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City Cop retires after 39 years

City Cop retires after 39 years

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 runneth over

Water Street runneth over

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?

Library collections going digital

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, […]

70 Local GED graduates celebrate

The crowd at times was reminiscent of a raucous church gathering. Babies cried and toddlers fussed, women muttered affirmations and the crowd clapped its hands in support. But the people gathered at Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center October 24 weren’t there for a church service—they were there to congratulate over 200 students from […]

Rocky weeks follow campaign Kickoff

or a fundraiser that’s got to pull in a million bucks a day, UVA’s $3 billion capital campaign is off to a bumpy (you could say mumpy) start, at least in terms of local news. In the weeks surrounding the kickoff to one of the most ambitious fundraisers in higher education history, the University has […]

State funding problems affect local roads

Indecision in the Virginia General Assembly over statewide transportation funding has led to public worry (and fury) from high-volume traffic areas like Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. Though Charlottesville may not be the squeakiest wheel in the statewide transportation dilemma, a lack of decision-making will have its impacts here, local officials say.    “Both the City […]

Enviro-conscious group honors developer

It’s pretty rare to see a group of environmentally active citizens applaud a local real estate developer. But, at an October 18 fête at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, the Charlottesville Waldorf Foundation held its second annual Commonwealth Environmental Leadership Awards (or CELAs) and honored New Hampshire-based Qroe Farm Preservation, the developers of 2,300-acre Bundoran […]

Gaps found in DNA Databank

Charlottesville Police Captain J. E. “Chip” Harding thinks he’s found a glitch in a statewide database that keeps track of convicted felons’ DNA. The missing data could be the link police seek to find the serial rapist, who’s suspected of seven area rapes since 1997. But, police looking to fill in the gaps retroactively could run into some legal roadblocks, which tough-on-crime Virginia Delegate Rob Bell has pledged to help with.

Manhunt ends in bullet wounds for suspect

A fugitive suspect who had been wanted since October 13 was shot by police after a three-hour manhunt on Friday, October 20. Elvis Shifflett was wanted for ambushing and attempting to shoot his ex-girlfriend earlier this month and had been on the run for a week.    The manhunt reportedly began when Shifflett’s red Dodge Shadow […]

Legal Aid fights loan scammers

Credit card debt and predatory lending don’t exactly sound like material for a riveting night at the movies. But on October 25, Legal Aid will host a film screening of Maxed Out, an exposé about the way credit card companies and high interest lenders do business. Apparently, the truth ain’t pretty.    Directed by James Scurlock, […]

ARTS CENTER STALLED OVER donor’s $22 MILLION

ARTS CENTER STALLED OVER donor’s $22 MILLION

An arts center planned for the corner of Emmet Street and Ivy Road won\’t include a 1,600-seat theater originally slated and the project overall may come later than expected. The reason? A $22 million gift from now-deceased big-dollar donor Carl Smith\’s estate is “on hold,” says UVA Architect David E. Neuman.

New Coach wants more fans, titles

New wrestling coach Steve Garland, at 29, has taken over a program that went 12-5 last year but hasn’t won a team ACC title since 1974.    “All that matters in wrestling is how many All-Americans you have, how many guys you’re bringing to the big dance, and did you win ACCs or not,” says Garland. […]

Armed robbery string confirmed by cops

Police have confirmed two armed robberies from the first week of October are related. The perpetrators attempted to abduct a 19-year-old male from Route 29 and assaulted a UVA student on the Corner—guns were used in both incidents.    On October 3, a teen was in his car at the 7-Eleven on the corner of Route […]

DIY Lawsuit from former Regional Jail inmate

A man who helped jailers quell an August 2004 escape attempt at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail says staff didn’t do enough to protect him from other inmates. Now he’s braving the civil legal system and has filed suit in U.S. District Court against the jail, facility Superintendent Colonel Ronald Matthews and other staff for $1.5 […]

Citizens play with Police guns

The Charlottesville Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy doesn’t exactly train people for duty—but it does allow them, for one night, to get their hands on some real, police-issue weapons. On Wednesday, October 11, about a dozen participants got to show those paper silhouette targets who was boss at the indoor firing range at Rivanna Rifle […]

sports scholarships As elitism?

Scholarships for students playing traditionally “white” sports could be another way for elites to dominate American universities, a September 21 article in The Economist asserts. A column dealing with Dan Golden’s The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges—and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates claims preps wheedle their […]

truce reached on Franklin Street

truce reached on Franklin Street

The rumblings from neighbors over truck traffic on Franklin Street had quieted since the previous City Council meeting, when Woolen Mills resident Bill Emory played a tape of truck noise, ruffling Mayor David Brown. At that time, it seemed that no compromise short of a no-trucks ordinance would appease the E. Market Street residents.    But, […]

UVA woman killed on Parkway

UVA woman killed on Parkway

On Tuesday, October 3, police identified a body found over the weekend near an abandoned car on the Blue Ridge Parkway as that of UVA graduate student Elizabeth Michelle “Lizzy” Hafter. Her parents had last heard from her the previous Friday, when she told her mother that she was going to the mountains to study and enjoy the weather.

Man assaulted at Barracks Road

Man assaulted at Barracks Road

A 19-year-old driver was assaulted October 3 at Barracks Road Shopping Center after letting a strange man into his car at the 7-Eleven at U.S. Route 29 and Hydraulic Road. The teen ran from his attackers, who attempted to abduct him even after he handed over his wallet and car keys.    Around 8am, City spokesman […]

Federal Court of Appeals visits UVA Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals (of which there are only 12 in the country) visited the UVA Law School on October 3 and heard four cases handed up from the Fourth Circuit, which comprises Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The court’s first hearing in Virginia was an opportunity for the law […]

Crackdown on parking scofflaws

Crackdown on parking scofflaws

Charlottesville is now officially a less cool place to live for those who laugh in the face of parking regulations. A loophole that essentially doled out no punishment for unpaid parking tickets has been closed, following an October 2 City Council vote that remedied the glitch.    Under the old procedure, appealed tickets would get forwarded […]

Facebook nation

Facebook nation

It was a muggy August day on the UVA Lawn; administrators hoped the weather would hold for the Convocation ceremonies that were about to welcome the Class of 2010. The breeze fluttered programs placed on rows upon rows of folding chairs. Slowly, some traveling in packs from dorms, others filing in groups of two or three, the class of 2010 arrived in waves of t-shirts, shorts, sundresses, ball caps.

Facebook—The Language

Facebook (n.) 1. A social networking site that originated at Harvard in 2002 and opened slowly to a few university communities, then all colleges and, recently, to all users. Old-schoolers refer to the site as “The Facebook,” in reference to the site’s original location at www.thefacebook.com. As it became more popular, the site streamlined to […]

Reward offered for shooters in Wertland incident

Reward offered for shooters in Wertland incident

Crimestoppers is offering an $8,500 reward for information about those who shot a UVA student in this neighborhood near the Corner. The Jefferson Area Crimestoppers are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in a robbery and shooting that occurred on the 1000 block of Wertland Street on September 10. Police currently have […]