Crime/Justice

Love triangle? Murder-for-hire certified to grand jury
Published on Jun 23rd, 2011
2 comments The woman accused of seeking a hitman to kill her late husband's girlfriend has waived her preliminary hearing, so her solicitation-to-commit murder charge goes to the grand jury. Linda Faye Currier...
Performance art? Amtrak stops for allegedly berzerk rider
Published on Jun 10th, 2011
11 comments The man whose alleged actions brought an Amtrak train to a halt in the Nelson County village of Shipman on the morning of June 9 will be spending nearly a week in jail. Barrett Harrington Wolfe, a 22...
Parkway shooter sentenced
Published on Jun 9th, 2011
2 comments The man who fired upon two strangers and terrorized the Blue Ridge Parkway in April 2010 was sentenced June 9 in federal court in Harrisonburg. Ralph Leon Jackson, 57, previously had pleaded guilty...
Double recantation: Is an innocent man in jail for the Crozet murders?
Published on Jun 8th, 2011
11 comments It was the crime that rocked Crozet: a mother found stabbed to death in bed, her three-year-old son dead from the smoke of a cover-up fire. Amid whispers of witchcraft, four neighborhood teens were...
Library wanker gets off on Alford plea
Published on Jun 7th, 2011
17 comments The man accused of publicly masturbating in Clemons Library, Anthony Daniel Landram, pled guilty to charges of obscene sexual display at the Albemarle General District Court June 7. The defendant...
Toomy triumphant: Ragged Mountain fire case fizzles
Published on Jun 7th, 2011
4 comments A man living near the infamous February wildfire that scorched hundreds of acres in Western Albemarle testified that he saw a distinctive male figure on a John Deere tractor ignite a ruinous blaze on...
No felony: Victim wants tougher penalty for crotch invasion
Published on Jun 1st, 2011
31 comments Caitlln Mahoney was walking out of a Charlottesville nightclub last fall when she made an unpleasant discovery: a man's hand up under her skirt. In court May 31, a judge convicted the perpetrator...
'Insufficient evidence': State mum as Biscuit Run appraisers go unpunished
Published on May 30th, 2011
66 comments Four months after leaked documents showed that a Charlottesville-based group of investors convinced top-level Virginia officials to bail out their flopped housing development with millions in state...
More notoriety: UVA Law's alleged stalker previously impeached
Published on May 17th, 2011
16 comments Not since Teddy Kennedy was speeding through town and picking up reckless driving tickets in the late 1950s has UVA Law School seen so much scandal. This academic year ends with two unseemly...
Buzz driving: Council candidate learns from DUI
Published on May 10th, 2011
43 comments The race for City Council has barely begun, and candidate James Halfaday is already getting heat. The 31-year-old Native American and Democrat doesn't flinch when he's asked about his criminal record...
Why'd he lie? Law student's false racial accusation riles
Published on May 9th, 2011
50 comments Why did he do it? That's a question only one person can answer, and that person– Johnathan Perkins– isn't talking. But it hasn't stopped people from wondering what motivated the close-to-...
Victims' legacy? UVA overhauls sexual assault policy
Published on May 9th, 2011
15 comments Yeardley Love, Liz Seccuro, Annie Hylton, and Kathryn Russell are high-profile names whose cases have given the University of Virginia a reputation for something other than academic excellence: the...
Greene slaying: One victim was attacker turned artist
Published on May 4th, 2011
15 comments One of the victims in the May 3 triple-slaying in Greene County was 25-year-old Charlottesville resident Dustin Tyler Knighton, a man who appears to be a self-taught artist who wrote frankly about...
Obama kills Osama: Mixed reactions to bin Laden slaying
Published on May 2nd, 2011
23 comments Some Americans responded to news about the death of Osama bin Laden much like the Munchkins did when Dorothy vanquished the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz: with jubilant cheers and official...
Alleged public wanker arrested in Clemons
Published on Apr 22nd, 2011
18 comments University Police arrest Anthony Daniel Landram, 28, after two UVA students and a library employee observe a male who appeared to be masturbating while viewing what appeared to be pornography on a...
Sober blow? Controversy erupts after student gets breathalyzed
Published on Apr 21st, 2011
93 comments An allegation of drinking some spiked lemonade at Western Albemarle High School led to a 10th grade girl getting pulled out of class and forced to take an on-campus, police-administered breathalyzer...
Murder for hire? Albemarle woman charged in foiled plot
Published on Apr 18th, 2011
2 comments A 62-year-old Albemarle woman has been arrested and jailed on charges of attempted murder for hire and attempted arson. Police say they were dispatched to the 2800 block of McCauley Court on April 16...
Huguely indicted: Murder trial set for February
Published on Apr 18th, 2011
13 comments As expected, the charges against George W. Huguely IV, the scion of a prominent Washington-area family accused of murdering his on-again/off-again girlfriend, have now been certified by a...
Murder case: Broadcast set for Morgan Harrington program
Published on Apr 14th, 2011
56 comments Investigators have been quiet on the Morgan Harrington case since January, when police led media on a tour of key sites including the John Paul Jones Arena, where the 20-year-old Virginia Tech...
Driver who killed winemaker Neumeister pleads guilty
Published on Apr 13th, 2011
2 comments The man whose Earlysville Road car wreck killed motorcycling winemaker Dan Neumeister last fall has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and drunk driving charges, the Newsplex reports. Fifty-eight-year-...
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