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Mid-air collision kills two in Weyer's Cave

news-snap-copter-cropThe helicopter was photographed over Charlottesville in July. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER

The two occupants of a single-engine Cessna airplane are dead after after a mid-air collision with a medevac helicopter near the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in the Augusta County community of Weyers Cave.

Jacob H. Kiser, 19, of the Rockingham County town of Grottoes, and Jason A. Long, 32, of the Shenandoah County town of Edinburg, died at the scene, according to a State Police release.

Police say the accident occurred at 2:27pm Friday, December 31 as the helicopter, known as "AirCare 5," was returning to its base at the Airport after taking a patient to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. Although one skid on the copter was damaged, it landed with no injury to the occupants, a pilot and two medical personnel.

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Breaking news: Eric Abshire arrested

cover-justineanderic3Eric Abshire and Justine Swartz Abshire on their wedding day in May 2006. She would be dead less than six months later. PHOTO COURTESY SWARTZ FAMILY

Eric Abshire will spend the holiday behind bars, according to Orange County Commonwealth's Attorney Diana Wheeler, who says that the fact Abshire was directly indicted by a grand jury coupled with the court's abbreviated holiday schedule means Abshire won't get his first day in Orange County circuit court until the new year, when he'll be asked if he's obtained representation or wishes to have an attorney appointed.

"The court usually hears criminal cases on Thursdays and Fridays," says Wheeler, but because of the holidays, January 6 was the "earliest possible hearing" for Abshire, who was ordered held without bond.

Abshire was arrested and charged with first degree murder and perjury late in the afternoon of Friday, December 17 as he drove south on Route 29 near the town of Culpep...

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Stresses public trust: Fairfax sniper-case cop named Albemarle police chief

news-sellersNew Albemarle police chief Steve Sellers starts work January 18. PUBLICITY PHOTO

Fairfax Deputy Police Chief Steve Sellers will be the next Albemarle County Police chief, county exec Bob Tucker announced Monday..

Sellers, a 28-year-veteran of the Fairfax County, has led the investigations division for Fairfax including heading a task force that successfully investigated snipers John Mohammed and Lee Malvo, who terrorized Northern Virginia in 2002.

Sellers succeeds John Miller, who retired September 30 after 21 years as chief.

“We are very happy to bring someone of Steve Sellers’ caliber,” says Tucker in a release.

Sellers, 49, says he's wanted to be in law enforcement since he was five years old. He...

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The winner: Kathy Erskine takes National Book Award

facetime-erskine-cropKathy Erskine before the National Book Award seal went on her book, Mockingbird.
PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO

Charlottesville writer Kathryn Erskine now possesses one of the most prestigious literary awards in the country: the 2010 National Book Award in young people's literature for her book, Mockingbird.

Erskine was one of 20 finalists at the awards dinner at Cipriani Wall Street last night in New York. Also in the winners' circle was singer Patti Smith in nonfiction for her memoir, Just Kids, about her youth in New York in the '60s with her buddy, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe; Jaimy Gordon in fiction for...

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Obama time: Prez gives Perriello re-election push

news-obama-perrielloPresident Barack Obama appears in shirtsleeves on a chilly October evening in Charlottesville to rally support for Tom Perriello. –->SLIDESHOW PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE

They waited for hours. By 4pm–- an hour before the gates to the Pavilion opened–- the line of people waiting to see President Barack Obama stretched to the Omni on the other end of the Downtown Mall, soon to wrap around to Water Street.

More than two hours after the gates to the Pavilion opened, at 7:40pm, a roar went up from the crowd as Congressman Tom Perriello came on the stage to introduce the man he hoped would inspire voters to say "yes we can" in the hotly contested 5th District Congressional race.

"I was in the neighborhood and thought I'd stop by to make sure you go vote Tuesday for the best representative Charlottesville has ever had," said Obama to the enthusia...

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