The week in review
Most alleged pervs: Five men are arrested for soliciting children for sex in a Louisa, Albemarle, and Charlottesville police sting, and four are charged with using a communications system to solicit a child younger than 15: Thomas Jefferson Dudley, 55, of Charlottesville, Christopher A. Anderson, 22, of Albemarle, and Shakir A. Moore, 23, and Adam Toghill, 32, both of Richmond.
Worst vehicle crash: The Chevy S10 truck driven by Hunter Maupin, 89, hits a tree on Plank Road April 1, and he dies the following day at UVA Medical Center, becoming Albemarle's fifth fatality this year. Statewide, traffic fatalities decline in 2010 to 739, the lowest number since 1949, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Worst home invasion: Two men enter a residence in the 4300 block of David Lee Road off Black Cat Road in Keswick around 1am April 1 and assault the man living there, according to a police release. The victim is taken to UVA Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made at press time.
Worst family fracas: A 14-year-old Buckingham boy is charged with shooting his aunt in the head March 29, the DP reports. The woman is expected to recover, and Sheriff William G. Kidd Jr. says she had taken the teen into her home to straighten him out.
Worst use of a small hand tool: Wade Wheeler, 25, is charged with felonious assault for allegedly stabbing a woman in the back with a screwdriver, the News Leader reports. The victim, 28, was dragged by the hair across the bedroom in the Stuarts Draft house they shared before she was stabbed.
Worse than having your house on fire: Getting arrested for assaulting a cop while your house is on fire. That's what allegedly happened to Greene resident Michelle Nicole Matthews, 38, after deputies removed her from her burning abode, according to NBC29.
Healthiest: A national survey ranks Albemarle County the fifth healthiest jurisdiction in Virginia, the Progress reports. Charlottesville comes in at number 44.
Latest controversy from Tandem Friends School artists: A mural of Native Americans the students painted on Random Row Books has drawn the city's ire, and the building owner has been ordered to submit an application to the Board of Architectural Review, Henry Graff reports for NBC29. Last year, another student art project on the Richmond Camera building was cited for violating the sign ordinance, but later reversed.
Latest inane zero-tolerance move: A Virginia Beach six-year-old is suspended for allegedly crying and disrupting the educational process. Rutherford Institute lawyers advise Tallwood Elementary School to reverse the suspension immediately and expunge it from the child's record.
Latest Mars-Venus differences: Concussions, according to researchers Sue Saliba from UVA's Curry School, and Leah Frommer at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Female athletes are more likely to complain of sensitivity to light or sleeplessness, while males bonked on the head are more likely to report loss of memory or balance control.
Oddest state-fed differences: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries stocks brown trout in streams throughout the state; federal officials over in the Shenandoah National Park try to kill the brown trout, which is considered an invasive species. Ted Strong has the story in the Progress.
Best paid educators: Two Virginia university presidents make the Chronicle of Higher Education's list of 10 highest paid public university administrators: Virginia Tech's Charles Steger pulls in $744,892 total compensation to come in eighth on the list, and George Mason University's Alan Merton's total package of $633,631 ranks him 10th, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Best pitching: UVA third-year Will Roberts retires 27 George Washington University batters March 29 with no hits, no walks, no errors–- the first perfect game in Cavalier history. Jay Jenkins has the story in the Progress.