Lisa Provence



Someone fired a gun on the Corner Saturday night.
File photo: Martyn Kyle

Lights, cameras, substation: Corner safety in focus

Hannah Graham’s name was not mentioned in the University of Virginia press release about a safety advisory committee’s recommendation for a police substation on the Corner, but the second-year’s national-spotlight disappearance from the Downtown Mall in September and the subsequent discovery of her remains was clearly the impetus. It’s also driving a heightened awareness of […]

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

Calling West Main ABC “a menace,” locals petition for closure

More than 30 prominent Charlottesvillians, including Delegate David Toscano, City Councilor Bob Fenwick, neighborhood association presidents and West Main Street business owners, have signed a letter to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control demanding that the West Main Street store be moved because of the unsavory behavior it brings to the neighborhood. “The store […]

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

Iachetta fallout: Critics want Electoral Board to resign

This article includes reporting from a previously published story, which you can read here. Scandal-plagued Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta will leave her job December 31, nearly three weeks after her first scheduled court appearance in a felony embezzlement case. But the controversy over her ouster rages on. In rare bipartisan agreement, some prominent city Democrats […]

Chris Dumler. Photo: John Robinson

State bar revokes law license of former supervisor Dumler

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked former Albemarle supervisor Christopher Dumler’s license to practice law November 4, the latest fallout from the forcible sodomy charge lodged against him in 2012*, Katy Evans reported in The Daily Progress. Once a rising star in Albemarle’s Democratic party and the youngest to be elected supervisor, then-27-year-old Dumler […]

Charlottesville Electoral Board members (left to right) Rick Sincere, Joan Schatzman, and Jim Nix in a meeting on Thursday, November 6. Photo: Lisa Provence

‘Irreparable damage’: Charlottesville registrar resigns two days after election

The Charlottesville Electoral Board asked for and received the resignation of Charlottesville registrar Sheri Iachetta today during a two-hour closed session. Iachetta was charged with six felonies in September for approving city-funded cell phones for her husband, a former employee of the registrar’s office who left in 2009, and local attorney Stephanie Commander, a former […]

A still from video surveillance taken from Sal's Caffe Italia on the Downtown Mall shows Hannah Graham walking at 1:06am on Saturday, September 13, minutes before she vanished.

In the wake of Hannah Graham’s disappearance, should the city reconsider cameras on the Mall?

In 2007, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo wanted to put 30 security cameras on the Downtown Mall, raising concerns from civil libertarians about government surveillance and from City Council about cost. Seven years later, leads in the search for missing UVA student Hannah Graham have come from private surveillance cameras, and Longo had an I-told-you-so […]

Lockn’ organizers say the festival drew around 30,000 people and went off without a hitch. Photo: Tom Daly

Rockn’ Lockn’: Festival’s second year smooths out kinks

Despite a crowd-clearing thunderstorm Saturday night and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control’s threat to the Lockn’ Music Festival’s license, the local craft beers flowed, around 30,000 music lovers grooved to Tom Petty and Willie Nelson, and the mood was decidedly mellow at the September 4-7 music festival. “I had four fabulous days at Lockn’,” said […]

Photo: Nelson County Visitor's Bureau/Inset by Lisa Provence

Inside the Randy Allen Taylor trial: Jury rejects defendant’s claims, delivers murder conviction

Before a Nelson County jury found Randy Allen Taylor guilty on May 8 for the murder of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin had urged them to not reward Taylor “for disposing of this child’s body.” They didn’t, and Martin accomplished something extremely rare: a murder conviction without a body. “There’s precedent, but such […]

Photo: Nelson County Visitor's Bureau/Inset by Lisa Provence

Randy Taylor Trial Day Two: Alexis Murphy’s blood found, defense pushes human trafficking

On the second day of the murder trial of Randy Allen Taylor, Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin’s 40-minute opening statement laid out his case against Taylor, accused of slaying 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, who was last seen on August 3 at the Liberty gas station in Lovingston. Martin detailed the physical evidence found in Taylor’s camper—Murphy’s blood, […]