Crime/Justice

A real drag? 1963 killing of Pat Akins remains the coldest case
Published on Sep 25th, 2013
19 comments One of the town's biggest boys lay dead underneath one of the town's smallest cars. Initially, cops claimed that 19-year-old James Patrick Akins had been dragged from Greenwood to Charlottesville...
Alibi redux: Taylor points the finger again
Published on Aug 15th, 2013
100 comments Ten months after he told the Hook he was the victim of an overzealous investigation into missing Orange County teen Samantha Clarke, Randy Allen Taylor seems to be planning a similar defense in the...
Screwball cop comedy inappropriate
Published on Jul 18th, 2013
17 comments What an article [July 2, "Terror at Harris Teeter: Indignation rises over ABC underage drinking op"]. What an unbelievable outrage. It sounds like some sort of cop-buddy-screw-up alleged comedy— was...
Spy-cam finale: Former UVA law student sentenced
Published on Dec 19th, 2012
5 comments Joshua Gomes, the second-year UVA law student arrested for breaking into Carruthers Hall and planting a coat-hook camera in the registrar's office, got a three-year suspended sentence in court...
Bail denied: Alleged abductor had booked hotel room
Published on Nov 30th, 2012
30 comments A judge denied bail Friday for James Kevin Key, the Palmyra man charged with attempted abduction of a toddler at Charlottesville Fashion Square mall on November 24. At issue was his rental of a hotel...
Demerit badge: Former Keswick scoutmaster charged with sodomy
Published on Nov 28th, 2012
30 comments A former scoutmaster of a Keswick-based Boy Scout troop has been charged with forcible sodomy. At a 5pm press conference, officials released that David Brian Watkins, 49, who founded Troop 1028 and...
Mall cops: Alleged kidnaper escorted, not reported
Published on Nov 27th, 2012
12 comments That a two-year-old child may have been briefly kidnapped by a stranger at a shopping mall is shocking enough. That police weren't notified until six hours after the private security force at...
High water? Autumn Hill residents question $180 bill
Published on Nov 20th, 2012
18 comments Tara Stankovic and Scott Lester have lived in Autumn Hill apartment complex for three years and say their water and sewer bill for their two-bedroom apartment would typically run between $70 to $80...
Kitze acquitted: Judge vents, but rules for rapist
Published on Nov 14th, 2012
9 comments The man known as the "graduation rapist" was found not guilty of probation violation November 13 by a judge who said he fully expects Jeffrey Kitze to be back in court again because of the way he...
Prelim waived: Crozet mom in court in attempted murder
Published on Nov 5th, 2012
0 comments In her first courtroom appearance since her arrest for the alleged attempted murder of her husband by insulin injection, Theresa Brady, bound by shackles and wearing a red jailhouse jumpsuit, was...
Another arrest: Dem vice-chair charged with DUI
Published on Oct 29th, 2012
41 comments It's been a bad two weeks for Albemarle Democrats. On October 18, Supervisor Christopher Dumler was arrested for forcible sodomy. And on October 28, Cynthia Neff, the party's vice chair– and...
Hearing continued: Allegedly murder-minded Crozet mom still jailed
Published on Oct 15th, 2012
1 comments A preliminary hearing for Theresa Brady, the Crozet woman accused of attempting to kill her husband by injecting him with insulin, scheduled for Monday, October 15, has been continued again. Brady...
Jail time: Governor signs life-sentence law for pedophiles
Published on Sep 7th, 2012
35 comments Nothing says "tough on crime" better than a jail, and on September 7, that was the setting for the photo-op signing of six bills that toughened penalties on child molesters, four of them carried by...
THC in blood: Mom pleads guilty in daughter, ex-husband deaths
Published on Aug 31st, 2012
1 comments The fiery crash on a Crozet lane last fall left 20-year-old Amber Johnson and her father, Michael Johnson, dead. In court August 29, the driver, Amber's mother, Jessica Marie Lewis, pleaded guilty to...
Foxchase nightmare: Crozet mom allegedly tries to poison husband
Published on Aug 22nd, 2012
24 comments On a day when her son was set to head to the first day of first grade, Theresa Lynn Brady wasn't around to see him off. Instead, the 33-year-old Western Albemarle mom was in jail, accused of...
Delay denied: Huguely sentencing still set for Aug. 30
Published on Aug 13th, 2012
1 comments Six months ago, a jury recommended that George Huguely V get 25 years for the second-degree murder of Yeardley Love (and another year for the theft of her laptop computer). How much time he serves is...
Bad law? Juror explains Kitze's stalking acquittal
Published on Aug 13th, 2012
19 comments Ken Klug went into the jury room August 7 convinced that Jeffrey Kitze was guilty of stalking. The 69-year-old retiree was chosen foreman and immediately polled the other six jurors to see if they...
Spy-cam case: Hormone imbalance suggested in UVA Law student B&E
Published on Aug 4th, 2012
12 comments A pituitary gland tumor could have been a factor in former UVA law student Joshua Gomes' bizarre after-hours entry into Carruthers Hall, his attorney suggested August 3 when Gomes pleaded guilty to...
Huguely sentencing: Cameras in courtroom denied-- again
Published on Jul 25th, 2012
10 comments Calling it a "dangerous" precedent, Judge Edward Hogshire quickly denied a media motion Wednesday to allow cameras in the courtroom when George Huguely gets sentenced later this summer for killing...
Intimidating? Copter may have encircled Cobbs pre-trial
Published on Jul 24th, 2012
16 comments Last fall, Philip Cobbs expressed terror after an assault weapon-carrying team of about 10 officers raided his southeastern Albemarle farm after a helicopter crew claimed to spot two marijuana plants...
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