Lisa Provence



This moving van won't be moving today.
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14th Street bridge eats another truck

A Student Services Moving and Storage truck became the latest victim of the 14th Street bridge and its unyielding 10-foot clearance. The truck heading westbound on University Avenue was jammed under the bridge around 8:45am Thursday. A woman who answered the phone at Student Services says no one was injured and it’s not the first […]

Jesse Matthew was given three life sentences on October 2 for attempted capital murder, abduction with intent to defile and sexual penetration with an object of a Fairfax woman in 2006. Staff photo/mugshot Charlottesville Police

Higgins refuses to recuse in Jesse Matthew trial

Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins rebuffed the arguments of Jesse Matthew’s attorney that she recuse herself from Matthew’s capital murder trial for the slaying of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham because she has a daughter who was a second-year student at UVA like Graham. Defense attorney Doug Ramseur also said because Higgins signed 25 out of approximately […]

Dave Chapman explains why he didn't proceed with charges against Martese Johnson or the ABC officers who arrested him. Staff photo

Prosecutorial discretion: Martese Johnson did nothing wrong—nor did ABC agents, says Chapman

Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman spent nearly three hours June 17 presenting almost every scrap of information about Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents’ March 18 takedown of UVA student Martese Johnson that left him with 10 stitches on his forehead. The prosecutor, who dropped charges against Johnson June 12, was sympathetic toward both the student […]

Robert Tracci 
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Robert Tracci launches Albemarle prosecutor campaign

Albemarle Republicans are giddy to have a candidate for commonwealth’s attorney, and several dozen of them, including Supervisor Ken Boyd and former supe Rodney Thomas, gathered in front of the Albemarle Circuit Court June 10 for Robert Tracci’s campaign kickoff. “Have you seen his resume?” asked Clara Belle Wheeler, State Board of Elections member. The former federal prosecutor […]

An "ecstatic" Martese Johnson, with his attorney, Daniel Watkins, right, faces reporters after his three-month ordeal of looming criminal charges is over. Photo: Lisa Provence

UVA students 2, ABC agents 0 in high-profile arrests

Within two minutes, charges for public drunkenness and obstruction of justice against UVA student Martese Johnson were dropped Friday morning, and supporters in the courtroom burst into applause—followed by an order from the judge for quiet in the courtroom. Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman told Judge Robert Downer that following the Virginia State Police criminal […]

Larry Sabato’s online course gets an Emmy nod.
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Sabato, Center for Politics nominated for Emmys

UVA’s pundit emeritus and head of the Center for Politics, Larry Sabato, has been nominated for an Emmy for his massive open online course The Kennedy Half Century. And the center snagged a nomination for best historical documentary for its Bombs Away: LBJ, Goldwater and the 1964 Campaign that Changed it All, directed by Paul […]

Andrew Middleditch turned left into a passing car on Barracks Road.
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Middleditch released on bond

Prominent local realtor Andrew Middleditch, who was charged with driving under the influence following a May 25 fatal crash on Barracks Road, was released from jail Thursday on a $15,000 bond, according to the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. Ivy resident Middleditch, 55, was traveling east in the 2900 block of Barracks Road between Old Garth Road and […]

Martese Johnson and his attorney, Daniel Watkins, are optimistic that charges against Johnson will be dropped, even if it means another court date in June. 
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Commonwealth needs more time in Martese Johnson case

At a scheduled May 28 court hearing, the prosecution asked for more time to review the Virginia State Police investigation into the bloody March 18 arrest by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents of 20-year-old UVA student Martese Johnson. Prosecutors said in a motion that a final meeting with state police is set for the first week […]

Vinegar Hill could not compete against the corporate muscle of the Regal Cinemas movie theater chain in a closed market.
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Light House Studio buys Vinegar Hill Theatre

Charlottesville’s iconic independent movie theater, Vinegar Hill, which has been shuttered for two years, has been sold to Light House Studio, a nonprofit that encourages young filmmakers, for $850,000. Light House initially was interested in the space as a rental. “Back in November, we realized in sort of an aha moment that we could put […]

Republican Robert Tracci announced he wants to be commonwealth's attorney. Submitted photo

Republican challenges Lunsford for Albemarle prosecutor job

A former federal prosecutor has filed to run as a Republican in the Albemarle race for commonwealth’s attorney against two-term incumbent Denise Lunsford, the Democratic nominee. Robert Tracci, 43, served as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice in Charlottesville. He worked as a deputy assistant attorney at the U.S. Department of […]

A driver is supposed to stay three feet away from a bicycler, but that law is rarely prosecuted. File photo

Bike rage? Heated encounter tests 3-feet law

Liz Herlevsen and Ken Ward agree on one thing: When he passed her on her bike on Craigs Store Road, he came really close. From there, their stories diverge—and highlight the challenges for bikers and for drivers on Albemarle’s most rural roads. Herlevsen, who describes herself as an “intense” biker who goes out three to […]

Albemarle Clerk of Court Debbie Shipp is running again, this time as an independent.
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Shipp wants to keep clerk’s job

Debbie Shipp announced May 14 she’s seeking a second term as Albemarle clerk of court, although this time as an independent. When she ran in 2007, she won the Democratic caucus and was the successor to long-time clerk Shelby Marshall. Shipp stressed her 39 years of experience in the office responsible for maintaining the county’s […]

The University of Virginia will be paying Susan Jordan’s legal fees in a case UVA appealed four times.
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UVA appeals nurse decision for 4th time

The University of Virginia Health System remains undaunted that three reviewers of its firing of a nurse have found the termination unfair, and will appeal for a fourth time to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Susan Jordan was fired from UVA Medical Center April 23, 2014, for looking at her ill ex-husband’s medical records “without […]