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First Precinct police officer, supervisor of year recognized in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A sergeant in charge of a decorated community policing unit and an officer who worked a case last year that took drugs and a weapon off the street were honored as the supervisor and officer… Continue Reading

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Better community engagement a goal of renamed crime prevention unit while current efforts will continue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A recent name change for the city police’s former crime prevention unit signals a continuing, expanding effort by the department to build strong relationships between police and citizens, which both builds public trust and helps… Continue Reading

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Column: Air show memories reflect upon a long relationship with Oceana

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — I expected the normal complaints about the Oceana Air Show and, sure enough, some weeks back in a local paper’s letters to the editor someone complained about the flyovers. The original solution to the noise and… 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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Naval Air Station Oceana commanding officer talks about partnership with city; air show will again welcome all Virginia Beach fifth graders

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana said fifth graders from Virginia Beach schools will again be invited to attend the air show this year, which is scheduled from Sept. 15 to 17. More… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach police chief discusses role of citizens advisory committees

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Sometimes good things can evolve from bad things, Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera said on Tuesday, April 4, during a meeting of the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee at the municipal center. Cervera said… Continue Reading

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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

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Letter: There are many ways to get involved in Virginia Beach

Dear Editor: Even before your Friday, Nov. 11, edition of The Independent News and your column [“The work doesn’t stop in Washington, D.C.”] you have encourged us to get involved. I would have to agree. I would also like to… Continue Reading

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Public Safety: Officer, supervisor of year recognized in First Precinct

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee recognized Sgt. Ryan Jason as supervisor of the year and Master Police Officer Preston Vaughan as officer of the year for 2016 during the committee’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb.… Continue Reading