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Humble about his accomplishments, officer’s legacy is his service

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — City police, friends and loved ones on Saturday, April 15, celebrated the life of retired Master Police Officer Wesley “Wes” K. Stewart, who may have said little about his accomplishments serving his nation and his… 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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Rotary Club of Cape Henry recognizes Virginia Beach police fatal crash team officer, volunteer rescue leader

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Rotary Club of Cape Henry presented its annual public safety awards to Master Police Officer Terry Schultz, who exhibited both kindness and smarts in his work investigating serious traffic crashes, and volunteer Emergency Medical… Continue Reading

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Police Chief: Virginia Beach crime rate as low as it’s been in decades

Ed. note — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Feb. 3, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – While noting areas of concern, police Chief Jim Cervera in a January report to the City Council described a department that is… Continue Reading

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Everyday guns: A special report about the guns Virginia Beach police encounter – and how stolen weapons, some unreported, are a concern

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — In late July, at night, in Sandbridge, a Virginia Beach police officer approached a car parked on Molly Cooper Road. Two folks who live near Lake James sat inside the vehicle. The woman in the passenger… Continue Reading

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Cervera presents midyear crime stats to Virginia Beach city council

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Police Chief Jim Cervera said there was an increase in the number of rapes in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, and he said police also are concerned… Continue Reading

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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

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Town hall meeting planned for June 29 in response to rural crime concerns, other topics; police to continue outreach but no resource shift

Ed. — This story was updated on Tuesday, June 28, to include information on a suspect in motor vehicle theft cases. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach’s planned response to concerns about recent property crimes, including stolen cars, will involve continued… Continue Reading

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Investigations underway into shootout that left two dead after ‘person of interest’ opens fire on police officers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A shootout left two people dead after police say a man opened fire at officers trying to take him into custody late Saturday, Sept. 5, in a parking lot outside a convenience store at the intersection of Salem… Continue Reading

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Body cameras may come to Virginia Beach uniform patrol officers in 2017

BY AMY POULTER COURTHOUSE — As the number of body cameras worn by police officers grows around the U.S., Virginia Beach police are researching options on the high-tech devices.  Around 400 of the city’s 806 police officers would be outfitted with body… Continue Reading