Crime/Justice

Locals enabled Vick indictments
Published on Nov 27th, 2007
2 comments Today, a Surry County judge set a trial date of April 2 for beleaguered NFL superstar Michael Vick to face charges of animal cruelty and organizing dogfights. On that date, he'll have two...
UVA kidnappers
Published on Nov 26th, 2007
9 comments The Newsplex is reporting that two UVA engineering students, Guan Yu Lu and Bai Chuan Shu, both 19, were arrested for kidnapping a man off the street in Tyson's Corner last Tuesday, holding him for...
Still gleaming: Razor wire case heads back to court
Published on Nov 21st, 2007
44 comments Four years ago, Bland Circle resident Shirley Presley erected a pair of razor wire fences to keep hikers from crossing her brush pile-covered property along the Rivanna River. Today the brush pile is...
Home for the holiday: Party parents paroled
Published on Nov 21st, 2007
9 comments The Times of London decried the case as evidence of "the strong puritanical impulse of American society." Now, on the eve of America's puritanically inspired holiday, Elisa Kelly and George...
Flynt attorney takes Staunton porn case
Published on Nov 20th, 2007
2 comments At a hearing today in Staunton Circuit Court, the pending obscenity trial of Manassas-based adult video retailer Rick Krial got some legal star power, despite the prosecutor's attempt to block famed...
Party parents freed after 5 months?
Published on Nov 20th, 2007
0 comments Five months into their 27-month terms for holding a beer party for underaged teens, the two local parents whose sentences made international news have been released, according to the...
Cop: Pritchett implicates Gentry and himself
Published on Nov 20th, 2007
8 comments Apparently delivering the Charlottesville Police the ideal confession with which to make a capital murder case, 18-year-old Michael Stuart Pritchett (right) allegedly told investigators that his...
Community mourns Jayne McGowan
Published on Nov 19th, 2007
1 comments A little over a week after the slaying of 26-year-old Jayne McGowan in her home on St. Clair Avenue, Charlottesvillians paid tribute to her at two events, one for those who knew and loved her, and...
Unquashed: Judge upholds subpoena of reporter
Published on Nov 19th, 2007
8 comments New York Times reporter Judith Miller spent 12 weeks in jail for refusing to testify about a confidential source when she was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. Now, the Charlottesville...
Valley man injures six in sixth DUI
Published on Nov 16th, 2007
0 comments A Waynesboro man, 42-year-old John Rudin, is facing his sixth drunk driving charge, after an accident that injured six people including himself, according to the News Leader.
Future Mrs. Gentry can’t believe it
Published on Nov 14th, 2007
17 comments NBC29 scored a short on-camera interview with Jenna Critzer, the woman sobbing at the front of the courtroom yesterday morning during the first hearing for the two men accused of killing 26-year-old...
These people are really mad
Published on Nov 14th, 2007
1 comments Victims of convicted swindler Thomas Coghill Jr. have launched a website, Coghill the Con. Although he was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison in March 2006, Coghill continued to make real...
Debbie Wyatt indictments tossed out
Published on Nov 14th, 2007
1 comments The five indictments against civil rights attorney Debbie Wyatt for the archaic crime of "embracery" were thrown out of court today in a conference-room hearing in Albemarle Circuit Court. Embracery...
COVER- Questions: Despite Tuesdays arrests, in-home murder has town reeling
Published on Nov 13th, 2007
6 comments By 3pm on November 9, it was clear something was terribly wrong at 807 St. Clair Avenue. Numerous police vehicles– including a foreboding "forensics van"– were parked on the street in...
Hook reporter subpoenaed in Silva, Austin cases
Published on Nov 13th, 2007
13 comments In the October 11 edition of the Hook, Courteney Stuart reported on an incident that occurred at the corner of Water Street and Second Street SE in which a Charlottesville police officer may have...
Arrests made in St. Clair homicide
Published on Nov 13th, 2007
25 comments 12:30pm update: Dressed in striped jail jumpsuits, the two men accused of capital murder in the November 9 killing of 26-year-old Jayne Warren McGowan shuffled, via video, into Charlottesville...
Study: promiscuity no delinquency indicator
Published on Nov 11th, 2007
0 comments Scratch another old wives tale: that teen sexual activity leads to delinquency. Instead, as reported today, UVA doctoral candidate Paige Harden will soon report that youthful consensual relations may...
Robbery possible motive in St. Clair slaying
Published on Nov 10th, 2007
27 comments Robbery was the likely motive in the Thursday night or Friday morning murder of St. Clair Avenue resident, according to her father, James McGowan of Manlius, New York. Jayne Warren McGowan was found...
ASG Gala goes on in victim’s honor
Published on Nov 10th, 2007
7 comments Jayne McGowan, the young woman found shot to death in a St. Clair Avenue residence yesterday, was a "talented, focused, energetic individual," says her boss a the AIDS/HIV Services Group, executive...
Justine's vigil brings comfort, questions
Published on Nov 6th, 2007
2 comments On Saturday, November 3, dozens of people flocked to Taylor Park on Main Street in downtown Orange for a vigil to remember Justine Swartz Abshire, a 27-year-old kindergarten teacher and animal lover...