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Murder arrest: Charlottesville woman nabbed in Norfolk

Police investigating the suspicious death of a man on Fairway Avenue have announced that a suspect, a Charlottesville woman, has been nabbed in Norfolk. Forty-seven-year-old Wanda Maria Turner, a resident of the 100 block of Middlesex Drive, was arrested the evening of Monday, March 5 by Norfolk Police in connection with the death of  51-year-old Robert Edward Snead Jr., "the apparent victim of a crime of violence," according to a Police release.

According to the release, officers were summoned around 8:10am Monday to 407-B Fairway, the basement apartment of a compact gray-shingle and red brick duplex about a block northeast of Meade Park in the Woolen Mills neighborhood.

By late afternoon, at the time of a reporter's visit, a single black-and-white police cruiser was parked outside the apartment, whose corrugated metal vestibule was adorned with a simple American flag.

"Eddie was a wonderful person," says his brother-in-law, Brian Coalson, who says Snead–- who grew up in Goochland as the son of a legendary, longtime press foreman with Media General–- enjoyed Nascar races, going fishing, and attending family reunions near the Cumberland County village of Cartersville.

"I know I see it through rose-colored glasses, but you could ask anyone," says Coalson. "Everywhere he worked, everyone loved him and gravitated toward him."

"He was a great person," agrees Ralph Keene, manager of at Battlefield Ford, the auto body shop wher...

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Reopened: Fuel Co. refueled by Desai


Sam Desai, the operator of the venerable Seven Day Jr. store and the winning bidder at the July auction of the gas station/convenience store at the corner of Avon and East Market Streets, reopened Fuel Co. on February 20.

Fuel Co. was the brainchild of vintner Patricia Kluge as an upscale source of energy for body and vehicle. But after opening in 2003, the place went out of business just four years later and was eventually gutted as Kluge's finances unraveled.

That gave Desai an opportunity to start anew. He's chosen Sunoco petroleum, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and local craft beers such as Starr Hill and Blue Mountain to complement such staples as Lay's potato chips and Budweiser. He has installed a couple of leather sofas in a special wi-fi and wood-floor reading room; and before long, he hopes to unveil an espresso bar and sandwich shop providing more fuel for the public.

"I want a really clean store," says...

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FunStuff: Charlottesville events March 8 and beyond

Pinter Fest
There's something irresistible about seeing the edginess of Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter performed in the warmth of an Afton-area theater named for The Waltons creator Earl Hamner. Local theater maven Boomie Pedersen directs A Slight Ache, which was written in 1958. Head to Nelson while it's still light and have dinner at a local brewery, like the nearby Blue Mountain.
March 8, 9, 10, 7:30pm; March 11, 2pm, Hamner Theater, $15


A Slave in the White House
Not everyone was enthralled with Dolley Madison; and her former slave, Paul Jennings, was one with misgivings, according to his own memoir of working for President James Madison. Barboursville author Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, who has worked at both Monticello and Mon...

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30 arrests: Ultrasound protest brings riot police to Capitol

A grassroots protest of a controversial women's health care bill recently approved by the state Senate brought hundreds to the state Capitol grounds in Richmond March 3 and ended with the arrest of 30 people on the Capitol steps.

"This is like Star Wars," said one attendee of the black-clad, shield-carrying  Virginia State Police officers, who lined up to keep people away from the building that houses Virginia's General Assembly.

The demonstration was in response to a bill that originally required a transvaginal ultrasound for women seeking abortions– and which quickly became a national controversy and target of derision among satirists including Saturday Night Live.

After Governor Bob McDonnell signaled his discomfort, House Bill 462 was modified to require a less-invasive abdominal ultrasound and passed the Senate this week and awaits McDonnell's signature.

Supporters say the measure helps women make a more informed decision; opponents say the ultrasounds are medically ineffective, a thinly-veiled attempt to thwart a woman from obtaining an abortion.

Organizers from a group called Speak Loudly with Silence, which led an estimated 1,200 women in silent protest on the Capitol grounds nearly two weeks earlier, estimated the crowd of Saturday's attendees at 900.

"This is a diverse group- they're not from any one political group," said organizer Molly Vick. "I think [the General Assembly] went so extreme, they brou...

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Huguely's violence: UVA victim wants emphasis off alcohol

Although the 26-year sentence recommended for convicted murderer George Huguely may be winning acclaim, other aspects of the recent trial have dismayed a high-profile victim of violence at UVA, and she's speaking out about it.

In Commonwealth v. Beebe, Liz Seccuro pressed charges after one of the men who allegedly raped h...

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