Crime/Justice

Not racial: But burned belongings still net $250K
Published on Jun 10th, 2009
3 comments A jury found a landlord owes $250,000 for burning an African-American couple's possessions. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE When their landlord burned their possessions in a conflagration a witness allegedly...
Copywrong? Photog sues blogger for $385K
Published on Jun 4th, 2009
27 comments Photographer Matthew Rosenberg's image of tiny downtown music/art venue The Garage is the subject of his lawsuit. PHOTO BY MATTHEW ROSENBERG It was a tiny picture of a tiny music venue, and it was...
Gift horse: Park plans recall 1930s ouster
Published on Jun 3rd, 2009
8 comments "This is a sad day for me," says Keith Ford, about the impending public opening of the Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE "My mother said one of the saddest days of her life...
Wildlife cam catches alleged graveyard thief
Published on Jun 2nd, 2009
2 comments 48-year old Melissa Kelly of Churchville Avenue has been charged.
Brownlee loses bid to become Attorney General
Published on Jun 1st, 2009
0 comments After more than a year of campaigning following his resignation as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia last spring, John Brownlee will not be Virginia's next Attorney General. On...
Guilty: Jury convicts Wood Grill murder suspect
Published on May 29th, 2009
1 comments Escorted by an Albemarle deputy, Roderick "Guam" McDowell, 25, leaves Circuit Court on Thursday, May 28, a day before a jury recommended a sentence of 60 years. PHOTO BY GORDON BLOCK After two-and-a...
Inmates talk: Wood Grill murder trial enters day three
Published on May 29th, 2009
1 comments Escorted by an Albemarle deputy, Roderick "Guam" McDowell leaves Circuit Court on Thursday, May 28 to return to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail after the second day of his murder trial....
Horrors relived: Wood Grill murder trial begins
Published on May 28th, 2009
2 comments Roderick McDowell, 25, is a former employee at the Wood Grill Buffet, accused of murdering William Godsey, the husband of a night manager, on April 12, 2007. "He just kept beating him, and beating...
State Sen. ponders changing child porn laws for 'sexting'
Published on May 22nd, 2009
1 comments A little over a year after the Hook reported on the phenomenon in a May 1, 2008 cover story, at least one member of the General Assembly is considering adjusting the Virginia state code so minors who...
Tommy Garrett moves on
Published on May 22nd, 2009
5 comments About a month after his lawyer left the case, publicist Tommy Garrett has dismissed his $10.7 million defamation case against this newspaper. Blogger Waldo Jaquith, who'd been subpoenaed by Garrett,...
Sotheby's sells Minor's unpaid art purchase
Published on May 22nd, 2009
5 comments Despite an ongoing lawsuit between the two parties, auction house Sotheby's sold a painting originally purchased by Internet entrepreneur and Landmark Hotel owner Halsey Minor on Thursday, May 21...
'Click It' nets 30 tickets
Published on May 20th, 2009
10 comments Albemarle County police stopped 624 vehicles and issued 30 summons at a state and federally funded "Click It or Ticket" traffic safety checkpoint May 18 on Route 250 in Greenwood. According to a...
Buckling: Police checkpoint season opens
Published on May 18th, 2009
16 comments Albemarle gets federal funds for participating in Click It or Ticket, even though drivers have to be breaking another law before they can be ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt in Virginia ....
He said/he said: Danielson sues; Minor speaks out
Published on May 15th, 2009
18 comments Halsey Minor (left) and Lee Danielson (right) were friendlier when they broke ground on the Landmark Hotel on March 11, 2008 with Mayor Dave Norris. FILE PHOTO BY JAY KUHLMANN After going quiet for...
Police name city shooting suspect
Published on May 14th, 2009
0 comments Charlottesville police have named 23-year-old Charlottesville resident Victor Ramon Maxey as the man arrested for the May 13 shooting at 1800 Jefferson Park Avenue.  Maxey has been charged with one...
Ponzi plea: Donnelly guilty, home until sentencing
Published on May 11th, 2009
1 comments Ponzi-schemer John M. Donnelly pled guilty May 11. FILE FAMILY PHOTO The jig is up for John M. Donnelly. On May 11, exactly two months after federal authorities raided his downtown office and took...
Settled candidate: Would-be Sheriff part of '06 suit
Published on May 8th, 2009
6 comments Mike Baird is a candidate for the sheriff's job once held by his father, Carlton Baird. PUBLICITY PHOTO Usually for Mike Baird, a captain with the Charlottesville sheriff's office and now a...
Guilty man? Alleged Ponzi schemer set to plead
Published on May 5th, 2009
6 comments Alleged Ponzi-schemer John M. Donnelly FILE PHOTO Following in the footsteps of the biggest scam artist of all time, Bernard Madoff, an Albemarle County man accused of running a Ponzi scheme is...
Is Michael Vick the new face of PETA?
Published on May 1st, 2009
7 comments Could the world's most infamous pepetrator of animal cruelty become the new face of the one of the world's most famous animal rights group? That's what trade publication Advertising Age is reporting...
Pontiac gone: GM move echoed at two Valley dealers
Published on Apr 28th, 2009
3 comments For many years, Charlottesvillians could shop at Peyton Pontiac on West Main Street, at this structure demolished in 2004. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER "I think it's a pretty darn sad day," says...