4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Most surprising indictment: Game warden Robert Orrin Ham III, 25, on June 11 for the January 24 death of Greene County teen Allen Michael Cochran, 16. Ham, charged with voluntary manslaughter, shot Cochran during a stop after Greene officials received word he'd abducted his girlfriend. His parents says the two were running away.
Most public jail grievance: Captain Charles Trader files suit in Albemarle Circuit Court for being reassigned to facility maintenance after complaining with 40 other jail employees about a since-rescinded policy that allowed certain employees to carpool using jail vehicles, Liesel Nowak reports in the Daily Progress.
Worst fire: A house at 550 Rock Farms Drive in an Ivy neighborhood of million dollar-plus properties is heavily damaged following a June 18 storm, WINA reports, and a volunteer firefighter is taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion.
Worst driving: Dodge Caravan-driving James J. Newman strikes and critically injures jogger Xianfeng Chen June 10 on Whitewood Road. Newman is charged with driving under the influence at presstime.
Worst nude driving: Joyce Ann Herbert, 33, drives a U-Haul van into a Culpeper house June 10 after sideswiping a Ford Explorer, the Culpeper Star-Exponent reports.
Most persistent sinkhole: The one on U.S. 29 south in front of Seminole Commons Shopping Center reappears for the third time June 18.
Most controversial crossing: City Council approves keeping a Market-to-Water-Street vehicle crossing on the east end of the Downtown Mall June 18, but asks city staff to further study whether to keep it on Fourth Street, where it's been for a year, or move it to Fifth Street.
Newest School Board member: Charles Kollmansperger, who ran for School Board two years ago, is named interim member of the Charlottesville board, filling the seat of departing Louis Bograd. Kollmansperger is not running in the November election.
Latest additions to the Charlottesville School Board race: A race that once looked like it wouldn't be able to muster enough candidates for the four open seats now has seven hopefuls. Teacher Colette Blount and urban planner Kathleen Galvin joined the race June 12– the last day to get on the train. They'll be running against incumbent and School Board Chair Alvin Edwards, business comic creator Grant Brownrigg, IT specialist Sean McCord, public defender Llezelle Dugger, and businesswoman Lynette Meynig.
Most political donations: DMB-er Boyd Tinsley shells out $2,500 to Democrat Scottsville Supe Lindsay Dorrier; Planning Commissioner (and W. Alton Jones descendant) Bill Edgerton gives $2,500 to the campaign of commission cohort Marcia Joseph; and Coran Capshaw property manager James A. Morris gives $2,000 each to Republican supervisor candidates David Wyant and Ken Boyd. Charlottesville Tomorrow lists the local contributions, compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project.
Highest judicial nomination: Virginia senators John Warner and Jim Webb recommend Charlottesville attorney Tom Albro for the one of two open seats on the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Bob Gibson reports in the Progress. Albro's and four other names go the White House, where they could linger for years. Albro, 59, is one of the few Republicans to serve on City Council. Among his clients is John Grisham, whom he defends in Katharine Almy's long-running lawsuit against the author and a St. Anne's-Belfield couple.
Happiest-looking mugshot: A beaming Kitty Lynn Gish, 51, is arrested in Louisa June 18 for allegedly shooting her live-in companion, Phillip Ray Horn, 53.
Best evidence Charlottesville is the center of the universe: The Center for Peace and Justice asks City Council to consider a resolution calling for the impeachment of President George Bush and VP Dick Cheney.