Crime/Justice

Murder trial witness assaulted
Published on Jul 2nd, 2009
0 comments Luscious Lucas, the girlfriend of one of the men charged in the July 2008 slaying of Joshua Magruder, 19, testifies in court July 1 that her boyfriend, Trenton Michael Brock, had a problem with the...
Straight talk: Could new scoliosis treatment hold promise?
Published on Jul 2nd, 2009
5 comments Chiropractor Dolly Garnecki with patient Kayla Lisa, a 19-year-old Radford University student seeking to reverse her scoliosis through uncoventional care. PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART Judy Blume's 1973...
Elder thief? Alleged purse snatcher hits pedestrian
Published on Jul 1st, 2009
3 comments Robert Smith PHOTO COURTESY UVA POLICE A man wearing construction clothes allegedly grabbed a purse while in a UVA building June 29 and fled, plowing into a pursuing university employee with his car...
Pig mascot missing in Scottsville
Published on Jun 30th, 2009
6 comments Scottsville has a case of porcine pilfering on its hands. According to the Newsplex, Wilber, the 18" pig mascot outside Pee Wee's Pit Barbecue has gone missing. He was last seen on Sunday, June 28....
Judge Swett lets Parkway roll
Published on Jun 30th, 2009
1 comments Bryan McKenzie has the story in the Progress about the latest in the ongoing saga of the Meadowcreek Parkway.
Spending spree: Cards filched from Farmington
Published on Jun 26th, 2009
0 comments Have you seen this man? PHOTO COURTESY ALBEMARLE POLICE Police are looking for a man who went on an $8,000 Nikon-camera-buying spree June 12 using stolen credit cards lifted earlier at Farmington...
Alleged pimp arrested
Published on Jun 26th, 2009
2 comments Albemarle police say they've busted a prostitution ring operating in the 2200 block of Commonwealth Drive after one month of investigation. Santo Virgilio Lemus, 31, is charged with one count of...
Do you recognize this arson clue?
Published on Jun 25th, 2009
4 comments Authorities want the public's assistance in the construction equipment arson along the path of the proposed Meadowcreek Parkway. If you recognize the origin of this pizza box, call  the Albemarle...
15 years: Magnitude of I-64 rampage weighs in sentence
Published on Jun 23rd, 2009
9 comments I-64 shooter Slade Woodson listens to testimony in court Tuesday. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE "If you were a monster, this would be easier," said Judge Cheryl Higgins before pronouncing sentence on the...
Inmate: 'He wanted to kill somebody that night'
Published on Jun 23rd, 2009
9 comments I-64 shooter Slade Woodson listens to testimony in court Tuesday. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Explosive testimony Tuesday afternoon rocked the sentencing hearing of Slade Woodson, the young man whose...
Jailhouse talk: County developing re-use plan
Published on Jun 20th, 2009
14 comments The old stone Albemarle County Jail stands behind an 18-foot brick wall that surrounds the structure. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Now that the $20 million renovation of the old Juvenile & Domestic...
Kinkade spanked: 'Painter of Light' must pay
Published on Jun 18th, 2009
4 comments After six dark years battling the "Painter of Light," the owner of the now defunct Thomas Kinkade gallery on the Downtown Mall, may be seeing the light– and money– at the end of the...
Parkway arson: $110K damage at Meadowcreek
Published on Jun 17th, 2009
13 comments Approximately $110,000 worth of construction materials, including a backhoe, for the controversial Meadowcreek Parkway have been destroyed in what is now labeled arson and vandalism. Charlottesville...
Crosswalk fallout: Gerry Mitchell files suit
Published on Jun 16th, 2009
45 comments Artist Gerry Mitchell, one year after the crosswalk incident. FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER First came the accident. Then the bad publicity. Now, 18 months after Gerry Mitchell was struck in his...
Costly collapse: Courthouse project nearly finished
Published on Jun 16th, 2009
13 comments New columns adorn the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court on High Street. The brick columns shown here have since been covered with white stucco. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR In 2004, the City and...
Too long: Accused says 21-year murder trial delay unfair
Published on Jun 15th, 2009
0 comments DNA belonging to Butch Morris was found on a cigarette at the Southwind Grocery where Roger Shifflett was slain. FILE PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE At a pretrial hearing that stretched all day, the man...
Snap o' the Day: Lee Park fight
Published on Jun 15th, 2009
37 comments After a brief war of words, two men in Lee Park began throwing punches and wrestling each other to the ground. Within minutes two plain-clothed police officers arrived and handcuffed the two men.
Casteen to retire
Published on Jun 12th, 2009
19 comments Last summer, the Hook examined the secret of UVA President John Casteen longevity, but today Casteen announced his retirement. COVER PHOTO ART UVA President John Casteen today announced his...
Vintage tale: 'Billionaire Vinegar' author visits Monticello
Published on Jun 11th, 2009
1 comments The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine tells the story of the controversy surrounding a bottle of wine  thought to be owned by Thomas Jefferson....
'Model judge': Herb Pickford dies at 75
Published on Jun 10th, 2009
6 comments PHOTO COURTESY THE PICKFORD FAMILY The obituary for Herbert A. Pickford III tells very little about the man, nothing about his occupation, his accomplishments, his hobbies, his age, where he was...