City and county police, as well as other community members gathered at City Hall to watch City Clerk Llezelle Dugger swear in Alfred Thomas, Jr. as the city's new police chief. Staff photo

Al Thomas sworn into office

Charlottesville’s first African-American Police Chief, Alfred Thomas, Jr., was sworn into office May 23. He succeeds Tim Longo, who worked with the department for 15 years. “You’ll notice they didn’t give me a gun yet,” Thomas said while fastening his new chief of police badge to his pants. City and county police in uniform, city […]

Sandra Marks’ psychic reading business on Seminole Trail was raided in June 2014, and she was arrested a year later in New York.
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‘Psychic’ pleads guilty in $2 million scheme

A Charlottesville woman who billed herself as a psychic has seen something about her own future: up to 40 years in prison. Sandra Stevenson Marks, who used to offer “Readings by Catherine” from a rented house on U.S. 29, stole over $2 million from five people, according to a court document. She pleaded guilty Tuesday […]