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American Legion recognizes Virginia Beach public safety personnel

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – American Legion Princess Anne Post 113 honored four public safety representatives during it’s annual Law and Order Day gathering on Sunday, Feb. 11. The post recognized Master Firefighter Daniel Mugan, Master Police Officer Travis… Continue Reading

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First Precinct police officer, supervisor of year recognized in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A sergeant in charge of a decorated community policing unit and an officer who worked a case last year that took drugs and a weapon off the street were honored as the supervisor and officer… Continue Reading

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Better community engagement a goal of renamed crime prevention unit while current efforts will continue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A recent name change for the city police’s former crime prevention unit signals a continuing, expanding effort by the department to build strong relationships between police and citizens, which both builds public trust and helps… Continue Reading

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Thank you, Kyle

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — This happened a couple days after the big snow last month, when kids were home from school for a week and the roads were nonsense. Lori Ann Bates had been out in her truck to go… Continue Reading

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Updated: Fatal motorcycle crash reported along West Neck Road

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – Police identified a city man killed in the Tuesday, Feb. 13, motorcycle crash on West Neck Road as William Taylor Bird. In an updated statement placed online, police said Bird, 34, was the rider of the only… Continue Reading

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Us: Michele Meister, head of the Virginia Beach Police Special Victims Unit and department LGBT liaison

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY MICHELE MEISTER On the eve of the New Year, we should take time to reflect on the previous year’s events… Continue Reading

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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