Lisa Provence

Delegate Steve Landes is vice chair of 
the appropriations committee and has made cuts to the governor’s budget—and added funding to local entities like the Frontier Culture Museum and Focused Ultrasound Center.
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Jammed session

The General Assembly is in full swing and the No.1 agenda item is to craft a two-year budget. Governor Terry McAuliffe’s budget included Medicaid expansion, which the Republican-controlled legislature has repeatedly said was DOA, so there was that going into the session. Here’s what some of our many local legislators have been up to. Delegate […]

There were still plenty of unshoveled sidewalks 24 hours after the January 25 deadline, like this one on West Main in front of the bus station.
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City cites 90 for not shoveling sidewalks

It was pretty challenging being a pedestrian after winter storm Jonas dumped more than 15 inches on Charlottesville. City code requires that sidewalks be cleared within 24 hours after the snow stops. Once City Manager Maurice Jones declared the storm officially over the evening of Saturday, January 23, citizens received a slight reprieve because it […]

Anthony Martin ends his term as Nelson commonwealth's attorney in February. Publicity photos

Randy Taylor prosecutor Anthony Martin resigns

Anthony Martin, the Nelson County commonwealth’s attorney who got a murder conviction without a body in the case of missing teen Alexis Murphy, resigned from his position January 26 after being reelected in an unopposed race in November. In an e-mail, Martin says, “[R]eally it boiled down to wanting a change after 10 years of prosecution. […]

Todd Howard awaits a decision from the ABC about whether he’ll face more penalties for selling too many drinks.


The ratio: ABC regs threaten Escafé

Escafé is a popular place to get a drink, a place a group of people out on the town might choose for a nightcap later in the evening. “It’s an end-up place,” says owner Todd Howard. And that has the restaurant in trouble with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. That’s because to get […]

George Huguely was a lacrosse player set to graduate from UVA in 2010 when he was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Yeardley Love, a death he contends was accidental.
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Huguely files habeas corpus petition

Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely was convicted of second-degree murder for the 2010 death of his former girlfriend Yeardley Love and sentenced to 23 years in prison. Last year the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal, and his attorney filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus January 19 […]

Robert Hurt was a Virginia state senator in 2009. He was elected to Congress in 2010, and will not seek a fourth term.  [Photo via Douglas Graham/Roll Call Photos/Newscom]

Eye on the door: Hurt heading back to Chatham

  Typically when a mid-career politician says he’s not seeking reelection, it means he’s looking at a run for higher office or is involved in a scandal. U.S. Representative Robert Hurt laughs when asked which prompted his decision to not run for a fourth term. “I was first elected in 2000,” the Republican legislator says […]

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 […]