Crime/Justice

Pot grower avoids jail
Published on Jul 18th, 2007
3 comments A sympathetic judge decided that the local man whose year-ago arrest was once heralded as one of the biggest marijuana hauls in recent history should not serve time in jail, according to an online...
Psych expert: ‘If you build it, they will come’
Published on Jul 18th, 2007
0 comments Dr. Russell Federman, director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia, was somber and respectful in analyzing the April 16 massacre at Virginia Tech, but he seemed to...
Progress steals (but improves) story
Published on Jul 13th, 2007
5 comments The Daily Progress, which has a habit of lifting story ideas, sans credit, from local blogs, swiped another one this morning from Waldo Jaquith's blog but did deliver a complete and nuanced view of...
Whitehead chastises General Assembly
Published on Jul 12th, 2007
1 comments Rutherford Institute founder John Whitehead has thrown down the gauntlet to the Virginia General Assembly for imposing "abusive" and "exorbitant" traffic fees. In a July 11 letter, he castigates...
Did Jim Morrison O.D.?
Published on Jul 10th, 2007
11 comments The mystery surrounding the 1971 death of the lead singer of the Doors rock band intensified today with a highly detailed account published in a U.K. newspaper alleging that Jim Morrison perished...
City yanks principal post from suspect’s wife
Published on Jul 10th, 2007
23 comments Having your husband as the lead suspect in a grisly child killing, especially when you've been accused of providing conflicting alibis, can be dangerous to your chances of running Greenbrier...
Another teen party bust
Published on Jul 5th, 2007
3 comments Less than a month after teen party hosts George Robinson and Elisa Kelly began serving a 27-month jail sentence, the teen partygoers are at it again. Albemarle County police busted a large underage...
Bad dog! State launches online registry for dangerous dogs
Published on Jul 5th, 2007
2 comments Now, anyone on the planet can learn about Dee Dee, a seven-year-old pit bull mix from Roanoke, and her owner, as a new online registry includes their complete address and phone number. Dee Dee was...
UVA’s Elzinga helped Court in retail case
Published on Jul 5th, 2007
0 comments UVA's famed free-market economist Kenneth Elzinga provided intellectual support for the controversial notion of enforcing minimum retail prices, UVA says in a release. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4...
Post on party parents: ‘Justice is unequal’
Published on Jul 4th, 2007
3 comments Today's Washington Post found that Charlottesville's 27-month sentence for a pair of parents stands out as a sore thumb of sorts among parents who host teen drinking parties. Even the mom of a boy...
12-step rape case investigation on hold
Published on Jul 3rd, 2007
2 comments Eight months after a prosecutor in what's become known as the "12-step rape case" announced in court that William N. Beebe was not the only assailant in a 1984 sexual assault in a UVA fraternity...
Conman Coghill continued his Florida deals
Published on Jul 3rd, 2007
0 comments Despite sitting in federal prison in Alabama, a convicted Albemarle swindler, who one victim dubbed a "silver-tongued devil," is making deals in northeast Florida, and that has some investors...
Elvis Shifflett pleads guilty
Published on Jul 3rd, 2007
0 comments Elvis Gene Shifflett, the Esmont man shot by Charlottesville Police last October after leading authorities on a multi-day manhunt after attacking his girlfriend, has pleaded guilty to multiple...
Letter to Hook makes news, prompts FBI visit
Published on Jul 2nd, 2007
2 comments After the Hook revealed that its editors had received a letter from alleged hold-up man Jeffrey Alan Adams, in which he appears to apologize for attempting to rob the Union Bank & Trust on...
He needed money for a new pair of sneakers
Published on Jun 27th, 2007
2 comments So he smashed car windows and stole merchandise. That's what police say the 15-year-old Buford Middle School student incarcerated for a string of auto break-ins allegedly told them.
Criminal sanity? Bank heist suspect apologizes!
Published on Jun 26th, 2007
4 comments On June 13, accused hold-up men Jeffrey Alan Adams and John Joseph Amann, both from Fredericksburg, pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in U.S. District Court. However, in a letter to the Hook...
Ex-choir man Spivey pleads guilty
Published on Jun 26th, 2007
2 comments Former Charlottesville High choir director Jonathan Spivey pleaded guilty to one count of custodial indecent liberties and entered Alford pleas on three other counts today in Charlottesville...
Marshman called ‘armed and dangerous’
Published on Jun 21st, 2007
0 comments Charlottesville Police are looking for a 29-year-old named Jason Scott Marshman, who is the suspect in the shooting death this morning of his acquaintance William Miller Herndon, 28. Police say the...
Surveillance cameras on the Mall?
Published on Jun 21st, 2007
3 comments Charlottesville police have again raised the idea of installing surveillance cameras on the Downtown Mall, at an estimated cost of $300,000, the DP reports. Of course, police say they will deter...
Driver charged with felony
Published on Jun 20th, 2007
0 comments The Verona man who allegedly ran over University of Virginia assistant microbiology professor Xianfeng Chen while he was jogging last week was charged with driving under the influence and a Class 6...