4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review

Least orderly in the court: Witness-assaulter Mark Wayne Shifflett, 46, who attacked and threatened to kill a former employee while handcuffed in Albemarle General District Court August 21 during a credit card-theft hearing, is sentenced to 15 months in jail November 18, Tasha Kates reports in the Daily Progress.

Longest home invasion sentence: An Albemarle jury recommends 31 years for Cabell Clatterbaugh, who broke into a Bennington Road home in July 2007, hit a man on the head with a gun and sped off to be eventually captured in Greene County, WCAV reports. Clatterbaugh gets sentenced March 18.

Latest Shamrock Road robbery: Two men are arrested November 18 for punching and attempting to rob a UVA student at 2am. Charged are Jamar Lewis Chapman, 28, and Ramon Chas Jones, 21.  A UVA student reported being robbed at gunpoint on Shamrock Avenue late November 12 by three suspects. 

Latest Barracks Road armed robbery: A 45-year-old man is robbed at knifepoint November 22 between Harris Teeter and Old Navy by two men last seen running toward Arlington Boulevard.

Latest Richard Spurzem lawsuit: The developer files suit against Albemarle County after it rejects his site plan for 187 residential units at North Pointe, according to a Brandon Shulleeta story in the Progress. Spurzem sued the county in 2004 when the Planning Commission voted down his plans for the Gazebo Shopping Center on Pantops.

Latest Paul Goodloe McIntire Award recipients: Dan and Lou Jordan receive the Chamber of Commerce's highest citizenship award November 20 for their stewardship of Monticello. Dan Jordan was president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation for more than 20 years before retiring earlier this month. 

Most in transition: Two UVA law profs are named to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team– Jonathan Z. Cannon, who will work on the Environmental Protection Agency, and David A. Martin, who will be looking at the Department of Homeland Security.  

Most Republican clout: Seventh District Representative Eric Cantor is elected House Republican whip November 19, the number two minority position, and the first Virginian of either party to hold that position, according to Media General. 

Most opulent: UVA-owned Boar's Head Inn unveils a swanky, $10 million facility called the Pavilion in hopes of capturing more of the business conference pie with the new 9,000-square-foot facility.

Most popular drugs: Marijuana, cocaine, and crack appear to be Charlottesville's favorites, according to the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement task force, and Mexican cartels have brought the price down on coke, Scott Shenk reports in the Progress.

Least popular drugs: Despite meth's popularity in the nearby Shenandoah Valley, methamphetamines and Psilocybin mushrooms account for the fewest JADE seizures (and LSD acounts for zero seizures).

Worst loss for the UVA lacrosse team: Former teammate Will Barrow, 22, dies of undetermined causes in Charlottesville.

Biggest donor: Jane "Miss Iris" Crutchfield leaves more than $2 million to be divided between the universities of Virginia and North Carolina. Crutchfield, who died in 2006 at age 92, was a school teacher and librarian, and bestows $1.1 million each to UVA's Curry School of Education and to UNC's School of Information and Library Science, both of which she attended.

Most dramatic donation: A black-caped man parachutes into Scott Stadium during half-time November 22 to present students with a $14,777,77 gift from the Seven Society, the Cavalier Daily reports. 

Best brochure: Albemarle County releases a how-to on dealing with a nuisance barking dog.

Worst realization: Despite the brochure and a new ordinance, the burden of relief from the incessant yapping of a nearby dog still falls on the victim, who must listen to the hound(s) from hell for at least 30 minutes before seeking police assistance.