Crime/Justice

Quake casualty? Council candidate claims knock-out blow
Published on Sep 6th, 2011
42 comments James Halfaday was unlucky in his run for City Council, and his bad luck seems to have continued, apparently making him the only person injured in Charlottesville in the August 23 earthquake....
Peer review: Serial peeper goes to grand jury
Published on Sep 3rd, 2011
2 comments The young woman was lying in her bed talking on her cellphone when she noticed a head outside her basement window. The head seemed to be sideways on the ground, looking in through a small opening at...
Hardee's hoodlums? Five arrested for strong arm robbery
Published on Aug 31st, 2011
18 comments The Albemarle County Police have arrested five men in connection with an alleged attempted strong-arm robbery that took place at the Hardee’s in the Pantops Shopping Center on August 30. All are...
Stalking, assault: Charges against UVA law student dismissed
Published on Aug 30th, 2011
3 comments Third-year UVA law student Daniel Watkins walked out of Albemarle General District Court without the stalking and assault charges that had followed him since his May arrest. On August 30, Judge...
Crosswalk bombshell: Officer texting before hitting wheelchair man
Published on Aug 29th, 2011
77 comments For nearly four years, the dashcam video of a County police cruiser striking a wheelchair pedestrian in a crosswalk in broad daylight was the most shocking aspect of the case. Now, a new court filing...
Know me? I robbed a bank in a Canucks hat
Published on Aug 26th, 2011
26 comments An image from a security camera gives the public the chance to catch a thief, as the suspect in Thursday's Charlottesville bank robbery appears on a security camera image with his face exposed and...
Smile! Mugshot mag flying off shelves
Published on Aug 22nd, 2011
14 comments Getting arrested has never been something to boast about, and thanks to a new weekly publication, it may have gotten even more embarrassing.Launched June 1, Crime Times offers page after page of...
Alleged murder-for-hire-seeking widow walks
Published on Aug 10th, 2011
0 comments The woman accused of seeking a hitman to kill her late husband's girlfriend after she was omitted from her spouse's obituary has agreed to an Alford Plea that gives her no jail time, even as she...
Death penalty? Inmate suicide precedes child porn indictment
Published on Aug 9th, 2011
37 comments An inmate, a soldier who allegedly trafficked in violent child pornography, has been found dead in the solitary ward at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. Officials say that Willis E....
Graduation rapist back in jail
Published on Jul 31st, 2011
7 comments Jeffrey Theodore Kitze, who served 20 years in prison for raping his sister's roommate the day after her graduation from UVA Law School in 1989, has had his parole revoked. According to Virginia...
Serial peeper: Man who inspired 3x law arrested again
Published on Jul 29th, 2011
17 comments The name of James Gilbert Stearn may not be widely known, but his Charlottesville activities are the reason for a Virginia law that raised the penalty for a third Peeping Tom offense from misdemeanor...
Hacked Neff: Scammer steals Supe candidate's accounts
Published on Jul 26th, 2011
33 comments Former IBM exec Cynthia Neff has used computers since the 1980s and understands the importance of secure passwords. That's why it was particularly galling to discover a hacker had taken over her...
No arrest: A month after alleged abduction, questions linger
Published on Jul 25th, 2011
7 comments A month after a 42-year-old woman reported being abducted from her southern Albemarle County home and driven 300 miles down the Blue Ridge Parkway to North Carolina by a slim, short, gun-toting,...
'Stink-bomb': Explosive allegations threaten $10-million award, career
Published on Jul 25th, 2011
36 comments The jury was so moved by 25-year-old Jessica Lester's 2007 death under the weight of an out-of-control Allied Concrete mixer that it awarded a record $10.6 million, the bulk of which to go to her...
Sexually offended: Grabber gets 8 months
Published on Jul 16th, 2011
44 comments The man who reached under a woman's skirt and grabbed her genitalia outside Club 216 last fall was sentenced to eight months in jail. Antoine Rashard Anderson, 29, was found guilty of sexual battery...
Case not closed: Special prosecutor named in Crozet murders
Published on Jul 9th, 2011
8 comments New allegations and a pending a clemency petition have prompted the naming of a special prosecutor in the case of Robert Davis, currently jailed for a 2003 double murder in Crozet that he (as well as...
Bell awards bill writers
Published on Jul 1st, 2011
1 comments Since he's been in the House of Delegates, Rob Bell is known for carrying a lot of bills initiated by citizens, whether constituents or not. Every year he recognizes these citizen lawmakers, who have...
Assault history: Haskins gets 25 years for child sodomy
Published on Jun 30th, 2011
28 comments For a 27-year-old, Robert Terrell Haskins has racked up a pretty lengthy rap sheet consisting largely of sexual assaults. His latest day in court June 28 resulted in his lengthiest sentence: 25 years...
Rugby ousting: Leaders say Zete not worth its salt
Published on Jun 29th, 2011
5 comments "Thank you, sir, may I have another?"–Kevin Bacon in Animal House Members of the University of Virginia's recently-ousted fraternity should be grateful for their punishment, according to an...
Protester removal: Boar's Head denies ordering trespassing arrest
Published on Jun 27th, 2011
89 comments Protesters along the street in Charlottesville are not an unusual sight. Out on U.S. 250 west in front of the entrance of the upscale Boar's Head Inn, demonstrators are more unusual– and so was...