Oakes sentenced for gun possession and obstruction

An Augusta County man arrested in Fluvanna County for gun possession by a felon and obstruction pleaded guilty in Fluvanna County Circuit Court on Thursday (June 1) and was sentenced to 12 months in a residential treatment program and five years of probation.

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Lane cuts plea deal in hit and run

Dantres Lane was facing a potential 10-year sentence on two counts of malicious wounding and other charges before a plea agreement in Fluvanna County Circuit Court Thursday (June 1) cut that sentence in half.

Lane, 33, was arrested last October after a fight over missing marijuana turned violent. 

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Terry Anderson, when hostage in LebanonAs a Marine he was shot at in Vietnam.

As a journalist he witnessed the oppression of apartheid in South Africa and the seeds of revolt that would ultimately end it.

He was kidnapped, beaten and held hostage for nearly seven years in Lebanon.

He was even kicked in the face by a horse.

In spite of these experiences, or perhaps because of them, he is passionate about humanitarian causes. He is passionate about journalism.

And, because he is no longer required to be publicly neutral about politics since his retirement from the Fourth Estate, he is involved with the local Democratic Committee, proudly proclaiming to a gathering of like-minded folks, “I am a liberal Democrat.”

Former Associated Press (AP) foreign correspondent Terry Anderson now calls a little cottage in Orange County “home,” a place where he, his three dogs, two cats and about a dozen chickens have planted roots.

“I bought a little cottage, four rooms, a little box. The first thing I did was rip out all the walls and redesign the kitchen. I love to cook. I also love to eat, as you can see,” he said, alluding to the girth he has added in the 25 years since his captivity.

He talks freely and expansively about his past and what he hopes for the future of the world on which he reported for more than two decades, from the Far East to the Middle East, as well as a future of freedom and wellbeing for his two daughters.

“I joined the Marine Corps when I was 17 in 1965. I found myself in a rather hot, wet Asian country,” Anderson remembered.

After six years in the Marines he worked in television and newspapers and eventually joined the AP, “where I found my professional home for quite a while.”

Before Anderson turned 30 he was an American reporter based in Tokyo covering Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and then went on to South Africa in 1980. Two years later the Israeli army crossed into southern Lebanon to chase the Palestinians away from Israel’s northern border. Unhappy with his experiences in South Africa, Anderson asked his AP foreign desk supervisors for a crack at reporting on the turmoil there. Add a comment


Harvey Lee Johnson Aug. 26, 1941 - March 2, 1961Linda Harris, 11, sat watching Little Rascals with her family one March evening in 1961. The cast was wearing sailor hats, which reminded her of her beloved uncle, Harvey Lee Johnson. Harvey was a sailor in the Coast Guard.

Harvey was only eight years older than Linda. The two of them would drive up and down Kidds Dairy Road, where they both lived, before he enlisted. “I thought he hung the moon,” she said.

Linda and her family laughed at the sailor hats on the TV screen. “We thought it was funny how that was the kind of hat he had,” she said. “We didn’t know he had died earlier in the day.”

Linda used to tease Harvey about his car. “He was driving this old car but he was so proud of it,” she said. “I would make fun of it. One day he said, ‘Hey, if you don’t like it, you can get out.’ He was very mischievous.” Add a comment


CopperheadMel Cawley had just clicked off her flashlight as she and her dog reached the top of the driveway at her Lake Monticello home one warm Friday night when she heard “a single rustling sound in the leaves next to my foot. I turned the light on expecting to see a cute frog or something.”

Instead, it was a copperhead.

“I stared at it probably a stupid amount of time hoping it would morph into ‘not a copperhead’ if I waited long enough,” she said in a Facebook post. “Unfortunately, I know what they look like, and the markings, head and eye shape remained copperhead.”

With the return of warm weather, reports of copperheads are popping up all over Lake social media channels.

Copperheads are one of three types of poisonous snakes found in Virginia and the most prevalent here in Fluvanna. Cottonmouths are confined to the southeastern part of the state and while timber rattlesnakes are found in the county, they are comparatively rare. Add a comment