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Column: Virginia Beach police await new Fourth Precinct home, grateful for support from community

BY PATRICK L. GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — We are fast approaching the completion of our newest police facility, the new Fourth Precinct in Kempsville, which will serve more than 120,000 residents. If it were its own city, it would boast the… Continue Reading

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Chief addresses violent crime drop, rise in larcenies, update on Virginia Beach mass shooting investigation

Ed. — This ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Violent crime fell overall in the first half of this year compared to last year’s statistics for the city, even as the homicide rate rose… Continue Reading

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The elegy and the promise

A horrific act leaves 12 people dead and four wounded, as well as a community in mourning. Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, June 7. A gallery of photos that ran with the original story appears at the… Continue Reading

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Remembering the 12 lost to violence, then saying the killer’s name only once

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach officials on Saturday, June 1, identified the 12 people murdered by a city worker who shot his colleagues and a contractor who meant to deal with a permit this past week at one… Continue Reading

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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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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

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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