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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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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