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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

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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

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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

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Chief addresses violent crime drop, rise in larcenies, update on Virginia Beach mass shooting investigation

Ed. — This ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Violent crime fell overall in the first half of this year compared to last year’s statistics for the city, even as the homicide rate rose… Continue Reading

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At mounted patrol, a happy birthday party for Virginia Beach’s Lady Justice

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol invited the public to the barn in Pungo on Saturday, June 29, to celebrate the first birthday of Lady Justice, born last summer to a new police horse named Dutchess. Lady… Continue Reading

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Battle of the Bravest at Harbor Park helps Muscular Dystrophy Association

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — Softball teams from four Hampton Roads fire departments took the field at Harbor Park on Saturday, June 29, for this year’s Battle of the Bravest, a competition that embodies the long connection between fire fighters and… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council approves independent investigation of shooting

Ed. — This archived story originally appeared in the July 5 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The City Council on Tuesday, July 2, authorized an independent investigation into circumstances surrounding the recent mass shooting in which an employee killed… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Deputy Amanda Vela

BY AMANDA VELA VIRGINIA BEACH — Lessons — where would we be without them? Where would I be without them? Throughout my life, I have found that lessons come from many places and are learned from many different experiences.  I went… Continue Reading

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The elegy and the promise

A horrific act leaves 12 people dead and four wounded, as well as a community in mourning. Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, June 7. A gallery of photos that ran with the original story appears at the… Continue Reading