Charlottesville Breaking News

Mugshot drag: Crime Times error raises ire

Nobody ever wants to see their picture in a mugshot magazine, but one man says his concern over a misdemeanor arrest was compounded into utter humiliation and outrage when Crime Times printed his mug with a more serious set of charges. Now, he's planning to sue.

"People called my parents, they called me, there were rumors all over town," says J.T. Suddarth, 46, who was arrested for driving while intoxicated but shocked to find his picture appearing in the March 20 edition with these three charges, two of which are felonies: Reckless handling of a firearm. Discharge of firearm in an occupied building. Possess/transport firearms by convicted felon x2.

"I've never owned a gun," says Suddarth, an Albemarle High School and Longwood College grad who says he'd never before been arrested and portrays the label as a two-time felon who'd shoot a weapon indoors and around people as particularly traumatic.

"The DUI is not a good thing," says Suddarth. "This is 10 times as bad as that."

When his boss at the used car dealership, where he works in sales, summoned him and confronted him with the firearms a...

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Everybody's place: Citizen Burger Bar set for Memorial Day opening

Restaurateur Andy McClure says he's been trying to open a place on the Downtown Mall for several years. And he came close a few times, once at The Gleason, and another time closer downtown where Jean Theory is right now. Now finally, as the Dish recently reported, he's secured the space formerly occupied by Siips Wine & Champagne Bar, which, after four years, bowed out in February. Now the historic store space, formerly occupied by such businesses as C.H. Williams, Hamilton's of Bermuda, and April's Corner, will become Citizen Burger Bar.

McClure, who owns The Virginian, West Main Restaurant, the Biltmore, and Three, says he's shooting for a Memorial Day weekend opening, but he's got his work cut out for him. Siips was a dark and cavernous space, so McClure and his architect, Mike Stoneking, have basically gutted the place for a reinvention of the space.

"There are a lot of found treasures here,"...

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FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 3 and beyond


First stop for First Fridays
With its artist studios and monthly receptions, McGuffey Art Center is the headquarters for the local art scene, the place you're going to find some art that you like. Photographers Margo Hamilton and Ron Evans take the main gallery with their archival ink-printed photos (like Hamilton's Swan shown here). Scott Supraner's ceramic reliefs and Blake Hurt's "Lines on Faces" ink-on-canvas, paper, acrylic, and glass works line the lower hall. Upstairs, Jefferson School African-American Cultural Center's Andrea Douglas curated "From Backyard Clotheslines to Museum Walls," with the work of Frank Walker and the late Gerry Mitchell.
May 4, McGuffey Art Center, 5:30-7:30pm, free



Skip Castro at FA5
How far people will drive to see a show tells you a lot about a band, and we'v...

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Big lessons: Candid Doughty offers sa-sa-something

The man who sings about his reticence in "Na Na Nothing" turns out to have plenty to say– or at least write about. If fans haven't always been privy to intimate stories from Mike Doughty, they've had their chance since the January release of his tell-everything memoir, The Book of Drugs, which examines not only his adventurous lifestyle and experience with addiction, but also the gut-wrenching days of his time in Soul Coughing, the quirky and experimental band noted for Doughty's poetic lyrics.

“People have always felt really close to me because I'm an over-sharer,” Doughty says in a telephone interview in advance of his upcoming solo performance in Charlottesville. “I was on AOL messageboards when I was 23 putting out my first album.”

Now 41, Doughty finds himself in the middle of a tour that emphasizes that openness, mixing readings from the book with songs from his solo career and time for Q&A from the audience.

Doughty says many fans think that "Q&A is code for 'I will tell you gnarly things about Soul Coughing.'" He says he won't speak about his old band, but he will take on strange hypotheticals like the one from a fan who asked if he'd "rather play Twister with Dick Cheney or punch a kitten in the face."

Such questions can be heard on his new live album The Question Jar Show, and much of the book looks at the problems in the band, a revelation w...

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Century of Snow's: Family business hits the big 100

Where's Willard Scott when you need him? Three generations of Snows gathered Thursday at the Snow's Garden Center headquarters on Avon Street to celebrate the 100th birthday of the family business.

"It's amazing to see something that started 100 years ago not only being here but thriving," says a proud Duane Snow at the April 26 event.

He says he passed the landscape business on to his son, Corbin, and to family friend Scott Price back in 2003. It was Duane Snow's grandfather, Leroy H. Snow, who started the operation back in 1912 in Belmont, off Monticello Road near what's now Mas restaurant before relocating to Avon Street in 1978. A century later, Duane Snow says, it's hard to throw a, well, stone in Charlottesville without hitting greenery that Snow's planted.

"We've done whole subdivisions," he says, in addition to planting the trees on the Downtown Mall and performing landscaping work on UVA Grounds. Currently, Snow's employs 50 or 60 people on a full or nearly full-time basis, which means they can do plenty of planting in the next 100 years.

"It's going very strong," says Snow.

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