In brief: Terry’s bad week, lots of dog poop and more

Judging by all these friendly faces and wagging tongues and tails, the Downtown Mall has become a hot dog spot in the city. Judging by all these friendly faces and wagging tongues and tails, the Downtown Mall has become a hot dog spot in the city.
Photo John Robinson
Governor Terry McAuliffe. Photo John Robinson

Worst gubernatorial week in Richmond

Terry McAuliffe learned May 23 he’s under investigation by the FBI for what was first reported as donations from a Chinese businessman and later for business dealings under the infrequently prosecuted Foreign Agents Registration Act. General Assembly Republicans also sued to overturn his order restoring voting rights for 206,000 felons. And the clerk of the House of Delegates refused to publish his line-item veto in the budget.

Thomas Eagleson is charged with five counts of unlawful filming after allegedly hiding a camera in his neighbor's bathroom. Mugshot courtesy of Albemarle Police
Thomas Eagleson. Photo Albemarle police

Alleged surreptitious-filming pet sitter in court
Forest Lakes resident Thomas Eagleson, who “had been trusted to take care of the neighbors’ pet” and installed hidden cameras in the family’s master bathroom, according to Albemarle police, waived his right to a preliminary hearing May 26 for three counts of filming a nonconsenting nude person and two counts of breaking and entering. He’s also charged with two felony juvenile filming counts.

Behind closed doors with Dewberry

Atlanta’s John Dewberry bought the Landmark in 2012. Four years later, he may be getting around to putting a hotel there. Photo: Courtesy subject
John Dewberry

Several city councilors met with John Dewberry, the owner of the derelict Landmark Hotel, and say construction could begin in 2017 and be completed in 2018, the Daily Progress reports. No site plan has been submitted to the city’s planning department.

Photo Charlottesville police

As if brandishing a weapon weren’t bad enough…
Charlottesville police allege Shaidee Amend Wingate, 22, did so while holding a child in a May 18 domestic-dispute confrontation on Sixth Street SE. Wingate faces multiple charges, including B&E, child endangerment and carrying a firearm while under a protective order.

$4.2 million grant for English prof
UVA’s Rita Felski scored a whopping award from the Danish National Research Foundation for a non-STEM endeavor: to study literature and the social world.

Judging by all these friendly faces and wagging tongues and tails, the Downtown Mall has become a hot dog spot in the city.


Projected numbers show that Charlottesville could be home to a pile of illegal pups (the number of vaccinated dogs compared with dogs with licenses), while dogs in the county surpass city dogs by about half. And if you’ve ever needed an incentive to choose the city over the county, how does saving a whole dollar on your dog registration sound to you? That’s what we like to call more bark for your buck.


dogs on record in the city as being vaccinated in 2015


owners have obtained a license for their dogs


pooches estimated in the city, according to current U.S. Census data (that’s an estimated 2.8 million pounds of poop in Charlottesville per year from dogs)


dog licenses issued so far in 2016 in the county, with 5,392 issued in 2015


for a dog license for a spayed/neutered pet in the city (one year)


for a dog license for a spayed/neutered pet in the county (one year)


dogs and puppies adopted from Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA in 2014 


million dogs living in the United States

*Numbers by DoodyCalls, the CASPCA, Census data, American Veterinary Medical Association pet calculator, city treasury and Albemarle County

Quote of the week

UVA alum and veteran broadcaster Katie Couric “must have graduated from the Joseph Goebbels School of Journalism.” Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League gun rights group, takes issue with the editing in Couric’s new documentary, Under the Gun.

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