Column: Building a bear — and memories — on a summer day together

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — With all of the coverage throughout the country after “Pay Your Age Day” overwhelmed Build-A-Bear stores this past month, I had to go back to my one and only visit to the Build-A-Bear Workshop at… Continue Reading


Settlement with survivors of woman who died after crash involving city EMS officer near Lynnhaven Mall

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The city reached a settlement in December with the family of a woman  who died after a collision near Lynnhaven Mall involving an emergency medical services brigade chief who was driving his city vehicle and talking… Continue Reading


EMS brigade chief reaches plea agreement in deadly crash

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A city emergency medical services officer who was accused of reckless driving in connection with a crash that killed an 88-year-old woman near Lynnhaven Mall in March reached a plea agreement in the case this… Continue Reading


Beach EMS officer charged in fatal crash after investigation into possible distracted driving

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A grand jury on Monday indicted a Virginia Beach emergency medical services officer on a count of reckless driving in connection to a crash that killed a woman near Lynnhaven Mall last month, according to… Continue Reading


Police, Santa, McGruff deliver credit card safety tips

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS City police and members of the Virginia Beach Explorers Post 911, comprised of teens and young adults interested in law enforcement, visited Lynnhaven Mall merchants in December. They made their points with a little help from Santa… Continue Reading