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Column: ‘Thank you for your service’

BY PAT GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — Service is the act of helping another person. Librarians, store clerks and tollbooth collectors all perform important services, though it may simply be part of one’s job description.  The local farmer who grows the food… 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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Updated: Police officer on motorcycle injured in crash with SUV on Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN — A Virginia Beach police officer was injured this morning during a crash on the 3400 block of Dam Neck Road and taken to a local hospital, according to police. Master Police Officer Tonya Pierce, a spokesperson… Continue Reading

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Column: Continuing the work of connecting Hampton Roads law enforcement, LGBT communities

BY MICHAEL BERLUCCHI Departments in all seven major Hampton Roads cities have now appointed liaison officers to serve as a bridge between police and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people. The latest to step into this role is… Continue Reading

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Bogus Benjamins: Fake money meant for films can be bought online — and some try to pass it off as the real deal

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Our scene opens on a January day in the 5800 block of Newtown Arch in Virginia Beach. A small exchange is about to be made. A woman expects a buyer to show up for her iPhone. Arrangements… Continue Reading

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Rotary Club of Cape Henry recognizes Virginia Beach police fatal crash team officer, volunteer rescue leader

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Rotary Club of Cape Henry presented its annual public safety awards to Master Police Officer Terry Schultz, who exhibited both kindness and smarts in his work investigating serious traffic crashes, and volunteer Emergency Medical… Continue Reading

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Man dies after possible drowning reported near Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PINE MEADOWS — A man died after a possible drowning was reported in the Pine Meadows neighborhood on Friday, March 24, according to a city police spokesperson. The man was identified on Saturday as Franklin “Dell”  Lemonds, 70, of Virginia… Continue Reading

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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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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

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Wave of thefts from and of cars in Red Mill, Strawbridge in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Police on Thursday took reports for five stolen cars and 23 larcenies from automobiles — all from the Red Mill and Strawbridge areas of the city. The rash of crimes comes after a great deal… Continue Reading