Crime/Justice

Williams: Massive resistance hurt whites, too
Published on Oct 2nd, 2009
7 comments Eugene Williams has been fighting for civil rights for over 50 years, and even when City Council apologizes for past wrongs, he reminds them that the battle isn't over. PHOTO BY WILL WALKER A public...
Flow blow: Wasteworks may seek trash monopoly
Published on Sep 28th, 2009
74 comments RSWA lawyer Kurt Krueger defined "flow-control" for Board members at their September 22 meeting. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Rivanna Solid Waste Authority director Tom Frederick has long contended...
UVA gets safety mark of the Beast
Published on Sep 28th, 2009
2 comments According to a report by online blog The Daily Beast following the recent gruesome murder of Yale grad student Annie Le, UVA is the seventh safest university in the country. The report analyzed more...
New video released in Shemorry case
Published on Sep 22nd, 2009
0 comments Prosecutors released new video that purportedly shows former Charlottesville realtor Patrick J. Shemorry accepting the news that the hit he ordered on his wife was successful. It wasn't. More in...
Pastor wants prosecution
Published on Sep 19th, 2009
25 comments One man who describes himself as a local pastor has emailed County Attorney Larry Davis to express an interest in launching a criminal prosecution over images that accompanied a recent Hook article....
The husband, the wife and the hitman... who wouldn't
Published on Sep 17th, 2009
11 comments Happier times: Patrick Shemorry and his wife, Starla. He was later tape-recorded ordering her killed. FACEBOOK PHOTO It sounds like the plotline of a Lifetime television drama. A young married...
Prison book ban lifted
Published on Sep 16th, 2009
1 comments The Rutherford Institute is claiming victory for the Virginia Department of Corrections' reversal of its decision to shut down "Books Behind Bars," a volunteer program that sends books to inmates....
Afton man charged in runner car robberies
Published on Sep 9th, 2009
2 comments After a spate of thefts from the vehicles of runners who parked in a pastoral spot in Western Albemarle County, police have arrested a suspect: 20-year-old Afton resident Ricky Allen Corbin Jr. of...
Fraud case recalls 'rose petal' murder
Published on Sep 3rd, 2009
1 comments The Progress has a short item Thursday, September 3 about a woman who allegedly stole a credit card and then–- in a doltish moment–- used her Kroger savings card to extract a little extra...
Watergate investigator Ben-Veniste at the Miller Center
Published on Aug 28th, 2009
0 comments Richard Ben-Veniste, who investigated the Watergate break-in and served on the 9/11 Commission, discusses his book The Emperor's New Clothes: Exposing the Truth from Watergate to 9/11 on Friday,...
New horror as Tech students slain at campground
Published on Aug 28th, 2009
45 comments Already reeling from the 2007 massacre and the nearly-two-years-later cafeteria beheading, Virginia Tech finds itself once again hit by horror, as two students visiting a campground in the nearby...
Free man: Morris avoids 2nd murder trial
Published on Aug 27th, 2009
16 comments Dorothy McAllister and Earl Shifflett still believe Butch Morris murdered their baby brother. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Throughout the trial of Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris for the murder 21 years ago of...
Surprise plea: Pastor set for porn trial takes Alford
Published on Aug 27th, 2009
5 comments After three years and no trial, Gregory Briehl enters a plea that doesn't admit guilt, but admits there's enough evidence to convict. PHOTO COURTESY GREGORY BRIEHL Gregory Briehl, the former...
All rise: New J&DR courthouse simpler, techier
Published on Aug 25th, 2009
7 comments The former Elks Lodge turned courthouse gets a facial and a beefy new security system. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR It took five years and cost $20 million, but the newly renovated Juvenile & Domestic...
WaPo mag on Synchronicity and the Mumbai attacks
Published on Aug 24th, 2009
0 comments Nearly nine months after the November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai killed a father and daughter from a Nelson County meditation center called Synchronicity, the Washington Post Magazine looks...
Beep beep: Sheriff shifts gears-- 8 to 4 cylinders
Published on Aug 21st, 2009
23 comments New look of law enforcement: Hondas get more macho. PHOTO COURTESY ALBEMARLE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Sergeant T.D. Layman is 6'6" tall, so he's the man sent out for test drives when Sheriff Chip...
ACLU offers: But JADE-watcher fears retribution
Published on Aug 18th, 2009
38 comments Elisha Strom is out of jail. PHOTO COURTESY ALBEMARLE CHARLOTTESVILLE REGIONAL JAIL Elisha Strom sat in jail for a month for publishing the address of a Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement officer. Now...
Coghill pleads guilty to latest charge
Published on Aug 17th, 2009
0 comments Thomas E. Coghill Jr., a former area developer who served 30 months in prison for bank and wire fraud, pleaded guilty August 13 to obstruction of justice in U.S. District Court in Lynchburg. The...
Don Van der Linde? Wasteworks whacks recycler with RICO
Published on Aug 17th, 2009
19 comments "It's a legal terrorist tactic," says Peter Van der Linde of the RSWA's decision to use RICO. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Just when we thought it couldn't�  "It's a legal terrorist tactic,"...
Can kicked? Waste decried as dredge study firm named
Published on Aug 7th, 2009
49 comments With chair Mike Gaffney in the background, RWSA director Tom Frederick, foreground, defends his dam July 28. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority has just chosen a Nebraska...