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Male fondler: Intruder targets UVA men

Women may be the most common targets of sexual predators, but a series of recent break-ins should serve as a wake-up call for men. According to Charlottesville police, at least five male UVA students have been victimized by a home invader who sneaks into their darkened bedrooms late at night and fondles their genitals until they awaken.

"In all the cases, he entered through an unlocked door," says Charlottesville police spokesperson Lt. Ronnie Roberts, who says the intruder, described as a thin black male in his 20s or 30s, flees upon his victim awakening.

The first incident occurred September 29 in a University Circle apartment. The intruder struck again on October 15 and 22 on 17th Street NW and on October 21 on Virginia Avenue. The last reported incident took place November 13 on Wertland Street.

"It's not the norm for a man to become a victim to something of that sort," says Roberts, who fears that men may be less likely to report such assaults out of embarrassment or simply because they're less aware than women of the need to report a sexual assault.

"There may be more," says Roberts, who hopes that by putting out a public alert, other victims may come forward with information that could lead to an arrest.

While male-on-male sexual assault is less common than male-on-female assault, it's not the first time that male UVA students have been targeted. In separate incidents in 2004 and 2005, a local hairstylist was convi...

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Discounted deal on Garth



R B C Bank USA to Onyx Tenth LLC, 1701 Bundoran Drive, $1,850,000

Owen & Rachel Norment to Guy & Joan Barnocky, 1247 Courtyard Drive, $324,000

NVR Inc. to Jamie & Phillip Zimmerman, 1646 Wickham Way, $311,964

Jimmie & Patricia Mullins to Neil Rutan, 5003 Watts Passage, $305,000

Guy & Joan Barnocky to Sly Sleuth LLC, 233 Harvest Drive, $240,000

Page Turner to Phillip & Jane Hearne, 4365 Taylor Creek Road, $235,000 (foreclosure)

Alison Threatt to Martha Pliska, 5207 Havenwood Lane, $230,000

Toni Jones to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, 2388 Whitney Court, $139,233 (foreclosure)


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The week in review

Latest George Huguely ruling: A judge says November 18 that defense attorneys may see slain student Yeardley Love's medical records.

Biggest issue for UVA students I: The magnolias slated to be cut down over the winter holidays as part of the Rotunda roof repair have sparked students to petition to save them, despite the abundance of magnolias and the rarity of Rotundas. The Cavalier Daily has the story.

Biggest issue for UVA students II: The Sierra Student Coalition wants to shut down the university's coal-fired heating plant as part of the group's "Beyond Coal" initiative, according to Charlottesville Tomorrow. The plant was renovated in 2008 for $78 million, cleans 99.9 percent of particulate emissions, and does not use mountain-top removed coal, says UVA chief facilities officer Donald Sundgren.

Worst fire in a historic structure: The West Range Cafe at UVA ignites from an electrical cable– not a quake-damaged fireplace, use of which were recently banned– November 20, causing significant damage to the cafe.

More electrical cable news: Campers with Occupy Charlottesville have tapped into a city electrical post at Lee Park and have run the power bill up to $36.24, ...

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Biscuit burden: Cuccinelli demands cash from Craig

In his response to a speculator's controversial lawsuit seeking nearly $20 million from taxpayers in the form of conservation tax credits, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has fired back by accusing Biscuit Run investor Hunter Craig of unmitigated gall and demanding that Craig's investors put up as much as $165,000 to cover allegedly underpaid recordation taxes.

"You guys have chutzpah," is the way Hook legal analyst David Heilberg restates the AG's response. "You want all this money in tax credits, but you wouldn't even pay the recordation tax on what you claim it was worth."

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The road: Death count mounts in Albemarle

"Let me grab my phone– I'm expecting a victim's family to call."

That's Sergeant Sean Hackney on November 17, the morning after the fifth person has died in less than a week on an Albemarle County road. He's operating on an hour-and-a-half of sleep, and all the officers in Albemarle police's traffic unit are working a fatality.

At the Albemarle police station on 5th Street, the bland cubicles stand in sharp contrast to the grisly scenes officers encounter out on the street. A map of the county is dotted with pushpins– 19 of them, representing all the locations where people have had fatal encounters with vehicles this year.

There are motorcycle accidents– three of them. There's the tragedy of backing up and realizing too late that a child is behind the car. There are the seemingly inexplicable single-car accidents. Sergeant Hackney has seen them all.

Scottsville Road has had two deaths. Earlier this year, Black Cat Road had two in a row.

"We do see geographical trends," says a clearly frustrated Hackney. "Right now, it's all over the county south of 64."

But why the recent spate of deaths, pushing Albemarle to 19 so far this year, the highest death toll since 2003's record 24 fatalities?

'What we see over and over again are speed, seatbelts, and alcohol," says Hackney. "We see at least one of those in most accidents."

The vast majority have all three factors, and Hackney points out that impaired dri...

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