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


The dignitaries, theme for Pungo Strawberry Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in rural village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO – Memorial Day weekend will find Bob and Phoebe Braswell, the honorary mayor and first lady of Pungo, presiding over this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival, with “Rise and Shine — It’s Strawberry Time” as this… Continue Reading


Column: Rise and shine — it’s strawberry time in Pungo

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the press conference announcing the dignitaries and theme for this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival. The remarks were made on Wednesday, May 8, at the Culpepper Barn in Pungo. The festival begins… Continue Reading


Pungo Strawberry Festival 2018: The ‘berry best’ of Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The dignitaries for the 35th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival, which begins this weekend, were announced during the annual festival press conference and lunch this month at the Culpepper Barn in Pungo. They are the celebrities… Continue Reading


Celebrating the ‘berry’ heart of Virginia Beach with the Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the Wednesday, May 9, press conference announcing the dignitaries and theme.  BY TODD JONES PUNGO — On behalf of the Pungo Strawberry Festival Board, the committee chairs and the many volunteers… Continue Reading


We celebrate the sweet taste of Pungo during this year’s strawberry festival

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the Thursday, May 11, press conference announcing this year’s dignitaries and the theme for the 34th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival, Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 28, in “downtown” Pungo. … Continue Reading


Pungo Strawberry Festival arrives this weekend; meet the dignitaries

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Frank Davis started participating in the Pungo Strawberry Festival, including overseeing parking, back in 2002 – about a year after the retired Navy master chief joined the sheriff’s office, initially… Continue Reading


Recruiting expo draws people in search to fill Virginia Beach Police Department’s ranks

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — During a recent expo at the Law Enforcement Training Academy, Officer S.D. Simmons III from the city’s Third Precinct stood in a hallway to tell 23-year-old Ashley Newcomer of Ocean Lakes what it’s like doing… Continue Reading


Strawberry Festival officials, city police do outreach on traffic, parking issues; no deal with Back Bay Farms

  BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Pungo Strawberry Festival officials and city police have done outreach on the parking and traffic game plan for the annual Memorial Day weekend event, which brings thousands of people to Pungo on roads that… Continue Reading


Body-worn camera talk covers risks, reward of program coming in 2017

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Police discussed the planned introduction of body-worn cameras, which may come in 2017, during a meeting of the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee at the municipal center this past month. Police Capt. Todd Jones led… Continue Reading