In brief: Death of a playwright, opine on pot and more

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Sam Shepard played family patriarch Robert Rayburn in the Netflix series “Bloodline” with his former Charlottesville neighbor Sissy Spacek.
Netflix Sam Shepard played family patriarch Robert Rayburn in the Netflix series “Bloodline” with his former Charlottesville neighbor Sissy Spacek. Netflix

Curtain call

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Sam Shepard, author of Buried Child, died July 27 from complications related to Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to a family member. Shepard lived with actress Jessica Lange on a farm near Scottsville for 10 years until the mid-’90s. He was 73.

 

Teacher in custody

Longtime Charlottesville High School environmental sciences educator Rick Wellbeloved-Stone, 56, was arrested July 27 for possessing child pornography. Police Captain Gary Pleasants says the victim is younger than high school-age and the photos were taken in a school setting without the victim’s knowledge. Wellbeloved-Stone’s employment has been suspended and police suggest federal charges could follow.

Suicide thwarted

Four city police officers prevented a 21-year-old man from jumping off the Market Street Parking Garage last weekend. Officer Jose Sanchez positioned himself out of sight behind the man and pulled him to safety after the man said, “Tell my mom I’m sorry,” to someone on his cell phone, hung up and began scooting to the ledge of the five-story garage.

19-year-old gets 30 years

A crime spree last summer netted three teens and a 24-year-old lengthy sentences for a home invasion, carjacking, kidnapping and robbery of five commercial businesses including a 7-Eleven and several pizza restaurants. Head honcho Terence Tyree, 19, was sentenced to 360 months in prison.


“To this overt display of white nationalism, and to the less visible systemic foundations of white supremacy, we say no!”Brittany Caine-Conley with Congregate C’Ville


Lazy weekly recycles Onion headlines

Charlottesville hasn’t only been in the national spotlight for Confederate statue controversies and Ku Klux Klan rallies. We often get picked up by The Onion, too. And because we could use a lighter note, here’s a look at some of our favorite headlines from the past few years.


Highly regarded

The Virginia State Crime Commission wants your opinion on whether personal possession of marijuana should be decriminalized in the commonwealth. Send written comments to vsccinfo@vscc.virginia.gov or 1111 E. Broad St., Suite B036 in Richmond by August 25.

The group will present its findings at the October 5 Crime Commission meeting.

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