4Better Or Worse

4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Apr 10th, 2008
0 comments Latest UVA football player arrest: J'Courtney Rydell Williams, 19, is charged with credit card theft and fraud April 1, the Progress reports. The arrest is tied to a March 10 wallet theft at the...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Apr 3rd, 2008
0 comments Biggest story: Two teens shooting into occupied vehicles close I-64 March 27 and bring back memories of the 2002 attacks by DC snipers John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.  Worst vehicle to use in...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Mar 27th, 2008
0 comments Worst hike: University of Richmond law student Richard Slimak, 26, is killed when he falls off a cliff at Crabtree Falls March 22. Most careless guardian of our youth? First grader Caleb Kelly gets...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Mar 20th, 2008
0 comments Worst news for Albemarle property owners: The Board of Supervisors approves advertisement of a 3-cent bump in the current tax rate of 68 cents per $100 assessed value, the first step in raising the...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Mar 13th, 2008
0 comments Largest gathering of the faithful: Close to 2,000 members of Interfaith Movement Promoting Actions by Congregations Together– IMPACT– rally at U-Hall March 10 to demand local elected city...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Mar 6th, 2008
3 comments Worst gunfight: Reports of shots fired in the 2200 block of Commonwealth Drive at 1pm February 26 lead to the arrest of Julian M. Pettiford, who is charged with three felony counts, including...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Feb 28th, 2008
0 comments Worst week for sexual assaults: A UVA student is attacked on Grady Avenue early February 21. Christopher Allen Noakes, 39, is chased and captured by police, and is held without bond. A couple of...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Feb 21st, 2008
0 comments Latest pedestrian casualties on Rio Road: Melissa A. Marsh, 36, and Robert N. Jones, 19, are seriously injured around 6:40pm February 14 near Berkmar Crossing.  Since June, at least four people...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Feb 14th, 2008
0 comments Biggest primary: For the first time in decades, Virginia becomes a player in national presidential politics when citizens go to the polls for the February 12 primary. Results aren't available at...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Feb 7th, 2008
0 comments First '08 City Council showdown: Mayor and affordable housing advocate Dave Norris finds his proposal to dedicate two cents of the property tax rate and 25 percent of the lodging tax derailed on...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jan 31st, 2008
0 comments Worst fire: Flames consume an apartment at 147 Woodlake Drive January 26, and when firefighters are finally able to enter the two-story residence, they find a body they believe is an unaccounted-for...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jan 24th, 2008
0 comments First snow: Area roads are paralyzed January 17 when the white stuff starts sticking around commute time, vehicles start sliding, and then both public school systems decide to evacuate. Most wrecks:...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jan 17th, 2008
0 comments Biggest revisionists: The General Assembly that passed the abusive driver fees last year now races to revoke it, with Governor Tim Kaine leading the charge. Most obvious bad ideas likely to be...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jan 10th, 2008
0 comments Most horrifying footage: Albemarle police release the video of wheelchair-bound Gerry Mitchell being struck by Officer Gregory C. Davis– to the soundtrack of "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jan 3rd, 2008
0 comments Worst way to end the year: With a murder and attempted suicide. Khalil Akeem Powell, 19, shoots his girlfriend, 21-year-old Sanada C. Monroe, December 26, and turns the gun on himself. Monroe's death...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Dec 20th, 2007
0 comments First gov candidate: State Senator Creigh Deeds, the Democrat who represents Charlottesville, tosses his hat into the ring December 13. {See story this issue.] First head to roll: Incoming Albemarle...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Dec 13th, 2007
0 comments Biggest day in court: Serial rapist Nathan Antonio Washington pleads guilty to four sexual assaults December 10 in Charlottesville Circuit Court and gets four consecutive life sentences, plus another...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Dec 6th, 2007
0 comments Most likely to plead guilty: Serial rape suspect Nathan Antonio Washington is indicted by an Albemarle grand jury December 3 and is expected to plead guilty to charges stemming from a 2004 attack on...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Nov 29th, 2007
0 comments Worst UVA student crime: Second-year engineering students Guanyu Lu and Baichuan Shu, both 19, allegedly abduct a man in Tysons Corner, hold him bound and gagged with duct tape in a Falls Church...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Nov 22nd, 2007
0 comments Worst baby-killing trial: Robert Wayne Wyant, 33, is convicted of second-degree murder November 16 in the death of his girlfriend's eight-month-old daughter, Alexis Renee McFadyen, by shaking. Rob...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Nov 15th, 2007
0 comments Biggest upsets: Political unknown Denise Lunsford unseats four-term Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos, while Ann Mallek denies David Wyant reelection to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors in the...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Nov 8th, 2007
0 comments Most unusual charge: Defense attorney Debbie Wyatt is indicted on five misdemeanor counts of "embracery," a charge dating to the Middle Ages, for allegedly attempting to influence a 2004 grand jury...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Nov 1st, 2007
1 comments Biggest Pavilion crowd: Nearly 5,000 people pack the outdoor amphitheater October 29 to hear presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama. Biggest presidential fundraiser: Obama pulls in $250,000,...
4BETTER OR WORSE: The week in review
Published on Oct 25th, 2007
0 comments Latest sign the 29 western bypass will never be entirely dead: Attorney General Bob McDonnell suggests that if Charlottesville and Albemarle take the controversial roadway out of longterm plans,...
4BETTER OR WORSE: The week in review
Published on Oct 18th, 2007
0 comments Worst break-up: Corn Pone Lane resident Sheri Staples, 38, is shot three times October 13 by her partner, Kandace Bright, 38, in their Lake Monticello home, NBC29 reports. Bright fatally shot herself...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Oct 11th, 2007
1 comments Best case of "what was he thinking?" A pistol-packing parent who works in law enforcement sends Fluvanna Middle School into lockdown October 2 when the gun toter is seen strolling around school...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Oct 4th, 2007
1 comments Worst coaching: Nelson County Middle School librarian Tim Bennett, who also coaches high school track, using the on-line screen name "Steel Pony," allegedly masturbates and explains how to...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Sep 27th, 2007
0 comments Latest water woes: A major repair of the water supply's aging infrastructure during a severe drought would be "catastrophic," says Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority director Tom Frederick, who's...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Sep 20th, 2007
0 comments Biggest change on the southern horizon: The Albemarle Board of Supervisors unanimously approves the 3,100-unit Biscuit Run development around 1am September 13. Biggest burglar bust: Alleged...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Sep 13th, 2007
0 comments Biggest protest: According to the Cavalier Daily, at least 100 hundred UVA students (the Progress reports nearly 200) file into the Cav Daily offices September 5 to demonstrate their displeasure with...