Duhaney: Zucaro served as Virginia Beach’s police chief during difficult times

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Amid recognition by City Council this month of retirements by five people with decades of service to the city, City Manager Patrick Duhaney and Deputy City Manager Steve Cover made a gesture of appreciation to… Continue Reading


Update: Officials identify man found dead in rural Back Bay fire

Ed. — From the Sunday, Jan. 3, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY – One person died in a fire that engulfed a home in rural Virginia Beach shortly after midnight on Friday, Dec. 11. In a statement released the… Continue Reading


Grand jury indicts former School Board candidate on charges related to alleged election fraud

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A grand jury has indicted a former Virginia Beach School Board candidate on charges of alleged election fraud and filing a forged document. Justin Burns, a… Continue Reading


Public Safety: Duhaney names new Virginia Beach police chief

Ed.— Originally published on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Archived in November 2020. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — City Manager Patrick Duhaney announced on Monday, Sept. 14, that he has selected a Cincinnati law enforcement leader with three decades of experience… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach police identify bicyclist killed in nighttime crash with car on Blackwater Road

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BLACKWATER — A man died on Sunday, July 19, during a nighttime crash between a car and the bicycle the man was riding on Blackwater Road. Police identified the man killed in the crash as Rickey E. Lewis,… Continue Reading


Five people hurt in deck collapse at rental home in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Five people were hurt on Thursday, July 9, when a deck collapsed at a beachfront vacation home in this residential resort community. An emergency call about a deck collapse on the 3600 block of Sandfiddler… Continue Reading


Column: Remembering Virginia Beach’s early black police officers

BY PAT GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — In early 2012, the Virginia Beach Police Department and a committee of local citizens representing the interests of the African American community began researching the history of the first black police officers to serve on… Continue Reading


2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for the candidate for Circuit Court Clerk

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to the unopposed candidate for Virginia Beach Circuit Court Clerk in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions in this series generally are… Continue Reading


Editorial: Hansen’s departure is more complicated than some outlets say

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Some news outlets falsely reported that the recent resignation of Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen resulted from how the city has faced the mass shooting at the municipal center. “Virginia Beach official resigns over mass… Continue Reading


Column: Virginia Beach police await new Fourth Precinct home, grateful for support from community

BY PATRICK L. GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — We are fast approaching the completion of our newest police facility, the new Fourth Precinct in Kempsville, which will serve more than 120,000 residents. If it were its own city, it would boast the… Continue Reading