Crime/Justice

Changing of the guard
Published on Jan 31st, 2008
0 comments Albemarle's new police spokesman, Lieutenant Todd Hopwood, right, meets the press along with the outgoing public information officer, newly promoted acting Captain John Teixeira. A Loudoun County...
Wounded VT graduate to attend State of the Union
Published on Jan 28th, 2008
0 comments Less than a year after a Roanoke Times photographer made Kevin Sterne's wounded body the iconic image of the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, the recent graduate will sit in the balcony at...
Baby�s mother not guilty
Published on Jan 25th, 2008
40 comments After a three-day trial, an Albemarle County jury has found Raelyn Balfour not guilty of involuntary manslaughter for her nine-month-old son Bryce's death, the result of Balfour forgetting to drop...
Cashier at Staunton porn shop indicted
Published on Jan 25th, 2008
5 comments In December, the Hook reported on the case of Rick Krial, the owner of Staunton adult video store After Hours Video who faces eight felony obscenity counts after undercover police purchased 10 DVDs...
Day 2: Trial of bereaved mother continues
Published on Jan 24th, 2008
32 comments The prosecution today in the trial of Raelyn Balfour, 36, called witnesses who described a woman who excelled in her job as a transportation coordinator at the Judge Advocate General's School, was...
“I killed my baby”
Published on Jan 23rd, 2008
24 comments The trial of Raelyn Balfour, 36, for the death of her nine-month-old son, Bryce, began today in Charlottesville Circuit Court. Balfour, pictured left, escorted out of the courthouse by her husband,...
Snap o’ the day: Bird’s eye dump view
Published on Jan 23rd, 2008
53 comments The day after Albemarle County filed suit against Cismont junkyard owners Cecil and Doris Gardner for their failure to meet a December 31 clean-up deadline, pilot/photographer Skip Degan took this...
Bereaved mom goes on trial today
Published on Jan 23rd, 2008
2 comments As Daily Progress reporter Rob Seal points out in his trial-opening story this morning, nationally, only about half of all parents who inadvertently kill their children by leaving them in cars get...
Camblos takes W’boro job
Published on Jan 23rd, 2008
3 comments Former Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos–- ousted by voters in November after a long but controversial tenure that included prosecuting bombless teen bombers–-...
Monitoring extended for Rice
Published on Jan 18th, 2008
8 comments Should Darrell David Rice be subjected to as much as 12 months additional GPS monitoring and more stringent restrictions on his access to pornography? Today, Federal Court Judge Norman K. Moon...
After Mitchell, officials take action
Published on Jan 18th, 2008
10 comments Two months after wheelchair pedestrian Gerry Mitchell was struck in a West Main Street crosswalk by a police cruiser and then ticketed, local government officials are taking action to increase...
Electric sabotage? Not!
Published on Jan 17th, 2008
5 comments The alleged vandalism/sabotage of two electrical towers in Ivy– serious enough to warrant an FBI investigation– turned out to be neither. Dominion Virginia Power now says it was all a...
Electric sabotage attempted near Ivy
Published on Jan 16th, 2008
2 comments A "very serious" attempt to sabotage two high-power electrical towers that could have toppled into a Western Albemarle neighborhood was discovered last week, Albemarle County police say. Three nuts...
Rice might have to keep the GPS
Published on Jan 14th, 2008
10 comments Last summer, less than a week out of jail on a decade-long attempted kidnapping conviction, Darrell David Rice took to surfing the web for pornography on his mother's laptop computer. That admission...
I am not a neo-Nazi: Strom pleads to kid porn
Published on Jan 14th, 2008
10 comments Protesting descriptions of himself in the media as a neo-Nazi and white supremacist, Kevin Alfred Strom, 51, pleaded guilty today to one count of possession of child pornography in U.S. District...
Wheelchair video released
Published on Jan 7th, 2008
50 comments Albemarle County Police released the dash-cam video tape shot from the front of Officer Gregory C. Davis' patrol car when he struck wheelchair pedestrian Gerry Mitchell in a West Main Street...
Wheelchair video to be released
Published on Jan 7th, 2008
42 comments The dash-cam video showing an Albemarle Police cruiser striking wheelchair pedestrian Gerry Mitchell is set to be released at 4pm today, according to Albemarle County Police spokesperson Lt. John...
Razor wire lawsuit settled
Published on Jan 4th, 2008
25 comments Shirley Presley, the razor wire widow, has settled her $1.5 million lawsuit against the city of Charlottesville and the Rivanna Trails Foundation for violating her constitutional rights by seizing...
UVA repatriates Mr. Jackie O’s booty
Published on Jan 4th, 2008
1 comments A pair of ancient Greek sculptures are headed back to Sicily, five years after they were donated to UVA by the longtime companion of the late Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, since the Italian...
Charge dropped, Mitchell hospitalized
Published on Jan 3rd, 2008
17 comments This morning, the jaywalking charge against Gerry Mitchell, the wheelchair pedestrian who was ticketed in the hospital emergency room after being struck by a police cruiser, was officially dropped...