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Cat shooting prompts new gun law
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Aug 30th 3:22pm

Cat shooting prompts new gun law

George and Kathy Seymour leave Albemarle District Court on August 22. PHOTO BY WILLIAM WALKER She was just one family's pet, but the death of Carmen the cat may soon have an impact on every resident of Albemarle County. read full story
Peatross opens bomb file… sort of
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Aug 30th 6:54am

Peatross opens bomb file… sort of

In a somewhat confusing set of moves, Albemarle Circuit Judge Paul Peatross has opened a portion of the court file of the 15-year-old student charged in the school bombing case, this morning's Daily Progress reports. read full story
Fence cutting cuts barriers
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Aug 29th 9:29pm

Fence cutting cuts barriers

The fence that had long separated the 10th and Page and Venable neighborhoods was symbolically and practically cut open on Monday, August 28 in a ceremony at the new Hope Community Center on 11th Street NW. The fence, which symbolized the city�s history of strained race relations, had forced school children from the largely African-American 10th and Page neighborhood to walk the six blocks around or scale t read full story
The Hitler birthday connection
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Aug 25th 3:50pm

The Hitler birthday connection

Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos, on WINA this morning to discuss the alleged bomber case, revealed a key factor in the decision to quickly arrest three youths suspected of conspiring to blow up high schools: "The ringleader was born on Hitler's 100th anniversary of his birthday"– and the anniversary of Columbine. The Third Reich founder became a more significant player in this local drama when Camblos mentioned again about the 17-year-old former Western Albemarle student, read full story
Record water use leads to warning
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Aug 25th 6:26am

Record water use leads to warning

The chief of the Rivanna Water and Sewer authority told reporters yesterday that water use is spiking amid low rainfall conditions and that residents should voluntarily conserve or soon face the possibility of mandatory restrictions a la the summer of 2002. RWSA Executive Director Tom Frederick, who has read full story
HookCast for August 24, 2006
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Aug 24th 5:04pm

HookCast for August 24, 2006

This is your HookCast for the issue of August 24, 2006. Enjoy the savory listenings. read full story
Progress presses to open bomb case– again
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Aug 23rd 5:24pm

Progress presses to open bomb case– again

Lawyers for Media General, a 16-year-old defendant in the alleged teen bomb plot, and the commonwealth were in court today as Judge Paul Peatross reviewed whether there was still reason to keep the teen's case closed. read full story
Guilty: cat shooter gets 10 days
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Aug 22nd 8:35pm

Guilty: cat shooter gets 10 days

George and Kathy Seymour pointed out that in seven years of selling 2,000 cars, they've never before been hauled into court read full story
Harvey family killer sentenced to death
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Aug 22nd 4:43pm

Harvey family killer sentenced to death

After more than 12 hours of deliberation, the jury in the Harvey trial has handed down a death sentence to Ricky Javon Gray, the Richmond Times Dispatch reports. According to the report, the jury indicated that it was the killing of the young Harvey daughters, Stella and Ruby, that tipped the scales. read full story
Police apprehend Morva
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Aug 21st 3:50pm

Police apprehend Morva

At 3:39pm, word came over the New River Valley police scanner that police had apprehended William Morva in the woods near the rugby and lacrosse fields near Blacksburg's Tech Center Drive. He was armed at the time, though there are no reports of anybody being harmed in the arrest at this time. read full story
Fugitive shuts down Virginia Tech
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Aug 21st 12:07pm

Fugitive shuts down Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech officials canceled classes at 10:30am today to help police nab barefoot, tie-dye-shirt, khaki-short and white-sheet clad William Morva, an escapee from Montgomery County Jail who's a homicide suspect. read full story
Mr. Feces and the Harveys’ killer both reined in
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Aug 18th 7:16am

Mr. Feces and the Harveys’ killer both reined in

Jurors in Richmond required little time yesterday– just 30 minutes– to convict Ricky Javon Gray in the horrific New Year's Day murder of an artistic family that included Bryan Harvey who tasted some measure of fame as a member of the Dads and House of Freaks musical acts. read full story
Harvey trial under way
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Aug 17th 12:45pm

Harvey trial under way

Eight months after the brutal New Year's Day slayings of beloved musician Bryan Harvey, his wife Kathryn, and their two daughters, Stella and Ruby, the trial for their alleged murderer, Ricky Javon Gray, is under way in a Richmond court. Among details to emerge: that Gray and his accomplice, Ray Dandridge, were already in the house when a family friend dropped nine-year-old Stella off after a sleepover. read full story
HookCast- August 17, 2006
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Aug 17th 11:56am

HookCast- August 17, 2006

Live from...the Hook: Rockumentary spotlights local legends. Plus a retrial in the school bomb plot case, a popular pastor gets arrested for child pornography, and a local man goes to prison for swindling 11 out of nearly $150,000. read full story
Bomb trial: Teen's appeal lifts secrecy veil
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Aug 17th 8:00am

