Lisa Provence



Trees could look something like this from snow starting Friday, 
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Eighteen inches of snow possible by Saturday

The snow flurries predicted for Wednesday are “small potatoes compared to what’s coming,” says Jerry Stenger, director of the State Climatology Office. Snow starting early Friday and continuing thought Saturday evening could bring an accumulation of more than a foot and up to 18 inches, he says. A low pressure system developing in Louisiana and […]

A jury recommends 25 years in prison for 20-year-old Taneak Turner.
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Turner found guilty in Al Hamraa slaying

A Charlottesville jury convicted Taneak Turner, 20, of voluntary manslaughter January 15 after deliberating for nearly 11 hours, and recommended he serve 25 years in prison for that and other charges related to the death of Antonio Washington. Washington, 30, was fatally stabbed May 10, 2014, at his birthday party at Al Hamraa restaurant in […]

The Downtown Mall around the Landmark was blocked off January 14 so firefighters could clear debris. Staff photo

Mayor doesn’t rule out condemning Landmark

The skeletal Landmark Hotel officially went from eyesore to public safety hazard last week when a beam went through the roof of next-door CVS. “Debris blew off the building and could have killed someone,” said Mayor Mike Signer on “Wake-Up Call” January 17. The city closed the area around the hotel January 14, and the […]

David Toscano says gun safety bills are likely to be stalled in the House of Delegates. Photo: File photo

Put on ice: The General Assembly is in session

State Senator Creigh Deeds compares the 2016 General Assembly session, which starts January 13, to a Talking Heads lyric: “Same as it ever was.” Says Charlottesville’s senior legislator, “It’ll be about money and health care.” Virginia’s part-time legislature passes a balanced budget every two years, and the 60-day session has been known to drag into […]

Republican Michael Del Rosso announced a run for the 5th District seat that Congressman Robert Hurt will give up after this year. File photo

Del Rosso enters 5th District race

Denouncing his own party, Republican Michael Del Rosso announced a run for the 5th District seat that Congressman Robert Hurt will give up after this year. About three dozen supporters joined Del Rosso in front of the Freedom of Speech Wall on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall on a chilly January 4. Del Rosso cited a Fox […]

Mayor Mike Signer and Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy had their first official City Council meeting January 4.
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Signer elected mayor, Bellamy vice mayor

Newly elected Mayor Mike Signer promised respect and results at the first City Council meeting of the year but received a test in maintaining order when he was greeted by protesters and disrupted twice by angry constituents. The council elected another first-termer, Wes Bellamy, vice mayor. Rumors that Signer would be the next mayor were […]

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Union Bank robbed again

Union Bank on the Downtown Mall, a favorite for bank thieves and conveniently located only a block away from the Charlottesville Police station, was robbed Monday morning. Police got a call at 10:58am, and were there within moments. A witness told officers she’d seen a man hanging out in front of the bank earlier. Police […]

Robert Davis received a conditional pardon from Governor Terry McAuliffe Monday.

Robert Davis receives pardon

Robert Davis stepped outside the walls of a prison as a free man today for the first time since he was arrested at gunpoint nearly 13 years ago. Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a conditional pardon in a case that experts have called a textbook case of false confession. After being released from Coffeewood Correctional Center […]

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 […]

Perhaps the bridge design will be completed in 2017 and the new Belmont Bridge will be finished in 2019.

It’s baaack: Belmont Bridge design RFP goes out

More than a decade after a 2003 study determined the Belmont Bridge was deteriorating and needed to be replaced, and more than six years after a company was chosen to design the bridge and whose vision was resoundingly rejected by the community, Charlottesville is again seeking bids to design the bridge. A warning to any […]

Jessica Goines, whose extended family lives next door to the Zenith Quest ammunition distribution center, thinks the facility is “too close.” Photo by Mina Pirasteh

Gun shy: In Nelson, citizens have no say in ammo warehouse

Nelson County’s Route 151 in the Rockfish Valley has been called the “Napa Valley of the East Coast.” But some residents fear that appellation will change with the newest development on its scenic byway: a massive 84,000- square-foot ammunition and firearms distribution warehouse that has an indoor firing range. Neighbor Harold McCauley says he received […]

Local tree huggers want to fill the median from the Charlottesville city limits to Route 53. Photo Bill Emory

Tree-lovers can dig it

You can never really have too much canopy. That’s why around 20 volunteers were in the median of Route 20 near Interstate 64 on a toasty December 12, digging compacted soil and planting nine swamp white oaks, part of a plan to forest the median with white oaks, tulip poplars and Kentucky coffee trees. The […]

Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford leaves Albemarle Circuit Court followed by Jesse Matthew's attorneys Michael Hemenway and Doug Ramseur. Staff photo

Jesse Matthew in court for motions hearing

The Jesse Matthew hearing December 7 was the last court appearance in the charges stemming from the murder and abduction of UVA student Hannah Graham for outgoing Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford, and the man who defeated her in November and will take over the capital case, Robert Tracci, was in the Albemarle courtroom. Tracci hugged Gil […]

U.S. Congressman Robert Hurt says the latest shootings underscore the need to destroy ISIS. Submitted photo

Another slaughter: Senate rejects gun restrictions

Within a few days, Colorado Springs and San Bernadino became the scenes of the most troubling trend in America: The mass murders of unarmed citizens by gun-wielding killers. The day after Syed Farook, aided by his wife, Tashfeen Malik, mowed down 14 of his coworkers at a holiday party, the U.S. Senate blocked legislation to […]

The Paramount will host Light House Studio's Annual Youth Film Festival this Friday. File photo

The blade has landed at the Paramount

The last piece of the recreation of the historic Paramount Theater was hoisted into place Thursday morning when the 33′ blade was secured to the front of the theater. “This is giving me chills,” says Jane Belisle, one of the onlookers gathered on the Downtown Mall around 9:30am to watch a crane hoist the 3,000-pound Blade into […]

Will Mike Signer get enough votes to become the next mayor? Submitted photo

Three votes: Will Signer be the new mayor?

When City Council meets for the first time January 4, the five councilors will vote for a new mayor, which typically is already a done deal, and rumor is Mike Signer, incoming city councilor, has the three votes necessary to secure the mayorship. Signer, understandably, declined to confirm he has the job in the pocket, […]

Billy Mays pulled in 378 votes in his run for sheriff, a fraction of his opponent's more than 2,000 votes. Publicity photo

Nelson sheriff candidate indicted for election fraud

William Everette “Billy” Mays, the Nelson sheriff’s office investigator who led the Alexis Murphy missing teen case, was indicted on two counts of election fraud November 24. Mays ran for sheriff and lost to David Hill in the November election. Both men were the subjects of Virginia State Police investigations after a private citizen complained […]

John Wayne Jordan is back in custody after a brief Gator getaway.
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John Wayne Jordan escapes by Gator—briefly

John Wayne Jordan, 50, a trustee at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, disappeared on a John Deere Gator and was on the lam for about 11 minutes from the time he was reported missing until he was captured November 24. Jordan was working for the Virginia Department of Forestry on Natural Resources Drive and was […]