Government & Courts

Gil and Dan Harrington drove two hours to be at a five-minute hearing for their daughter's accused murderer, and say they feel "honor bound" to be there. Staff photo

Comings and goings draw more attention than Jesse Matthew

The status hearing for accused murderer Jesse Matthew had the former Monticello High student in court December 17 for what was basically the postponement of scheduling a motion hearing to bring in uncharged crimes during sentencing, should he be convicted of the murder, abduction and capital murder of Hannah Graham in July. Garnering more attention during the brief […]

Judge Cheryl Higgins swears in Robert Tracci as Albemarle commmonwealth's attorney December 17. Staff photo

Tracci sworn in as Albemarle commonwealth’s attorney—twice

Robert Tracci won’t officially take the job as Albemarle’s top prosecutor until January 1, but he was in court December 17  to be sworn in, an oath Judge Cheryl Higgins requested he take a second time because she had instructed him to say “fairly and impartially perform the duties” rather than “faithfully and impartially.” Republican Tracci […]

The Flats required a 101-foot special use permit. Staff photo

A city divided: Should West Main be rezoned?

Locals voiced concerns about a potential zoning amendment in the plans for West Main Street at a public forum in front of the City Planning Commission and City Council December 8. Amendments to the current zoning laws could include dividing West Main into east and west sections with the bridge by the Amtrak station being […]