James Halfaday posted this photo on Facebook and told his 1,100 Facebook friends about his earthquake injuries.
Halfaday posted this photo of his sunroom after the earthquake.
James Halfaday was unlucky in his run for City Council, and his bad luck seems to have continued, apparently making him the only person injured in Charlottesville in the August 23 earthquake.
According to a post on Facebook, Halfaday allegedly suffered a concussion after his sunroom ceiling fell on him, knocking him unconscious. Halfaday writes that after regaining conciousness and staggering out from under the ceiling debris, he found his chihuahuas hiding in a corner. He posted a photograph of his damaged sunroom ceiling– and of himself wearing a neck brace.
Halfaday did not immediately respond to a request to tell his harrowing story to the Hook.
Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner says he is unaware of anyone being injured in the 5.8 earthquake in the city, nor was he aware of any emergency calls for citizens trapped in collapsed or damaged buildings.
Meanwhile, since the August 20 City Council primary, where Halfaday finished seventh out of seven candidates, Halfaday alleges fear for his life on another matter, according to an NBC29 report.
An openly gay candidate, Halfaday claims a volunteer for a Democratic opponent approached him romantically. NBC29 reports that since August 10, Halfaday allegedly received 134 text messages and numerous harassing phone calls from Nina Gregory, a married woman who was helping the campaign of one of the eventual nominees, Kathy Galvin.
Halfaday claims to NBC29 that on August 23, the same day as the earthquake in which he reported being knocked unconscious, Gregory left a message saying, "I love you. I want to be there. I've got a knife for us."
He swore out a magistrate-approved emergency protective order. On August 26, however, Judge Robert Downer refused to grant Halfaday's petition for a longer protective order, according to General District Court documents.
Halfaday alleges that two days later, Gregory made contact that violated the existing protective order, which would have expired after 72 hours. She was arrested the next day.
The former candidate, who co-owns a franchised location of the Snap Fitness gym, was the subject of criticism early in his campaign for alleged alcohol infractions, but he candidly discussed his college-era beverage transgressions– as well as his 200-pound weight loss.
Halfday went on to assert that he received messages during the campaign disparaging him for his homosexuality. Before the Democratic primary, he declined to show the alleged homophobic emails to the Hook, and, citing the pending criminal case, he has declined to discuss the alleged behavior of Gregory.
"He's someone I find difficult to understand," says Charlottesville Democratic Party co-chair James Nix, who looked into the missives and found scant evidence beyond a single incident of spoofed, or bogus, emails.
"It looked like an outsider impersonated him and Kathy Galvin and was up to no good," says Nix. "It only happened once."
As for Gregory, she has been a Democratic volunteer for years, says Nix. His reaction to Halfaday taking out a protective order?
"I was very surprised," says Nix, "especially about his accusations of threatening behavior by Nina. I found that unbelievable."
Gregory appeared in court September 6 with her attorney, Andrew Sneathern. She declined to comment afterward, and her next court appearance is September 30. But on August 29 she told the Hook, "There's absolutely no truth to these allegations. I have no further comment."