Bomb trial: Teen's appeal lifts secrecy veil

Evidence in a highly publicized alleged plot to blow up two high schools was heard for the first time in a courtroom open to the public. A former Jack Jouett middle schooler appealed his conviction in Albemarle Circuit Court August 15 with the defense contending the boy didn't even know two of the three other teens arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up Albemarle and Western Albemarle high schools and that he thought the plan was a joke. read full story
Feces-flinging ‘white power’ man sought
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Aug 17th 7:52am

Feces-flinging ‘white power’ man sought

The Daily Progress and NBC29 list a shocking litany of crimes allegedly committed by the Albemarle man who somehow worked the system well enough to remain free of jail to get into an automobile chase that resulted in the death of a Colonial Heights police officer. Douglas Michael "Beefy" Brown Jr., 36, read full story
‘Not guilty’ verdict in bomber case
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Aug 16th 10:14pm

‘Not guilty’ verdict in bomber case

Jurors delivered a harsh rebuke tonight to prosecutors in the trial of a a 13-year-old alleged bombing conspirator who was supposedly part of a plot to murder students and reduce two local high schools to rubble. The four women and eight men of the jury took four hours (including a delivered pizza dinner) to find that the former Jack Jouett Middle School student, convicted earlier this year in juvenile read full story
Defense attacks police work; jury gets case
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Aug 16th 5:37pm

Defense attacks police work; jury gets case

The defense attacked the case against a 13-year-old alleged bombing conspirator this afternoon toward the end of his two-day trial in Albemarle Circuit Court, and the matter went to the jury at 5:05pm. Defense lawyer David Heilberg criticized the Commonwealth's case, in part, for seizing several computers and then failing to introduce any computer evidence in the trial. read full story
Daily Show leads with Allen’s ‘Macaca’
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Aug 16th 12:08am
Local wind firm $ells to BP
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Aug 15th 4:12pm

Local wind firm $ells to BP

Matthew Hantzmon (left) and Sandy Reisky have really thrown their future to the wind. read full story
Reading the Census leaves
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Aug 15th 2:49pm

Reading the Census leaves

Okay, all you data junkies�the Census Bureau has released the first part of its 2005 community survey data for the Charlottesville area, which includes Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Nelson. Like so many statistical tea leaves, the numbers reveal some interesting developments. For instance, the area is teaming with female divorcees, over 9,000 compared to 5,774 male divorcees. read full story
Transit center toilets to open!
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Aug 11th 4:20pm

Transit center toilets to open!

There may be lots of potty talk tonight at Fridays After Five, but it's not because a swarm of toddlers is taking over the venue: at 5pm, the brand spanking new public restrooms at the Transit Center should be opened for the first time. Getting the bathrooms working has been a, ahem, #1 priority for the city. (And maybe a #2 priority as well). Today was the target date, says transportation boss Judy Mueller. read full story
1870 House Destroyed
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Aug 10th 5:47pm

1870 House Destroyed

Fire destroyed the 1870 home of Warren Guthrie and Holly Dilatush-Guthrie at 5539 Stony Point Road Thursday afternoon, August 10. According to County spokesperson Lee Catlin, two dogs in the two-story house were able to escape, but the structure was declared a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation. # read full story
Hook editor subpoenaed in bomb case
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Aug 10th 3:41pm

Hook editor subpoenaed in bomb case

In the latest chapter of a case that's put four local teenage boys behind bars after they were convicted of conspiracy for allegedly plotting to blow up two high schools, the Albemarle commonwealth's attorney office has subpoenaed Hook editor Hawes Spencer to be a witness for the prosecution, and assistant commonwealth's attorney Darby Lowe also demanded copies of all articles about the case the free weekly newspaper has written. Spencer, who interviewed a 13-year-old and his parents, detailed in read full story
HookCast- August 10, 2006
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Aug 10th 3:19pm

HookCast- August 10, 2006

The Mayor Bunch: It's the story...of a lovely city (and the 15 mayors who live here). Plus the arresting officer in the cat shooting case gets arrested, John Paul Jones speaks out on "the Jack," and what's the deal with those City car decals? read full story
Goode, Weed go at it
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Aug 10th 10:18am

Goode, Weed go at it

It�s probably a good thing that 5th District Rep Virgil Goode and Democratic challenger Al Weed are running against each other. read full story
Progress coaxes hearing in bomb case….but little else
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Aug 9th 4:08am

Progress coaxes hearing in bomb case….but little else

The Daily Progress is reporting that Albemarle County Judge Paul M. Peatross Jr. read full story
DMB asks fans for help on greatest hits album�Dave & Mick reunite!
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Aug 8th 11:04am

DMB asks fans for help on greatest hits album�Dave & Mick reunite!

