asked if there were any speakers for a public comment session on the cigarette tax. The few remaining audience members looked around at each other, likely trying to figure out which people were secretly tobacco users, cursing the progressive […]

Albemarle Teens appear in court

Albemarle Teens appear in court

Two teens, accused of making and planting fake bombs at Henley Middle and Brownsville Elementary schools in Albemarle County, appeared in court Wednesday, May 9. But the judge closed the proceedings, and prosecutors have shared very little about what will happen next to the 13-year-old teens. On March 27, three cylindrical packages were discovered around […]

Gun loophole closed

Gun loophole closed

New information will be added to the state database of criminal records that prevents felons and others from legally buying firearms, per an executive order by Governor Tim Kaine,

Life-plus for Wife Killer

Life-plus for Wife Killer

Anthony Dale Crawford, the Manassas man who shot his wife, raped her and positioned her body in a room at the Quality Inn on Emmet Street, will serve two life sentences plus 67 years for his crimes, a judge upheld May 3. The jury recommended the sentence in February in a trial for one of […]

Albemarle makes robbery arrests

Albemarle makes robbery arrests

When the weather’s warm, watch out: Criminals, just like law-abiding citizens, are likely about. That’s according to Albemarle County Police Lieutenant John Teixeira, who jokes that February is his favorite month because it’s cold and “all the bad guys are inside.” County police have had a fair number of robberies on their hands lately, the […]

Did WAHS coach provide alcohol?

Did WAHS coach provide alcohol?

A young woman from Nelson County has been charged on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Alishia Stewart is accused of giving alcohol to a 15-year-old Western Albemarle High School student. Stewart, 24, is the junior varsity softball coach for WAHS. She is not a teacher at the school.County police began […]

Fundraising gets fishy

Fundraising gets fishy

It’s been said that the Wahoo, the fish that shares its name with UVA students, can drink twice its weight in water. But the Wahoo isn’t all play—this heavy drinkin’ seafarer is also pulling its weight as a fundraiser for UVA’s Alumni Association. If you’re a recent graduate of the University, you may have received […]

Mental health funding subpar

Mental health funding subpar

Poor funding for the mental health care system has long been an issue for state legislators. But focus has returned to the state of mental health care since the shootings at Virginia Tech university, in which deranged gunman Seung-Hui Cho, likely in serious need of psychological help, shot 32 people to death before killing himself. […]

Getting by

“Both nationally and at UVA we are faced with high-volume, high-risk, and very serious illnesses,” Dr. Russ Federman said of campus counseling centers at a recent Senate committee hearing on campus safety. Following the Virginia Tech massacre, Federman has the ear of federal legislators under pressure to find fixes to prevent mentally ill students from […]

Man dies after Wood Grill Robbery

A 48-year-old man died at UVA Hospital April 24, succumbing to injuries from a robbery and beating at the Wood Grill Buffet two weeks earlier. The robbery-turned-homicide marks the first county killing of 2007. Albemarle Police Lieutenant John Teixeira said the man, William Godsey of Schuyler, was accompanying a female employee of the Wood Grill […]

More money for fair trials

More money for fair trials

Correction appended “You have the right to an attorney”—it’s basic info well known to anyone who’s worn the cuffs a time or two. In the good ol’ U.S. of A., you have a right to a lawyer, even if you can’t afford one. But in Virginia, the system that provides counsel to the state’s poorest […]

Regional fire/rescue study released

After a $1 million item in the city’s budget caused a stir earlier this year among the region’s volunteer rescue staff and taxpayers over whether a city ambulance service was even necessary, city officials instead said the money would be spent on “system-wide improvements.” Officials also pushed for the contents of a regional fire and […]