Hot air closes court
Albemarle Circuit Court closed for business today because the temperature yesterday "constituted a threat to health," according to a notice posted on the courthouse door signed by Judge Cheryl Higgins. The judge also noted that the county said there was no problem with the air conditioning and that no other rooms were available in the County Office Building.
"There's some sort of malfunction in the temperature setting," says Albemarle spokeswoman Lee Catlin. Because the number of bodies occupying the courtroom can heat things up, facilities is looking at the preset temp, says Catlin.
The cancellation of court means that the Western Albemarle student accused of threatening classmates on Facebook, Patrick Crider, did not get his day in court again. A week ago, Judge Higgins had him play the violin to determine whether she had a conflict of interest, and Crider was rescheduled to enter a plea today before Judge Paul Peatross.
Also on today's docket: accused Mill-Creek-HOA embezzler Kevin O'Connor. Those cases have not been rescheduled, according to Judge Higgins' assistant, Denise Hodges.