A jury on January 5 delivered a guilty verdict for Jermaine Leon Thurston, a 22-year-old who said he shot another man in self defense. Initially charged with second degree murder, Thurston acted without malice when he shot Lamont Antonio Reaves jurors decided in the Charlottesville Circuit Court, convicting him of voluntary manslaughter. On June 18, […]
In an ongoing mystery surrounding a murder that happened in a Carlton Road trailer park in March 2004, the much-older boyfriend of 18-year-old Azlee Hickman has been arrested for perjury for statements he made during trial. Another man is already serving a sentence for accessory to Hickman’s murder, but prosecutors have yet to pin anyone […]
Recently, the Charlottesville area was profiled on USA Today’s real estate pages, and it offered some pretty keen observations, such as: It’s expensive as hell to buy property here. If you were looking for a single family home—not a Walker Square condo—in the month of November, the median home price in Charlottesville was $317,410, up […]
In December, Governor Tim Kaine (www.governor.virginia.gov) announced his plan to soak up $1 billion in surplus funds with budget amendments—though it remains to be seen whether the General Assembly will buy any of it. Here, a quick summary of what it might mean for us: Kaine has proposed to spend half the surplus, or $500 […]
Robert W. Haigh, a Harvard Business School graduate, successful executive and former Darden School of Business dean was found dead December 26.
It ain’t easy keeping a good thing going. As UVA administrators undertake ambitious fundraising, diversity initiatives and construction projects, there is a downside for the University: Those accomplished folks can get snatched up by other universities. California bound: Gene Block, provost at UVA, is leaving to take a job as chancellor at UCLA. Gene Block, […]
A survey released by the UVA Center for Survey Research asked a pool of Charlottesville residents to rate how safe they feel in city neighborhoods. Police Chief Timothy J. Longo says he’s “not at all surprised” by the survey’s results.
As the Downtown Mall continually snazzifies with boutiques and restaurants, vacant rental spaces supposedly get snapped up like hot cakes by businesses eager to join the bustle. If that’s true, then why are there so many Debbie Downer empty buildings spoiling the splendor? Not including buildings we know are currently being redeveloped, we confirmed roughly […]
Albemarle Police (www.albemarle.org/police) announced December 21 that over a dozen burglaries that occurred this year in two county neighborhoods constitute a burglary string. Sixteen burglaries in the Hessian Hills and Canterbury Hills neighborhoods and two on nearby Georgetown Road have led police to think one or several people are responsible for the spike in thefts. […]
When Charlottesville fire fighters arrived at 990 Fifth St. on May 4, they found the roof of the one-storey portion of Charlottesville Church of Christ had collapsed, with flames shooting from the building and smoke billowing from behind its charred walls. They surrounded the church, which the congregation had built only 17 years back, and […]
If he’s caught, the serial rapist will not only have been one of the most dangerous criminals to plague the community—he’ll also be one of the priciest. Crimestoppers, a police-based organization that fields crime-solving tips, has earmarked $20,000 for whomever helps them catch the serial rapist, and a UVA parents’ organization is discussing tacking on […]
The days between Christmas and New Year’s are rife with eating, drinking, celebrations and tons of opportunities to run afoul of the law. The Code of Virginia is so chock-a-block full of crimes that even the holiest of revelers could fall prey.
Now that chartered restructuring at UVA is a done deal, the school is free to implement independent human resources (HR) systems for its workers. Susan Carkeek, hired for the task as HR director, arrived on campus six weeks ago to architect that new system—amid heated debate. Susan Carkeek, UVA’s new human resources director, says of […]
Ready to kick off the next General Assembly session in January, Senator Creigh Deeds (www.creighdeeds.com) and delegates Rob Bell, David Toscano (www.davidtoscano.com) and Steven Landes (www.stevenlandes.com) made their traditional legislators’ stop at UVA for the annual forum. At more than a decade old, the forum is traditionally an opportunity for candidates to tout accomplishments from […]
If Elvis Shifflett was hoping to get vindication for his shooting via the Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office or the Charlottesville Police Department, it’s now clear that’s not going to happen. Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Camblos announced December 13 he would not press charges against the police officer who injured Shifflett, and two days later Police Chief […]
Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell (www.oag.state.va.us) announced early this month his plan to supervise sex offenders in cyberspace, and MySpace (www.myspace.com), one of the most popular social networking sites, is actually cozying up. Superbly coiffed State Attorney General Bob McDonnell is getting cuddly with MySpace, the social networking giant. Together, they’ll try to rid the […]
Correction Appended O.K., so a night with the Bar isn’t quite as much fun as a night at the bar. But, for a room full of lawyers, at least the Judicial Endorsements Committee spiced things up with one lighthearted question. The occasion was last Thursday night’s Q&A at the Albemarle County Office Building to determine […]
A judge ruled on December 14 that Dena Bowers had to reveal the names of collaborators on the NAACP report that led to her firing in November 2005. Though Bowers initially refused, fearing those named could also be fired, her lawyer, Debbie Wyatt, confirmed December 15
Judge Paul M. Peatross decided former Charlottesville High School Choir Director Jonathan Spivey, indicted on seven counts of sexual abuse while in a custodial role, is not a flight risk and granted him $50,000 bond on December 8. But, Spivey is barred from leaving the state, having direct or indirect contact with any of his […]
It was a warm day Friday, April 7, and Leon Mann was doing some yard work at his home in the Ashcroft subdivision east of Pantops, when he got a phone call. Removing his shoes to step inside his house, Mann picked up the phone and heard his next-door-neighbor’s frantic voice on the other end. […]
After Lorenzo Townes served 32 years for a string of sexual offenses, including the rape of a 10-year-old girl, he spent two years at a treatment center, then appealed and was granted his release. Four months later, he was arrested for raping a 12-year-old girl, according to The Washington Post. Many states are grappling with […]
Is it just us, or do the holidays make everyone just a bit desperate? Whether it’s accepting a New Year’s date with the guy named Wilbur from your meditation class or breaking down in tears when the lady in front of you buys the last Jingle Beanie, it’s amazing how the season of joy can […]
The resignation of Arts & Sciences Dean Ed Ayers after five years in UVA’s administration (www.virginia.edu) prompts the question—how long do University top dogs stay, and when is it time to roll over? You can’t touch this: John Casteen outpaces other elite university presidents by almost 3 to 1. If administrators at comparable universities are […]
In September, a hospital reported a patient in Minnesota had gotten a rare bacterial infection from a knee surgery that used a tendon from a donor cadaver. The Centers for Disease Control launched an investigation of thousands of tissues used in transplant surgeries supplied by Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), the tissue bank that sold the […]
When the City reported earlier this month it had a surplus of $9.9 million, people sure were troubled at the idea of all that money sitting around somewhere. “Well, then, why are my real estate taxes so damn high?” and “I sure could think of a few things to do with $9.9 million!” were common refrains.
Yeah, yeah. We know. It’s the holiday season, and you’re busy shopping and wrapping presents and volunteering at churches and handing out candy canes at nursing homes and/or defending your contrarian views on public Nativity displays at awkward work parties. In other words, Santa Claus is comin’ to town, and you ain’t got no time […]
A grand jury indicted Jonathan Spivey, choir director at Charlottesville High School, on seven felony counts of indecent liberties with a minor on Thursday, November 30. The charges came after a months-long investigation by Charlottesville Police prompted by reports from school personnel.