In brief: Weddings cash cow, DUI checkpoint and more

photo Albemarle County Police photo Albemarle County Police

It could have been worse

While Richmond saw widespread damage from the June 16 storm and had more than 150,000 without power, Charlottesville was relatively unscathed, except for the Gordon Avenue house that had a tree come down on top of it, according to an NBC29 report.

File photo.It could have been worse, part 2

A spate of gunfire continued with three separate incidents early June 17. Two took place in the 900 block of First Street South at 1:54 and 4:33am, when two apartments were hit. At 1am shots were fired in the 100 block of Elliewood Avenue and a vehicle was struck. These followed shots fired June 12 on the Corner and June 7 on Gordon Avenue.

The Blue Ridge Tunnel opened in 1858, and now a nonprofit organization and a class of UVA students are working to bring national attention to the historic tunnel. Photo: 1916 postcard
The Blue Ridge Tunnel opened in 1858. Photo: 1916 postcard

Trails rake in the bucks

The Commonwealth Transportation Board bestowed funds for area hiking and biking: $255K to finish the Water Street Trail between the Coal Tower Trail and Belmont Bridge; $400K for 5th Street Station bike trails, including a bridge over Biscuit Run; and $1.3 million to complete the western end of the Blue Ridge Tunnel.

Robert Tracci  Photo by Jen Fariello
Robert Tracci Photo by Jen Fariello

Tracci amicus, Reeves FOIA

Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci joined 43 state prosecutors June 17 in an amicus brief in support of a GOP lawsuit seeking to overturn Governor Terry McAuliffe’s restoration of 200,000 felons’ voting rights. State Senator Bryce Reeves filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all communications between the governor’s office and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, alleging McAuliffe’s order is a “desperate attempt” to help Clinton in November.

Travails of an Internet celeb

Bryan Silva, who live streamed his January SWAT standoff in his house on JPA, was back in jail June 14 after violating terms of his bond. He had pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm, and was under house arrest awaiting his July 5 sentencing.



Quote of the week

“Once you witness [discrimination] first hand, it’s a totally different experience. I was in a state of shock.”—Trump garb-wearing teen Lauren Wolfrey, who was denied service at Cook Out after attending the June 10 Trump rally in Richmond, according to CBS 6.