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Man nabbed in baby killing

Man nabbed in baby killing

Robert Wayne Wyant, a 32-year-old firefighter with the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company, was babysitting for the daughter of a friend last November 14. Whatever happened during that babysitting session, 8-month-old Alexis McFadyen ended up at UVA Hospital. She died two days later as a result of injuries from blunt force trauma to the head. […]

May the pluckiest lady win

May the pluckiest lady win

Local schools have got less than one month left to make their nominations for the Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship. Unlike other scholarships, this one, open to girls from 11 Charlottesville and Albemarle area high schools, doesn’t award young women who keep their noses in the books—it awards women who get up and do. Named for […]

Wife killer guilty of capital murder

Wife killer guilty of capital murder

On Saturday, November 20, 2004, John and Irene Powers drove up the long, wooded drive to their daughter’s secluded apartment outside Manassas. Two nights before, they had seen her at Outback Steakhouse,

Legal concerns for DNA databank

Legal concerns for DNA databank

When Charlottesville Police Captain J.E. “Chip” Harding discovered about 20 percent of local felons who should have been included in the State DNA databank were missing, officials got pretty excited about solving the presumably statewide problem. House Bill 3034, sponsored by Albemarle Delegate Rob Bell, would grant authority and set up a system for swabbing […]

Region ten violated FOIA, judge finds

Region ten violated FOIA, judge finds

Judge Edward L. Hogshire found Region Ten Community Services Board (www.regionten.org) to be in violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (www.usdoj.gove) for holding a closed meeting last February to discuss The Mews, a housing complex for its mentally disabled clients, The Daily Progress reports. Region Ten, a local mental health agency, will have […]

Two women attacked on corner

Two women attacked on corner

In the wee hours of January 29, two UVA students were sexually assaulted in the Corner/Wertland Street area between 12:30am and 2:30am. Though the incidents were no doubt scary and have Corner-hoppers on edge, the women reported their attacker was, well, kind of lame. Around 12:30, a 21-year-old student was walking home from Satellite Ballroom. […]

Ex-coach pleads guilty for kiddie porn

A former Albemarle High School JV girls’ soccer coach entered a plea agreement with federal prosecutors February 1 on counts of child pornography, attempting to obtain child pornography, and coercing minors into sexual acts over the Internet. Raja Charles Jabbour’s agreement says he will serve nine years in prison, then be deported from the country, […]

Are game wardens real cops?

After a 16-year-old was killed by a Greene County game warden during a traffic stop gone bad on January 24, the question has been raised as to why the warden was there in the first place. Shouldn’t game wardens be off busting sketchy hunters or educating people about inland fish? Are they really trained just […]

Places we love

Places we love

Andrew Wyeth, the American painter, was said to have preferred winter, when a lack of annoyingly bright leaves allowed one to see the “bones of the landscape.” Clearly Wyeth never had to sludge from 14th Street to Newcomb Hall with a 30-pound backpack in 19-degree weather. Charlottesville does not wear winter well.But amidst the dreary […]

Once again, admissions time

People in Peabody Hall are drowning in papers: It’s February, deadlines for UVA’s undergraduate admissions (www.uva.edu) have passed, and it’s time for staff at the admissions office to get down to business with the mountains of forms and essays. According to admissions Dean John A. Blackburn, his staff is reading applications “about every night and […]

City Assessments rise 14 percent

Though the rest of Central Virginia’s housing market has slowed, Charlottesville apparently didn’t get the memo. The local real estate market is healthy, and assessments, just mailed to homeowners on January 31, went up again, showing Charlottesville residents the downside of living in one of America’s most desirable cities. According to the City Assessor’s office […]

Just give them a ride

Jennifer Behrens is a social worker with the Charlottesville Department of Social Services (www.charlottesville.org). One of her cases, an elementary-age boy who entered the foster system, needed a new place to live that would take him out of his home school district. Local schools are usually flexible—State legislation passed in 2005 says they can let […]

Hot cases 3.0

Hot cases 3.0

The offenders in these hot cases have more than a few things in common. The former Lutheran pastor and schoolteacher are both accused of liking kids…in that way. And two cousins who share the name Cook (albeit spelled differently) have a history of committing crimes together. Now, they’re each suing police officers for $2 million […]

Local police to handle illegal immigrants?

Local police to handle illegal immigrants?

