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


Elections: Education group that made endorsements in Virginia Beach fined for failing to file as PAC, late campaign finance report

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  State elections officials have fined a nonprofit organization based in Virginia Beach that made a series of surprise endorsements on Election Day for failing to file as a political action committee last year. State… Continue Reading


Stolle letter: Virginia Beach nonprofit group that endorsed pols on Election Day may have violated state election law

Ed. — This story first appeared in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A letter by Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle says a group formed by a member of the School Board may have violated… Continue Reading


Group claiming to represent educators makes surprise endorsements, raising questions about its political advocacy; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing complaint

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 15, print edition. The VBTA has not responded to requests for information detailed below. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove… Continue Reading


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


Amid “Trump wave” washing over Virginia, GOP’s Knight wins in the 81st House District; Davis returns in 84th House District; victory for incumbents in Virginia Beach constitutional offices

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, chose state Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, to return in the 81st House District, but he said it was a bittersweet victory as other Virginia Republicans fell — including at… Continue Reading


2017 Elections: Questions for the candidate for Virginia Beach commonwealth’s attorney

Ed. note — The Independent News asked the candidate for the commonwealth’s attorney in Virginia Beach to answer the following questions. Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle is running unopposed. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses have not been edited. Election… Continue Reading


Specialized prosecution team focuses upon DUI cases in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle says a new team of prosecutors is helping provide special attention to cases involving drunk or otherwise impaired drivers. The effort will help a problem that occurs disproportionately here, Stolle said… Continue Reading


Stolle talks scams, identity theft, care when people seek money

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The top prosecutor in Virginia Beach this month delivered a clear warning about ongoing scams, many of which target senior citizens, and he offered advice for avoiding the tactics that aim to trick people out of their money.… Continue Reading