Lisa Provence



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, […]