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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

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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

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At mounted patrol, a happy birthday party for Virginia Beach’s Lady Justice

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol invited the public to the barn in Pungo on Saturday, June 29, to celebrate the first birthday of Lady Justice, born last summer to a new police horse named Dutchess. Lady… Continue Reading

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The elegy and the promise

A horrific act leaves 12 people dead and four wounded, as well as a community in mourning. Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, June 7. A gallery of photos that ran with the original story appears at the… Continue Reading

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Gunman kills 12 people, wounds four in mass shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A city worker killed a dozen people and wounded four more at the Municipal Center in the late afternoon of Friday, May 31, before the gunman was killed after a sustained battle with police inside… Continue Reading

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American Legion Post 113 recognizes public safety service in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – American Legion Princess Anne Post 113 recognized four members of the Virginia Beach public safety community during its annual Law and Order Day celebration. The post recognized fire Capt. Harold Hill, volunteer emergency medical… Continue Reading

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Updated: Child dies from injuries sustained when hit by vehicle on private property in Pungo

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO (Updated at 6:50 p.m.] – A child who sustained serious injuries this afternoon when the child was struck by a vehicle on private property has died, according to city police. The incident happened in a private driveway… Continue Reading

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A ride on Sandbridge Beach to benefit Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Riders and supporters of the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol gathered at Little Island Park near Sandbridge Beach on Saturday, Nov. 3, for a Beach Ride that supports the unit. It was an opportunity for riders,… Continue Reading

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Letter: Law enforcement’s role

Dear Editor: On Tuesday, Aug. 7, neighborhoods throughout Virginia Beach joined forces with thousands of communities around the U.S. for the 35th Annual National Night Out. I wanted to reflect on some things that I have observed around our city… Continue Reading