Column: During Something in the Water, there was someone unexpected in my rental cottage

BY DENISE FINKBEINER HOLDEN OCEANFRONT — I never planned to rent my cottage the weekend of the Something in the Water festival.  For the past couple of years, neighbors partying and street noise had made the cottage less inviting the last weekend… Continue Reading


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


Virginia Beach robbery cases illustrate need for care in online dealmaking

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Two local cases are among the growing number of alleged crimes resulting from digital marketplaces that link buyers and sellers. The mobile application OfferUp, which operated similarly to the classified site Craigslist, was the conduit… Continue Reading