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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.

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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Top secret: Did taxpayers get burned by Biscuit Run?

It seems like a simple question: How much will taxpayers pay to make Biscuit Run a Virginia park? Nearly a year after the

cover_biscuitrun_0943October 28 Hook cover image.

It seems like a simple question: How much will taxpayers pay to make Biscuit Run a Virginia park?

Nearly a year after the state's under-the-wire purchase of the 1,200-acre tract that had been slated to become Albemarle's biggest subdivision, the would-be developers and state officials appear to have successfully deflected inquiries about the value of tax credits that made the deal possible–- even as the Virginia state senator who penned the legislation establishing such tax credits now calls the secrecy "disturbing."

Meanwhile, tranquility-quashing plans remain to build 100 houses within the new park's perimeter.


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Conflicting tales: The unfolding tragedy at the VQR

cover-vqr-finalThe Hook has new details on the VQR tragedy.PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

"911," the dispatcher says.

"Hi," says the male caller. "You need to send a police car and an ambulance to the dirt road that runs off Water Street."

"Okay, what's going on?"

"Ah, there's been a shooting," says the caller.

"Okay, how many people are shot?"

The caller hangs up. The dispatcher calls back, gets an answering machine.

"Hi, this is Kevin Morrissey. Leave a message, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can..."

Transcript of Kevin Morrissey's July 30, 2010 911 phone call.



Nearly three months after V...

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