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The view from Devils Knob at Wintergreen. File photo

Midwestern investment firm buys Wintergreen

A Missouri real estate investment trust, EPR Properties, has picked up Wintergreen Resort for an undisclosed price, it announced last week. Coal and resort baron Jim Justice, who bought Wintergreen for $16.5 million in June 2012, poured millions into infrastructure before putting the Nelson ski resort on the market a year ago. “Wintergreen is an […]

Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding. Photo: Sarah Jane Winter

Watered-down DNA bills pass in VA House and Senate

Accused Hannah Graham-murderer Jesse Matthew, who was convicted of trespassing in 2010, inspired three bills in the General Assembly to add misdemeanors to the crimes for which DNA samples are collected. However, the versions that passed would not have prevented Matthew from crossing paths with Graham last September. Had Matthew been buccal swabbed for DNA […]

Justin Anderson defends in the Louisville game before the pinkie fracture. Photo Dillon Harding/Virginia Media Relations.

Wrapped around Justin Anderson’s finger?

Star guard Justin Anderson’s fractured finger did not stop Virginia from topping ninth-ranked Louisville 52-47 February 7, nor did it prevent Virginia from being ranked No. 2 in the country again this week. But what does it mean for the Cavaliers for the rest of the regular season, with Anderson out of commission for the […]

Albemarle prosecutor Denise Lunsford announces Jesse Matthew was indicted February 2 on first-degree murder, abduction and reckless driving charges in the Hannah Graham case. Staff photo

Jesse Matthew indicted on murder charge in Hannah Graham case

Jesse Matthew, the man charged in the abduction last fall of UVA student Hannah Graham, has been indicted for Graham’s murder, Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford announced at a press conference February 10. Matthew was indicted February 2 on first-degree murder, abduction and reckless driving charges in connection with Graham’s death, Lunsford said. He has […]

Angela Lynn. Contributed photo

Landes challenger Angela Lynn announces run

White Hall resident Angela Lynn knows she’s got an uphill battle challenging Republican Delegate Steve Landes for the 25th District seat, which he’s held since 1996. Most of the district is in more conservative Augusta and Rockingham counties, with a chunk of western Albemarle thrown in. It was the gerrymandering of the district that played […]

The controversial ABC store on West Main Street will remain in its current location. Photo: Michael Johnson

ABC renews lease on West Main store

The liquor store on West Main that sparked petitions both for and against its moving, as well as discussions on race and gentrification in the midtown corridor, will stay in its current location for another five years. ABC Chair Jeff Painter said in a January 28 statement that he signed the lease renewal at 502 […]

Former registrar Sheri Iachetta was asked to resign two days after the November election. Staff photo

Iachetta pleads guilty to four misdemeanors in city cell phone scandal

In a plea agreement in Charlottesville General District Court January 28, former city registrar Sheri Iachetta pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of intentionally removing city property, as did co-defendant Stephanie Commander. Both women originally were charged with multiple felony embezzlement counts for approving or using cell phones paid for by taxpayers. Iachetta was charged with six […]

Downtown businesses are angry after Second Street SW was suddenly closed to allow for renovations at the old Regal movie theater. Staff photo

Second Street closure irks restaurant owners

About 20 years ago, the plan to open Second Street and have traffic cross the Downtown Mall brought dire predictions the pedestrian mall would be ruined. Two weeks ago, the street closed with virtually no notice, and restaurant owners are making dire predictions that they’ll be ruined. Martin Horn Construction got a permit to close […]

Claire Ogilvie, who attacked Nancy Tramontin her basement, will spend four years in prison. Mugshot: Charlottesville Police Department

Ogilvie pleads guilty, sentenced to 4 years

The woman who entered the residence of Delegate David Toscano and attacked his wife nearly a year ago entered a plea agreement January 23 in Charlottesville Circuit Court and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, with all but four years suspended. Ogilvie, 36, a Yale grad and former patent attorney, stood before Judge John Cullen […]

Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding (right) believes Jesse Matthew (center) would have been apprehended before allegdly abducting Hannah Graham if DNA was collected for misdemeanor offenses. Delegate David Toscano, left, is one of the state legislators sponsoring a bill that would require DNA collection for certain misdemeanor offenses. Photo credits: David Toscano file photo/Jesse Matthew courtesy FBI/Chip Harding by Sarah Jane Winter

99 problems that could lead to DNA collection

Extending DNA collection to include convictions of misdemeanors seems to enjoy bipartisan support, but two local delegates are carrying separate bills with different visions of how to expand the DNA databank. House Minority Leader David Toscano (D-57th) was the first to answer Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding’s call for misdemeanor DNA collection after the abduction of […]

Firefighters respond to reports of smoke on the seventh floor of the Wells Fargo building downtown. Photo: Sam Caravana

‘Smells and bells’ empty Wells Fargo building

The Wells Fargo building on the Downtown Mall was evacuated around lunch time Monday because of smoke on the seventh floor. A locked-up motor in a mechanical room on that floor caused the alarm, according to Charlottesville Fire Department Battalion Chief W. A. Hogsten. Even though the ladder truck was extended to the top floor, […]

Bills-ville: Local legislators–and issues–go to Richmond

Bills-ville: Local legislators–and issues–go to Richmond

A week before the General Assembly session began, Waldo Jaquith, the creator of the legislation-tracking website Richmond Sunlight, reported the absence of a recent tradition: “I haven’t seen the bills that are candidates for Virginia becoming a national embarrassment.” He listed examples from sessions past, such as the mandatory transvaginal ultrasound or the droopy drawers bills. […]

Ken Boyd. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Election 2015: Harding in, Boyd out

Every year is an election year in Virginia, and this year, not only is everyone in the General Assembly up for reelection, but key offices in Charlottesville and Albemarle are on the ballot as well. So far in Albemarle, Sheriff Chip Harding (R) has announced he’ll seek a third and final term. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney […]

Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford and attorney Steve Benjamin sparred in court about hearing new evidence before Mark Weiner's sentencing for abduction. Photo: Max March

Legal sniping: Weiner sentencing continued…again

Surely Mark Weiner hoped, going into Albemarle County Circuit Court on December 17 to be sentenced for abduction with intent to defile, the third time would be the charm that sent him home. The now 54-year-old former grocery store manager has been sitting in jail for two years despite what his attorneys say is mounting evidence […]