Crime/Justice

Hazards of alleged B&E?
Published on Jan 13th, 2012
24 comments A homeowner in the Raintree subdivision was awakened by a noise in the night and discovered someone attempting to steal a television. According to a release, the property owner was able to subdue the...
Model's mystery: Police response faulted in motel death
Published on Jan 10th, 2012
25 comments In the wake of the mysterious death of a down-on-her-luck former supermodel, authorities are claiming that they handled her death according to protocol, but questions remain about whether the death...
Rape charge: County cop arrested and media blocked
Published on Jan 6th, 2012
35 comments On January 5, Albemarle County Police arrested one of their own, former County police officer Sean M. Horn, 42, who has been charged with an alleged Thanksgiving Day weekend rape in 2011, "...
False light? Would-be killer wants vampire stories removed
Published on Jan 2nd, 2012
26 comments When Kurt Kroboth was tried for a vampire mask-assisted attempted murder of his estranged wife on Halloween night in 2004, the details of an upper-income couple's bitter divorce-turned-horror movie...
Year in review: The best and worst of 2011
Published on Dec 22nd, 2011
2 comments December 22, 2011 Since the Hook started doing a year-in-review issue 10 years ago, we've always wanted to say that this is the best year ever: The economy is on a roll, employers are hiring as fast...
Road rage? Law student to spend Christmas Eve in jail
Published on Dec 17th, 2011
72 comments Other UVA law student stories Why'd he lie? Law student's false racial accusation riles– May 9, 2011 More notoriety: UVA Law's alleged stalker previously impeached– May 17, 2011 Stalking...
Halfaday holiday: Candidate's election fraud case continued
Published on Dec 15th, 2011
10 comments The trial of former City Council candidate James Halfaday on four counts of address-based election fraud has been continued until January 26. Outside the courtroom on Thursday, December 15, Halfaday...
Transcript-gate continues: Spy-cam found in registrar's office
Published on Dec 15th, 2011
10 comments His modeling pictures show Joshua Peter Gomes as a man comfortable in front of a camera. Now, according to a search warrant, Gomes appears at ease in front of a camera even when, authorities allege,...
2 dead: Same gun used in Virginia Tech deaths
Published on Dec 8th, 2011
51 comments Update December 9: Police are saying the same handgun that killed a university police officer also was used on the second man found in a parking lot. The second person is believed to be the shooter...
UPDATE Transcript-gate? Law student/model banned from UVA property
Published on Dec 7th, 2011
28 comments UVA law student Joshua Peter Gomes, arrested around 3am December 7 outside of Carruthers Hall and charged with three felony counts, has been released from jail and ordered to stay away from...
Arrest, foreclosure: As trial nears, woes swarm elder Huguely
Published on Dec 1st, 2011
29 comments The father of accused girlfriend-killer George Huguely V has had his own run-in with the law, and is facing three charges related to alleged drunk driving in Montgomery County, Maryland. Related...
Not over: Both sides appeal in Lester v. Allied Concrete
Published on Nov 29th, 2011
9 comments The lawsuit that resulted in one of the largest wrongful death jury awards in Virginia has been appealed– by both sides. Plaintiff Isaiah Lester, widower of 25-year-old Jessica Scott Lester,...
The road: Death count mounts in Albemarle
Published on Nov 22nd, 2011
25 comments "Let me grab my phone– I'm expecting a victim's family to call." That's Sergeant Sean Hackney on November 17, the morning after the fifth person has died in less than a week on an Albemarle...
Family tragedy: Mother charged in crash that kills daughter, ex-husband
Published on Nov 15th, 2011
18 comments Twenty-year-old Amber Leigh Johnson is known for her friendliness and her smile. Her photograph captures that, and it seems jarring to be on the obituary page. The smile is the first thing her boss,...
Fatal crashes: Three deaths in 14 hours
Published on Nov 11th, 2011
35 comments Two separate crashes have claimed three lives in Albemarle County since Thursday night, and two others are in serious condition. According to police, none of the victims were wearing seatbelts. A Kia...
More mugshots: Can 'Gotcha!' survive with 'Crime Times'?
Published on Nov 8th, 2011
7 comments What is it about mugshots that's so darn compelling? Some may call it schadenfreude, that hidden pleasure the misfortune of others, but for the publisher of the second mugshot mag to hit Central...
Huguely hearing: Mum on medical records, no TV in court
Published on Nov 7th, 2011
15 comments On Monday, November 7, the public got a taste of what's to come during a hearing on motions concerning the medical records of slain UVA student Yeardley Love. As attorney for alleged killer George...
Halfaday balks: Charges dropped against campaign worker
Published on Nov 7th, 2011
7 comments Since entering Charlottesville politics earlier this year, James Halfaday has cut a wide– and, at times, bizarre– swath. Besides the fact that he now faces election fraud charges over his...
Unusual outcome: $722K in sanctions, juror judges judge
Published on Nov 4th, 2011
8 comments Nearly a year after a jury made one of the largest wrongful death awards in Virginia, the plaintiff and his attorney have seen the $10.6 million slashed– and been hit with one of the largest...
Barn storm: Farm manager not guilty in Bronfman case
Published on Nov 1st, 2011
7 comments It was the case of a billionaire versus a farm manager, what a friend of the accused describes as a steamroller attempting to crush a gnat. But when the jury rendered its verdict on embezzlement...