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If you're a county supervisor trying to put a dent in a 30-day jail sentence, Friday, April 12, might seem like a good time to knock off nine days because the Board of Supervisors won't meet again until May 1. Supervisor Chris Dumler will be serving time from April 12 until April 21, according to Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail.
The initial crowd of journalists and protesters has died down since Dumler first began serving weekends March 8 for his sexual battery conviction. But spending 15 weekends in jail must get old, and given that he gets the first weekend off every month to serve in his JAG reserve unit, that puts him into July before he has a weekend to chill and not do time.
"He's still a member of the Army Reserve legal command," says Reserve spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Matt Lawrence. And when a reservist is convicted of a crime that occurs while not on duty, he or she is subject to an administrative process, which has a wide range of options, from doing nothing to discharge, explains Lawrence. "There is an administrative process that's open," he says.
Dumler did not respond to Hook requests for comment.
After Dumler's first weekend in jail, Lieutenant Colonel Martin Kumer at the jail asked a judge to change his starting time on Fridays from 6:30pm to 4:30pm– and not tell the public about it, citing "information we have received from the Albemarle County Police Department that Mr. Dumler's house was recently shot a...
For 20 years, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Claude Worrell has prosecuted some of Charlottesville's most notorious cases. His days arguing in front of the bench soon will be over, and Worrell will be sitting on the bench in the 16th Circuit Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
The General Assembly confirmed Worrell the evening of April 3. "I was helping conduct a mock trial at UVA," says Worrell. Delegate Rob Bell took a photo of the screen noting his 86-0 confirmation and sent it, he adds.
"I think he will be an excellent judge," says Bell.
"I'm very pleased to be chosen, and I'm going to do whatever I can to make the functions of juvenile court as efficient as I can for everyone," says Worrell in one of his last interviews, as he likely won't be talking to reporters after he dons the black robe July 1.
Worrell succeeds Dwight Johnson, who once sentenced a couple to eight years for serving alcohol at an underage party.
His current boss, Dave Chapman, is already freaking out about the imminent departure of his top deputy and his 20 years of e...
Greg Fairchild has to cancel a phone interview. He's in Macedonia and has been invited to the president's house to listen to jazz after they discovered a mutual interest in Chet Baker earlier that day at lunch.
This sort of thing seems to happen to Fairchild a lot.
Darden professor Fairchild has accumulated a stack of accolades. Last year, CNN/Fortune named him one of the top 10 business school professors– in the world. He's the only academic on Virginia Business Magazine's top 25 Virginians to watch in 2011. And let's not forget his three-year, $850,000 MacArthur genius award.
"I haven't lobbied for any of these," demurs Fairchild. "I'm just flattered. I teach at a business school and am interested in people who don't have a lot of money and businesses that aren't very big."
He acknowledges that's a field that defies the stereotype of B-schools instructing MBAs on how to take a Silicon Valley start-up and grow it to an IPO, or take a large corporation and out-compete another large corporation.
Fairchild isn't from an inner city or low-income background, he says. But he was always interested in the question of business development, going back to his days as a Darden MBA student in the early '90s, when he went to Moscow and wrote a case study on the opening of Pizza Hut, at that time a very risky venture. Fairchild discovered he liked risky ventures, particularly ones that could improve people's lives.
The phrase "mixed-use" may be all the rage when talking about city and county developments, but some neighbors of the Meadowbrook Shopping Centre aren't thrilled with proposed plans to make Charlottesville's oldest shopping center mixed- use by adding as many as 128 apartments.
"Any situation with increased density would be a mismatch for this location," says Roger Chevalier, who was alarmed by a letter from the city, dated March 28, notifying residents of a nearby neighborhood of the shopping center's submission of a preliminary site plan and request for a special use permit that would increase the allowed dwellings per acre from 21 to 54 on a nearly two-and-a-half acre site at the southeast corner of Barracks Road and Emmet Street.
"We would welcome more choices for our family to enjoy," says Chevalier, who lives within walking distance. "Shops and restaurants have made good 'neighbors,'" he writes in an email. "They have set hours. They are quiet at night. They have limited hours on weekends and holidays. Housing units," he notes, "do not have these pluses."
Chevalier isn't the only one concerned.
"It's just a lot of residential units they're proposing, so there would be a lot of cars coming in and out on regular basis," says Rugby Road resident Kaye Teasley, who describes driving down Barracks toward Emmet Street, particularly at rush hours, as "horrible," even without a new apartment building drawing more drivers.
This is not the fir...