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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for the candidate for Circuit Court Clerk

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to the unopposed candidate for Virginia Beach Circuit Court Clerk in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions in this series generally are… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council candidate wants courts to kick two others in race for Beach District seat off the ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch, a businessperson who has run for local office unsuccesfully in the past, recently said he liked his odds this year in a three-person race to represent the Beach District on the Virginia… Continue Reading

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Editorial: The Virginia Beach public servant’s guide to where you live

Do you either currently serve in or want to represent a certain area of Virginia Beach, but aren’t sure whether you live there? Consider some helpful clues to guide your decisions. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — It’s been quite a moment for… Continue Reading

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Developer’s lawsuit against Virginia Beach followed rezoning denial related to flooding concerns

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Aug. 17 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A developer that wants to build a small subdivision along a portion of Princess Anne Road that can flood is suing Virginia Beach after… Continue Reading

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New variations of old IRS scam still claim victims, even in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – A citizen recently fell for a con in which someone pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service threatened him with jail unless he placed thousands of dollars into a bank account, according to… Continue Reading

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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

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Virginia Beach man sentenced to 15 years in 2015 death on Charity Neck Road

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A Circuit Court judge on Wednesday, Oct. 19, sentenced a Pungo man to 15 years for involuntary manslaughter and a weapons charge in the March 2015 death of Dakota Lane, 18, in the Pungo area.… Continue Reading

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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