In a recent e-mail newsletter to fans, the Dave Matthews Band announced plans to put together a greatest hits album in the ââ?¬Å?near future.ââ?¬Â Apparently, itââ?¬â?¢s a requirement of the bandââ?¬â?¢s 2004 contract with RCA. read full story
Hurting Hogan to miss JPJ RAW show?
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Aug 7th 12:42pm

Hurting Hogan to miss JPJ RAW show?

WWE.com (World Wresting Entertainment) is reporting that Hulk Hogan has a knee injury and will probably miss the RAW show at the ââ?¬Å?Jackââ?¬Â on August 14. The Hulkster had an MRI over the weekend which revealed a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. Apparently, the seemingly ageless WWE Hall of Famer is feeling his age. read full story
Lawyer: Lethal near bankruptcy
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Aug 4th 4:09pm

Lawyer: Lethal near bankruptcy

Lethal Wrecker is back in the news again, and this time it's pleading bankruptcy– well, almost. Readers may remember that 2003-2005 were banner years for dust-ups involving Lethal Wrecker and the company's predatory pricing practices– specifically, consistently overcharging parkers trying to pry their impounded cars from Lethal's grasp. read full story
Dozier goes home
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Aug 4th 1:08pm

Dozier goes home

Leaning on a cane, Kimberly Dozier, the CBS journalist injured in Iraq on May 29, took several steps outside Kernan Hospital in Maryland on Wednesday, August 2, before going home, according to a CBSnews.com report. Dozier, 40, who attended UVA grad school in the early 1990s, was critically wounded by a roadside explosion as she and her crew worked on a Memorial Day story about U.S. troops in Iraq. read full story
The Pointe: County densification continues
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Aug 3rd 10:49am

The Pointe: County densification continues

Yesterday, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved rezoning for North Pointe, the 264 acre proposed development along 29N just past the airport that will add 900 new homes and 500,000 square feet of retail space to the area. read full story
HookCast- August 3, 2006
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Aug 3rd 9:52am

HookCast- August 3, 2006

Your free ticket to Charlottesville: The 2006-2007 Annual Manual read full story
JPJ or Jack opens in Delirium
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Aug 1st 11:56pm

JPJ or Jack opens in Delirium

"I understand we're breaking this place in tonight," said multi-culti singer Nitza. read full story
Allen’s law pad falls in Montalto demo
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Aug 1st 11:34pm

Allen’s law pad falls in Montalto demo

The first demolitions on top of Brown's Mountain have begun, and Senator George Allen's favorite law school pad has crashed. "We're tearing down this and two other structures that are in so-so condition, and we know that we will not use them again," says Michael Merriam, the director of construction management for Monticello, which owns the site Allen and countless others fondly recall as as "Brown's Mountai read full story
Bigger fish swallows local big fish
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Jul 31st 2:46am

Bigger fish swallows local big fish

Live Nation Inc., the world�s largest concert promotion company, will announce today it is buying a majority stake in Dave Matthews Band manager and real estate mogul Coran Capshaw�s company Musictoday, which runs online stores, fan clubs, web sites, and offers other services such as ticketing and music downloading for over 700 clients, including The Rolling Stones, Emin read full story
Where (some) Chinese wood went
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Jul 29th 3:02pm

Where (some) Chinese wood went

The demolition of ancient Chinese buildings, particularly those in Olympics-crazed Beijing, has been grabbing headlines recently. read full story
John Paul Jones says “the Jack” is fine by him
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Jul 28th 12:51pm

John Paul Jones says “the Jack” is fine by him

As the Hook reported this week, UVA athletics officials have told members of the media to stop referring to the new John Paul Jones Arena as "the Jack" in part because, according to UVA spokeswoman Carol Wood, "There was some con read full story
Yates acquitted despite/because of ex-UVA psych
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Jul 27th 3:30pm

Yates acquitted despite/because of ex-UVA psych

Andrea Yates, the Texas woman who drowned her five children was been declared innocent by reason of insanity yesterday, depsite testimony in the trial from Park Dietz, the former UVA forensic pyschologist whose earlier mistake voided her first trial. The story dates back to June 20, 2001 when the Houston mom, then 36, drowned her five chil read full story
HookCast- July 27, 2006
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Jul 27th 9:03am

HookCast- July 27, 2006

UVA in the Peace Corps, the new John Paul Jones Arena, a former PVCC student arrested for his part in the largest act of ecoterrorism on American soil and much more. To subscribe to the HookCast, open iTunes and click on "Advanced" and then "Subscribe to Podcast." Then type in http://www.readthehook.com/blog/feed and you're all set. Each Thursday, the new HookCast will magically download to your computer automatically. read full story