Government & Courts

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Photo by James Scheuren.

Saying farewell to Virginia’s 71st governor: A quiz

Dan Catalano’s Odd Dominion is an unabashedly liberal, bi-monthly op-ed column covering Virginia politics. As we survey the Commonwealth’s current political landscape, we see so much worthy of our attention: Governor Terry McAuliffe’s recent (mostly ineffectual) efforts to expand health care coverage to Virginia’s uninsured, the burgeoning scandal surrounding Scott County Delegate Terry Kilgore’s propensity […]

Former electoral board member Stephanie Commander and Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta were charged with a combined 10 felony counts on Wednesday, September 17. Photos: Charlottesville City Police

City registrar, former election official face felony charges in cell phone scandal

Charlottesville Registrar Sherri Iachetta and former Electoral Board member and local defense attorney Stephanie Commander have been arrested and charged with felony misuse of public funds and embezzlement following a public scandal over taxpayer-funded cell phone accounts. Iachetta and Commander turned themselves in Wednesday, September 17, police said in a press release. Iachetta was charged […]

According to police,
it’s likely that Juers and other victims across Central Virginia have been targeted by thieves mimicking the Felony Lane Gang, a Florida-based criminal enterprise whose complex and hard-to-track tactics have been frustrating police across the country.  Photo: Michael Johnson

‘Felony Lane’ identity theft scam strikes in Albemarle

When Pamela Juers returned to the parking lot at the top of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway walking trail on Route 53 near Monticello after a Saturday morning stroll in May, she was startled by the sight that greeted her. “I instantly saw the passenger side window broken,” Juers recalled. Her purse, which she had tucked […]