Lisa Provence



It took 20 seconds for the Amtrak train to stop after slamming into a garbage truck, says the National Transportation Safety Board.
Photo Jack Looney

Time Disposal employee killed in Crozet train crash

More details on the January 31 fatal collision of an Amtrak train carrying Republican congressmen and a Time Disposal garbage truck at a railroad crossing in Crozet were released Thursday, and the National Transportation Safety Board lead investigator says the agency is aware of reports of issues at the crossing at Lanetown Road. Christopher Foley, […]

An Amtrak train collided with a Time Disposal garbage truck in Crozet.

Amtrak train and garbage truck crash in Crozet

An Amtrak train carrying GOP congressmen bound for the The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia hit a garbage truck at Lanetown Road in Crozet around 11:20am today. One person is reported dead, according to NBC29, and UVA says three people have been transported to its hospital, one in critical condition. Amtrak says two passengers and […]

Ian Dixon and Sara Stovall, at a Charlottesville for Reasonable Health Insurance meeting in December at Random Row Brewery, have raised more than $17,000 and hired a powerhouse lawyer to question Optima’s tripled health insurance premiums.
Stephen Barling

Locals hire attorney, challenge Optima premiums

After Charlottesville earned the dubious distinction of having the most expensive health insurance premiums in the country, some of the area residents who couldn’t afford to pay $3,000 a month formed Charlottesville for Reasonable Health Insurance and retained a lawyer who’s made a career out of keeping insurance companies honest. Washington, D.C., attorney Jay Angoff […]

Jason Kessler stops for a moment to blame local media for prejudicing the jury pool with its coverage of him. Staff photo

Kessler perjury trial will remain in Albemarle

Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler was in Albemarle Circuit Court today with a one-inch-thick motion to move his March 20 perjury trial out of this area, claiming the dozens of news stories included in the motion “demonized” him and made it impossible to get a fair trial here. His attorney, Mike Hallahan, argued that […]

In the first meeting since new councilors Nikuyah Walker and Heather Hill were elected mayor and vice-mayor, respectively, the normally disruptive crowd kept things civil, unlike the first City Council meeting of the year on January 2 when audience members held up signs and jeered throughout.

Eze Amos

Climate change: All quiet on the council front

The second City Council meeting of the new year on January 16 was markedly different from council meetings of the past year: no interruptions, no yelling and no profanities, behavior that suspended 2018’s first meeting two weeks ago. Newly elected Vice-Mayor Heather Hill ran the meeting in the absence of Mayor Nikuyah Walker, who was […]

Jason Kessler, right, says he's the victim of "political prosecutions."
Staff photo

Kessler harassment charge dropped

A charge against white-rights provocateur Jason Kessler for posting online the address of activist Emily Gorcenski was dismissed January 18. “The victim brought information to us that made her believe Mr. Kessler was not the person who posted information about her,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nina Antony. She said the case remains under investigation. Outside […]

Photo by Eze Amos

And many happy returns

Indivisible Charlottesville threw an early retirement party January 11 for Republican Congressman Tom Garrett, who has not been popular with many of his Democratic constituents here. Ken Horne had a card for Garrett that listed the top five reasons he should retire, including the prediction that he would be fired anyway in this year’s midterm […]

Frances Loose owned Tuel Jewelers and worked there with her daughter Mary Loose DeViney up until a week before she died.
Andrea Hubbell

Tuel Jewelers owner dies

Frances Elizabeth Gibson Loose, who bought Tuel Jewelers in 1975 and who worked in the store for 65 years, passed away January 5 at age 86. She was a familiar sight on the Downtown Mall, always professionally dressed for work, even in recent years, when her daughter Mary Loose DeViney pushed her to the store […]

Craig DuBose was surprised to learn he’s been reported to U.S. Capitol Police for allegedly making threats to Congressman Tom Garrett’s staff, and says it’s an attempt to intimidate. Photo by Eze Amos

Unfriended: Garrett staffer calls cops on constituent

Craig DuBose likes to let his 5th District congressman know how he feels about issues, and he regularly posts comments on Tom Garrett’s Facebook page—until he discovered he’d been blocked December 7. DuBose says he called Garrett’s Washington office the next day, and was transferred to communications director Matt Missen, who told him he’d violated […]