The week in review
Biggest chain reaction: Some local purveyors at the City Market are upset that Great Harvest Baking Company, a franchise, is allowed a highly coveted space, contending the popular farmers market is for local producers. Graham Moomaw has the story in the Daily Progress.
Biggest surprise for Albemarle supes: That adding chloramines to the water supply is controversial. According to Charlottesville Tomorrow, both Ann Mallek and Ken Boyd expressed concerns at the May 2 meeting that Rivanna Sewer and Water Authority reports did not mention that some people consider chloramines unsafe.
Worst news for Ragged Mountain dam opponents: At that same meeting, RWSA director Tom Frederick says the project will proceed despite a lawsuit contending that City Council acted illegally in okaying the new dam.
Worst commute: A tire-blowing dump truck on eastbound I-64 goes into a ravine near the Ivy exit around 6am May 2, backing up traffic for miles and for hours.
Worst driving: Daniel Shifflett, 21, of Greene County allegedly falls asleep behind the wheel and plows into a Stanardsville house around 8:30pm May 5, NBC29 reports. He's charged with reckless driving and improper brakes.
Worst driving on a suspended license: John Kevin Moore, 29, of Crozet allegedly rear ends an Albemarle police officer May 4 on Ridge Street, WINA reports. The officer is treated for minor injuries at UVA Medical Center; Moore is charged with following too closely and driving with a suspended license.
Worst idea: Waynesboro man Christopher Hecker is charged with threatening to kill President Barack Obama and bomb the White House and other sites, the AP reports. Arraigned in federal court in Charlottesville on May 4, he reportedly tells the judge he doesn't want an attorney and is seeking the death penalty. He's ordered to undergo a psych evaluation.
Latest slum-ward slide of a primo property: The State Fire Marshall goes to court May 4 to order Inn at Afton owner Phil Dulaney to immediately install fire detectors in 19 occupied rooms or move the residents out, according to the News Leader.
Latest verdict for a convicted killer: John Wesley Morris, 54, who has a history of shooting people, including two men who died in a 1984 dispute at Hardee's (as well as his own cousin, who, in a separate incident, survived getting shot in the back), is convicted in the 2011 shooting of his girlfriend, Lisa Ann Clements. Struck in the neck, Clements suffers partial paralysis, Samantha Koons reports in the Progress. The jury recommends a life sentence for aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm.
Most tragic leap: A 55-year-old allegedly drunk man jumps off a bridge May 1 at Lake Anna that warned, "No jumping or fishing from bridge." The man was motionless when he surfaced, according to the Newsplex, and was declared dead at the scene.
Most bizarre search-and-rescue: The family of a 53-year-old woman reports May 3 that she's missing, is ill, and not behaving normally. Her van is found running in a Monticello parking lot that evening, according to a release. As search and rescuer Tom Payne checks out a remote trail on an ATV around 1:30am, he's injured by a leaping deer that knocks him off the vehicle. The woman is found around 2:30am, apparently hallucinating. Both she and Payne are in stable condition.
Most emailed New York Times article: A May 2 Nicholas Kristof column called "How Chemicals Affect Us," about the dangers of endocrine disruptors like bisphenol-A, which is widely found in food packaging, quotes local scientist Pete Myers, who has long sounded the alarm on BPA, and who was just named chairman of the board of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, a DC think tank.