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Elections: Princess Anne seat on the Virginia Beach City Council draws a crowded field of candidates

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Four candidates are lined up to challenge Virginia Beach City Councilmember Barbara Henley, the incumbent in the Princess Anne District who has represented the city’s southern communities for much of the past four decades. Five… Continue Reading

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Sheriff’s sergeant announces Virginia Beach City Council candidacy in Princess Anne District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — David Fowler, a sergeant in the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office who lives in Hillcrest Farms, announced this past week that he is running for City Council in the Princess Anne District. His hat is… Continue Reading

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A charitable turkey shoot on Knotts Island aims to help the community

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — To be clear to the uninitiated – the only gobblers shot during the recent turkey shoot here were printed on paper targets. The charitable shoots are held in a field behind the rescue station… Continue Reading

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City man accused of threatening Virginia Beach member of Congress after discussion about pot policy

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A city man upset about pot policy is accused of threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor. Wallace G. Godwin was arrested after he visited the Virginia Beach Republican’s office this past week and… Continue Reading

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American Legion recognizes Virginia Beach public safety personnel

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – American Legion Princess Anne Post 113 honored four public safety representatives during it’s annual Law and Order Day gathering on Sunday, Feb. 11. The post recognized Master Firefighter Daniel Mugan, Master Police Officer Travis… Continue Reading

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Column: In the wake of Florida shooting, a promise to act in the name of preventing gun violence

Ed. – The following is adapted from remarks delivered last month at Town Center during a vigil organized by local members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School… Continue Reading

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First Precinct police officer, supervisor of year recognized in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A sergeant in charge of a decorated community policing unit and an officer who worked a case last year that took drugs and a weapon off the street were honored as the supervisor and officer… Continue Reading

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Better community engagement a goal of renamed crime prevention unit while current efforts will continue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A recent name change for the city police’s former crime prevention unit signals a continuing, expanding effort by the department to build strong relationships between police and citizens, which both builds public trust and helps… Continue Reading

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Thank you, Kyle

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — This happened a couple days after the big snow last month, when kids were home from school for a week and the roads were nonsense. Lori Ann Bates had been out in her truck to go… Continue Reading

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Updated: Fatal motorcycle crash reported along West Neck Road

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – Police identified a city man killed in the Tuesday, Feb. 13, motorcycle crash on West Neck Road as William Taylor Bird. In an updated statement placed online, police said Bird, 34, was the rider of the only… Continue Reading