Crime/Justice

Morgan Harrington's parents start fund
Published on Nov 2nd, 2009
14 comments The parents of Morgan Harrington, who disappeared on October 17 after leaving a Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena, have started a fund to assist in the search for their daughter. (At left, a...
Chase boy arrested: Scalped house family comes home
Published on Oct 30th, 2009
22 comments A motorist gets out of the way of the chase near Madison House on Rugby Road. PHOTO BY CHARLOTTESVILLE P.D. There has been an arrest in the case of the 85mph chase that resulted in a stolen car...
Staunton doc loses license for 3 years
Published on Oct 30th, 2009
0 comments Neither admitting nor denying guilt, but facing an amazing array of charges –- including smoking pot in the office, questionable prescriptions, sex with patients, and verbally abusing a 5-year-...
Abusive guardian convicted, free on bond
Published on Oct 28th, 2009
0 comments Camblos prosecuted in Albemarle for nearly 16 years before losing his 2007 reelection campaign. FILE PHOTO BY CLAIBORNE THOMPSON Waynesboro prosecutor Jim Camblos–- well known this side of the...
Morgan's parents: don't blame her friends
Published on Oct 27th, 2009
53 comments Unlike the rest of "the nine," Morgan opted for a red dress on prom night. (Others: Amy Melvin, Maggie Herrick, and Jenna Testerman.) PHOTO COURTESY HARRINGTON FAMILY The parents of missing Virginia...
Plea in fiancee sexual-assault videotape case
Published on Oct 26th, 2009
2 comments Timothy James Hoffman, 24, pleaded guilty October 26 to object sexual penetration of his fiancee and to illegally videotaping the act. The assault occurred May 17, 2008, after a party at which his...
Sad days: Harrington family coping, waiting
Published on Oct 26th, 2009
30 comments Harrington's dad holds Kirby while mom gives the family's "I love you 2 much" signal Saturday. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER It's been hell on earth for the parents of missing Virginia Tech student Morgan...
Reward increased: Father believes attacker was local
Published on Oct 25th, 2009
50 comments Morgan Harrington, center, with her father at left and her mother at right, on a recent family vacation. PHOTO COURTESY HARRINGTON FAMILY The father of Morgan Dana Harrington believes that the...
Trash talking: RSWA breaks silence on lawsuit
Published on Oct 24th, 2009
17 comments “This case is about right and wrong,” says RSWA director Tom Frederick in a recent memo, accusing recycler Peter Van der Linde of "defrauding" the RSWA out of more than "a million dollars in tipping...
Illegal student chemist gets a pass
Published on Oct 22nd, 2009
3 comments The young man whose arrest at the GrandMarc condo complex involved a HazMat team and whose guilty plea in June resulted not in any drug manufacturing charges sticking (even though the then second-...
Morgan's mystery: What happened outside arena?
Published on Oct 21st, 2009
115 comments The John Paul Jones Arena parking lots are usually scenes of frivolity, as seen in this pre-DMB concert photo from April. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Friday update: the reward announced at...
Metallica joins the search
Published on Oct 21st, 2009
21 comments The heavy metal band that missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington went to see the night she disappeared has joined the quest for her safe return–- as have crime reporter Nancy Grace and...
Gov. Kaine weighs in on missing Tech student
Published on Oct 20th, 2009
0 comments During a trip to Lynchburg today, Gov. Tim Kaine spoke about the disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, assuring the public that officials are "doing all they can to try and...
Another failed hit-man plot
Published on Oct 20th, 2009
1 comments A month after former Charlottesville realtor Patrick S. Shemorry pleaded guilty to murder for hire after paying a hitman $1,200 to kill his estranged wife, a 60-year-old Stuarts Draft man has pleaded...
Missing student 'a very responsible young lady'
Published on Oct 19th, 2009
62 comments Morgan Harrington left the Metallica concert early. PHOTO FROM STATE POLICE "She's a very responsible young lady," says Diane Scribner Clevenger, the pastor of the Roanoke church that missing...
Heaphy new U.S. Attorney
Published on Oct 16th, 2009
1 comments Appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate October 14, Charlottesville resident Timothy Heaphy was sworn in today as United States Attorney for the Western District of...
No contact: JADE blogger takes plea
Published on Oct 15th, 2009
26 comments Forbidden from following JADE officers around, Elisha Strom still questions the task force's effectiveness. Elisha Strom, the woman whose month in jail for blogging caught the attention of the...
Chicken fingers: Restaurant robberies related?
Published on Oct 14th, 2009
15 comments The Wayside Chicken (does anyone really call it Wayside Takeout?) thief came in through the roof and absconded with the safe. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE What do Wayside Takeout, Guadalajara, and Hardee'...
Blow to the flow? RSWA, Boyd distancing from monopoly talk
Published on Oct 10th, 2009
16 comments “It is absolutely false that I supported flow control,” says BoS member Ken Boyd, calling it “more than a stretch” to suggest he ever did. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Two weeks after the Rivanna...
Burned: Controlled fire alarms citizens
Published on Oct 9th, 2009
5 comments A controlled burn may include back fires. PHOTO COURTESY VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY Coming exactly a week before the start of fall's wildland fire season, when state officials fear fire...