4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Most convenient bank robbery: The Downtown Mall branch of Union Bank & Trust, nearly robbed Friday June 1 by a Fredericksburg man named Jeffrey A. Adams, stands two blocks from the Charlottesville police station.
Most likely to be alleged robber's "desert island" CDs: The Church's Forget Yourself and Talk Talk's Laughing Stock, according to a 2004 Amazon.com review posted by a Fredericksburg resident named Jeffrey A. Adams.
Latest School Board candidates: Public defender Llezelle Dugger joins the race for one of four open Charlottesville seats in November. Already declared are incumbent Alvin Edwards and business comic creator Grant Brownrigg. UVA IT specialist Sean McCord is expected to throw his hat in at press time.
Widest mood swing: After nixing Biscuit Run two months ago, the Albemarle Planning Commission okays the 3,100-unit development south of town May 29.
Worst swimming story: A six-year-old boy nearly drowns May 26 at the Barracks West Condominiums, according to the DP. His mother, Meseret Wale Workeluh, 25, is charged with felony child neglect.
Worst publicity for white shirts: While walking to her car on Garrett Street early June 2, a woman is struck in the face after she's approached by a group of eight white t-shirt-wearing young men, the Progress reports. Last week a man was beaten with a blunt object after being asked for a cigarette on Garrett Street, and police believe the attacks could be related.
Coldest hit: Martin Coye Holley, 46, is linked to a December 2000 break-in at Congregation Beth Israel on Jefferson Street. Blood from a cut led police to Holley, who was scheduled to be released from Deerfield Prison in Augusta County on June 4.
Colder hit: Alleged underwear fancier Lawrence Roundtree, 24, is linked to a series of break-ins, the most recent March 6, in which women's clothing was spread out on the bed. Police connect Roundtree to genetic material found on the bed, and he's arrested May 29.
Most mistrials: Kerry Von Reese Cook's trial for assaulting two cops in a 2004 domestic disturbance at Friendship Court ends in a mistrial, the second time in a year.
Latest woes for Buckingham Sheriff Danny Williams: A special prosecutor is brought in to investigate allegations of financial wrongdoing because Williams spent seized drug money without county oversight, Rob Seal reports in the Progress. Williams, who narrowly hung on to the Democratic nomination last month, maintains the violations were "an honest mistake."
Best tennis player: UVA third-year Somdev Devvarman wins the NCAA singles championship May 30 in Athens, Georgia.
Best child advocate: Attorney Andrew K. Block, who founded JustChildren in 1998 under the auspices of the Charlottesville Legal Aid Justice Center, receives the Virginia State Bar's 2007 Legal Aid Award.
Lesser awards: Tourism Person of the Year is bestowed upon Virginia Film Festival director Richard Herskowitz by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Chamber of Commerce's 2007 Small Business Person of the Year goes to Chuck Rotgin, founder and president of Great Eastern Management, which built Seminole Square and wants to build North Pointe.
Newest head of UVA's Office of African American-Affairs: Maurice Apprey goes from interim to permanent dean, succeeding Rick Turner, who retired last July after pleading guilty to lying to federal investigators.
Worst loss for legal thriller fans: John Grisham turns to football and sets the story in Italy in his new book, Playing for Pizza, out in September. #