Sept. 3-9, 1999

Reward set in rape case
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Reward set in rape case

The University and a group of parents of students are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man responsible for the Aug. 26 home invasion and rape of a U.Va. student in the Venable neighborhood, University President John T. Casteen III announced Aug. 28.

Police describe the suspect as a heavy-set black male, possibly in his 20s, between 5-foot-6 and 6 feet tall, with a short haircut. He was wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and shorts.

City and University police have stepped up patrols in and around the University. They urge students and employees to take reasonable precautions: do not travel alone at night, be aware of your surroundings, take advantage of the all-night Escort Service and lock your residence. Report suspicious people or vehicles to the police promptly by calling 911 (9-911 from University phones).

The University Police offer Rape Aggression Defense classes; call 924-8845. The police also will provide security seminars, residential security surveys and other safety programs, all free of charge.

To offer information on this or other crimes, call the University Police at 924-7166; the Charlottesville Police at 970-3265; or Crime Stoppers at 977-4000.

On the air: WISE-FM

The University's College at Wise recently launched the first public radio station in Southwest Virginia, WISE-FM at 90.5. The station airs a variety of programs such as "Morning Edition," "A Prairie Home Companion," "Mountain Stage" and "Car Talk," as well as news and sports, weather forecasts and business updates. The station was built over the past three years with support from the Slemp Foundation and federal assistance.


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