writes: I been watching this video on public access with Maurice Jones, Police Chief Longo, and select Charlottesville High school students. This tape is the “feel good” good hit of the year. The statements from the students follow the line of “I want people to know that CHS students aren’t like this (refering to the attack)” when the police actually arrested 10 CHS students. Chief Longo goes on to report that it’s the PRESS’S problem that this is getting blown out of wack. And that no outside group will intimidate him. Is it a valuable community service or self serving navel gazing?
This has been airing pretty regularly on public access — the assembly of a dozen of so CHS students’ exchange with Chief Longo is quite interesting. You can draw your own conclusion separate from the submitters’, though. :)
writes: From WINA: ‘An Albemarle County police sting operation to catch a car thief has netted an 11 year old girl from the Village Square subdivision. Earlier this week two cars were stolen in the area when residents left them running to warm them up in the morning.’ According to a Richmond report the girl weighs 180 pounds! Guess she not a little girl anymore.
Apparently, after the first two cars went missing, the police set up a sting in a running car and caught the kid. She’ll be charged with attempted grand larceny.
Local activist Kevin Cox is starting a petition drive to change switch Charlottesville’s school board from appointed to elected. Cox believes that an elected school board would be more responsive than the elected board. He’s working from now until early August to get 1,800 signatures to create a referendum on the fall ballot. WINA has the story.
Big_Al writes: The Charlottesville Downtown Foundation released this year’s April 18-21 Dogwood Blues Festival lineup, which includes The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, The Radiators, and The Holmes Brothers. Local acts scheduled to appear this year include Code Blues (Charlie Pastorfield & friends), Tom Robbins & the Chicken Head Band, Jump Street, and the one and only Danny Beirne. A portion of the Festival’s proceeds benefits Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity. Visit the Dogwood Blues Festival web site for more information.
The Rev. Alvin Edwards’ Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Ridge Street is being sold to developer Gabe Silverman. The church plans to build on a 30x larger site on South First Street, and will break ground in April. Silverman isn’t sure of what he’ll do with the 8,000 sq. ft. church. The sale of the building is estimated to be completed in by mid-2003. Jake Mooney has the story in today’s Progress.