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As tourist season ends, Sandbridge community gathers for pig pickin’ supporting rescue squad

BY LISA BURKETT VIRGINIA BEACH — When September comes, the resort areas quiet down and the visiting Sandbridge families head back home so their children can get back to school and off to college. Oh, and their parents probably go back… Continue Reading

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Public Safety: In Landstown, a reminder about locking cars and removing weapons

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN – City police issued another reminder that citizens should remove valuables from their cars and lock them when they are unattended. It came during the Tuesday, Oct. 3, meeting of the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee… Continue Reading

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Officer in First Precinct recognized for lifesaving in overdose case, narcotics investigation that followed

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Officer M.E. Shawkat, a Landstown High School and Old Dominion University graduate who has served the police department for three years, was recognized during the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee meeting this past month as… Continue Reading

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A simple way of enabling speech helped keep the peace at Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – On the day of a rally at the Confederate monument at the municipal center, Master Police Officer Bradley Detrich and Capt. David Squires, commanding officer of the First Precinct, had a talk. The heart of… Continue Reading

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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