4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Lowest tax rate: Albemarle Board of Supervisors votes to keep the same 74.2 cents per $100 of assessed value tax rate, which will result in a slight property tax decrease because of declining assessments.
Biggest screw-up: Albemarle discovers it miscalculated when it offered employees stipends to retire early, and now wants to reduce the amount of money upon which people based their decision to retire, leaving many of the 42 who left feeling stiffed, according to a Brandon Shulleeta story in the Daily Progress.
Most horrific domestic dispute: A Greene County woman is severely burned when her boyfriend allegedly pours kerosene on her in her Stanardsville apartment early March 22 in a fire that leaves other residents unable to return to their homes. Later that day, Cordrick Lewis Dade is arrested and charged with arson and aggravated malicious wounding.
Most horrific December domestic dispute: Brenda Canosa is indicted for the December 11 shooting of her estranged husband, Orange County Sheriff's investigator Bob Canosa.
Most horrific January domestic dispute: Former UVA first year Alan Yuan Chang allegedly set up the bowling pin bludgeoning death of his father January 15 to look like a robbery, according to testimony at a March 22 preliminary hearing in Richmond.
Most wanted: Jason Todd Cash, 35 is served with warrants from four counties March 19 after K-9 Officer Bing finds him hiding in a house on Secretary Sands Road. In Nelson, Cash faces six counts, including attempted first-degree murder of a police officer. He's also wanted in Buckingham, Amherst and Albemarle.
Most porn charges: Christopher Michael Watson, 19, of Woodburn Court is charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography March 16. That same day, Lawrence Douglas Green Jr., 24, of Townsend Court is charged with seven counts. Lorenzo Antwain Carey, 22, of Butterfield Court in Gordonsville is arrested March 19.
Longest child porn sentence: Louisa County man Mark Church, 42, who pleaded guilty to one count of possession in November, is sentenced to five years in prison and 15 years probation March 22. The unsavory images turned up when a friend took Church's computer in for repair, and a technician discovered them and notified authorities.
Coldest rape case: Mineral man George Felix Baskerville, 36, is arrested March 16 for the September 16, 2000, rape of a 26-year-old woman who was walking home from the Downtown Mall toward Garrett Square, Ted Strong reports in the Progress. The victim did not see the man, but his DNA turned up a match in 2006. Police were unable to find the victim, who had moved out of state, until this month.
Worst place to ditch a truck: In the Sugar Hollow Reservoir, which is part of the area's water supply. Fishermen report seeing the truck roll into the water around 7:30pm March 21. Divers find the truck empty, and police believe it was intentionally submerged.
Best news for the YMCA: Albemarle supes agree to pony up the $2.03 million previous boards had agreed to pay for the new Y in McIntire Park. Earlier, Supes Rodney Thomas, Duane Snow, and Ken Boyd had considered reneging on that.
Biggest sale: Perrigo buys Gordsonville infant formula maker PBM for $808 million, according to a release.
Biggest speedtrap: Albemarle police write 139 tickets on sunny March 16 on the U.S. 29 bypass between Ivy Road and Interstate 64. The average for the 114 speeders is 70mph. (We're still waiting for a rainy and/or dark speed trap.)
Latest checkpoint: Albemarle police stake out Mill Creek Drive at the Monticllo Fire Department from 5:30 to 7:30pm on St. Patrick's Day. Out of 832 vehicles stopped, 44 are pinched for traffic violations.