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Joseph Carroll Breeden, Kathryn Pace and Vincent Michael Leonardi were reported missing last week. So far, only Pace has been found. Photos courtesy of the Charlottesville and Albemarle police departments

Three locals missing in one week

Last week, three locals were reported missing and only one has been found. Joseph Carroll Breeden, 38, was last seen at the Hollymead Town Center Five Guys Burgers and Fries, where he works, at 7:30pm Wednesday, January 6. At 8pm, he was captured on video at a UVA library. At 5 feet 9 inches and […]

Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad volunteers hope to demolish the north wing of their building and rebuild a five-bay garage with two stories of added space above it, along with other modifications. Photo courtesy of Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad

Space issue: Rescue squad sues city over variance

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad hopes to increase the size of its building, which has been nestled on McIntire Road since 1964, to give volunteers more space to meet and make it possible to accommodate the increasing size of emergency vehicles. “The trucks don’t fit,” says Chief Dayton Haugh. “It’s 2015.” In May, CARS submitted an […]

After turning himself in for the violation, a representative from the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail says he is not currently incarcerated. Mugshot courtesy of the Charlottesville Police Department

SWAT standoff: Local Internet celeb behind bars

Not one to shy away from a camera, a Charlottesville man and Internet celebrity had a more somber cameo than he’s used to during January 4 video appearances in Charlottesville General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. A day after a police standoff, which lasted several hours and required the presence of a […]

Courtesy of Bend Management.

New leases signed at 5th Street Station

A real estate firm out of Virginia Beach has signed five leases at 5th Street Station, a soon-to-be 465,000-square-foot shopping center on Fifth Street. The 72-acre space has already promised a Wegmans, but thanks to the 66,900 square feet Divaris Real Estate has signed off on, locals can now expect a Havertys Furniture, A.C. Moore, […]

Donald J. Trump and son Eric Trump at the Grand Opening Celebration of the Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery.
Photo: Amanda Maglione

Family ties: Sales at Trump Winery skyrocket

With Trump Winery and the Albemarle Estate situated on a massive 1,300-acre plot south of Charlottesville, some Central Virginians may have more ties to the Trump family than they’d like. Others take advantage of it. Robert Harllee, owner of the Market Street Wineshops, tells the story of a liberal couple who visited his store in […]

Augusta County schools closed Friday for safety

Augusta County schools closed Friday for safety

A Riverheads High School world geography teacher in Staunton is being accused of attempting to convert her students to Islam. On the subject of major world religions, Cheryl LaPorte assigned a worksheet on Islam that included an exercise about the difficulty of writing calligraphy. Students were asked to imitate the Shahada, or the Islamic statement […]

Max Patek, a programmer for the Charlottesville High School zero robotics team, says working through math and physics equations can be tough. Photo by
Mina Pirasteh

Space invaders: CHS robotics team goes international

A group of Charlottesville High School students are on an espionage mission from NASA to capture photographs of a competitor satellite while managing a limited store of energy and avoiding having their own satellite’s photo snatched by the competitor. BACON, or the Best All-around Club of Nerds, has been doing a pretty good job at it, […]

The Flats required a 101-foot special use permit. Staff photo

A city divided: Should West Main be rezoned?

Locals voiced concerns about a potential zoning amendment in the plans for West Main Street at a public forum in front of the City Planning Commission and City Council December 8. Amendments to the current zoning laws could include dividing West Main into east and west sections with the bridge by the Amtrak station being […]

Bronco Mendenhall, former BYU head football coach, will take the reins at UVA. Photo by Matt Riley

UVA welcomes new head football coach

Just days after former University of Virginia football coach Mike London resigned, Brigham Young University’s Bronco Mendenhall snagged the title December 4, becoming UVA’s 40th head football coach. At BYU, Mendenhall coached the Cougars for 11 seasons with an overall record of 99-42 and ranked 12th in total wins among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams […]

Rachel Rasnake, a special education teacher at Walker Upper Elementary School, says concerns voiced by her students’ parents have helped her remodel some of her practices. Rammelkamp Foto

Open dialogue: Group helps special education community

The parent of an eighth-grader who receives special education at Buford Middle School says her daughter doesn’t appear like she’s disabled. Lisa Torres’ daughter is moderately to severely dyslexic and has some difficulty with speech articulation, but she’s enrolled in advanced classes and also in the band. “I’m a parent who’s at a different end […]

A bus crash in North Chesterfield County left about 35 people injured, including an unknown number of UVA students. Photo courtesy of the Virginia State Police

UPDATED: No UVA students aboard crashed bus

Virginia State Police have determined that speed was a factor in the November 29 motorcoach accident by an Abbott Trailways driver in North Chesterfield County. The bus, driven by Thomas B. Chidester of Salem, was en route to the University of Virginia around 7:15pm when the driver lost control on the curve of a ramp […]

Environment Virginia created an interactive map to track threatening weather in the state from 2007-2012. Screenshot of map

Weather-wise, locals are lucking out

While California is experiencing its worst drought in more than a millennium, South Carolina was subject to extreme flooding in October and western wildfires have burned more than 9 million acres of land this year, one group aims to bring forewarning of extreme weather conditions closer to home. Environment Virginia, a research and policy center […]

Charlottesville police and the Office of Human Rights are handing out pamphlets to help citizens understand their rights.

Your right to know: Police help you interact with police

Amid a worldwide trend of alleged over-policing and law-enforcement scrutinization, the Charlottesville Police Department and the city’s Office of Human Rights hope a pocket-sized pamphlet they’re distributing will be a saving grace when it comes to interacting with cops. The pamphlet, called Your Rights and Responsibilities, is available at a multitude of local venues, including […]

A bridge similar to the one Diane Berlin proposes at Rolkin Road already exists on Emmet Street. The difference? Rolkin’s will be longer, with the potential to be cheaper, and will feature an elevator on one side and ramps on the other. Photo by Martyn Kyle

There’s hope yet for the pedestrian bridge over 250

Though building a pedestrian bridge over Route 250 at Rolkin Road may not be the Albemarle Board of Supervisors’ first priority, the proposal hasn’t gone unnoticed. With about 350 to 400 names on petitions advocating for the bridge and a large showing of supporters at the November 11 meeting, Pantops Community Advisory Committee member Diane […]