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Five people hurt in deck collapse at rental home in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Five people were hurt on Thursday, July 9, when a deck collapsed at a beachfront vacation home in this residential resort community. An emergency call about a deck collapse on the 3600 block of Sandfiddler… Continue Reading

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Column: In the wake of tragedy, building our police team through an unorthodox mystery

BY PATRICK GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — Recently, members of the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Investigative Division sought to solve a “puzzling” mystery.   Trained investigators volunteered to be locked in a room with only their intuitive skills to help them solve… Continue Reading

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Column: Remembering Virginia Beach’s early black police officers

BY PAT GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — In early 2012, the Virginia Beach Police Department and a committee of local citizens representing the interests of the African American community began researching the history of the first black police officers to serve on… Continue Reading

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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