It was one of the first days of Thanksgiving break, and, after a week of especially hurried school work, Staci Raab had planned to finally sleep in. A vivacious UVA junior, Raab awoke in her childhood bedroom in Richmond on Sunday, November 19, ready to enjoy her week of rest. It wasn’t long before she […]
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.
The Virginia General Assembly will have an open judge’s seat to fill next year, given the recently announced retirement of Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Paul M. Peatross. Though lawmakers have called for an open and fair appointment, local lawyers expect the process to reflect increasing partisanship in judicial appointments in the state. Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney […]
When Frederick Gray awoke beside his girlfriend in the wee hours of May 15, 1997, he was disturbed, distraught and saying things she had never heard him say before. Though Gray was not on drugs and had no history of mental illness, he was roving around the apartment, talking crazy, muttering about harming her or […]
A group of local attorneys know him as Judge Paul M. Peatross inside the courtroom. But they also know him as “Mac” from the golf course, the high school basketball court, the campus and the fraternity house. Peatross announced in November that he will retire next year. Now, Peatross’ colleagues and friends speak out on […]
When she was in the third grade, Debbie Wyatt heard about the firing of an old man from her neighborhood A&P store. This was more than 40 years ago, long before age discrimination laws took hold.
As City Council begins considering the new budget for Fiscal Year 2008, one theme that sticks from the current budget is how to maintain existing facilities and build new ones in the face of rising construction costs and fluctuating revenues. At an October 2 City Council meeting, Councilor Julian Taliaferro said, “We have to find […]
A man who was accused of raping a UVA woman at a fraternity party 22 years ago pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery Tuesday, November 14. William Beebe plea bargained for the reduced charge, which allows for up to two years imprisonment, and says he will help police find out if other fraternity members also assaulted the victim, Elizabeth Seccuro.
It’s way too early to be speculating about the Fiscal Year 2008 City Council budget (FY08), which will be completed in April and won’t take effect until July of next year. But, a presentation from Public Works showing nasty pool pump rooms, cracking sidewalks and a crumbling Belmont Bridge, among other horrors, has reminded councilors about all the maintenance needed in the city.
The case of a woman accused of withholding HIV medication from her adopted son ended in a hung jury last week. The woman could have faced up to five years in prison for felony child neglect in the treatment of her 15-year-old son, who was born HIV-positive. The boy was removed from the woman’s custody […]
On November 13, UVA\’s dean of the College of Arts & Sciences announced he would be leaving to become the ninth president of the private University of Richmond. For UVA, his loss is more than just a gap in personnel.
Some studies have shown that as many as 20 percent of Iraq’s injured suffer head trauma, making brain damage the “signature” injury of the war. A center in Charlottesville contracts with the Department of Defense to rehabilitate hundreds of those injured. Virginia NeuroCare is the only non-Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital to treat patients who are […]
On November 9, two days after voters cast their ballots, Virginians finally had a senator-elect when Republican incumbent George Allen conceded the race to Democrat Jim Webb, avoiding what could have been a lengthy recount in the last undecided Senate race in the country. Webb led the former governor by 7,300 votes.
A man who was acquitted of child sex charges in Madison has been brought up on related charges in Albemarle County. Oscar Robert Lemen faces 18 indictments on various charges, including forcible sodomy, penetration with an inanimate object, aggravated sexual battery and attempted rape. All these crimes allegedly occurred with one female victim between November […]
Two major UVA projects were up for review in the City and County earlier this month. A parking garage set for W. Main Street got the nod from City Council, and the County Planning Commission approved additional square footage for Fontaine Research Park. A special-use permit was approved by City Council for a parking garage […]
Dean of UVA’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Edward L. Ayers will step down from his position at UVA to take a job as the ninth president of the private University of Richmond this summer. Ayers is also currently the Hugh P. Kelley Professor in the UVA history department. An eminent “New […]
Margaret Edds, a journalist for The Virginian-Pilot, was drawn to the Earl Washington Jr. story when she began writing editorials against the death penalty. Washington, a mildly retarded man, was sent to death row for the 1982 rape and murder of a Culpeper woman.
State police pledged “no new victims” on Halloween this year, vowing to keep trick-or-treating children safe from sexual predators. So, they continued an annual program called “Operation Trick No Treat” that requires sex offenders to stay at home with their lights off or attend a meeting during prime trick-or-treating hours.
‘Tis the season for multibillion dollar university campaigns. In September and October, UVA ended the “silent” phase of its capital campaign, and several other schools also made public their considerable underground moneymaking efforts.
On Tuesday, October 31, three George Allen campaign aides dragged a first-year UVA law student out of the Omni Charlottesville Hotel. Mike Stark, a liberal blogger who has provoked Allen in the past on Allen’s use of the “N”-word, was booted out for asking the senator needling questions about his first marriage at a campaign event.
City prosecutors reached a deal with murder suspect William Franklin Marshall on Monday, October 30, that said he is guilty of being an accessory, but cannot be tried as the killer, in a 2004 strangulation that occurred at a trailer park on Carlton Road. Marshall will serve only 12 months for the misdemeanor charge. Marshall […]
Parents who provided alcohol for their teen’s 16th birthday acknowledge they bought the beer, but argue their home was illegally searched the night they were charged for contributing to the delinquency of minors. Initially sentenced to eight years in prison, George and Elisa Robinson, now divorced, appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court, which heard the […]
Student Financial Services was trying to e-mail 1,264 students to tell them to pay their bills and avoid being blocked from spring registration. But, due to what University Spokesperson Carol Wood termed a “human error,” Student Financial Services, on Tuesday, October 31, instead sent 632 e-mails to half of those students containing other students’ data, […]
Two lawyers went head-to-head in a panel discussion at UVA Law School’s Caplin Pavilion Wednesday, November 1. One, Jay Speer, the executive director of the Virginia Poverty Law Center, said pay-day lending is predatory and should be outlawed; the other, Michele Satterlund, an attorney who represents payday lender CheckSmart, said her company is simply fulfilling […]
Charlottesville Police Officer Ron Webster is retiring after an almost 40-year career that\’s taken him from patrolling the Corner to a foot beat on Main Street\’s “new” Downtown Mall. And, in his time on the forensic unit, he\’s seen technology go from old-fashioned suspect sleuthing to fingerprinting and DNA matching.
Water Street was, literally, flowing with water on October 26, when a water main near the City Center for Contemporary Arts broke, creating a bubbling gurgle at its intersection with Second Street SE, just off the Downtown Mall. Was this small gusher a result of incessant utility work that\’s been going on in that corridor?
Hold on to your seats—apparently, America is in a library-related crisis. “File Not Found,” a September 2006 Atlantic Monthly article, elaborates on the “digital preservation problem,” an issue that spans from the Library of Congress all the way to the UVA Library System. Basically, since we stopped storing information on stone tablets and papyrus scrolls, […]