State Attorney General Bob McDonnell (www.bobmcdonnell.com) is pushing a law enforcement measure that even some police officers oppose. On January 17, he asked Governor Tim Kaine to allow State Police to enter into agreements with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (www.ice.gov) to enforce immigration, and is supporting two bills that would allow localities federal […]

Ayers: It’s still all about the benjamins

Ayers: It’s still all about the benjamins

By some measures, UVA is tops. For one, it’s the only public school to be in the Top 20 for graduation rates (92 percent and above), and it has the highest African-American graduation rate of any public university, two stats which College of Arts & Sciences Dean Ed Ayers says are UVA’s “proudest.” But, the […]

UVA rapist gets 40 years

UVA rapist gets 40 years

A Charlottesville judge issued a 40-year sentence to a man who pleaded guilty to the 2005 rape of a UVA student. John Henry Agee, 38, will be off the streets, but his victim is still fighting a lawsuit brought by a man she wrongly pointed to as her attacker. In September 2005, Agee followed the […]

Bell holds his own judge forum

Bell holds his own judge forum

At the end of the month, Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Paul M. Peatross will retire. The Charlottesville Area Bar Association has already grilled seven candidates, coming out with two they found “highly qualified” to succeed Peatross.

Fundraising’s big winners

Fundraising’s big winners

Amidst UVA’s $3 billion capital campaign (www.virginia.edu.uvacampaign) —$1.08 billion raised as of November 30 —some areas of the University stand to gain more than others. The biggest beneficiaries could include the Health System (well on its way to raise $500 million), Arts & Sciences (shooting for another $500 million) and the athletics program (hoping for […]

State fruit and other silly bills

Should the Ginger Gold apple, a variety native to Central Virginia, be named our official State fruit? Some say “why not?” We’ve already got a State shell (the oyster shell) and a State bat (the Virginia big-eared bat). But apple growers say the General Assembly (www.legis.state.va.us) shouldn’t play favorites, and fans of other apple varieties […]

State, Feds debate minimum wage

State, Feds debate minimum wage

It’s possible the Virginia General Assembly will pass minimum wage legislation this year, bumping up the State’s $5.15-per-hour wage, circa 1997, to $7.25. Groups like the Virginia Organizing Project (VOP) (www.virginia-organizing.org) say they’ve lobbied especially hard, and three different versions of a minimum wage bill have been submitted for the 2007 General Assembly session. Charlottesville […]

Let’s get affordable

Let’s get affordable

When it comes to subjects like development and employment, UVA is undisputedly a major presence. But, according to Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR) (www.caar.com) CEO Dave Phillips, the University isn’t even showing up to the affordable housing party, much less swapping ideas in the debate. Realtor and CAAR CEO Dave Phillips wants UVA to […]

Grown-up Lawn living

Grown-up Lawn living

Most of us know it’s a huge honor for students to live on the Lawn. The 47 selected each year get their own rocking chairs—front row seats to streak shows—and the esteemed privilege of walking outside in their towels to bathrooms that smell strangely zoo-like while people admire their accomplishments (and calves). But it’s not […]

Neo-Nazi arrested for child porn

Neo-Nazi arrested for child porn

Until he got busted this month for possession of child pornography and witness tampering, few knew Kevin Alfred Strom was more than just our friendly neighborhood white supremacist. A resident of Earlysville, Strom would collaborate on racist, anti-Semitic “American Dissident Voices” radio broadcasts, post nationalist messages on www.cvillenews.com and was involved in a 2005 incident […]

Legal aid, kid-size

Legal aid, kid-size

It’s tough being a kid. Apparently it’s even tougher being a kid in the Central Virginia justice system as trends skew toward treating juvenile offenders more like adult criminals.

More cases for the new year

Keeping up with these court cases is an endeavor that never lets you down—there’s always an update, an appeal or a motion. Here’s to folks who make their way in the court system, month after month, year after year. The Ivy Landfill deathIn April 2003, Patricia Stephens’ husband, Wayne, was killed in an accident involving […]

Where does our $1 billion go?

In December, Governor Tim Kaine (www.governor.virginia.gov) announced his plan to soak up $1 billion in surplus funds with budget amendments—though it remains to be seen whether the General Assembly will buy any of it. Here, a quick summary of what it might mean for us: Kaine has proposed to spend half the surplus, or $500 […]

Community Endorses affordable housing

Community Endorses affordable housing

Each holiday season, Holly Edwards, chairperson for Charlottesville’s Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR) watches It’s a Wonderful Life. This year, she said at a City Council meeting January 2, “It resonated to me that George Bailey saved his family’s savings and loan to provide affordable housing for the citizens.”