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


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


In Ashville Park subdivision near Pungo, an effort to end rise in property crimes involving unlocked autos

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE ASHVILLE PARK — Local Girl Scouts were among those who visited this neighborhood off Princess Anne Road near Pungo on Saturday, March 11, to knock on every door. They delivered a simple pitch. Though it was cookie… Continue Reading


Targeted approaches in First Precinct to address different challenges in Ashville Park, Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Police Capt. David Squires, commanding officer of the First Precinct, said police are working in two different neighborhoods in southern Virginia Beach that are facing challenges involving different property crimes.  In Sandbridge, a residential neighborhood that… Continue Reading


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


Easy Rides: Stealing of and from automobiles a growing problem the public often does not prevent

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — If only in terms of crimes involving cars, 2016 ended for Virginia Beach with an unfortunate consistency with what had come before – a wave of larcenies from automobiles in two neighborhoods near Pungo.  On different… Continue Reading


Wave of thefts from and of cars in Red Mill, Strawbridge in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Police on Thursday took reports for five stolen cars and 23 larcenies from automobiles — all from the Red Mill and Strawbridge areas of the city. The rash of crimes comes after a great deal… Continue Reading


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