Charlottesville Breaking News
A Charlottesville Area Transit bus appears to be a near-total loss after a Thursday morning fire. News reports indicate that nobody was injured in the June 2 blaze which completely destroyed the engine compartment of the full-size bus and occurred downtown on Water Street near the Lexis Nexis building.
City spokesperson Ric Barrick says the vehicle was heading to the Downtown Transit Station around 9:15am when the operator noticed smoke coming from the rear. There was just one passenger, who, like the operator, exited safely. Barrick says the investigation indicates that a broken fuel-line and engine heat led to the combustion.
–story updated 2:10pm on Tuesday, June 7
Worst week for baby deaths: The family of
year-old Camora Latay Wicks raises money May 30 to pay for a $4,000
funeral to bury the baby, whose cause of death is undisclosed.
Ramon Turley, 18, is charged with second-degree
murder. And on May 21, an unresponsive
one-year-old is airlifted from a foster home in the 5000-block of
Jefferson Mill Road in Scottsville and pronounced dead at UVA
Medical Center. Police are investigating that death, the Daily
Worst bus crash: Four people are dead and more injured on I-95 about 30 miles north of Richmond when a commercial tour bus overturns and lands on its roof early May 31.
Worst law enforcement rampage: Franklin County
deputy Jonathan Agee, 32, is accused of fatally shooting his wife
at a Roanoke Sheetz May 30 and wounding a state trooper who gave
chase. Additional troopers surround and
fire upon Agee, whose wounds are life threatening,
Worst time to go shopping at Kohl's: The department store is closed for nearly three hours May 24 after an envelope containing a white powder is discovered in the parking lot. Haz-mat specialists determine the mysterious substance is not harmful.
Caitlln Mahoney was walking out of a Charlottesville nightclub last fall when she made an unpleasant discovery: a man's hand up under her skirt. In court May 31, a judge convicted the perpetrator of sexual battery, but the victim says she's speaking out in hopes that courts will consider getting tougher on such crimes.
Mahoney, a 2009 UVA grad who was in town for homecoming on October 17, testified that she was leaving the after-hours Club 216 on Market Street when she heard a man trying to get her attention. She ignored him and continued walking toward the street.
"Someone reached up under my skirt and grabbed my genitalia," Mahoney told Judge Edward Hogshire, describing how she felt a palm-up hand and then felt another squeeze, this time to her buttocks.
"You don't do that to people," the 24-year-old Mahoney said she yelled at the man as she shoved him away. A police officer working private security for the Club intervened and handcuffed Antoine Rashard Anderson and charged the 29-year-old Gordonsville resident with sexual battery– as well as public intoxication, a charge he's encountered five other times, according to city court records.