The week in review

Worst first: Albemarle has its first traffic fatality March 27 followed by two more two days later (see related story page 10). In 2012, 12 people died on county roads.

Worst week for fatal crashes: Five-year-old Jeremiah C. Clark of Nellysford dies after the car he's in runs off the road and into a creek in Nelson County, about a mile east of U.S. 29, the News & Advance reports. Mercedes P. Tolliver-Carrington, 18, was driving March 24 when the car went off the road, hit a tree, and and overturned into a creek. All passengers were wearing seatbelts, and police say charges are pending.

Deadliest pile-up: Three people are killed on fog-shrouded I-77 near Fancy Gap March 31 and dozens more hospitalized, the Roanoke Times reports. Virginia State Police counted 95 vehicles in 17 separate crashes.

Best rescue: Jenna Brandon, her father and her sister were returning from Easter dinner on winding Route 53 when they spotted a speeding driver lose control and his car burst into flames, NBC29 reports. They pulled the unconscious man out of the the burning vehicle just before the interior was engulfed in flames. The driver is in fair condition and may face charges for reckless driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Worst logging accident: William Boyd Critzer, 61, from Troy, is pinned under a tree-loader off Wolf Trap Road March 30 and dies, according to NBC29.

Loss: Collett M. "Buddy" Thach, 89, dies March 29. The president of Security Storage and Van Lines was a civic leader who reactivated the YMCA in 1964, was appointed by City Council to the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority during the early days of urban renewal in 1966, and tapped by Governor Mills Godwin that same year to manage emergency transportation.

First do-it-yourself auto repair shop: The Auto Hobby Shop is set to open at Dale and Albemarle streets with three bays available at $28 an hour. NBC29 has the story.

Latest conviction out of Culpeper: The mother of the cop who shot unarmed Patricia Cook last year, Bethany Parr Sullivan, 56, who also was the secretary of the Culpeper police chief, pleads guilty to felony forgery for altering the results of an applicant's police department entrance exam, the Culpeper Star-Exponent reports.

Latest on arrested Boy Scout troop leader: David Watkins' trial is set for June 4 on one count of sodomy with a child younger than 13 years old.

Latest City Council candidates: Buford math teacher Melvin Grady announces a run for one of two open seats March 26, and former independent candidate Bob Fenwick tosses his hat into the ring March 29.

Most threatened theater: Play On community theater says it can't afford the raised rent at the Ix Building and is seeking a new home– and needs $20K to move, NBC29 reports.

Most Charlottesville VPs: Attorneys Lee Livingston and Bryan Slaughter are elected vice presidents of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Most fenced in: The Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Authority erects a fence around the Earlysville Oak, the state's second-largest white oak, irking tree enthusiasts, who say they've been told the public will still have access, but the airport hasn't determined how that will happen, the DP reports.

Most expensive: A Fairfax architectural firm estimates  it will cost $15 million more to update county courts downtown than to build new ones on county-owned property, Katie Evan reports in the Progress.

Best in (peeps) show: Western Albemarle High office manager Leslie Brown and psych teacher Lani Hoza win the Washington Post's annual Peeps Diorama Contest with a tableau that mourns the death of Hostess Brands products called, "Peeps mourn their peeps: Twinkie, Rest in Peeps."

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WORST ART DEPARTMENT: part-time designer Mon & Tue, maybe Fri? I know the "designers" there are questionable but you need more than 3 to put out a 30 page paper once a week? What happened to the Hook? It's a joke.