The week in review
Latest hotel death: The body of Laura Daly, 46, is found in the Red Roof Inn January 22 along with David Highfield, 63, who was unconscious and is in intensive care at UVA Medical Center, according to the Newsplex. On December 5, Linda Doig was found in the Econo Lodge and an autopsy called the cause of her death complications from chronic alcoholism. Doig's family– not notified until nine days later– believes she was the victim of domestic abuse.
Biggest lose-lose case: Former Monticello High student Ramon Turley, 18, pleads guilty January 17 to the felony murder of one-year-old Camora Latay Wicks. He faces five to 40 years in prison when he's sentenced in May.
Biggest chain reaction: An accident on eastbound I-64 at the Ivy exit around 8:30am January 24 causes three more crashes involving 10 cars and turns the interstate into a parking lot, according to NBC29.
Most dramatic parked car crash: A woman having car trouble pulls off Monacan Trail U.S. 29 January 17, and a male driver hits her vehicle and flips it over, NBC29 reports. Neither are hurt, and charges are pending.
Most early admissions: UVA gives the nod to 3,187 high school seniors out of a pool of 11,753 applicants. To improve socio-economic fairness, the university axed its binding early decision program in 2006, and went nonbinding. The total number of applicants for regular admission is 28,239– 4,250 more than last year.
Latest Landmark news: Milwaukee businessman Timothy J. Dixon wants to buy the skeletal Downtown Mall structure for $2.8 million, pending bankruptcy court approval in March, Bryan McKenzie reports in the Progress. And according to NBC29, a judge okays payment of nearly $53,000 to cash-strapped owner Halsey Minor's lawyers. Construction on the property halted in November 2008.
Latest Kluge bankruptcy news: Farm Credit, which lent winemaker Patricia Kluge $35 million, wants Ellerslie, an aging historic home on six acres owned by Kluge and her husband Bill Moses, according to another McKenzie story. Bankruptcy trustee William Schneider argues the house is an asset that should be sold to pay off the couple's $47.5 million in liabilities.
Latest chapter in juvenile treatment center:The Jefferson Trail Treatment Center for Children will close its doors February 24, and the building on Arlington Boulevard will demolished, according to the Newsplex. The facility, variously known as Millmont Center, Brown Schools, and Whisper Ridge, frequently changed its name after beating or rape scandals cropped up, cvillenews.com reminds.
Least affected by Supreme Court ruling on GPS tracking: Charlottesville Police say they don't track suspects with the electronic devices that the court just ruled can't be used without a search warrant, Ted Strong reports in the DP. The Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement task force does use GPS surveillance, and Albemarle police won't say whether they do.
First rooftop landing pad: UVA Medical Center plans to land helicopters on its roof in the spring, the Newsplex reports.
Worst cow-carcass dumping: The bodies of four calves are found last week on Teel Mountain Road a few miles north of Stanardsville, according to the Newsplex.
Squirreliest lockdown: Two Orange County schools go "code red" after gunshots are heard around 9:30am January 23, the Newsplex reports. By 10am, it was determined that the shooters were squirrel hunters on a neighboring property.
Saddest end to a Poe tradition: The mysterious man who for 60 year left three roses and a half-filled bottle of cognac on the Baltimore grave of UVA alum Edgar Allan Poe every January 19– Poe's birthday– apparently is nevermore, the Washington Post reports. The Poe Toaster, as he's known, was last seen in 2009, the macabre writer's 200th birthday.