The week in review
Most accommodating: City officials agree to extend the permit for Occupy Charlottesville in Lee Park until October 27, and waive the $25 fee. Previously, camping had not been allowed in the city park.
Worst casualty of the sex offender registry: Edgar Lee Coker, 20, is arrested at an Orange County High School football game for being on school property. Coker was arrested for a 2007 sexual offense involving a 14-year-old girl, who has recanted her story, WINA reports. Coker served time and later graduated from Orange High as a star athlete, apparently unaware his permission to be there had been revoked. The girl and her mother, as well as UVA's Innocence Project, are working to get Coker off the registry.
Youngest alleged sex offender: Jonathan Shifflett, 18, of Crozet, is charged October 18 with having carnal knowledge of a child between 13 and 15, according to the Newsplex.
More sex crimes with a minor: Jennifer N. Heatwole, 24, of Waynesboro is sentenced October 19 to 12 months in jail on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor by having sex with a 16-year-old Verona boy, the News Leader reports. She'd originally faced felony non-forcible sodomy charges.
Worst boyfriend behavior: Bryan Lee Watkins, 24, is sentenced to four years in prison October 19 for firing a gun at his girlfriend in Azalea Park in April, the DP reports. No one was injured.
Worst driving decision: An onboard camera catches a Staunton school bus driver texting as she pulls a student-laden vehicle out of Shelburne Middle School in August, the News Leader reports. The driver resigned in September, and the school superintendent acknowledged the incident to the News Leader October 21.
Latest shooting: A man is wounded around 9pm October 23 in the Forest Street area, according to WINA. The injury is non-life-threatening, and police are searching for a suspect.
Latest Charlottesville police equipment: Body cameras, which will be worn on the uniform to protect officers from allegations of police brutality or misconduct, according to a spokesman for VML Insurance Programs, which purchased 1,400 of the micro cameras for a handful of insurance-carrying police departments in the state, the DP reports.
Latest jail fatality: Inmate Steven Davis, 48, dies October 20 at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail when he suffered a heart attack after playing basketball, according to Colonel Ron Matthews.
Most felonies by a law-enforcement officer: Former Nelson deputy Joshua Lee Hatter, 31, is charged October 17 with felony abduction, discharging a firearm in an occupied building, and destroying property worth more than $1,000, and two misdemeanors– assault on a family member and destroying a phone line, according to the Nelson County Times. He's being held without bond.
Deepest coffers: Money flows into the Rivanna supervisor race, with Republican incumbent Ken Boyd reporting having raised a total of $68,735 by September 30, and challenger Cynthia Neff has gotten $82,296 in contributions.
Biggest Scottsville donation: John Grisham writes a $5,000 check for Dem supervisor candidate Christopher Dumler, as does Silvercrest Asset Management, bringing Dumler's total funds to almost $56K compared to Republican Jim Norwood's nearly $28K.
Best gets: UVA's Miller Center brings in Bob "Watergate" Woodward October 24, and the Batten Center has U.S. Senator Jim Webb October 21 to celebrate its move to Garrett Hall.
Best news for Lawnies: A $3.7 million campaign to repair the fireplaces and install sprinklers in Lawn and Range rooms gets a $100,000 donation.
Best New York Times review for editing: Former Charlottesvillian Nell Casey gets more praise for her work on The Journals of Spalding Gray than Gray himself, whose writings, says the Times, are "the one thing he never allowed himself to be onstage: uninteresting."
Longest-lived lifetime-achievement recipient: Waltons creator Earl Hamner, 88, receives an award from the Library of Virginia for his long-lasting contributions to literature as a Virginian October 15, and it's presented by Richard Thomas, who played John-Boy in the television series.