Charlottesville Breaking News
July 15, 2011
Charles & Josephine Rausch to Turner & Christine Lisle, 854 Locust Avenue, $580,000, Charlottesville
Gordon & Margaret Stewart to John Robert Patteson, 1308 Hilltop Road, $592,000, Charlottesville
Kevin & Carolyn Schuyler to Keith Sherman, 1312 Hilltop Road, $870,000, Charlottesville
William S. Alcott Revocable Trust to Kelly Short, 628 Davis Avenue, $248,000, Charlottesville
Edward Lamb & Pamela Norris to Louis & Tomesah Harrison, 1509 Still Meadow Cove, $474,000, Albemarle
Thomas Jennings, Jr. to Lloyd & Anne Widener, 2671 Cardinal Ridge Road, $415,000, Albemarle
Cartus Financial Corporation to Timothy & Courtney Starr, 6252 Bargamin Branch Road,...
The journey of the Downtown Mall's iconic kiosk continues. Three years ago, the City had it removed from the Mall with plans to demolish it. But after the Hook wrote about its demise, some folks showed an interest in saving the old structure. So the City put it up for auction. In the end, three bids were submitted, and Keswick resident Richard Hewitt, who said he had always admired the Mall artifact, walked away with it for $2,011.
"I'm happy it found a good home," he told the Hook. Three years later, however, the kiosk needs to move again. As some citizens may have recently noticed, Hewitt has it listed for sale on cragslist.org for $4,000.
"I bought it to rescue it from destruction," says Hewitt, "but we're moving, and there's no room for it."
Built in the early 1990s as a newsstand by SNL Financial founder Reid Nagle, the solid wood-and-copper structure, designed and constructed by Gaston & Wyatt, features electrical hook-ups, heat, and a working clock. It reportedly cost nearly $20,000 to build, but Nagle ended up donating it to the city. The kiosk has also seen service as a gift shop, a brochure spot, and a flower shop, and was proposed as a site for a bar and eatery before it was removed from the Mall.
Asked about the price...
The young woman was lying in her bed talking on her cellphone when she noticed a head outside her basement window. The head seemed to be sideways on the ground, looking in through a small opening at the bottom of the blinds. When she ran outside, no one was there.
On another occasion, the fourth-year UVA biology major testified during a September 1 preliminary hearing in Charlotteville General District Court, she saw a figure down on all fours outside the window of her John Street bedroom.
Her testimony and the fingerprints lifted from an air conditioning compressor outside her window on July 7 were enough to send James Gilbert Stearn, 49, the man whose frequent voyeuristic activities resulted in a law that made third-time peeping a felony, to the grand jury.
Stearn's peeping arrests date back to the 1990s, and UVA coeds have been a favorite target. He's racked up at least a dozen peeping charges, as well as indecent exposure and trespassing arrests.
In 2002, at the request of a local prosecutor and police officer who had been unable to deter Stearn with Class 1 misdemeanor convictions, Delegate Rob Bell carried a bill that made a third peeping charge a felony and requires registration as a sexual offender.
Stearn had already served 2 1/2 years in prison when he was arrested July 27, and he's been held without bond. If convicted again of the...
The colorful efforts of Donald Trump to buy Patricia Kluge's former home have pushed Bank of America so hard that the bank has apparently gotten fed up and filed suit against the New York-based powerbroker. The case revolves around Albemarle House– a storied mansion of over 23,000 square feet that Kluge once offered for sale for $100 million but ultimately lost earlier this year at a foreclosure auction.
Trump, who has snapped up the surrounding properties and peppered them with no-trespassing signs in a brazen effort to scare off competing bidders, has lambasted the bank's effort to sell the house to anyone but Trump himself.
"Maybe someone is stupid enough to buy the house," Trump recently told the Wall Street Journal. "I wish them luck."
Bank of America, which had lent Kluge nearly $23 million against Albemarle House, transferred the property to a subsidiary called Quality Properties, and the 98-acre estate is jointly listed by the Richmond office of CB Richard Ellis and Charlottesville-based estate broker Jim Bonner for $16 million.
The sticking point is that Trump owns Albemarle House's front yard, and he maintains that even if the bank finds a buyer, he retains the option of matching the price and buying the mansion, which...