The week in review
Biggest trial: A jury finds Food Lion manager Mark Weiner, 53, guilty of abduction with intent to defile May 24 after a four-day trial and recommends a 20-year sentence. Weiner was accused of drugging a 20-year-old girl in December and taking her to an abandoned house, from which she escaped.
Saddest accidental shooting: Ten-year-old Maggie Hollifield is killed around 10am May 21 in her home in Crozet by a juvenile male, according to Albemarle police, which did not release his name.
Latest shooting by Albemarle police: A county officer wounds a man May 26 at Birdwood Court near the U.S. 250 bypass and McIntire Road, which is in the city. At press time, neither the city nor county police have identified the officer and explained why he was conducting an investigation outside his turf. Albemarle police also refused to release the name of an officer who shot a man on Rio Hills Road in December.
Worst Memorial Day tragedy: A six-year-old girl slips off a boat while fishing with her family on Lake Anna and drowns.
Worst alleged driving: Olivier Chancel Ndolo, 23, crosses the median while traveling east on the U.S. 250 bypass May 20 and crashes into a westbound vehicle, the Newsplex reports. He flees the scene, leaving two injured passengers, and has been charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Worst golf-cart driving: Eight people are injured in Louisa when a golf cart flips. Driver John R. Mleziva, 72, of Manassas, is charged with reckless driving, the News Leader reports.
Worst road rage: The driver of a tractor trailer is shot on I-81 May 25 in Rockingham County by the driver of a blue PT Chrysler Cruiser or Chevrolet HHR and attempts to follow the shooter before losing the vehicle in Augusta County.
Worst DUI-checkpoint incident: Emerson L. Evans, 25, of Barboursville, dies May 24 when his Honda CRV rear ends a Ford F150 pickup that had slowed for a sobriety checkpoint on U.S. 460 in Campbell County.
Worst news for Justin Wolfe: The former marijuana supplier whose capital murder conviction was thrown out because of prosecutorial misconduct can face a new murder trial, federal appellate court justices rule May 22, overturning a lower court's ruling that the prosecution misconduct was so great, Wolfe could never get a fair trial, according to the AP reports.
Latest Huguely lawsuit: Insurer AIG sues convicted girlfriend-slayer George Huguely for refusing to answer insurance investigators' questions and wants to be released from defending him or paying damages in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Yeardley Love, the AP reports. AIG claims the lack of cooperation is a breach of contract of his family's homeowner insurance policy.
Latest to be duped by cops pretending to be 14-year-old girls online: Former Staunton police officer John C. Nuckolls, 55, is busted when he shows up for a date May 19 and is charged with two counts of attempted indecent liberties with a minor and two charges of use of electronic means to solicit sex from a minor, according to the News Leader.
Latest trend in dating websites: PositiveSingles.com matches up people who have sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes or HPV. The Newsplex has the story.
Oldest TV station: NBC29 celebrates its 40th birthday this year, signing on March 11, 1973.
Best tennis team: UVA wins the NCAA men's title after defeating UCLA May 21 in the finals at the University of Illinois in Urbana.
Best baseball coach: UVA baseball's Brian O'Connor is named ACC coach of the year for the third time in four seasons, and the fourth time since he's been at UVA.
Best graduation story: Fifty-four years after she successfully sued to attend segregated Lane High School and then spent her senior year being tutored alone in a Charlottesville School Board office, Olivia Ferguson McQueen finally receives a diploma May 25 at Burley Middle School, which used to be the black high school for Charlottesville and Albemarle.