ACLU joins fight for Region Ten info

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote a letter on Monday, July 17, to the Region Ten Community Services Board requesting they provide a list of things discussed at a closed meeting that took place on February 13. The meeting concerned The Mews at Little High project, a much-contested residential community for people with mental […]

Public swearing arrests

Ah, summer in Charlottesville. A perfect time for outdoor concerts, evening strolls on the Mall and the sort of public profanity that causes bystanders to ask, “You kiss your mother with that mouth?”    Public swearing/intoxication arrests totaled 22 in the city two weekends ago. But Charlottesville Police Captain Bryant Bibb says those arrests were mainly […]

Corner killer sued for wrongful death

The family of Walker Sisk, who was stabbed to death in November 2003, has served his killer, Andrew Alston, with a $3 million lawsuit.    Alston was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for stabbing Sisk, a 22-year-old volunteer firefighter, 18 times in a drunken altercation at the corner of 14th and Wertland streets. He was released from […]

Parking-meter thief hits jackpot, then jail

David Robert Brown, 35, was charged with grand larceny for stealing more than $1,000 from parking meters in the Water Street lot. Police caught him on camera around 1:45am Monday, July 17, tampering with meters.    Meters were checked and cleared out by the City on June 13. When they were checked again June 30, about […]

Cops sued for serial rapist DNA search

A man who says a Charlottesville Police DNA dragnet violated his constitutional rights may be joined by other victims in a class-action suit.    Larry Monroe of Charlottesville was one of 190 black men approached for a DNA sample as police attempted to catch a serial rapist. During the investigation, from late 2003 to April 2004, […]

80 New faculty expected

UVA will open the 2006-07 school year with 80 new faculty, a talented (and tenure-able!) group of the nation’s best and brightest fledgling Wahoos.    Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement Gertrude Fraser says the school is competing “extremely well” with private and highly ranked public schools to attract faculty.    They’re still working on diversity, though. UVA […]

Virginia courts to restructure

The Virginia Supreme Court has created a commission that will make changes to courts statewide. The “Commission on Virginia Courts In the 21st Century: To Benefit All, To Exclude None,” or the “Futures Commission” is making about 170 recommendations about court structure, technology, administration and more. But a court clerks’ association is objecting to specific […]

Pocket bikes illegal on state streets

Pocket bikes, or pocket rockets, those tiny versions of hot street bikes that have teenagers riding with their knees to their chins, are no longer allowed on Virginia’s public roads. Though they are really gangsta, at less than 24" tall the bikes are, um…kind of dangerous.    The law, (Virginia Code 46.2-100), which took effect on […]

County schools debate off-campus discipline

The Albemarle School Board will solidify policies that allow schools to discipline students for off-campus behavior.    Since two parties in Albemarle and Crozet resulted in the death of 17-year-old Western Albemarle student Nolan Jenkins and the ticketing of dozens of teens, schools have been debating their role in battling underage drinking.    A recommendation presented Thursday, […]

How to handle getting sued, UVA-style

It’s a fact of life—if you’re a big university, you’re gonna get sued. The Virginia Attorney General’s office currently has 48 open suits on the books for UVA. So how does the University separate the biggies from the nuisances, fight to win and look good doing it? Sheldon Steinbach, an attorney who’s been with the […]

UVA Marching band begins summer training

It’s totally tempting to pull out every American Pie reference (flute jokes anyone?) for a story about the Cavalier Marching Band. Really, how hard is it to make fun of a group that wears weird hats, roll-steps in formation and rocks out to the grooves of John Philip Sousa? But, band Director Bill Pease won […]

Supes defer on Glen Oaks appeal

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, July 5, deferred a decision on Glen Oaks, a cluster of about 30 new homes to be built near the Glenmore neighborhood south of Route 250 in eastern Albemarle. The plan reached the board on an appeal from the Planning Commission, which in May rejected the rural […]

Sentencings continue in local gang convictions

Federal court sentencings will continue into late August for members of Project Crud, also dubbed the Westside Crew, a Charlottesville gang that spread drug violence for more than 10 years. Ringleader Louis Antonio Bryant (a.k.a. Tinio or B-Stacks) will face the harshest penalties at a hearing in U.S. District court August 18.    A longtime gang […]

High-tech vet hospital coming to Rio road

It sure is good to be a Charlottesville pet. In addition to organic puppy chow, natural goose down beds and those adorable matching outfits (à la Paris Hilton), lucky local pets are getting a new high-tech veterinary hospital.    Two veterinary clinics have teamed up to build a larger practice at Rio Court East. Village Animal […]

Capshaw underwrites inmate work crew

Local mogul Coran Capshaw has committed to donate $6,000 a month for a work crew to improve landscaping around the entrances to Albemarle County. The program will allow inmates to work for “time off” from their sentences.    Inmates who are jailed for non-violent crimes for sentences less than two years qualify, according to Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional […]

Burglary results in single-vehicle fatality

A man was killed in a single-vehicle accident after robbing Cavalier Pipe and Tobacco in the Barracks Road shopping center last week—another reminder that it’s always a bad idea to flee police in your car.    In this case, the officers hadn’t even mounted a chase. Albemarle police spotted a Jeep Cherokee driving without its lights […]

Hotel burglary suspect arrested

Police arrested 28-year-old Damiris Lamont Wilson on Thursday, June 29 for two robberies that took place hours apart early that same morning at the Quality Inn on Emmet Street and the Red Carpet Inn at Premier Circle. In both cases, Wilson is accused of wielding a knife and escaping with an undisclosed amount of money. […]

Parents won’t be charged for after-prom party

Speaking to the press on Friday, June 23, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Camblos said two parents at a Crozet after-prom party where teens were drinking will not be charged. Camblos also underlined the County’s commitment to prosecuting teen drinkers and those who contribute to their delinquency.    The parents, whose names were not released, hosted […]

Terminated employee files suit

Former UVA employee Dena Bowers has filed a lawsuit in Charlottesville Circuit Court against the University of Virginia and several staff members for her firing last November. The suit, filed June 19, alleges Bowers’ firing was done without proper notice and violated her free speech rights.    In October 2005, Bowers, who is active with the […]

Police-dog shooter will serve 10 years

The defense for Ingo shooter Robert Lee Cooke made last-ditch attempts to lighten Cooke\’s sentence at a hearing last week. Robert Lee Cooke was found guilty in April of shooting Ingo, a K-9 officer, while fleeing a burglary scene on October 24, 2004. He was paralyzed from the waist down when he was shot by Ingo\’s handler, Albemarle County Police officer Andy Gluba. Ingo had to be euthanized due to his injuries.

Neighbors sue Region Ten for documents

The next chapter in a local development saga unfolded last week, when the Little High Area Neighborhood Association (LHANA) sued Region Ten, a mental health support agency, to obtain documents. LHANA was specifically looking for correspondence between Region Ten and City officials, documents which LHANA hopes will support its position that a housing community for the mentally disabled requires public debate and a Planning Commission review.

Play On!

Play On!

Alex Citron drives around with a bumper sticker that reads “What is Ix?” Well, at the moment, the former Frank Ix & Sons textile mill is 17 acres of mostly dilapidated space along Sixth Street between Elliott and Monticello avenues. But, if all goes as planned, it will soon be home to another Downtown theater group.