4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Worst day for vehicles slamming into buildings: July 31, when a auto driver smashes into Millmont Grille, NBC29 reports, and a tractor trailer jettisons off I-81 and crashes into an empty dorm at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.
Worst night for vehicles slamming into roofs: A stolen vehicle chased by police goes airborne at the T-intersection of Rugby Road around 2:30am August 7 and hits the roof of a garage and a house before flipping to a stop at the bottom of the hill. Police are seeking the driver, who somehow survived and fled the scene.
Worst day for trains slamming into vehicles: Win Maung, 35, allegedly misses the road and ends up stuck on the train tracks August 7 at Farmington Drive. A Buckingham Branch engine pushes his 2000 Ford Focus 100 feet. Maung is charged with failure to maintain control and having no license.
Worst hit and run (without hitting a building): Probation officer Rachael Ann Rossman, 23, is charged for allegedly running a red light and slamming into and totaling a cop car July 20, then driving away, the Progress reports.
Most appalling lobbying: A firm called Bonner and Associates sends forged letters against the cap and trade bill purporting to be from legitimate minority organizations– Creciendo Juntos and the NAACP– to Congressman Tom Perriello in June. Brian McNeill at the Progress has the story, which goes national, and a Congressional investigation is in the works.
Most ironic postal news: Montpelier opens its duPont-built, newly renovated P.O. August 4 on the heels of word that the U.S. Postal Service will close 19 post offices in Virginia and Charlottesville's processing center could be shuttered.
Most police manpower for fewest traffic violators: Five Albemarle County cops conduct a safety checkpoint August 6 for two hours in Crozet at Railroad Avenue and Lanetown Road, according to a release. Of the 247 motorists who are stopped, 19 are issued summons, eight of which are for inspection violations.
Most debatable Charlottesville School Board proposal: A photograph of President Barack Obama in every school is the brain-child of board member Juandiego Wade, Brandon Shulleeta reports in the Progress.
Most tragic camp-out: Albemarle resident and Eagle Scout Christopher William Murray, 20, dies August 7 from a fire at Camp Shenandoah in Augusta County that investigators say he intentionally set.
Cruelest casualties of church building: Twelve low-income families left at Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park on U.S. 250 will be evicted by the end of the year to make way for construction of Faith Christian Center International's new facility on the 10-acre property, NBC29 reports.
Worst statistic: In Virginia, 1.03 million people– 15.5 percent– have no health insurance, while Charlottesville has 24.7 percent uncovered, according to 2006 U.S. Census Bureau numbers.
Worst designated driver plan: An 11-year-old Crimora boy crashes his father's car and sends four people to the hospital February 21 when Michael W. Powell, 31, decides he's had too much to drink, the News Virginian reports. Another parent, Kelly L. Scott, 30, pleads guilty to felony child endangerment August 10 for taking her seven-year-old son along for the ride.
Best false alarm: A package delivered to Wilson Hall at UVA August 6 makes a woman ill and the building is evacuated, but the alleged biohazard stems from her reaction to glue on the box.
Best bus buy: Charlottesville Transit System drops the price of a day pass from $2 to $1.50 and monthly passes are available for $20.
Fruitiest: If 350 people sign up, vegetarians in Virginia can get their own license plates.