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Gunman kills 12 people, wounds four in mass shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A city worker killed a dozen people and wounded four more at the Municipal Center in the late afternoon of Friday, May 31, before the gunman was killed after a sustained battle with police inside… Continue Reading

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Knotts Island: Meeting today at elementary school to discuss proposed fire protection district

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – A community meeting to discuss a proposed special service tax district to pay for fire protection services on Knotts Island will be held this evening at the elementary school on the island. The… Continue Reading

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American Legion Post 113 recognizes public safety service in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – American Legion Princess Anne Post 113 recognized four members of the Virginia Beach public safety community during its annual Law and Order Day celebration. The post recognized fire Capt. Harold Hill, volunteer emergency medical… Continue Reading

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Prosecutors do not pursue two charges against former human rights chair, third charge may be dropped after two years of good behavior 

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Raj Islam resigned as chairperson of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission on Friday, March 1, though he said he will continue to serve as a member. The criminal charges that led to his resignation as chairperson… Continue Reading

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Updated: Child dies from injuries sustained when hit by vehicle on private property in Pungo

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO (Updated at 6:50 p.m.] – A child who sustained serious injuries this afternoon when the child was struck by a vehicle on private property has died, according to city police. The incident happened in a private driveway… Continue Reading

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2018: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that ran in print or online this past year, including a couple of provided images of significant news or community events. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow,… Continue Reading

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Letter: Virginia Beach’s sheriff reflects on passing of George H.W. Bush

Dear Editor: As our country remembers its 41st President in the wake of his funeral, I want to pay tribute to a man who has been the biggest influence on my political career.  President George H.W. Bush was a true… Continue Reading

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Hunters, with dogs in tow, deliver a kind bounty to rescue personnel

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Members of the Tidewater chapter of the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance delivered Thanksgiving favorites to first responders in the southern reaches of Virginia Beach on Tuesday, Nov. 20.  There was turkey, ham, collards, produce from local… Continue Reading

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A ride on Sandbridge Beach to benefit Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Riders and supporters of the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol gathered at Little Island Park near Sandbridge Beach on Saturday, Nov. 3, for a Beach Ride that supports the unit. It was an opportunity for riders,… Continue Reading

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Column: Connecting police, citizens through advisory committees

BY LINDA RUSSELL CARDINAL ESTATES — The Virginia Beach Police Department Citizens Advisory Committees were established in each of the police precincts in 1991. My neighborhood doesn’t have a civic league or community association. I rely on CAC meetings for the… Continue Reading