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Column: ‘Thank you for your service’

BY PAT GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — Service is the act of helping another person. Librarians, store clerks and tollbooth collectors all perform important services, though it may simply be part of one’s job description.  The local farmer who grows the food… Continue Reading

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Sister Cities: People from around the world unite in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT –  Virginia Beach hosted the 61st annual conference of Sister Cities International this past month, bringing people from around the world to the city in support of the organization’s vision to encourage peace through interactions between… Continue Reading

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New variations of old IRS scam still claim victims, even in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – A citizen recently fell for a con in which someone pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service threatened him with jail unless he placed thousands of dollars into a bank account, according to… Continue Reading

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Updated: Police officer on motorcycle injured in crash with SUV on Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN — A Virginia Beach police officer was injured this morning during a crash on the 3400 block of Dam Neck Road and taken to a local hospital, according to police. Master Police Officer Tonya Pierce, a spokesperson… Continue Reading

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The Farrier: Virginia Beach police officer with unusual specialty reaches the end of his service in uniform

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Before he retired as a master police officer with a unique specialty, Chuck Lauchner spoke about his boyhood back when you didn’t have to look all that hard to find a farm in Virginia Beach. There… Continue Reading

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The Thief of Red Mill: Even after criminal convictions, Virginia Beach police say he went back to stealing

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE RED MILL — Last summer, Virginia Beach police assembled a number of local contractors in the yard of a home in Red Mill to identify goods stolen in a series of burglaries and thefts that plagued areas around… Continue Reading

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Delivery truck driver charged with involuntary manslaughter, DUI following deadly crash in Pungo

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Police accused a delivery truck driver of involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence following a crash on Indian River Road on Friday, May 19, that left a woman dead and another woman critically injured.… Continue Reading

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Driver killed, passenger critically injured after delivery truck drives into their lane on Indian River Road

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – The driver of an SUV died following a two-vehicle crash this afternoon on the 2400 block of Indian River Road, according to Virginia Beach police. Another woman, a passenger in the SUV, was critically injured after… Continue Reading

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Humble about his accomplishments, officer’s legacy is his service

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — City police, friends and loved ones on Saturday, April 15, celebrated the life of retired Master Police Officer Wesley “Wes” K. Stewart, who may have said little about his accomplishments serving his nation and his… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach police chief discusses role of citizens advisory committees

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Sometimes good things can evolve from bad things, Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera said on Tuesday, April 4, during a meeting of the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee at the municipal center. Cervera said… Continue Reading