A felony case against former Glass Haus Kitchen owner J.F. Legault, pictured outside Charlottesville Circuit Court with his attorney Jessica Phillips (foreground), won’t go forward, 
says a prosecutor. Photo: Courteney Stuart

Felony case against former Charlottesville restaurateur dropped

The Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has dropped its case against a local restaurateur and event planner who faced felony abduction and strangulation charges after the prosecution’s main witness, the alleged victim in the case, failed to show up for a jury trial last week. Jean-Francois Legault, c0-owner of catering and event outfit Glass Haus Kitchen and […]

Former Albemarle County Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Dayna Awkard at work in 2012.

Former clerk pleads guilty to embezzling

Former longtime Albemarle County Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Dayna Awkard pleaded guilty Friday morning to the embezzlement of nearly $14,000, according to court records. Awkard, a 24-year employee of the circuit court clerk’s office, resigned on March 21, shortly after a tip from an unnamed court employee prompted a state investigation into possible fraud. She […]