November 29th, 2012 issue #1148

November 29th, 2012
  • Towing tales part deux: Wreckers, guns, and money

    Nicholas Rigterink may not have been seeking a fight over property rights when he went out for a mid-November dinner, but the 29-year-old Charlottesville man found one– one that ended up with him staring up the barrel of a handgun.

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  • Towing trouble: Is Lethal owner back in biz?

    Mention the words "Lethal Wrecker" around Charlottesville and chances are you'll find someone with a story. For nearly a decade, the towing operation, and its owner, George Morris, earned a reputation for aggressive tactics including allegations of intimidation and overcharging, as reported by the Hook. Lawsuits ensued, including one by the City of Charlottesville, and Lethal lost its AAA contract only to reinvent itself in 2007 as an entity called Cavalier Towing, with Morris' mother at the helm.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Most disturbing discovery: A motorist reports an unresponsive man in a parked car at the eastbound I-64 rest area near Ivy/Crozet around 8:30am November 26. Virginia Stat...

The Dish

  • Made to order: Eat out by eating in

    Relay Foods, the local online grocery, has partnered with three local restaurants to offer their customers, well, essentially "dinner kits" that will allow them to cook mea...


Question of the Week

Real Estate - $old

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    November 30 at 4:30pm at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 6409 Jefferson Mill Road, Scottsville Debtor: James T. Dudley Original amount owing: $103,000 Bidder brings...

Movie Reviews


  • Table of contents

    COVERTow woesAn enjoyable evening out with friends turned ugly for one man who says a towing incident escalated into a showdown with a gun-wielding man. The other side says...


  • $50K for Farabaugh: MHS teacher scores on Jeopardy

    A savvy teacher from Monticello High School, Michael Farabaugh, has won $50,000 by taking second prize in a special tournament on the Jeopardy! game show.

  • A tree half trimmed

    John Stoudt and Rick Dilelio (on ladder) had until Friday evening, November 23, to finish decorating the downtown Christmas tree before its scheduled Grand Illumination at ...

  • Mall cops: Alleged kidnaper escorted, not reported

    That a two-year-old child may have been briefly kidnapped by a stranger at a shopping mall is shocking enough. That police weren't notified until six hours after the privat...

  • Out of Focus: Longtime women's support org folds

    The same year Congress gave its blessing to the Equal Rights Amendment, a team of Charlottesville women launched a new support group to assist what were then quaintly calle...

  • Seller's remorse? Ramsay goes for $3.325 million

    The historic Greenwood estate once owned by the son of Irene Langhorne Gibson, aka "the Gibson Girl," had languished on the market for more than two years, with its price d...


  • New seats will 'awaken' Culbreth

    Regarding Lisa Provence's November 8th article "It's a wrap: Scenes from the 25th Virginia Film Fest," the very first thing she mentions, under the heading of "Things we li...

  • Wedding issue not colorful enough

    Reading your [October 18] Weddings special insert, out of your 12 couples, I didn't see a single person of color getting married. In fact, I only saw one black guy in an...

Black and White

  • John Crow laws

    The Town of Culpeper is having a “buzzard problem.” Big birds are hanging out doing their business where the town doesn’t want them. Forty miles southwest, the City C...

Cultural preview